A successful retail center design creates an inviting atmosphere without overpowering the many brands that will be competing for consumers’ attention. It is with this strategy in mind that pellow + associates architects inc. approaches its retail projects in Ontario and elsewhere. Whether creating an outdoor lifestyle center to replace an enclosed mall or repositioning a regional enclosed mall, pellow + associates attempts to bring that sensitivity to each location. 

When building a large facility, some contractors might be tempted to subcontract portions such as the concrete work. But that is not the case for Okland Construction as it builds the new Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah. Project Manager John Cockrell says Okland can better manage the project by doing the concrete on its own. “It is one of the first activities that takes place,” he says. “We can help control the schedule and the quality of the concrete work.”

Matchmaking has always been a popular spectator sport – even before it garnered high ratings on reality TV – and a major portion of the job of real estate developers is to come up with a match made in heaven. In the case of the ShelbyHurst Research and Office Park – a 200-plus-acre office campus formerly known as the Shelby Campus – the land, prestige and investment of the university combined with the investment, development and management expertise of NTS Development Co. have made a heavenly match.

With more than 60 years of experience and $2 billion worth of annual mortgage placements under its belt, Murray & Company is one of Canada’s longest-lived and most active commercial real estate financial advisory firms.

Whether the project is a memorial to the victims of terrorism or a museum for cowboys, a habitat for elephants or botanical garden structures, the world’s largest McDonald’s or a copy of a Frank Lloyd Wright tower, Lippert Brothers Inc. has always regarded versatility as its strength and niches as pigeonholes rather than opportunities.

The Florida Marlins will ring in their 2012 Major League Baseball season in a brand-new stadium, thanks to the combined efforts of two construction management firms. Construction on the 37,000-seat, $515 million facility started in July 2009. The facility, owned by Miami-Dade County, will give the Marlins a home of their own for the first time since their inception in 1993.

There’s no doubt that the current recession has been one of the most challenging times for contractors in recent memory. At every level and in every sector, contractors and subcontractors have been challenged on a daily basis by the harsh economic realities. Although national facts and figures give an accurate picture of the recession, they don’t take into account the individual stories that make up those aggregate numbers.

Based in New York City, Crossland Mechanical Inc. has served the New York Tri-State area with quality, cost-efficient mechanical engineering solutions to complex commercial projects since 1984. Before President and CEO Luigi Romic acquired the company in 1991, Crossland Mechanical worked on smaller jobs for local general contractors. “Little by little, we evolved and began doing bigger work with the owners and property managers,” Romic explains.

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