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When it came to selecting vendors and subcontractors for the construction of a new high school in Newaygo County, Mich., construction managers Triangle Associates looked beyond the lowest bids. “The school district very much wanted us to incorporate local participation into the project,” says Marc Alexa, senior project manager for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company.

Since President Obama signed the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Auburn University has been awarded more than $82 million from the federal government. The Auburn, Ala.-based school has used $43 million of the funds, much of it spent on campus construction projects. The projects have improved and consolidated school functions and amenities all while creating jobs – a key purpose of the ARRA. 

A key reason why Overaa Construction has been in business for more than a century is because it abides by its values. The Richmond, Calif.-based contractor maintains its roots as hands-on craftsmen, which is evident in its ability to self-perform much of its work, including concrete. Although Overaa has evolved into a turnkey solutions provider, it remains old-fashioned where it matters the most. “We value blue-collar ethics,” President Christopher Manning asserts.

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center is being built to last as long as the Carr legacy itself. The former Colorado governor held office during WWII from 1939 to 1943. He openly opposed the Japanese-American internment camps − an unpopular stance during that time. As this new construction project demonstrates, the former governor is now heralded as a civil rights pioneer.

For 18 years, Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan., has been the “evolving campus” of the University of Kansas, Vice Chancellor Bob Clark says. Under his leadership, the campus has strived to emphasize that image. Edwards Campus’ latest initiative is the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building, which is being built by McPherson Contractors Inc. BEST will cover 72,000 square feet and consist of three structures, Assistant Dean and Project Manager Pam Bray says.

At Lakeshore TolTest Corp., its core values are critical to its survival, Kevin Parikh says. “We live and breathe by our core values, for which we have coined the acronym, ‘CPRR,’” he says. Parikh, who is the executive vice president for its heavy engineering repair and construction division, says the “C” in “CPRR” stands for “client satisfaction,” and the “P” stands for a “positive, can-do attitude.” Meanwhile, the first “R” stands for “taking responsibility,” where the company’s employees are “holding ourselves to account,” Parikh says.

When trying to accommodate 18 different tenants on a fast-track schedule, even contractors with vast experience in military construction might find the task daunting. However, since Hoffman Construction, BBL Architects and the Oregon National Guard used a design/build delivery method for the construction of a new facility at Camp Withycombe, it made planning this massive structure that much easier.

Four of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions will soon collaborate under one roof after Hensel Phelps Construction Co. completes construction on the $82 million Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) in La Jolla, Calif., in November.

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