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The legacy of preeminent western Canadian architect B. James Wensley is being carried forward by Wensley Architecture Ltd.’s principals Barry Weih and Neil Banich. “He set some pretty high standards and values, and the current company is a continuation of these values,” Weih explains. “Wensley Architecture’s tradition is to focus on high quality, design and client service. Both Neil and I worked with Jim for over 10 years prior to becoming owners. We had the good fortune of having him as our mentor, as someone we could learn from as we were developing our craft.”

Site restrictions are a common inhibitor on any construction project, but they can prove particularly challenging when a contractor is performing massive construction in an entirely enclosed building. In October 2010, The Weitz Co. began interior demolition on one such project – the Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines. “We’re not making many changes to the exterior of the building,” says Weitz Project Manager Chad Halupnick. “But when you walk in, it will be a drastic change from what it used to be.”

Built with an eye to the future, the $32 million Pickering Town Centre being constructed next to the town hall will also connect the center of the city to further development. The parking garage at the second- and third-floor levels of the 150,000-square-foot development will attach to an arcade for another building under construction, a transit station and a pedestrian pathway. Floors 4 through 10 of the center – construction of which was started in September 2009 and is due for completion in May 2011 – will be devoted to office space.

After nearly 25 years, Q.B. Construction has gained a strong reputation in Puerto Rico as a contractor that keeps control over the quality of a project, President and partner Paul Lavergne says. He adds that the company has a loyal base of repeat clients that includes the Puerto Rico Port Authority.

Whether a memorial to the victims of terrorism or a museum for cowboys, a habitat for elephants or botanical garden structures, the world’s largest McDonald’s or a copy of a Frank Lloyd Wright tower, Lippert Brothers Inc. has always regarded versatility as its strength and niches as pigeonholes rather than opportunities.

One distinguishing factor that sets Linbeck Group apart from other contractors is its innovation. The Houston-based construction firm pioneered TeamBuild® and core elements of the construction manager-at risk delivery method in 1967, and in 1997, it became a charter member of the Lean Construction Institute. Linbeck implements these innovative construction techniques on cutting-edge projects in the healthcare, education, corporate, cultural, life science and government realms.

Craftsmanship sometimes is considered a value that is long gone from modern companies, but in the heart of Amish country, it still survives and prospers. That is where Graber Post Buildings Inc. has been located since 1973. The company’s largely Amish workforce in Indiana’s Daviess County still provide that craftsmanship in their production of the company’s post buildings.

There are firms that design buildings, and then there are those that design the environments within them, like GHA Design Studios. Based in Montreal and Detroit, the firm specializes in the interior design of shopping malls and stores, Director of Retail Development Debbie Kalisky says.

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