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.

TN WardA new addition to Rowan University’s college of engineering will help the institution keep up with growing enrollment. By Jim Harris

One of New Jersey’s largest public universities is looking to general contractor TN Ward Co. to meet its growth needs. 

TN Ward Co. in July 2015 began work on a $70.6 million building on the Rowan University campus in Glassboro, N.J., that will serve as an expansion of the school‚’s Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. The project is anticipated to conclude in January 2017.

La Casa bldgMonarc Construction Inc. is planning for its next generation of family leadership.
By Jim Harris

Prior to starting Monarc Construction, Inc., John D. Bellingham, the president and majority owner of the Falls Church, Va., based company, worked as the property manager for the British Embassy buildings in Washington, DC from 1974 to 1977. One achievement during Bellingham’s time at the embassy was his role to design a security entrance for the property as a result of the IRA terrorist bombings that occurred in 1973.

Now 43 years later, Monarc Construction, Inc. was selected in a competitive bid process to renovate the original security entrances Bellingham designed. However, this time the work was under the supervision and direction of Bellingham’s son, Mark A. Bellingham.

“Maybe, in 40 years time, my grandchildren will renovate the entrance again,” he notes.

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.

Stuart Olson picStuart Olson seamlessly coordinates the construction of the Edson Healthcare Centre that is expected to improve access and quality of care in the community. 

By Janice Hoppe

Stuart Olson brings more than 100 years of construction management experience to the development of healthcare projects across Canada. Having built its reputation on being a trusted advisor over the years, Alberta Infrastructure selected the company through a public tender to coordinate the construction of the Edson Healthcare Centre.

“I think the knowledge base we can draw from and our willingness to collaborate with the owner and design group sets us apart from other construction management firms,” Project Manager Jennifer Coffin says. “We work as a team to produce the best results.”

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.

Miron ConstructionMiron Construction brings innovation to the field as it renovates one of Madison, Wis.’s most beloved buildings.

By Janice Hoppe

Miron Construction is implementing industry-leading technology as it completes the final phases of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Reinvestment Project. “One of the things that sets us apart from other organizations is the value-added services we provide,” Vice President of Madison Operations Paul Auer says.

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