Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 152
RL BAXTER BUILDS LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS
WITH CLIENTS BY LISTENING AND RESPONDING
TO THEIR NEEDS. BY JIM HARRIS
L Baxter Building Corp. does much more than its name
indicates. "We really see ourselves as a customer service
business that just happens to do construction," says Eric
Baxter, vice president of the Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based
company. "We believe in providing custom service, listening to our
clients' needs and wants, and executing to their vision."
Eric Baxter makes himself readily available to clients. "Every client
has my cell phone number," he says. "I'm always available and able
to drop anything to go on a work site.
"People enjoy working with us because they know we will do the
right thing," Baxter adds. "We don't just want to do one job with our
clients, we want their next five to 10 jobs."
The company's project managers and other executive staff also
take a hands-on approach to their work. "We have been able to
accumulate a well-versed team that is very well-known in the area
and very well-respected by subcontractors and clients," Baxter says.
RL Baxter provides construction management, general contracting, pre-construction, design/build, design, estimating and
owners' representation services to clients in the commercial and
In addition to performing projects on behalf of its clients, the
company also develops and builds its own projects. "Being a developer ourselves is a huge value add to our clients because we know
the trials and tribulations they're going through and that they have
a budget they need to hit," Baxter adds. "We understand how to deliver the project they want in the
budget they need."
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Baxter worked closely with its client
» RLto choose
materials and fixtures for
Churchill Street Apartments.
The building's façade consists of brick
as well as corten metal panels, which will
allow it to blend in well with its surrounding
environment. "Beacon is an old
* Instagram: @r.l.baxter, #baxterbui
RL Baxter in April will complete one of its latest
* Projected 2018 evenue: $45 million industrial city with a lot of factories, so our
client wanted to keep that look, even with a
projects, the $10 million Churchill Street Apart* Headquarters: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
new construction," he adds.
ments in Beacon, N.Y. The company started
* Employees: 70
The developer had two main goals
work on the four-story, 64,000-square-foot
for the property. "The key points for the
building in early 2017. The structure includes
building were to make it highly energy
48 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments,
Project Executive Anthony Petruzzelli says.
efficient and focus on sound control,"
The wood frame building sits atop a concrete
and steel platform that includes an underground
Meeting these goals involved using
spray foam insulation throughout the
parking structure. The building's elevator will go
structure as well as installing an energy-effrom the parking deck up to its rooftop level, which
ficient HVAC system. A high-performance sound-rated floor system
includes an amenity area with two gas grills, an outdoor shower and
was also installed.
a storage unit containing tables and chairs for outdoor dining.
RL Baxter Building Corp.
"People enjoy working wi us
because ey know we will do
e ight ing."
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