When building a home, people want to feel that what they're building will stand the test of time. They want to imagine that their home will be there, not only for them, but also for future generations of their families. It's for this reason that a growing number of builders are turning toward building with Northern White Cedar wooden products, and Michigan's Cockburn Island Forest Products is one of the leading providers in this small-but-growing niche.

 Cockburn Island Forest Products supplies Northern White Cedar products including hand-hewed siding, post and railing, paneling, flooring and many custom truss and beam systems. Owner Corey Avra says the company's products are used in projects throughout the United States and Canada, primarily because of the many significant advantages cedar has over other woods normally used in residential construction.

 Some designers are tempted to rest on their laurels or resort to the tried and true, but not CetraRuddy. Instead, for the company, “No project is the same,” Director of Strategic Development Emmanuelle Slossberg asserts. 

“We are really dedicated to the client’s mission and goals,” she says. “We approach everything as its own entity, and that allows us to really extract the potential of each project and every goal.”

 Briarcliff Development Company got it right the first time – and the second time – so now it’s going for round three as it builds its third multifamily project. Named Briarcliff Riverfront Apartments for its proximity to the Missouri riverfront area, this project is the newest addition to the company’s multifamily residential development portfolio which already includes Briarcliff City Apartments and The Province at Briarcliff.

Located north of the downtown area in Kansas City, Briarcliff Development Company has a unique master-planned urban community site that spreads across approximately 600 acres.  The land, which had previously been considered blighted and run down, was all zoned and financed ahead of time before work began in the late 1980s. According to Michael McKeen, the director of development and construction, Briarcliff knew it would need to put a substantial amount of money into landscaping and backfilling old mines to prepare the area for construction. 

 AAA Waterproofing Inc. is the oldest waterproofing company near Denver and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2014. Since its incorporation in 1979, the company has blossomed to become the leading waterproofing contractor in the mountain states.   

The company was founded by Roy Wren and his wife, Hazel, in 1948. The duo ran the small company until 1976 when they approached President Jack Rhine of Rhine Enterprises, Inc., who was a general contractor, customer and friend, to purchase the company. “The sale included a customer list, one 1953 Ford 2-ton flatbed truck, a 1,000-gallon tank mounted to the bed, a new Air-Mac V-6 compressor, pump, hoses and a spray gun,” Rhine recalls. “We started from the bottom and worked our way up through the years and today we are the leading contractors in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Perhaps the New York Daily News said it best. It described Mercedes House as bringing “architectural oomph” and “great architecture” to midtown Manhattan in a style that is “out of this world” and “nothing like this city has ever seen before.” New York City could use more architecture like this, its architecture critic wrote.

‘Say what you mean and mean what you say.” That’s just one of the concepts that Team Construction embraced as it set out to build a solid reputation and take a definitive step to create a standard in the roofing industry. If the name Team Construction doesn’t already say it all, the service this company provides does. Established as a predominately woman-owned company in 2006, Team Construction is known to be a contractor’s contractor within the Denver region. 

Star Lumber and Supply founder Earl Goebel had a sense that the city of Wichita, Kan., was ready for growth at the time he first set up shop in 1939. As most of the city’s development up to that point was in or near its downtown area, Goebel defied conventional wisdom by establishing his lumberyard on its outskirts.

It takes a special kind of contractor to move into the crowded south Florida market, and Facchina Construction of Florida is one such builder. The company, a division of Washington, D.C.-based Facchina Construction, has leveraged its respected name and portfolio of quality work into a strong position as one of the area’s most successful contractors in a number of market segments. And, as Vice President of Operations Joseph Graziosi explains, there still are multiple opportunities for the company to gain even more ground on the competition. 

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