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Expanded Client Base
Rochon has seen its client list and the
variety of projects it has completed grow
as it continues to streamline its building
processes. "We have definitely found niches
in the retail market," Reynolds says. "There
has also been a lot of growth in renovating
charter schools as well." Such projects have
included a 35,000-square-foot addition to
the Cologne Academy in Cologne, Minn.,
which included classrooms, a competition
gym and performance stage.
Other educational projects have
included New Millennium Academy, a
new 82,000-square-foot charter school
in Brooklyn Center, Minn. This project
included the construction of a three-story
classroom wing as well as a gym and grand
Within the multifamily arena, Rochon
has been particularly active in senior
housing construction. The company com-
pleted Vermillion River Crossing in 2012, a
three-story wood-framed senior apartment
building with 66 units and underground
parking in Farmington, Minn. Rochon also
installed site utilities.
Reynolds says one of the keys to Rochon's
success has been its ability to foster repeat
business. Because it is able to do such a
variety of projects and keep within budget,
many municipalities choose to work with it
on multiple projects.
"When people decide they want to work
with us, it isn't just one person," Reynolds
explains. "It's everyone at the company
that is involved in a project, from ownership down to project managers and
Another advantage for Rochon is the
strong internal culture of its 38 employees.
"We have a tight-knit company and plenty
of growth opportunities for employees,"
Reynolds states. "We have very little turnover. A lot of our employees have been here
20 or 30 years with no plans of leaving."
Reynolds says Rochon employees are
given the freedom to map their careers.
"We give our employees a lot of freedom,
but also a lot of responsibility," Reynolds
explains. "They are able to take their positions and grow, and make what they want
with their careers."
Rochon's culture also includes a commitment to community service. In May, half
the company was planning to volunteer
at an event for Second Harvest Heartland,
a group working to eradicate hunger in
the Midwest. A majority of the company's
employees were also cleaning up highway
shoulders for adopt-a-highway, a Minnesota Department of Transportation initiative
to keep roadsides clean.
Not only is Rochon committed to its employees and community, but to its subcontractors as well. "Our projects do vary from
different sizes," Reynolds explains. "But it's
very rare that we use a new subcontractor.
We tend to use the same groups of subcontractors for schools, and another group
for retail projects, and another group for
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