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Building the Best Seats in the House
Fall/Winter 2021

As a high school and college tight end in western Pennsylvania, Chris Howard was used to competing on football fields before stands full of fans. Now, as President of Annapolis-based Grandstand Design Enterprises, Inc. (GDE), he builds formidable…

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Lifesaving Lessons
Fall/Winter 2021

Robert E. “Bob” Colvin Sr. founded Maryland Fire Equipment Corporation (Maryland Fire Equipment) in 1961. For decades, he shared lifesaving techniques and lessons with firefighters in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Little did he know…

The Demo King
Fall/Winter 2021

It’s all in a day’s work for the Demo King of Washington, D.C. And that “day’s work” might look like dismantling an unused bomb shelter, gutting the interior of a former hospital or razing an old home to make way for the new.

Keeping the Capital Cool
Fall/Winter 2021

Perry Hugee has been around the block in Washington, D.C., and his company, Hugee Corporation, has installed heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems on hundreds of those blocks over the last few decades.

Protecting, Growing Clients’ Assets
Fall/Winter 2021

Pat DiCerbo’s clients are building the backbone of America—from roads, tunnels and bridges to buildings and other infrastructure. “My clients are creative thinkers and risk takers. They’re solving seemingly unsolvable problems.”

Serving, Solving & Saving
Fall/Winter 2021

Guaranteed: ASAP FIREWATCH (ASAP) Founder and Managing Partner Chris Seguinot gets visibly fired up about having an opportunity to provide peace of mind to his clients, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “I can easily eat, sleep and drink the…

A Heart for Hospitality
Fall/Winter 2021

Lorena Goodfellow, President of Goodfellow Construction, grew up in the construction and design world in her native Colombia. Her father was an architect, and her mother was an artist who loved interior design. Lorena studied accounting and…

Building Expertise
Spring/Summer 2021

Carl Neimeyer, PE, President of Bernward Mechanical and Construction Solutions (Bernward), has a vision for his construction company. “We want to be the company that accomplishes anything our customer needs us to do.” And he’s on the path to…

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Active Listening Drives Business
Spring/Summer 2021

What does it take to own and operate a successful equipment rental and sales company in the Washington, D.C. metro area for 60 years?

From Guatemala to Gaithersburg
Spring/Summer 2021

When you speak with Jared Alvarado, he’s nothing but upbeat. “Working, working, working” is how he responds when you ask how he’s doing. And that’s a good thing. Things weren’t always that way for Jared with the challenges he faced in his home…

Navigating the (Seemingly) Impossible Permit Process
Spring/Summer 2021

As Alex Matthews chatted recently about the bureaucratic one-two, Mike Tyson-esque punch of the cost and inefficiency of the construction permitting process in Washington, D.C., he paused for a moment to collect his thoughts.

An Invisible Force
Fall/Winter 2020

When it comes to buildings, Ginny Cameron believes that, just like a bottle of wine or the heart of a person, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

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One-Stop Shop
Fall/Winter 2020

For 60 years, Washington, D.C.-area contractors have heard the same suggestion, says Don Posner: “Why don’t you give Posners a call?” Posner Industries Inc., headquartered in Capitol Heights, Maryland, distributes steel products and contractor…

Earning Their Stripes
Fall/Winter 2020

When Ervin Williams founded Beltway Paving Company (Beltway Paving), he had been working in the asphalt industry for more than 20 years, ever since the end of World War II. In 1966, with the support of his wife, Evelyn, he made the move to open…

Caught in the Act
Fall/Winter 2020

With valuable equipment, tools and materials left out in the open after hours, thieves recognize the profit potential of construction sites. According to information from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, as much as $1 billion a year is lost…

Skill, Ingenuity and Steely Resolve
Fall/Winter 2020

No matter how steel might be used in a construction project, companies like Tri-State Steel Erectors, Inc. (Tri-State Steel) are front and center in putting it there.

Maryland’s Inspection Leaders
Fall/Winter 2020

L. Terry Carnes, PE, the Owner of Consulting Engineers, Contractors and Architects, LLC (CECA, LLC)— a minority-owned, full-service architectural and engineering firm specializing in third-party inspections in Lanham, Maryland. But there’s more.…

People, Pride and Progress
Fall/Winter 2020

In 1949, brothers Ken, Bud, Carl and Chuck Cianchette started a small construction company, Cianchette Brothers, Inc., in Pittsfield, Maine. Today, Cianbro Corporation (pronounced “chin-bro,” an abbreviation of the original business name) is…

Building A Global Brand
Spring/Summer 2020

Billy Saul, President of Hanover, Maryland-based Advantage Flooring Inc., knows how important brand recognition, attention to detail and innovation are for building a small company into a global enterprise. The firm specializes in finished flooring,…

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Innovate, Excavate, Innovate, Repeat
Spring/Summer 2020

It was early 2017 when I last wrote about Insight, LLC (trademarked insight™), a 45-person-strong, Fairfax County-based utility service company that utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to perform day-to-day work.

