Institutional

RuconRucon Inc.’s construction management approach makes it a valuable partner to contractors as well as to its school district clients.
By Jim Harris

Dennis Russo’s more than 30 years of construction industry experience have given him a strong sense of what he feels is the most effective way to lead a project.

“During the years I was building schools [for a general contractor] as a site superintendent, I watched how construction managers went about their work,” he says. “I noticed they liked to separate prime contractors from the owners and the architects and required all of the general contractors they worked with to coordinate everything through them – I saw that as a problem.”

Hunt picHunt Construction Group, An AECOM Company, overcomes many challenges as it builds the replacement hospital for Houston Methodist on the Texas Medical Center campus, known as the North Tower.

By Stephanie Crets

The Hunt Construction Group team strives to do the best work with the right people.

One of the company’s latest ventures is the North Tower for Houston Methodist Hospital, which is more than 10 years in the making. Pre-construction for the new 980,000-square-foot hospital began in March 2014. The new hospital will be ready for initial occupancy by the end of 2017 and become fully operational by the third quarter of 2018. During 2018, Hunt will demolish and renovate interior spaces of the existing buildings once the hospital moves into the new facility, as well as complete the build out of shelled spaces.

Turner EEECPhoto credit Gould Evans and Associates

The University of Kansas’ EEEC project will enhance geology and other scientific research.

By Jim Harris

The University of Kansas’ science program will soon receive a major boost thanks to a state-of-the-art academic and research facility now under construction.

General Contractor Turner Construction started work last September on the university’s $80 million Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC). When it opens in December 2017, the center will offer faculty, staff, students and researchers laboratory and classroom space as well a conference center with collaborative spaces. Groundbreaking was last September.

The 145,000-square-foot complex is designed to serve those pursuing several scientific fields including

geology, physics, and chemistry. “The EEEC will promote the kind of cross-disciplinary research that has the ability to shape our energy- and water- hungry future,” the university says.

Miron ConstructionMiron Construction brings innovation to the field as it renovates one of Madison, Wis.’s most beloved buildings.

By Janice Hoppe

Miron Construction is implementing industry-leading technology as it completes the final phases of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Reinvestment Project. “One of the things that sets us apart from other organizations is the value-added services we provide,” Vice President of Madison Operations Paul Auer says.

Cerritos

The construction of new Fine Arts and Math/CIS buildings at Cerritos College

will help the college ensure that students and faculty can succeed.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college with more than 40 buildings situated on 135 acres in Norwalk, Calif. Serving more than 23,000 students each semester, Cerritos College is committed to providing accessible, low-cost and quality education for everyone in the communities it serves. Additionally, the college is always looking out for opportunities to enhance its physical plant to benefit its student population.

First Team

First Team Construction specializes in hard-bid work in Alabama,

especially education projects for school districts and universities.

By Russ Gager

Education is one of the largest expenditures of local governments, so it is a good niche for First Team Construction Co. Inc. to cultivate. “Schools have been our bread and butter,” Vice President Chad Beasley says. The company works on many public bid jobs throughout Alabama such as for the Alabama Department of Public Safety or the Department of Human Resources, but it keeps returning to education.

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