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Jersen Construction has been serving upstate New York for more than 25 years. « Commercial | JERSEN CONSTRUCTION GROUP Getting Out of Its Shell W greatest »Among Jersen’sability to selfstrengths is its perform much of the work. JERSEN CONSTRUCTION PRIDES ITSELF ON BEING A FULL-SERVICE FIRM. BY VICKI MARTINKA PETERSEN hen it comes to measuring the worth of a general contractor, COO David Jersen knows it doesn’t matter how many successful projects are under a company’s belt. What does matter is how well the last project went. “You could have dozens of successful projects but if one falls behind schedule or someone gets hurt, that is what gets remembered,” Jersen says. Among the top-10 general contractors in upstate New York, Jersen Construction Group is a full-service firm offering design/build, earthwork, pre-construction services, general construction and construction management. Jersen cites this diversity of services as one of the things that sets his company apart from its competitors. “A lot of general contractors just focus on construction management. They get the job and have to subcontract out the work,” Jersen explains. “We mainly self-perform, meaning we do site work, concrete, steel erection and other services.” By having one firm do all of the work, the building owner can cut out overhead costs that would need to go to a subcontractor, Jersen says. It also gives the company more control over the construction schedule since they don’t have to rely on a subcontractor to show up. “It’s much more streamlined,” Jersen adds. When Jersen Construction Group began in 1983, the company initially focused on projects in the private sector for companies such as General Electric and Cargill. From there, the company grew its clientele to include public entities, although Jersen says the company mainly stayed within commercial and industrial construction. Chipping In Polytechnic »Rensselaer Troy, N.Y., was Institute in a challenging project. Jersen Construction Group is working with other contractors on Global Foundries’ new fab chip plant, which is under construction in Malta, N.Y. The $4 billion project will occupy 223 acres and is expected to be completed in 2012. Jersen said the company is contributing to a few projects on the site, including construction of a central utilities building and a National Grid substation. Jersen says safety is paramount on a project of this magnitude. To keep everyone safe on the site, Jersen notes the crews meet for daily tool box talks to discuss what will be happening on the site each day, what hazards crews might face and what measures can be taken to prevent them from happening. Public Service Site By contrast, the Schenectady Bureau of Services project is a little easier since Jersen Construction is the only general contractor working on the job, Jersen notes. The $16 million project, which began in spring 2009, consists of constructing eight buildings: a maintenance and office building, a heated vehicle storage building, four unheated vehicle storage buildings, a wash bay and a salt shed. The project is expected to be completed by June 2011. CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
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.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
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
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
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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