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Thirty years ago, Chip Marous, one of the three owners of Marous Brothers Construction in Willoughby, Ohio, didn’t imagine the firm he started with his brother Scott would be as big and diverse as it is today. “We’re determined and we like big goals,” he notes. “We thought that the sky was the limit and that we’d be big some day. We knew we wanted to grow the company.”

No longer do the church members at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., have to squeeze in to attend one of the three worship services offered on Sundays. Nor do they have to figure out how to make the Children’s Ministry on campus more accessible and kid-friendly. Instead, they now have a new $15 million, 49,000-square-foot worship center, which seats more than 2,000 worshippers, instead of seating 900 in the former building.

For years, the GSA’s future tenant for the in-progress Phoenix Professional Office Building has been operating from one federal building and three leased facilities in Phoenix – a setup incongruent with its goals. “The existing facilities are incapable of providing the required square footage necessary to support new functions, and cannot meet enhanced IT infrastructure-sufficient space to meet its current requirements and allow for full compliance with Interagency Security Committee (ISC) guidelines,” the GSA explains. 

It takes a contractor with a great deal of experience in the healthcare sector working closely with a talented healthcare architect to successfully value-engineer a hospital’s design while maintaining aesthetics. That’s exactly what Nabholz Construction Services and Health Facilities Group accomplished for the new Scott County Hospital in Scott County, Kan., which replaces an existing facility.

Miron Construction believes that two heads are better than one. If the project allows, it doesn’t hurt to have a third opinion, too – so long as the diverse views are aligned to one goal. In the case of a replacement facility for the old Langlade Hospital in Antigo, Wis., the patients take preference.

Working together in a joint-venture partnership, the Washington, D.C., office of Manhattan Construction Co. and Torcon Inc. of Red Bank, N.J., are making steady progress on the $510 million U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) project currently under way at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Groundbreaking occurred in August 2009, and construction is slated to be completed by November 2014. After a two- to three-year period of certifications and inspections, USAMRIID will open in 2016 or 2017.

There is a perception that exists within various circles of the construction industry about minority-owned businesses. Many believe large, established contractors pursuing government contracts partner with minority business enterprises (MBE) on paper only to meet the criteria for minority participation on a given job.

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