A Way Of Life
Spring/Summer 2020

Every company has a journey and a story to tell. T.B. Greenstreet’s story started approximately 100 years ago. In search of opportunity and the chance to do better for his family, he moved his family from Tappahannock, Virginia, to Northeast…

Expanded Coverage
Spring/Summer 2020

When ACPS Contracting (ACPS) launched in 2008, the company started as ACPS Painting with a focus on painting multifamily residential projects. Over the years, the company added services and started working on larger projects. That’s when they…

Flexible, Adaptable & Designed for the Future
Spring/Summer 2020

Andrey Veretenov represents the third generation of men in his family who have worked in the construction industry. This family tradition started in Russia and then shifted to the United States when Veretenov immigrated to the Washington, D.C.,…

An Enduring Spirit
Spring/Summer 2020

After 53 years in the roofing business, second-generation R. D. Bean, Inc.’s success remains a matter of following these basic tenets: innovate, control and respect.

Practical Beauty for Windows
Spring/Summer 2020

How does one create a shade for a triangular window or one with an arch? Perhaps it must operate automatically, responding to the movement of the sun or maybe to the push of a button. These are the problems that Gaithersburg, Maryland-based…

‘The Best of the Best’
Spring/Summer 2020

When Owner Omar Elrahimy started Optimum Construction, Inc. (Optimum) nearly two decades ago, he set the bar high when choosing its name. “Optimum means the best of the best. That’s what I wanted the company to be,” he says. If his company’s…

Aiming for the Fences
Fall/Winter 2019

While some might admire the concrete pour or the precise crane operations on a job site, Barry Curtis looks beyond the obvious, admiring and even assessing the protective barriers that surround these active and often dangerous locations.

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Great Success from Small Beginnings
Fall/Winter 2019

Work hard, treat people honestly and always be on time. Founder and President of Metro Bobcat, Inc., William “Bill” Phebus Jr., lives by this philosophy. “Bill, my dad, has been in construction for 56 years and a preacher for 52 years. What…

Home Grown
Fall/Winter 2019

In 2006, 18-year-old Josh Jenkins had a secondhand lawnmower in his parents’ garage where he grew up in Mechanicsville, Maryland. His younger brother, Jake, was his only employee. Add a lot of dedication, hard work and stellar customer service,…

Wall to Wall Excellence
Fall/Winter 2019

More than 30 years of experience in installing synthetic stucco in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and a passion for quality and excellence have made Glaser Construction LLC (Glaser) highly sought after. Because of its reputation, the…

Dangerous Jobs, Performed with Expert Care
Fall/Winter 2019

President Thom Hess and his team at ACM Services, Inc. (ACM) face challenges most people would never consider tackling—and they do it by combining professionalism and expertise. From asbestos removal, demolition, lead abatement and mold remediation…

Reimagining Retail
Fall/Winter 2019

Born of a long line of carpenters, Art Rectenwald understands the importance of cutting, shaping and adapting to produce quality results.

Two Generations of Exceptional Workmanship
Spring/Summer 2019

There’s an old saying, “What goes around comes around.” And when you’ve maintained a family reputation for quality flooring services for 57 years, it’s only natural that your firm is called on to replace the same wooden floors your father installed…

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The Power of Proactive Maintenance
Spring/Summer 2019

Located in Sterling, Virginia, Advanced Building Services, Inc. (ABSI) is a commercial HVAC contractor specializing in building maintenance engineering for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Healing Sick Buildings
Spring/Summer 2019

For proof that Kynoch Environmental Management, Inc. (KEM) is out to humanize the whole business of environmental services, look no further than the titles of some of its blogs: • “Don’t Wait Until You Are Fined”
 • “Does Your Building Have…

Data Pioneers and Site Insights
Spring/Summer 2019

BIM4Sites is leveraging a nascent and cutting-edge technology to help clients calculate, plot and chart every floor and facet of a building and to see, measure, negotiate variances and plan for the overall specs of a building or location. Simply…

An Air of Excellence
Spring/Summer 2019

While listening to Mario Perez, President of Air Solution Mechanical Services, LLC, (Air Solution), speak about his company’s values, specific themes surface: Treat everybody fairly. Deliver quality service. Develop a culture of teamwork. Do…

Relationships Matter
Spring/Summer 2019

Chesapeake Contracting Group (CCG) was founded on the belief that strong relationships lead to success. Established by Stuart R. (Bobby) Ginsberg in 1979, CCG is a general contractor based in Reisterstown, Maryland.

