Plaza ConstructionPlaza Construction is underway with several condominium and mixed-use projects in Florida.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Plaza Construction’s work consists of buildings, but the company’s business is actually driven by people, President Brad Meltzer says. “We’re a company that’s focused on our clients and their needs,” he says.

But to ensure that Plaza Construction is serving its clients well, it has to make sure it is hiring the best and brightest. “We spend a lot of time in the HR side of things, investing in our people,” he says.

John Moriarty and Associates picJohn Moriarty & Associates of Florida dominates the luxury residential market in south Florida. 
By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

John Moriarty & Associates of Florida (JMA) has been building luxury residential high-rises in the south Florida market for nearly 30 years. With the successful completion of more than 250 new construction projects over the past three decades, the company is repeatedly selected by prolific developers to build the region’s most high profile, complex and landmark projects.

Although the company was founded and is headquartered in Winchester, Mass., JMA has found firm footing in other markets, including Florida, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina. The company brought its expertise to the south Florida market in 1990, offering preconstruction consulting, construction management and general construction for new buildings, building additions, renovation projects and the fit-out of interior spaces. 

Hudson Meridian picHudson Meridian Construction Group excels at building complex projects in a wide range of sectors.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Hudson Meridian Construction Group’s experienced leadership and ability to meet its clients’ needs has earned the company the recognition of its peers. 

Under the leadership of CEO and founder William Cote – who has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry – today Hudson Meridian is ranked among New York City's Top 100 Contractors and the nation's Top 400 firms. Recently, the company ranked No. 6 on the “Top 20 General Contractors in NYC for Ground-Up Construction Projects” by The Real Deal as well as “One of the Largest Privately Held Companies in New York” by Crain’s.  

HBD ConstructionHBD Construction Inc. continues its founders’ more than 95-year tradition of project diversity.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Shortly after Horace B. Deal founded H.B. Deal & Company Inc., in 1922, the company became known in the St. Louis market for taking on a wide variety of projects. These included building monuments and memorial buildings, churches, schools, hospitals, industrial plants, commercials structures and housing projects.

Carrier Johnson picCarrier Johnson + Culture is designing high-profile projects in San Diego.  

By Kat Zeman 

When it comes to architecture and urban planning, Carrier Johnson + Culture brings more to the table than simple drawings. The San Diego-based firm focuses on delivering individualized solutions that blend technology, art and expression. 

Describing its architectural services as design-centric, the firm embraces creativity and thinking outside of the box. The San Diego-based company specializes in providing unique architectural solutions. It manages construction projects for clients in sectors that include healthcare, education, corporate, advanced technology, life sciences, residential, public and mixed-use developments.

The Core CompaniesThe Core Companies sparks interest in its residential developments by delivering on the expectations of the neighborhood. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

The Core Companies is a vertically integrated real estate development and construction firm that immerses itself in the communities in which it builds with the goal of enhancing the overall environment. The company maintains that mission by creating vibrant new home communities in San Jose, Calif., that improve its residents’ quality of life.

Founded in 1989 by David Neale, The Core Companies has developed more than 400 single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, as well as 2,960 apartment units in the South Bay region. Chris Neale joined the team in 1999 as Executive Vice President and oversees all development activities from inception through completion.  The Core Companies umbrella encompasses Core Residential, which specializes in market rate multifamily projects, Core Affordable that develops affordable housing and Core Builders, an in-house general contractor. 


Collaborative Construction Management ensures its projects’ success by employing a time-tested formula

with key trade partners and consultants.

By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media  

Collaborative Construction Management (CCM) was founded in 1997 with the idea that successful results are achieved by combining creativity, craft and commerce.

Twenty-one years later, the New York City-based company has earned a reputation in the industry as a pioneer of adaptive reuse. CCM has converted 37 former commercial properties – nearly 8 million square feet – into more than 7,600 residential units.

CCM has completed some of the most complex and large-scale conversion projects ever undertaken in New York City, transforming many iconic landmark buildings into today’s most functional and luxurious environments, according to President Michael Siciliani. “We are the undisputed leader in commercial to residential conversions,” Siciliani says. “We tackle large-scale, unusually challenging logistical puzzles. We understand how to work in and around an existing building, sometimes even while occupied.”

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RL Baxter builds long-term relationships with clients by listening and responding to their needs.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

RL Baxter Building Corp. does much more than its name indicates. “We really see ourselves as a customer service business that just happens to do construction,” says Eric Baxter, vice president of the Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based company. “We believe in providing custom service, listening to our clients’ needs and wants, and executing to their vision.”

Eric Baxter makes himself readily available to clients. “Every client has my cell phone number,” he says. “I’m always available and able to drop anything to go on a work site.

“People enjoy working with us because they know we will do the right thing,” Baxter adds. “We don’t just want to do one job with our clients, we want their next five to 10 jobs.”

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