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Imagine you are a consumer who just bought a beautiful high-rise condo in a city like Manhattan, Miami or Chicago. Picture your company just moving into class A office space in downtown Los Angeles, Atlanta or Philadelphia. In several recent cases these customers had a rude surprise. They are in a beautiful new facility they paid good money for and yet have little to no cell service.

“Consumers expect everything to be wireless,” Squan CEO Leighton Carroll says. “Customers more than ever demand cellular service and expect it when they spend their money for high-end space. Ironically newer energy-efficient building materials can dramatically hurt cellular signal quality from legacy tower networks. In urban centers and densely populated areas, many newly constructed spaces may end up with coverage and capacity issues that impact customer satisfaction and ultimately sales.” 

As the leading general contractor for restaurant chains in the Southeast, US General Construction has a positive outlook on the future as its clients begin to remodel their locations more frequently to stay competitive. “In the past, the restaurant chains might have gone 15 years to remodel, but more of them are trying to keep up with everyone else so they are squeezing remodels to every 10 years,” President Dick Peden says. “A lot of our clients are focused on remodeling to freshen up buildings faster; at the same time, building new buildings as new areas develop.”

Peden founded the Alpharetta, Ga.-based general contracting firm in 1968 after working in the industry for as long as he can remember. “My dad was a homebuilder in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and I grew up working for him on the weekends, in the afternoon and during the summer,” he remembers. “All I knew was construction.”

Founded in 2008, Streetscape Partners is a privately held real estate investment and development company. Operating with a focus on residential and mixed-use opportunities in the greater Washington, D.C., region, Streetscape’s goal is to capitalize, develop and build world-class real estate assets. 

“Our process is based on transparency,” Acquisitions and Development Director Howard Katz says. “We are a small group, and our principals have hands-on relationships with our clients.”

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Although Streetscape Partners is less than 10 years old, it can trace its legacy to Michael Harris Homes, which has been building and developing in the D.C. region since the 1980s. In fact, the leaders of the firm have decades of experience. 

Every new construction project is exciting. It’s the chance to create something beautiful, unique and useful. If the job is done right, it will stand the test of time as a testament to those involved in its preparation and construction. Yet, of all the different types of construction projects available, building a school is unique in the important role the structure plays in the community. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in students’ education by providing them with a positive learning environment. Contractors that – regardless of the contractual delivery method – engage with the students and their families, the design professionals, school district and local subcontractors play a vital role in ensuring the best decisions are made for the community. 

Skanska, the eighth-largest construction company in the world, has set its sights on building a world-class heart and vascular hospital on the Rex University of North Carolina (UNC) Healthcare campus in Raleigh, N.C. The new facility will provide treatment, rehabilitation, education and preventive care in one facility.

Rex UNC Healthcare is located in Wake County, North Carolina’s most populous county, which adds thousands of new residents every year. It has been the hospital of choice in the area for 120 years, always focused on investing in new technologies and construction that could elevate the quality of healthcare it provides. 

Some developers need an extensive staff on each of their jobs, but not Rybak Development & Construction. “We run an incredibly lean operation in terms of how we set up these projects,” President Sergey Rybak asserts. 

And instead of hiring a subcontractor to complete foundation, superstructure, waterproofing or roofing, Rybak Development performs these tasks on its own. “[That] makes us incredibly competitive, in terms of our ability to deliver a building for much less than the industry standard,” he says.

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rybak Development provides concrete superstructures for mid-rise residential and mixed-use projects, and often develops them on its own. Rybak founded the company in 2007 and started by taking on renovation and foundation repair projects.

Grady Humphrey approaches the commercial construction industry with confidence, knowing that he can be selective about the projects he accepts. “Part of being a diversified company is I don’t have to take every job,” says Humphrey, vice president of Red Hook Construction Group.

The Bay Shore, N.Y.-based firm can do it all, says Humphrey, who operates the company along with President Sal Carucci. “We perform multiple trades,” Humphrey says. “We perform projects from start to finish.”

And there’s little question that Red Hook Construction Group  is hard at work, taking on numerous projects throughout New York City including hotels, apartment and condominium complexes and self-storage facilities. 

For decades, the U.S. highway system has been geared toward motor vehicle traffic, but recently changes in the way Americans think about their health and infrastructure planning have created more of a hybrid approach. In certain areas, pedestrians and bicyclists now also have the opportunity to make use of thoroughfares that in the past were exclusively the domain of cars and trucks, whether by design or by default. In Frederick County, Md., Maryland’s SHA, the City of Frederick and the county have teamed up to revamp one of its busiest and most important interchanges at US 15 and Monocacy Blvd. When the work on the interchange is completed, it not only will be able to handle the anticipated increase in motor vehicle traffic expected in the area, but also will provide greater and safer accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists. Helping the city and county realize that goal is Kibler Construction, one of Maryland’s leading highway and street construction firms. 

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