Strong as Steel
Fall/Winter 2018

Working with metal is an art as old as civilization itself. It’s a trade with thousands of years of history behind it. The idea of it conjures up images of a glowing forge, of anvil and hammer and grueling work.

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Third-Generation Business
Spring/Summer 2018

In 1931, Albert Stecklein Sr. (Albert Sr.), founder of Washington Air Compressor Rental Co., worked as an auto mechanic and owned an auto-repair business in Washington, D.C. He rented out a portion of his garage to a contractor from Pennsylvania…

Revolutionary, Economical & Versatile
Spring/Summer 2018

Ed Amos, President and CEO of REV Drill Sales & Rentals, Inc. (REV Drill), says he got the door slammed in his face about a thousand times before a company finally took a chance on his custom drilling equipment. That first job was a sound wall…

Wycliffe Division Surges
Fall/Winter 2018

CEO Barbara Wycliffe built Wycliffe Enterprises as a general contracting firm with a goal to be the best a small business could be. Once Wycliffe Enterprises became successful, Barbara, as a graduate of the Small Business Administration 8(a)…

What’s In Your Tank?
Spring/Summer 2018

Most of us don’t think too much about the fuel we pump into our gas tanks. We might look at the price and glance at the octane rating, but beyond that, we just don’t worry about it. One of the reasons we don’t have to worry is because of people…

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Reaching New Heights
Spring/Summer 2018

The company may be Digging & Rigging, Inc., but since 1981, the family-owned firm has been doing more than its name implies. The Gregory family’s resume also includes hauling, renting and storing, while thriving and evolving.

A clear passion for building, glass and performance
Spring/Summer 2018

Edward F. Cove was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania called Bloomsburg. This is where he got his first job as a paperboy at the age of 12, later worked as a sales clerk at a Sears store, and earned a college degree studying business…

From Assessment to Construction
Spring/Summer 2018

Geologist by education, Ted Bedell always envisioned going to work for a large oil company in the exploration field. However, a job in between undergraduate and graduate school led him in another direction—into environmental consulting and remediation.

Idea Generator Always ‘On’
Spring/Summer 2018

Good ideas, executed well, bring desired results. And so it is with the Mid-Atlantic’s
 Shapiro & Duncan, Inc. when it comes to both the complicated installation of plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems and the inner workings of the…

A Go Anywhere, Do Anything Mentality
Fall/Winter 2017

The word “welding” in M&M Welding & Fabricators, Inc. (M&M) can be misleading. M&M does provide welding and fabrication services for its field clients and others. However, over the past 45 years it has grown to become a leading multi-trades…

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A Perfect Balance
Fall/Winter 2017

Ask Danea Ross and her husband, Dan Ross to explain their working relationship, and both say precisely the same thing: She’s the conservative one, and he’s the risk-taker.

Upholding a Legacy
Fall/Winter 2017

Most people may take for granted the mix of stone, sand and tar below their feet when walking, or traveling by vehicle, but professionals who work with asphalt daily understand that a good paving job ensures smooth commutes and a nice aesthetic.

Building Better Walls by Breaking Down Barriers
Fall/Winter 2017

Bradleigh Applications, Inc. was founded in 1980 by two college students searching for new ideas. Their first decision was to learn how to install Dryvit and their second was to make Bradleigh a leader in the use of this EIFS (exterior insulation…

A Winning Mentality Scores Excellent Results
Fall/Winter 2017

This quote by Booker T. Washington is often displayed on those inspirational posters hanging in offices around the country: “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

An Underground Commitment
Spring/Summer 2017

When it comes to building underground utility networks, few would argue that B. Frank Joy’s contributions to the Washington, D.C. metro area over the last 100 years are second to none. The company has been an integral part of everything from…

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Raising the Bar From Down Below
Spring/Summer 2017

Do you ever consider what is under your feet? Look down—what are you standing on? Grass, carpet, concrete? If you’re like me, you don’t spend 2.2 seconds considering the subsurface. We expect our toilets to flush, our water to run, our lights…

A Fusion of Culture and Design
Fall/Winter 2016

When a company’s employees speak a total of eight languages and are from 12 different countries, diversity is bound to be a natural extension of the group. The team at Marshall Moya Design in Washington, D.C., is a multicultural, multidimensional…

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