Staying Safe

Cultivating Psychological and Physical Safety Onsite

Narrow scaffolding and steep roofs, gaping pits and collapsible trenches, heavy machinery, and live wires—construction sites can be dangerous places. Traditionally the industry has focused on these ever-present physical hazards, which is certainly critically important. However, feeling safe psychologically while onsite is also crucial.

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61 Years of Health and Wellness by DesignESa

61 Years of Health and Wellness by Design


ESa has more than six decades of providing collaborative, sustainable wellness and architectural design expertise to international customers who are leaders in the healthcare, hospitality, education, corporate, and senior living sectors. This Nashville, Tennessee-based expert in architectural design creates interior and landscape architecture, master planning, and space planning.

Diversity, Integrity and a Love for ConstructionSpence Brothers

Diversity, Integrity and a Love for Construction

Spence Brothers

If an organization’s values set the standards for its personnel, Spence Brothers’ values have poured the foundation for its decades of success. Founded in Saginaw, Michigan in 1893 by brothers Matt and Hugh Spence as a start-up construction company, the business has grown and thrived as it has taken on a number of notable projects.

Bringing Design and Sustainability to Colorado Home BuildingMcStain Neighborhoods

Bringing Design and Sustainability to Colorado Home Building

McStain Neighborhoods

McStain Neighborhoods got its start in Boulder, Colorado in 1966 as a small home-building company. Over time, that endeavor grew to be one of the larger private builders along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains—an area running through cities like Pueblo and Casper—with its work mainly focusing on the border town sector of the metropolitan area of Boulder itself.

Reinforcing the Future Since 1948AGF Group

Reinforcing the Future Since 1948

AGF Group

1948 was a quiet year in Canadian history—but a good one. With prosperity returning to the country, nation-building was underway, and businesses of all stripes were busy shaping what the future was to become. AGF was one such business.

Galvanize BetterCorbec

Galvanize Better


Corbec is a Canadian family-owned galvanizing company now approaching 60 years in business. Founded in 1965 by Robert Hall, the company is now owned by his son John.

­­Clean Energy Powered by 50 Years of InnovationWestern Pacific Enterprises

­­Clean Energy Powered by 50 Years of Innovation

Western Pacific Enterprises

Celebrating what started as a fateful night over a bottle of whisky in 1973, 50 years on, Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. is one of British Columbia’s largest electrical contractors and a leading member of MYR Group, a holding firm of eleven subsidiaries and just shy of ten thousand employees. Despite the size of its parent company, Western Pacific Enterprises retains the family values, attention to detail, and personal relationships on which its reputation was built.

In the AftermathRescue and Rebuilding

In the Aftermath

Rescue and Rebuilding

In the devastation of a natural disaster, the people of the construction sector are critical to recovery. The stakes are high, and human lives are on the line. Recently this has been made evident by the massive destruction in Turkey and Syria, where devastating earthquakes have left thousands dead and more than a million without shelter. In the aftermath, it’s the construction companies alongside the emergency rescue teams that literally pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild.

The Future Is GreenU.S. Green Building Council

The Future Is Green

U.S. Green Building Council

Construction in Focus last spoke with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2019 to learn about the organization’s mission to transform buildings and communities through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and other important initiatives. We caught back up with USGBC this month to learn about current efforts to help architects, building owners, and developers meet their sustainability goals.

Embracing Sustainable DevelopmentDakota Partners

Embracing Sustainable Development

Dakota Partners

Real estate developer Dakota Partners Inc. specializes in affordable housing and sustainable building practices. From its base in Massachusetts, the company serves clients across the east side of the country. It was founded in 2006 by Chief Executive Officer Marc Daigle and President Roberto Arista.

Spending Less to Get MorePerformance Engineering Group

Spending Less to Get More

Performance Engineering Group

Large buildings usually have large utility usage. But Livonia, Michigan-based Performance Engineering Group is out to correct the massive waste caused by oversized equipment in buildings across North America through visionary, precision engineering, and its mission is catching on fast. With a focus on preventing water waste, this company also offers radiant floor heating, snow-melting technology, and a range of conversion options for buildings that use hydronic or steam heating.

Transforming Communities Through Affordable HousingRegan Development

Transforming Communities Through Affordable Housing

Regan Development

With housing prices still out of reach for many prospective buyers, it’s heartening to know Regan Development, an Ardsley, New York-based, family-run business with more than 30 years of experience, has created residential, commercial, and affordable housing real estate projects worth over $750 million, enhancing thousands of people’s lives in the process.

Making Clean Air a PriorityBlade Air

Making Clean Air a Priority

Blade Air

Coming through three years of a pandemic has made us all more sensitive to things we would otherwise take for granted. One of the biggest of these is the air that we breathe—especially in our buildings. When you consider that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors and make water quality a necessity, why not air quality as well?


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