Aruba is a small island, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big things going on there, as Albo Aruba N.V. can attest. As the leading general contractor on the island, Albo Aruba handles a wide variety of projects under conditions that most contractors working on the mainland would consider extremely difficult. Despite the challenges created by working on the island, Albo Aruba has proven itself more than capable of rising to meet them and producing quality projects.

Going up a lazy river is not something you can only do in the country. Renters at vacation condo Turquoise Place on Orange Beach, Ala., are doing it on the development’s sundeck. This one-of-a-kind project features many unique amenities including a three-story water wall, a large outdoor pool, a 450-foot lazy river and sundeck, an outdoor playground, two indoor, heated pools with a water slide, swim jets, underwater speakers, three hot tubs, a state-of-the-art fitness room, tennis courts, a playground, two saunas and two steam rooms.

The project also has six glass-enclosed elevators, fully enclosed walkways, and an oversized lobby with a panoramic view of the pool and shore. Built by Yates Construction, which owns Spectrum, Turquoise Place is distinguished by the color of its glass, which gives the development its name.

Spectrum Capital LLC owns, develops and/or operates high-rise condominiums, premier retail entertainment attractions and resort destinations, top-flight sports facilities, and various mixed-use properties.

Widely regarded as the premier condominium residence along Orange Beach, Ala., Turquoise Place sets a new standard for luxury and design. Newly constructed in 2008 and called the jewel of Orange Beach, Turquoise Place is designed to create family memories for years to come. The Diamond Penthouse even sleeps 18 for the largest of family reunions.

Turquoise Place condos have the feel of a beach home with all the amenities of a resort, including condos with a private gulf-front balcony with a Jacuzzi and grill along with fireplace, flat screen TVs throughout and a gourmet kitchen. Amenities elsewhere in the facility are designed to please all ages.

The lazy river features colored lights in the evenings. For some non-aquatic fun, guests can enjoy spa services from Sirena del Sol. There also is a three-story-high waterfall and colorful stonework.

Not the Last Resort

Caribe Resort is separated from Turquoise Place by a little more than a mile and the Perdido Pass. The Caribe Resort is surrounded by 1.5 miles of unconstructed and environmentally protected beaches. It offers two-, three, and four-bedroom condominiums, each with either a bay or gulf view. The resort boasts three multi-tiered outdoor pools with water slides and hot tubs, as well as indoor pools in each resort tower.

A 980-foot-long lazy river meanders around lush landscaping and scenic gulf views. On-site outdoor recreation includes three lighted tennis courts, a 10,000-square-foot putting green and an artificial 18-hole golf course. The locally renowned Cobalt Restaurant is adjacent to the property, offering vacationers a convenient din­ing option. Beachfront views are the specialty of Turquoise Place, whereas Caribe features views of the bay. The resorts can help vacationers decide which location is best for them.

No-Risk Reservations Policy

Spectrum Resorts offers its guests at Turquoise Place and Caribe Resort flexible booking options for vacation rentals along the Gulf Coast. As of May 1, 2010, reservations at these upscale resorts do not require a prepayment or deposit in advance of arrival. 

“Our booking policies at Turquoise Place and Caribe Resort were created based on feedback from our guests,” Spectrum President Jason Voyles said in a statement. “We are committed to being the most guest-friendly vacation rental company along the Gulf Coast. Our innovative approach integrates the flexibility of a hotel reservation with the amenities of staying in a large, spacious vacation residence.”

According to Voyles, the industry standard requires an initial payment equal to 30 percent or more of total rent at the time of reservation with full payment due 30 days before arrival. The cancellation of a reservation within 30 days requires a forfeiture of the total rent.

But Spectrum Resorts is not requiring an ad­vance payment for reservations at Turquoise Place and Caribe Resort. This means if someone is forced to cancel their reservation, they can do so without being charged at all. “Our en­tire business model is designed to meet the needs of guests,” Voyles continued. “We will do whatever it takes to exceed the expectations of our guests in everything we do.”

Spectrum Resorts owns all the units the company manages at Turquoise Place and Caribe, which allows the company to offer vacationers options not found at other rental management companies. “We invite you to join us for our ‘Black Gold on the Coast, Swimming in Free Nights Special,’” Kathy Williams, Spectrum Resorts general manager, said in a statement. Guests receive one free night for every two nights booked. “We’ve decided that if we can’t beat the oil, we’re meeting it head-on and having one heck of a party, and we want you here!”

In addition to gulf-front condos, The Beach Club also offers beach cottages—single-family residences, some with private hot tubs, pools and outdoor kitchens. Guests of The Beach Club can choose among two restaurants, including South Beach Bar and Grill, two bars, a pool-side grill, and Coffee and Cones inside the Village Market and Grill for dining options.

With more than 4,500 franchises around the world, Service­Master Restore has been in the cleaning and disaster res­tor­a­ion business for more than half a century. Service­Master Restore professionals are part of the ServiceMaster family, one of the world’s largest and most versatile service networks with locations across Canada as well as 40 countries around the world. Each year, the company serves millions of homes and businesses with cleaning and disaster recovery services. Ser­vice­­Master Restore in Fredericton, New Brunswick, provides all those services and more.

With more than 75 percent of its business coming from repeat clients, Richlen Construction knows how to complete a successful project and keep its customers happy. The San Francisco-based company says its precon­st­ruction services and ability to pro­vide services above and beyond the traditional contractor sets it apart. “Our business is customer service-driven,” Project Executive Rob Melinauskas says. “We understand what our clients need and tend to do more than simply look over plans and build the project. We perform conceptual estimating and preconstruction services that go beyond the work an average contractor performs.”

A city with a history such as Chicago’s has some very old architecture. But over the years as buildings age and bits of decay occurs, there are not many companies with the capabilities to maintain and renovate landmark architecture.  

In this day and age, businesses cannot survive unless they invest in progressive met­h­ods. Technology, if not undergoing a com­plete change, is being updated almost on a daily basis, and successful companies must compete on a certain level of sophistication. 

When a heavy frost damaged the orchards owned by John and Ross Gorman, the brothers came to realize that their only source of income was not going to be as steady as they had thought. With the fruit industry in need of better packaging, the Gormans began a fruit box business as a temporary second income until new fruit trees started to produce. However, making boxes led to the brothers setting up a small sawmill, and nearly 60 years later, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. is a leading lumber supplier serving a global market.

For more than 20 years, Constant Fire Protection Systems (CFPS) Ltd. has served Calgary with the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of high-quality fire suppression systems. After gaining experience from a former employer, owner and President Jim Anderson incorporated the company in 1988, but discovered that starting his own fire systems contracting business was a little challenging at first.

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