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for a client as it is for the Client to be the right partner for us," Swain
says. "Our mission statement is clear that we strive to be the 'Builder
of Choice for our Customers,' but our approach is much more than a
builder. We are a partner that offers a multifaceted service that will
exceed the clients' expectations by looking to resolve the clients'
needs that are above and beyond a new building or project."

"The team and all stakeholders have created an open and constant
communication plan that effectively controls the project," Swain
says. "The team conducts focused meetings to review details as well
as weekly owner, architect and contractor meetings to discuss status
and track milestones. This open approach keeps everyone on the
same page and allows the team to work together to support each
other with one goal in mind."

True Partner
Safety and community are also important to the Walsh Group. Protecting the lives of its clients, employees, subcontractors and the public is
what the company says is its greatest value and guides its philosophy.
The company's leaders recognize their responsibility to establish
and maintain exceptional work environments across all jobsites and
offices. Their commitment is demonstrated through the company's
award-winning safety performance and guided by a core safety program that relies on training, planning, measuring and relating.
"Our methodology of achieving safety excellence relies on a simple approach and message: 'No One Gets Hurt,'" Swain says.
Walsh is also committed to investing in the communities where
it works and live. The company's growth and development is rooted
in these neighborhoods. From working with local organizations to
repairing houses, the company is dedicated to giving back. It understands that its projects provide employment and training for the
community during each project, opening the door of opportunity
within the trades and construction management fields.
Additionally, the company facilitates minority participation
on both public and private projects. It strives to surpass the MBE/
WBE requirements established by the client. Recognized as a true
champion of minority participation, community-based organizations, advocacy groups and trade organizations alike have honored
Walsh with numerous affirmative action awards. It has also created
many community relations and residency hiring programs, further
weaving its work with daily lives of its constituents.
"Walsh takes pride in our influence on the people that our facilities embrace as well as the cityscapes across the country we change,"
Swain says.

Moving Mountains
Perhaps the biggest challenge on the project is the fact that it always
had a tight schedule. American Greetings had a strict timeline to
move out of its existing facilities and into a new office building in
less than two years. This would require substantial coordination and
a large workforce to maintain and complete.
"As we are now a month away from the first move-in, I am happy
to say that working together as a partner with all stakeholders for
this project, our mutual teams have moved mountains and we will
meet the owner's move-in dates and requirements," Swain says.
Having already developed a reputation for tackling many complex projects and providing well-rounded services that can surpass
client expectations, Walsh's performance on the American Greetings
headquarters project should be another feather in its cap. The company is proud that this project has created another friendship and
partnership that will last many years to come, and this project will
be the cornerstone of that relationship.

Coming Through
Among the projects the Walsh Group has focused on recently is the
American Greetings headquarters project. The opportunity came
about because an architecture and engineering partner recommended Walsh for the project.
"Our partnerships and teams go beyond clients," Swain says. "Our
partner had worked with us before and shared the same values of
partnerships, collaboration and successes that we do. Because of
that, they recommended us to the ownership of American Greetings
as someone they should consider."
The project is a $100 million, 660,000-square-foot project that
was scheduled for construction in 21 months. It is a campus
setting project that includes a 30,000-square-foot courtyard and a
40,000-square-foot plaza. MGAC serves as the owner's representative,
and a number of additional vendors and subcontractor have been
critical to the process.

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