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.”

JP CullenRock Valley College’s newest facility – built by JP Cullen – will teach students to heal the body, but the design also incorporates environmental wellness.

By Tim O’Connor

Safety is paramount at any job site, but even more so when it’s in the middle of an active area – like say, a college campus. “We have a lot of student traffic in the area so careful attention was made to site management and delivery of materials,” says Neal Day, project manager at JP Cullen, the firm building the new Health Sciences Center at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.

The Health Sciences Center is a partnership between Rock Valley College and OSF HealthCare, a nonprofit Catholic healthcare system that operates 11 acute-care facilities and two nursing colleges. The building will host the college’s nursing and medical programs. JP Cullen is the general contractor for the project.

The finished facility will have 117,000 square feet spread between four stories and a partial lower level. The design features a glass and metal panel enclosure with granite at the base and a large set of steps and patio on the south end of building where the topography slopes downward.


Facility Support Services picFSS is at work on projects for high-profile clients including NASA and the University of Pittsburgh.
By Alan Dorich

After only eight years, Facility Support Services (FSS) LLC has a strong position in its market. “We’re growing at a nice pace,” Vice President of Operations Michael McCormack says. “We have a lot of talented people that help us be successful.”

Based in Gibsonia, Pa., FSS is a subsidiary of Goldbelt Inc., which offers general contracting, facility operations and maintenance programs to clients across the country. McCormack notes that Goldbelt, Inc. founded the company when it saw its clients had a need for construction services. Goldbelt, Inc. is an Alaskan Native Corporation headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, with approximately 3,300 native shareholders.

FSS first focused on serving clients such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy. When McCormack joined the firm in 2013 as a project manager, FSS had only a handful of employees. “I saw an opportunity for growth,” he recalls, noting that he became part of the company’s team focused on expanding its reach to the commercial market.

“We hired a full-time business development manager and got on every bid list we could,” he says, noting that FSS’s clients now include local universities, state agencies and “many of the major developers in Pittsburgh.”

LeaseLease Crutcher Lewis’s work revitalizes the heart of the University of Oregon’s campus.

By Chris Petersen

Students returning to the campus of the University of Oregon this fall will benefit from an extensive renovation project being completed by leading general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis. The company is putting the finishing touches on a $95 million expansion of the university’s Erb Memorial Union, which will provide students with expanded space to meet and collaborate as well as provide expanded space for conferences and other events.

Barton MalowBarton Malow has an environmental focus at the University of Maryland.

By Tim O’Connor

On the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) campus, just a few feet away from the footprint of the school’s new event center, is a massive pile of dirt crews affectionately call “Mt. Charles,” named for the 72-year-old excavator who put it there earlier this year. “When you start naming them, you know the dirt’s been around too long,” says Steve Herckner, senior project manager for Barton Malow, the construction manager-at-risk on the project.

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Big-D Construction delivers a standout arts center project for Southern Utah University.

By Chris Petersen

As the new home of the Southern Utah Museum of Art and the Utah Shakespeare Festival on the campus of Southern Utah University, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will be home to some very impressive productions. Perhaps fittingly, the new facility has been a very impressive production in its own right, and the expertise of Big-D Construction has been instrumental in ensuring that the curtain goes up without a hitch. Vice President and Project Director Jim Allison says the project is a unique addition to the company’s portfolio, and should stand as a testament to the power of public-private partnerships for decades to come.

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