Klinger Constructors LLC – One Central Entertainment District

Klinger Constructors picKlinger Constructors LLC delivers its signature blend of value and quality on a new mixed-use complex in Albuquerque.
By Staci Davidson, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

When Klinger Constructors LLC works on a project, it is not just there to deliver a structure and leave. Focusing on quality commercial, industrial, high-tech and healthcare projects, Klinger is dedicated to building dependable, honest relationships with its customers. With that strategy, quality processes and its extensive skills, Klinger has gained repeat business from most of its customers.

“We take a team effort in our work,” Project Manager Adam Leyba says. “Part of it is working with the subs that we know and who we like to use, they know what we expect in our work. We pay our subs on time and we are very good to them. They know how we operate and know what to expect when they come on a Klinger job. But it’s also all of our field experience. Our superintendents average more than 20 years with the company, and I have 20 years with the company. There is not a lot of turnover, which shows in what we do in the field.” 

Based in Albuquerque, Klinger Constructors takes pride in being able to assist clients at any stage of a project. The company provides construction, pre-construction, design/assist/build, design/build, construction manager at-risk and facility maintenance services, while also self-performing a lot of its work. Klinger is a merit-shop contractor and believes in providing value by doing as much of a project’s work as possible, helping it to control quality, costs and schedules.

“The fact that we self-perform work is huge for the schedule,” Leyba says. “We can help a project come out of the ground quickly and keep the schedule up front. With self-performing, we are not waiting on manpower.”

Finishing Touches

Klinger Constructors is completing its work on the One Central Entertainment District in downtown Albuquerque. The transit-oriented development incorporates an Albuquerque Rapid Transit Stop, and is across the street from the city’s Rail Runner and Amtrak station. One Central features 68 market-rate apartments, 44,000 square feet of street-level entertainment and retail, as well as more than 20,000 square feet of patio space. Its wrapped parking structure includes 423 secure spaces. The developer wanted to create a contemporary urban offering by combining entertainment venues, restaurants, offices, retail and modern apartments.

Klinger is the general contractor on the project. Leyba explains Klinger turned over the four-story parking structure to the city in November 2017, and is has completed the shell of the commercial spaces, but is focused on building out each space. The company turned over the first phase of the apartments this past July, and will turn over the apartments’ second phase in late summer.

“We are finishing the apartments now – putting the finishes in there, getting the elevators operational, putting the finishing touches on the exterior,” Leyba says. “It’s close to the end of the project, so we still have to landscape and coordinate with the city to finish everything. Our main focus is on the apartments and main lobbies because they already have a bunch of people signed up to lease the apartments, and that’s great.”

The project, however, has been challenging for Klinger from a site perspective, Leyba notes. The company had to build One Central on one block in the city’s downtown, with one side backed up to a railroad and two other sides on very busy streets.

“Being backed up to a railroad, we were 30 feet from the tracks,” Leyba says. “We were working closely with the Department of Transportation and had to have a flagger hired by them, which cost $1,000 a day. It has just been a super-tight site. St. Joseph Avenue was on side and First Street on another, so the city worked with us to shut down First Street for awhile. Without that it would have been extremely difficult. It was pretty hectic upfront because we had to relocate many of the utilities.”

Relationships and Value

Klinger Constructors got involved in One Central because the project has three different owners, and some of the owners are contractors that Klinger works with regularly. These relationships helped Klinger on the negotiated bid for the project, which got underway in January 2017. The company’s dedication to self-performing work also helped it on One Central, where it provided the foundation work, all of the slabs on deck, a portion of the steel erection, all of the rough carpentry and nearly 75 percent of the concrete.

“We are always looking for ways to do things to save money and hopefully time – these are things we do throughout our projects,” Leyba says. “We do mostly negotiated work and have a lot of repeat customers – about 80 percent of our work is with repeat clients. Most of our process is design/assist or design/build, and we are constantly working to get in budget without sacrificing the architect’s intent. Our goal is to deliver what the owner wants and still keep everyone happy.”

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