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Weitz CompanyThe Weitz Company delivered a unique project on the University of Denver campus.

By Chris Petersen

When The Weitz Company acquired Al Cohen Construction in 1986, it brought a wealth of experience in the Colorado market under its umbrella. Already a consistent fixture in the Midwest construction market since 1855, The Weitz Company entered the Colorado market shortly before the acquisition and has been there ever since.

Today, The Weitz Company is one of the largest and most respected builders in Colorado, and the company continues to burnish its reputation with high-profile projects like the one it recently completed on the campus of the University of Denver. Executive Vice President Troy Garrett says the company’s work on the Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex is another example of the company’s dedication to the finest possible construction.

Portzen picPortzen Construction prides itself on its ability to self-perform most aspects of a project.

By Tim O’Connor

Mike Portzen’s first job was at a supermarket, where he learned two facts about running a business that have stuck with him throughout his life: The client is always right and always greet the customer with a smile on your face. Portzen has instilled those lessons in his general contractor business, Dubuque, Iowa-based Portzen Construction Inc. “We always get comments about how our employees treat the customer and affiliates,” Portzen says, adding that respect drives respect. “I think if you treat your employees that way they will treat their people that way.”

Portzen founded the construction firm in 1983 with a few employees and incorporated six years later. The company began its life doing housing rehabilitation projects, but has since morphed into a general contractor capable of a wide range of jobs, from high school football stadiums to swimming pools, streetscapes and waste-water treatment facilities.

RuconRucon Inc.’s construction management approach makes it a valuable partner to contractors as well as to its school district clients.
By Jim Harris

Dennis Russo’s more than 30 years of construction industry experience have given him a strong sense of what he feels is the most effective way to lead a project.

“During the years I was building schools [for a general contractor] as a site superintendent, I watched how construction managers went about their work,” he says. “I noticed they liked to separate prime contractors from the owners and the architects and required all of the general contractors they worked with to coordinate everything through them – I saw that as a problem.”

Hunt picHunt Construction Group, An AECOM Company, overcomes many challenges as it builds the replacement hospital for Houston Methodist on the Texas Medical Center campus, known as the North Tower.

By Stephanie Crets

The Hunt Construction Group team strives to do the best work with the right people.

One of the company’s latest ventures is the North Tower for Houston Methodist Hospital, which is more than 10 years in the making. Pre-construction for the new 980,000-square-foot hospital began in March 2014. The new hospital will be ready for initial occupancy by the end of 2017 and become fully operational by the third quarter of 2018. During 2018, Hunt will demolish and renovate interior spaces of the existing buildings once the hospital moves into the new facility, as well as complete the build out of shelled spaces.

Turner EEECPhoto credit Gould Evans and Associates

The University of Kansas’ EEEC project will enhance geology and other scientific research.

By Jim Harris

The University of Kansas’ science program will soon receive a major boost thanks to a state-of-the-art academic and research facility now under construction.

General Contractor Turner Construction started work last September on the university’s $80 million Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC). When it opens in December 2017, the center will offer faculty, staff, students and researchers laboratory and classroom space as well a conference center with collaborative spaces. Groundbreaking was last September.

The 145,000-square-foot complex is designed to serve those pursuing several scientific fields including

geology, physics, and chemistry. “The EEEC will promote the kind of cross-disciplinary research that has the ability to shape our energy- and water- hungry future,” the university says.

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