When President Steve Barkhouse began the Amsted Group of Companies in 1989, he was the only employee. It was the beginning of a recession in Canada and he was beginning to wonder what he was thinking opening a design/build construction company. “I watched a lot of companies go under because of mistakes they made,” he recalls.“You had to be good at what you did or you’d go under,” he adds. “I learned a lot from those difficult times.”

At WesTower Communications, the construction of towers never gets boring, Richard Kirby says. “There always seems to be a challenge, whether you’re building a tower in a very remote location with helicopters or putting a stealth site up in a major city,” he says, “it’s different, and it’s changing all the time.”

S.E. Cline Construction is about as versatile as a general contracting land development firm can be. Its crews will even go beyond the shorelines to develop land below the waterline. The Palm Coast, Fla.,-based company serves northeast Florida, “but we tend to look further as times get more interesting,” says Sam Cline, president, and have even ventured into South Florida and Alabama. Cline is on the board of directors of the Palm Coast chamber of commerce while Scott Sowers, vice president and director of land development, is president of the City of Bunnell chamber.

As anyone who seen the Las Vegas skyline can attest, some of the most well-known hotels and resorts in the world reside in this locale. If any construction firm has cracked the code to successfully delivering these palatial projects, it is M.J. Dean Construction. The general contracting firm, which began in 1989, offers clients consulting, cost analysis, construction, operations and project management in the Las Vegas area.

With the economy in the doldrums, many contractors across the United States and Canada have been forced to close their doors, or at the very least, reduce their staffs to cut down overhead. The idea of a general building contracting company growing during these difficult times is practically unheard of, but this is precisely the case for Lavergne Construction.

The community of Coral Springs, Fla., takes pride in its places of worship. Thirteen churches dot the community within a one-mile radius. With church attendance growing each month, GRYCON LLC has been contracted to build an addition to The Church by the Glades in Coral Springs. The CBTG has outgrown their existing facility and must have seven services per weekend to meet the need of their growing congregation.

If you’ve ever landed at Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, you might have noticed its striking architecture, with sweeping wavelike designs, curved glass and complex angles that evoke a body at sea. It’s a style of architecture that lets visitors know without a doubt they’re on a Caribbean island.

Five years ago, the principals at Alan Jeskey Builders (AJB) decided to let go of the company’s residential division and switch focus to design/build projects for the commercial sector. It was a wise decision that Curtis Cummings, CEO of the company, credits to instinct gained through decades of construction experience in the southern Nevada market.

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