In this uncertain economy, many contractors are stripping their operations down to the bare essentials. For building material suppliers like Birmingham, Ala.’s Service Construction Supply (SCS), this is a double-edged sword. Not only are the majority of orders being slashed to the bone, but the expectations for service have risen to new heights. 

Without steel reinforcement, today’s towering concrete structures would not be possible. The continual strengthening of steel and the design of threaded reinforcing bars for concrete construction is replacing cages of rebar in geotechnical applications like caissons, piles or stress rock anchorages. But now SAS Stressteel’s products are not only the foundation for contractors doing excavation work, they are being used to reinforce the compressive members for upper levels of skyscrapers.

The old phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” could apply to Novak Construction Services’ way of doing business. With the lack of new construction jobs available, the 30-year-old company is focusing on remodeling and renovation projects.

In a fluctuating real estate market, flexibility is key. So when an aging office park was rezoned to mixed use with residential and office and the residential market suddenly disappeared in 2007, MidCity Real Estate Partners was ready with a plan B.

With concerns about Internet sec­urity and cyber-terrorism on the rise, Bossier Parish, La., de­cided to take advantage of its location along a fiber-optic speedway to create a facility that would be world-class in cyber and physical security. The result is the $53.7 million Cyber Inno­vation Center (CIC), which despite being built near Barksdale Air Force Base, had no committed tenants during its design phase. The CIC, a not-for-profit corporation, is the anchor of a planned 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park conceived as a way to lure high-tech jobs to the area.

In just under four years, J. Benton Construction LLC has established itself as the go-to contractor for fast-track, quality construction in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “We’re having repeat clients as well as new clients based on the fact that we’ve put together the absolute best team to successfully complete projects in the Caribbean,” President James Benton asserts. 

Elan Construction Limited is a general contractor that operates with a personal touch, Manager of Project Develop­ment Lloyd Bazay says. Based in Cal­gary, the family owned company serves multiple markets, including commercial, retail, manufacturing, industrial, institutional, warehousing and distribution facilities. David C. Poulsen founded the company with members of his family in 1978.

A contractor’s work isn’t done after it finishes erecting a building – one of the most important finishing touches is the fire protection system. For this niche service, many contractors call on Virginia-based Fire and Life Safety America (FLSA) to outfit buildings with fire protection and life-safety devices. The company installs fire alarms, fire sprinklers, special hazard fire systems, emergency exit lights, fire extinguishers and other devices.

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