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'[Clients] realize they
can hire us for the
right project but also
use us as a partner.'
includes scheduling, as Rochon will identify materials that have
longer lead-times and track them aggressively for delivery. Rochon's
detailed schedules also accommodate the client's other vendors such
as providers of security systems or furniture. Cost-control is also
managed with thorough reviews of change-order work, and Rochon
updates the project's budget at weekly meetings.
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 commons area.
Within the multifamily arena, Rochon has been particularly
active in senior housing construction. The company completed
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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