Case Studies Region: Southwest

Charles Smoot – North American Properties

Working on projects across the country for 30 years, Charles Smoot knows what it takes to get the job done—no matter what the circumstances might be. As for completing construction projects during the COVID-19 crisis? North American Properties—with its team of essential workers—is forging ahead with a Class A apartment community in Texas that should […]

Mel Smith – Torchy’s Tacos

Chain, casual dining restaurants aren’t known for creativity, but that can be part of their attraction. Doesn’t matter if the customer is in Portland East or Portland West, Detroit or Dallas. Most any branded restaurant looks alike with an identical menu and meals. It’s a business model due for some spicing up, which is what […]

Max Wolf — DayRise Residential LLC

Where Max Wolf grew up in Hanover, Germany, multifamily housing communities with gyms, pools, dog parks and build-in barbeques weren’t exactly the norm. Today, these concepts are at the core of the multifamily industry in Texas—and Wolf is right in the thick of it. Since joining the Houston-based DayRise Residential LLC two years ago, Wolf, […]

Shirish Mehta – Targa Resources

For people who don’t quit, failure is never an option. That was very much the mantra at Targa Resources, a Fortune 500 midstream energy company based in Houston. Working with a team from Texas to North Dakota, Targa overcame numerous challenges to construct natural gas processing plants in The Badlands beginning in 2017. It’s a […]

Jordan Wallace – 6S Real Estate Development

For Jordan Wallace, the construction business is as much about building relationships as it is setting concrete and steel beams. Not that 6S Real Estate Development hasn’t done plenty of the latter over the last several years. From helping retailers expand across the country to building multifamily housing in Texas that accentuates both community and […]

Ted Norman – United PF Partners, Planet Fitness

Up north, they might call it Yankee ingenuity. Down south, it might go by another term, but it’s still the same: thrifty use of whatever’s available to complete a task. Which was how one of Alabama’s newest Planet Fitness gyms was able to meet its scheduled opening by 2018’s end. Only that didn’t appear likely […]

Brad Arceneaux – Market Basket

It really was a game of inches—two of them, to be precise. In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf Coast, the Market Basket grocery store in Mauriceville, Texas, was one of countless properties to experience significant flooding. So when it came time to build a replacement store, company Director of Facilities Brad Arceneaux […]

Jack Martin – JBI Electrical Systems

In sports, as athletes approach retirement, they sometimes graciously help train the players who will replace them, giving them the benefit of their experience even as their physical skills have eroded. Jack Martin, who founded JBI Electrical Systems in Fort Worth, Texas, 30 years ago, is taking the same approach, even if with skills still […]

Dale Reeves – Encore Mechanical

Though it’s leveled out somewhat in recent years, Texas’ population growth—now at around 1.3 percent—is still comfortably ahead of the rest of the nation’s. Given the demographics of the newcomers—young, upwardly mobile, attracted by well-paying jobs in tech and energy—one of the results of the boom has been a growing demand for massive multifamily developments. […]

Jeff Smith & Steven Chandler – HDF | Harwood International

At first sight, the building doesn’t seem real. From certain angles it looks downright precarious, like a haphazard stack of magazines—if that stack were seven stories high and made of glass and steel. It shouldn’t work, but it does. And to eye-popping effect: Owing to its hypermodern design, each floor twisting above the next by […]

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