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In erecting its new 32-story office tower along the Milwaukee lakefront, Northwestern Mutual is not only positioning itself for growth, but also providing a lift to the entire city’s economy and building industry. 

As part of the project’s approval, the financial and life insurance company agreed to a host of requirements designed to bring Milwaukee’s small businesses together and create training opportunities for the city’s construction trades workers. “The project itself is historic for Milwaukee and the Midwest,” says Adam Jelen, senior vice president at Gilbane Building Co., the firm serving as the tower’s general contractor. Gilbane is also partnered with CG Schmidt for the construction. 

There are many homebuilders, but Evergreene Homes sets itself apart with the relationships it forms, co-founder and CEO Rob Cappellini says. “Our goal is to make everyone we come into contact with a raving fan of the company, whether it’s a subcontractor, employee or customers, by providing them with a great experience,” he says.

Based in Chantilly, Va., Evergreene Homes builds custom homes in its home state as well as in Maryland and Delaware. “We do everything from small, single-family homes, villas, cottage homes and luxury townhomes [to] small condo projects,” he says.

Prior to forming the company in 2007, “All of the co-founders had been with national homebuilders at a senior level,” Cappellini recalls. “We thought that forming our company during a downturn would provide us some competitive advantages in the short run.” 

Business practices have evolved substantially over the last century. Methods and materials that were not previously considered dangerous – or not considered at all – now are recognized as harmful or even hazardous. With the renewed emphasis on reducing sprawl in metropolitan areas and the growth of urban infill projects, reclaiming sites hampered by their industrial past has become a valued niche in which EnviroFinance Group LLC (EFG) specializes.

“We’re essentially a land developer or a horizontal developer,” explains Cameron Bertron, executive vice president of development services. “We prepare the land in terms of abatement, demolition and remediation as necessary. By focusing on remediation and infrastructure, EFG sets the table for the vertical developments that follow. This is land recycling.” 

Members of the military have a plethora of needs when they are deployed, but housing is often their first priority when they return home. In fact, being transferred is a fact of life in the armed forces, and that’s where Balfour Beatty Communities comes in.

The residential property management company is a leading provider of military family housing in the United States. It provides more than 44,000 military homes for 150,000 residents living on 55 Army, Navy and Air Force installations across the country, the company says.

But Balfour Beatty sees itself as more than a property manager. Rather, the company takes significant pride in the work it does for military families, from providing new housing and significant renovations and refurbishments to existing properties to offering responsive property management and maintenance support.

The construction of educational facilities is Bacon Construction’s “bread and butter,” and the company’s experience in that sector is the primary reason it was chosen as the general contractor for the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, Project Manager Chad Hawksley says.

“This is what we do,” Hawksley says. “We sell ourselves that way.” The company was founded in 1967 and performs educational construction at all levels, from elementary schools to state and private colleges and universities. “We have a long list of good references, which is helpful,” Hawksley says.  

The new Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic aims to go beyond improving treatments, but to also provide holistic care for its patients. At $276 million - $190 million for construction – the project is a major addition to Cleveland Clinic’s campus and will help keep the nonprofit academic medical center ahead of its peers.

Once it opens in 2017, the facility will become the central building for cancer care on the main campus and replace Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, which is already the largest cancer program in Ohio. The Taussig Institute has more than 250 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals that provide advanced care to more than 14,000 cancer patients each year. The new cancer center, which has not yet been named, will allow Cleveland Clinic to expand its reach and cancer services even further. The building will enable Cleveland Clinic to organize multidisciplinary groups by disease and each team will have its own dedicated clinical practice area. Using this layout, the care team will be centered around the patient throughout their course of treatment.

As a mid-sized general contractor, The Martin Group (TMG) is able to provide the attention and resources needed by clients in any phase of their business lifecycle. “We take a lot of pride in being flexible for the companies we do business with,” President Andre Grebenstein says.

TMG tends to gravitate to similarly young companies that need help in facilitating growth, but Grebenstein says the company also provides support work for several mature clients, such as on-call emergency bank repairs for a large Northeast regional bank. Being able to meet the needs of a wide range of businesses while providing hands-on service has helped TMG grow from $5 million in revenue to $70 million in just eight years. “Every client knows they have access to the people with whom the buck stops,” Grebenstein adds.

J.D. Beam Inc. put the finishing touches this spring on Alliance Center One, a five-story office building with adjacent car parking deck on North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Centennial Campus. Although the office building is equipped with many state-of-the-art features, it is the lobby that is getting all the attention on campus, earning the nickname “The Cube.”

“The Cube is the name attached to the two-story lobby in the front of the building that is structurally glazed, all glass and no metal is exposed on the outside,” President Glenn Kistler explains. “It’s a 40 by 40 by 40 space that’s all glass; the interior is wood flooring with an acoustical fabric ceiling. That’s why they call it the cube. ‘I’ll meet you at the cube,’ they say.”

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