Stuart OlsonWith more than 100 years of experience, Stuart Olson knows what it takes to complete a successful project: teamwork, communication and understanding.
By Bianca Herron

Founded in 1911, Stuart Olson Inc. is a full-service construction company serving multiple industries, including healthcare, industrial, commercial, hospitality, oil and gas, and education. Since its founding more than a century ago, the Canada-based company prides itself on successfully collaborating with others, a tradition it strives to uphold today, according to Project Manager Sean Kangas.

“We understand the importance of respect and focusing on the best interest of the project, and not just the individuals involved,” Kangas says. “I think this has made us quite successful in the industry and is the reason for our many repeat clients.”

One of Stuart Olson’s many repeat clients is the University of Alberta. The company is currently constructing a long-term storage building on the university’s south campus.


BARTON MALOW 01Barton Malow is performing a $50 million renovation on MSU’s Breslin Center while it remains in operation.
By Tim O’Connor

At a time when public projects are driven to find the lowest responsible bid, the impact of relationships can be understated. But the familiarity among owner, construction manager and contractors on the renovation and expansion of Michigan State University’s Breslin Student Events Center shows how critical trust can be in overhauling a facility that must remain open throughout construction.

All of the subcontractors chosen for the project are based in Michigan and many have worked on MSU projects before. “They understand the culture and expectation of the university so it’s not a matter of educating the contractors every time they come on site,” says Kevin Waldman, senior project manager for Barton Malow, the construction manager for the renovation.

MountcoMountco takes pride in building affordable housing projects that revitalize New York communities.

By Tim O’Connor

A good affordable housing project can transform a community. It can bring in young professionals such as teachers and municipal workers who earn less than 80 percent of the local average mean income (AMI), while helping elderly residents afford to remain in their town.

Affordable housing projects can even revitalize a community. Fifteen years ago, Mountco Construction & Development Corp. was one of the few affordable housing developers in Mount Vernon, N.Y., a suburb of New York City near the Bronx. Mountco’s work in the area brought new people to the city, which in turned lured more shops and local businesses, sparking an economic renewal.

“It turns around a community over time,” Mountco founder and President Joel Mounty says. “When you build affordable you’re really creating something for families and individuals.”


G Greene

 G. Greene Construction empowers millennial workers to push new technologies and develop different ways of communicating that add more value for its clients in the occupied space market.

By Tim O’Connor

Most any company will tell you that its most valuable commodity is its people. So when G. Greene Construction finds someone who shares its values and has the fortitude to put the client ahead of their own company, it is quick to add that person to its team. “We don’t wait for a need,” says Tim King, director of business development. “We make sure if there is someone good out there we talk with them, qualify them and give them an opportunity to join our team.”

BenchmarkEarly involvement in the Lancaster General Hospital expansion positioned Benchmark Construction to better solve logistical challenges.

By Tim O’Connor

The city of Lancaster, Penn., has only 59,322 residents, according to the latest U.S. Census data, but its downtown area is as vibrant as any other town. Building a major project in the center of the city has the potential be a major disruption to the people who live and work there. So when Lancaster General Health began planning a major expansion of its downtown hospital it knew it needed a contractor who could balance not only the needs of the project, but also those of the residents and businesses nearby.

Newfield picNewfield Construction has earned its reputation as one of Connecticut’s most trusted Construction Managers.

By Chris Petersen

For nearly 50 years, Newfield Construction, Inc. has been helping to build Connecticut, the company’s longevity in and around the Hartford, C.T., market is no accident. According to Project Manager Josh Johnson, the key to the company’s success has been its commitment to its clients and focusing on their needs from the start to finish on each project. The company continues to complete successful projects like the athletic facilities upgrade and renovation at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn., Johnson says, the company is adapting to the changing nature of the construction industry while maintaining the values and vision set forth by its founders, the Davis Family.

Founded in 1969 in the City of Harford by Bill Davis, Newfield Construction has completed numerous successful projects in multiple contract formats across multiple market sectors. Upon succeeding his father as President in 1984, Damien Davis has carried on the tradition of success and client first philosophy instilled in him by his father.

As active members in the communities in which the build, Newfield employees take pride in doing the job well. It stands as a primary motivator that they carry from project to project. “Driving through this state and being able to point out different landmarks that we have built is a very satisfying feeling,” the company says.

Bird SetonBird Construction’s work on the Seton Recreation Facility will bring an array of amenities for individuals and families to southeast Calgary.
By Eric Slack

With 95 years of construction experience in Canada with offices coast to coast, Bird Construction is a leading general contractor that provides construction services to a long list of new and repeat clients. Today, Bird is a publicly traded corporation with employees forming a significant shareholder group. This enhances the degree to which employees at all levels commit to the company’s clients.

“A hands-on approach to the business has given Bird an edge in being able to make decisions quickly and to adapt to the requirements of our clients,” Business Development Lead Jade Neher says.

GilbaneGilbane is in the final stages of a two-decade-long program to renovate and upgrade all of the city of New Haven’s public schools in Connecticut.

By Tim O’Connor

The best day on any project is the last day, but for Carolina Cudemus it’s especially sentimental. Since 2000, Cudemus, a Project executive for Gilbane, has overseen modernization of facilities for New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut. “One of the most satisfying days is when all of the staff and students go to their school [for the first time],” she says. “Just to see the faces of the people walking in and seeing where they are going to be working and going to school gives all of us a sense of satisfaction and purpose for the work we do.”

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