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BancroftBancroft Construction balanced classic style and modern technology to restore perhaps the most iconic feature within Longwood Gardens.

By Tim O’Connor

In 1906, Pierre du Pont, a 36-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist, purchased a former arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania to save the trees from a lumber mill. In the years that followed, du Pont used the grounds to satisfy his love of gardening and by the 1920s it had blossomed into a full public conservatory call Longwood Gardens.

Perini Management Services picPMSI is on track to finish its restoration work on Alcatraz Island this fall.

By Alan Dorich

Perini Management Services Inc. (PMSI) stands as a leader when it comes to working on U.S. landmarks. “Over the last six years, we’ve shown that we’re very capable in performing historic restoration projects throughout the country.  These projects include earthquake repairs to the Washington Monument, replacement of power and mechanical systems at Ellis Island, and power and lighting replacement at Carlsbad Caverns, to name a few,” Senior Vice President of Operations Brian Labbe says.

The company also has demonstrated that it can work on these sites while they remain open to visitors. ”We’ve performed multiple projects in accordance with the contract documents, while continuing full access to the public,” he says.

PMSI is bringing this capability to $15 million worth of work at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. The company is restoring the exterior concrete walls of the famous prison, which was built in the early 1900s.

Knutson picDespite the aggressive schedule for its latest project, Knutson Construction is right where it wants to be.
By Bianca Herron

Knutson Construction Services has been in continuous operation since Thor Knutson founded it in 1911. With experience building in 18 states, more than a century later the Minneapolis-based company has earned a reputation for an intense work ethic, unwavering business integrity and a profound sense of collaboration with its architects and subcontractors.

Knutson has additional offices in Rochester, Minn.; Eau Claire, Wis.; and Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Its purpose, Senior Project Manager Roger Hunwardsen explains, is to make its clients’ dreams a reality.

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