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»BlockisCos. ownerinand CEO Jason Keller (left) partners Block Builders with his brother Stephen (right). Residential | BLOCK COS. stand with Block Operations Manager Jason Norris (second »The Kellersand Block Builders ConstructionManager Brian Monk (end). Both firms are from left) Operations A Solid Service N o matter whether Block Cos.’ jobs are small-, large- or medium-sized, the firm always strives to exceed clients’ expectations, owner and CEO Jason E. Keller says. “I want to do more than they expect, whether it’s a simple thing as being a little early [or] helping with value engineering to keep the project at or under budget,” he says. “I want them to come back [to us].” Keller founded the Baton Rouge, La.-based construction firm after working for two general contractors for 15 years. “At the time, I had five children,” he recalls, noting that he always wanted to operate his own company. “I thought if I didn’t take the plunge, my opportunity was going to pass me by.” divisions of Block Cos. BLOCK COS. HAS STAYED STRONG AND RELIABLE EVEN IN THE FACE OF THE RECESSION. BY ALAN DORICH also makes deliveries for the firm. “Everyone [here] calls him ‘Unc,’” Jason Keller says. After all these years, Keller has enjoyed his time in the construction industry. “I love it • 2008 combined sales: $27.8 million because it changes day to day,“ he explains. “If I • Headquarters: Baton Rouge, La. had to do it all over again, I would not change a • Employees: 60 thing. I absolutely love being a general contrac• Service: General building and tor. I like waking up every morning [and] going construction management to work.” He adds that as he has led Block Cos., he has strived to always remain professional. “Really, we adhere to the old adage; ‘honesty is the best policy,’” he adds. “We deliver on what –Jason E. Keller, owner and CEO we promise, from workmanship to scheduled completion. That fundamental belief works for us and our clients every time.” For instance, on one school project located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Block Cos. found that the marker and tack boards it needed were not going to arrive in time for the opening. To meet the deadline, All in the Family Keller hired another supplier so his staff could install them. “When So Keller seized the opportunity and started Block in 2005 with only they opened the school, it was ready,” he says. “[If] you just treat people himself and his wife Joan as his only employee. Since then, Block Cos. the way you want to be treated, I think you’re going to prosper.” has grown to employ a staff of more than 55 and has two divisions: Block Construction LLC, which has a portfolio that includes animal facilities, historic renovations, retail centers, parks, schools and office projBringing Relief and Expansion ects; and Block Builders, which specializes in multifamily apartment Block Builders has just completed two housing projects and begun a buildings and condo conversions. third for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The projects, which are In addition, the family involvement in Block Cos. has continued. funded through FEMA, involve the construction of 42 individual home Keller’s brother, Stephen, is his partner in Block Builders and its presisites in Baton Rouge, as well as 34 in Lake Charles, La., which are findent, and several of their children work in the company. His uncle Artie ished, and 32 townhomes in New Orleans. Block Cos. “We always strive to exceed our clients expectations.” CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January 2010
Profitable Contractor
Aireko Enterprises
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Interlink Group
TCD Inc.
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Wharton-Smith Inc.
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Grinnell Recycling
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Sessler Wrecking
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Regional Spotlight
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
Block Cos.
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Urban Landmarks
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
Construction Coach
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
Nan Inc.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
Special Focus
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
DiFazio Industries
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks

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