• Proactive Protection

    In August 1999, when brothers Robby and Bryan Burleson founded ESI Fire & Security Protection, Inc. (ESI) in the Houston area, they focused on selling and installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems. Over the ensuing years, they expanded ESI’s services to include designing, installing and maintaining access control, intrusion, video, fire alarm and security systems while growing their staff from two to more than 30 employees.   read more...

  • True Expertise

    According to world-leading scholars and psychologists, true expertise is a multi- faceted phenomenon involving continuous learning, deliberate practice and practical intelligence. This is a fitting portrayal of Frederick “Art” Barthlow, a lifelong learner of all facets of construction and a highly respected building code compliance expert in North Florida.   read more...

  • Framework for Success

    Acclaimed American engineer and inventor Charles Kettering once said, “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” This same philosophy is what drives Matt Cormier, Owner of Executive West Building, LLC, to set the bar high for every member of his tight-knit team. “I’ve spent the last two decades working in the construction trades. I love the challenge of turning over a quality product in this demanding, fast-paced industry—and so do the people we have working here at Executive West Building,” Cormier says. “Our loyal team members are dedicated, industrious, communicate well and take pride in what they do. Everyone is on board with supporting the longevity and reputation of this company by meeting our high expectations.”   read more...

  • Diggin’ It

    Ryan Moon and Dave Chie have grown Diversified Excavating and Site Utilities LLC (Diversified Excavating) from a two-person shop to a company that relies on 20 employees to dig dirt all over Southeast Michigan and Ohio.   read more...

  • A Focus on Industry Excellence

    For over three decades, Alumawall, Inc. in San Jose, California, has used innovative methods to develop and distribute performance-driven building solutions to its client base of architects, general contractors, developers and facility owners. Under the careful direction and leadership of the Warda family, the small business that started out in 1984 manufacturing metal panels has now evolved into one of the state’s leading fabricators and erectors of aluminum and metal composite panel systems.   read more...

  • Filling the Talent Pipeline

    Fresno Plumbing & Heating, Inc., based in Fresno, California, is not your average plumbing contractor. While this nearly 80-year-old, family-owned operation offers many of the same installation, repair and preventative maintenance solutions as its competitors, company leaders say its diverse range of expertise in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors is second-to-none. This experience—paired with year-round training initiatives, a comprehensive safety program and use of the latest industry technologies—enables team members to complete projects of varying scale, scope and complexity.   read more...

  • Strength in Unity

    There is strength in numbers. Many people have heard this age-old cliché, which suggests there is greater power or security when many individuals or organizations join a single cause. One could also interpret this adage to mean there is strength in unity—a compelling prospect for those working in the sometimes disjointed and siloed world of construction.   read more...

  • The Science of Sound

    The concept of sound is both fascinating and deeply technical. It is a form of energy comprising three basic properties—pitch, loudness and tone—that transmits through solid, liquid or gas by way of vibration. In the built environment, the ability to control sound, or acoustics, is an important consideration in designing spaces that fulfill their intended purpose.   read more...

  • New Division Has Solid Footing

    The formation of Kitchen Mart Commercial (KMC) is the story of a 43-year-old company, Kitchen Mart Inc., that built a great relationship with a trusted partner. It’s also a story of the owner of a commercial tile and stone company, Ryan Wagner (AGS Tile & Stone, or AGS) who was looking to be a part of something larger.   read more...

  • Building Boldly

    To be bold is to be daring. Those with an intrepid spirit often challenge the status quo to achieve their goals, and demonstrate remarkable tenacity under pressure. Such is the case with Michael Allen, the determined and highly motivated leader of Accelerated Construction Services (ACS), a general contracting and construction management firm based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Experienced in building and renovating commercial properties nationwide, Allen boldly formed ACS at a time when construction markets were struggling to rebound from the Great Recession.   read more...

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