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SBF Construction Inc.’s culture places an emphasis on employees.

By Bob Rakow

When SBF Construction Inc. President Ron Ferrari talks about his construction company, it isn’t long before he mentions family. After all, family is at the heart of the Hackensack, N.J.-based reinforced concrete company. “My dad started the business,” Ferrari says. “He was a cement mason.”

Ron Ferrari Sr. is 73 years old but remains active in the day-to-day operation of the company. “He won’t retire,” his son says. “He goes to the jobsites every morning starting at 6 a.m.” But Ferrari appreciates his father’s input and the family culture he instilled in the company that he founded in 1970. “Having my family involved is an advantage,” Ferrari says. “Everyone is watching the store.”

PorchlightTop-quality product, a focus on the customer and decades of experience are positioning western Canada’s Porchlight Developments for long-term success.

By Eric Slack

The Porchlight Developments story begins in 2008. With nearly 20 years of residential development and building industry experience between them, Rob Butler and Neil Braun each started their own companies. The two of them collaborated together on a few projects and soon found they had different yet complimentary strengths. The underlying principles they shared forged the partnership. They understood the importance of innovative design to enhance the homeowners’ living experience; the strength of an empowered, dedicated and trusted team, a true appreciation for the corporate relationships essential for success; and the prerequisite of integrity. With several years behind them and more than 2,000 homes completed, Porchlight is positioned strongly for the future.

One Thousand MuseumA striking exterior design is not the only thing One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects will contribute to Miami.

By Chris Petersen

Zaha Hadid Architects is one of the world’s most renowned architectural firms, having designed such iconic structures as the London Olympic Aquatic Center, the CMA CGM Tower in France, China’s Guangzhou Opera House and the BMW central building in Germany. The firm’s already impressive portfolio will add another entry when the One Thousand Museum tower is completed in Miami in 2018. The structure will be the first residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, and Kevin Venger, one of the developers on the project alongside Louis Birdman and Gregg Covin, says the project team couldn’t be prouder to bring a project with this pedigree to Miami.

shop picKodiak Building Partners’ acquisition strategy helps develop a leading construction materials supplier.

By Bob Rakow

Kodiak Building Partners CEO and co-founder Steve Swinney admits that Kodiak’s founders chose a risky time to leave their positions at a leading building materials company to invest in a construction recovery. It was 2010, and the construction industry was only beginning to rebound from the recession that rocked the market just a few years earlier. Swinney and his partners were not deterred. “We felt as though there was an opportunity for investment,” he says.

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Golden State Lumber operates with a customer-first mentality by treating customers and employees as partners. 

By Stephanie Crets

By treating the customer as a partner, Golden State Lumber retains the philosophy on which the company was built back in 1954. With products such as lumber, hardware, doors, windows, fencing and insulation, Golden State Lumber services a range of customers from the everyday handyman to the big developer, but its main focus is on the professional builder.

“They care about the quality of product that’s going into their projects, but one of the biggest things they’re looking for is service,” CEO Jessica Scerri says. “We’re always looking at how we can provide better service and value to customers. It’s all about knowing our customers, what they need and being able to give them that service. For them, it’s about how can we service them to make sure we’re saving them money.”

Boathouse View 2 Rendering copyEssex General Construction's work on the Boathouse apartment complex in Portland, Ore., reflects its commitments to teamwork and LEED-quality sustainable construction. 

By Jim Harris

Essex General Construction's focus on teamwork has enabled it to be one of the most trusted contractors in its home base of Eugene, Ore., for nearly 30 years. “Throughout the years we’ve developed strong partnerships, based on open communication, a commitment to fairness and a need to see every project through,” the company says. “These relationships — with clients, designers, subcontractors and suppliers – are as strong and sturdy as the buildings we construct.”

The level of commitment the company demonstrates to its projects distinguishes Essex from many of its general contracting peers. “We have earned people’s trust in the valley and have brought that commitment to Portland,” Project Manager Perry Smick says. “Our relationships are key to our success.”

stairDuce applies the master builder concept to its work in New York City to great success.

By Chris Petersen

Duce Construction Corp. founder and President Rory McCreesh understands the value of the little things more than most builders. After emigrating from his native Ireland to New York City in 1985, he began his career in construction as a carpenter, where he saw first-hand the hard work that goes into every construction project. After rapidly moving up through the ranks, McCreesh went into business for himself in 1989, founding Duce Construction Corp.

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Allied-Orion is using its management expertise to boost its development of multifamily apartment properties.

By Tim O'Connor

On the surface, an apartment complex might have everything a tenant could ever want. Pools, 24-hour fitness room access and high-quality units are all features that get a prospective tenant in the door. But to be a truly desirable place to live a residential development needs more than a list of features; it needs a team behind it than can effectively manage the property and address the concerns of owners and investors alike.

“You will experience the difference with us when you receive the strategic attention of our company teams” says Ricardo Rivas, CIO of Allied-Orion Group. The company is a full-service, vertically integrated multifamily management, investment (acquisition and development), and construction firm. “There is no detail too small for us.” At least one of the company’s three active partners is involved directly in every development that Allied-Orion does.

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