Founded in 1989, Choate Construction was a basement start-up, begun during a recession when construction projects were sparse and the employee roster small. Today, Choate employs over 400 full-time professionals and is 100% employee owned. But like the “basement days” Choate maintains a flat management style, with complete accessibility and communication between executive management and employees in the field. This structure provides for a collaborative exchange of knowledge and experiences, in which everyone strives for the best solution to any building challenge. Results include effective collaborations, cost-saving efficiency, and a level of quality that reaches beyond design/building requirements to actual performance needs.