Institutional

Founded in 1911, Keith Plumbing and Heating Co. Ltd. is on the verge of celebrating its centenary in 2011. “We believe we’re the oldest British Columbia-owned mechanical company,” owner and President Paul Myers asserts. “We also believe we are one of the largest commercial and institutional mechanical contractors in British Columbia,” he adds.

There are always plenty of challenges when building correctional facilities like the Mohave County Adult Detention Center in Kingman, Ariz. However, it takes an experienced contractor such as Faulkner USA to deliver a project situated in the side of a mountain. In September, Faulkner USA completed the 688-bed facility as the general contractor and design/builder for slightly more than $72 million. The facility occupies 266,000 square feet and consists of more than 800 precast con­crete panels that form walls and support beams.

Eggrock Inc. may manufacture bathrooms, but the main goal of the company is actually efficiency, President Jeff Barrett says. “What we’re all about is helping construction go a lot faster, with a much higher level of quality,” he says. “Bathrooms tend to be on a critical path of multi-dwelling construction projects.”

At Cornerstone General Contractors Inc., employees operate with a “roll up your sleeves attitude to getting work done,” Project Manager Bryan Gormley says. “We focus on getting problems solved and getting the work moving forward.” It is that attitude that makes the general contractor the best fit to build a new high school in Issaquah, Wash., for the Issaquah School District, Gormley says. The project is a rebuild of the district’s original school, which was built in 1962.

The University of Texas is putting the finishing touches on its newest instructional facility. Substantial construction concluded this year on the six-story, 295,000-square-foot Norman Hackerman Building on the Austin campus. The structure was scheduled for occupancy in late October. The building, named in honor of chemist, professor and University of Texas president emeritus Norman Hackerman, is one part of a total $195 million project that also includes the renovation of Robert A. Welch Hall, the chemistry building located across the street. 

There are not many construction firms that can take on a project that is upwards of a couple hundred million dollars at any time, yet alone when a recession is causing many firms to scale back its operations. But when the University of Kentucky decided it was time to build a new patient care facility, it found the right crew for the job at Turner Construction Co.

Staying on schedule in any large-scale construction project is never easy, but doing so during an abnormally rainy season requires a high level of skill not often found in some contractors. How­ever, Auburn, Ala.-based Rabren General Contractors was able to finish its George Washington Carver High School project on schedule in spite of bad weather and a number of change orders during the course of construction.

As the largest educational facility con­struction manager in the mid-Atlantic and the ninth-largest construction manager in the region currently managing more than $600 million in project value, HESS Construction + Engi­neer­ing Services has established itself as a leader in a niche market, which includes primary and secondary schools, community colleges, training facilities, museums, libraries and federal institutions. This focus has been “extremely successful,” for the Gaithersburg, Md.-based company, Executive Vice President and COO Kathleen Langan says. 

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