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CSI CONSTRUCTION DIVERSIFIES ITS PORTFOLIO AND STRENGTHENS ITS PRESENCE. BY TIM O'CONNOR

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ne of the best signs that a company excels at its job is when
its customers want to work
with it again. By that measure,
Colorado's CSI Construction is among the
tops in the industry. Ninety percent of the
company's work is for repeat clients.
"We really emphasize trying to build a
team relationship with the developer or
clients, letting them know they are our
first priority," Senior Project Manager Gary
Kiger says.
The relationship-building process starts
with giving clients a single point of contact
for all of their current and future projects,
providing a consistent experience across
multiple markets. With offices located in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Portland, Ore.; Irvine,
Calif.; and Sacramento, Calif., CSI's project
managers can manage jobs located in 19
western states, including Hawaii and Alaska.
The 40-year-old firm's regional presence is an advantage for clients that build
similar projects across several markets. For
example, CSI is building a Wingate hotel
in Denver and is preparing to construct a
comparable project in Seattle. Because both
projects share the same point of contact, instead of starting from scratch, CSI can carry
over the resources, systems and processed
used by its Colorado Springs office to its
Portland location, which will manage the
construction of the Wingate in Seattle.

CSI Construction
www.csigc.com
* Headquarters: Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Employees: 138
* Specia y: General contracting and
construction management

"Wi e market change in
2008 to 2009, it made us
diversify into o er ectors of
construction."
- Gabe Godwin, president

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housing boom is allowing
ยป Colorado's
CSI to enter the multifamily and
assisted-living markets.

That kind of resource sharing is common
within CSI and ultimately saves the client
time and money. "There's probably 10 to 15
different clients we're doing the same work
for," Kiger says.

Market Transition
Since its founding in 1978, CSI has been
primarily known as a commercial builder. The company has worked with major
retailers such as Walmart, Lowes, Best Buy,
Sam's Club and Bed Bath & Beyond to build
hundreds of stores in the western states
during the past 40 years.
However, as the shift toward online
shopping gained steam in the late-2000s,
the opportunity for new brick-and-mortar
retail construction began to dwindle. CSI
realized it needed to expand its portfolio
to continue its growth. "With the market
change in 2008 to 2009, it made us diversify
into other sectors of construction," President
Gabe Godwin says.

In the past decade, the company has
taken on new types of projects. Colorado is
the one of the fastest-growing states, adding
nearly 600,000 people between 2010 and
2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
That growth has sparked a housing boom
across the state, providing CSI with an
opportunity to enter the multifamily and
assisted-living markets. Additionally, the
company is now managing more office and
industrial construction projects.
Recent projects include Kent Place
Residences, a $71 million, 300-unit
multifamily development in Englewood,
Colo.; Village at the Peaks, a $35 million
community-focused outdoor mall in Longmont, Colo.; and ECO Urban Apartments,
a 160-unit complex with four stories of
wood-framed residential sitting on top of
a two-story concrete parking structure - a
first of its kind project for Downtown Colorado Springs.
Ideally, Godwin says CSI would split its


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