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Residential | AQUILINI DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION INC. Reaching Out finished »Aquilini recentlyproject inits Richards Living Vancouver, which is the firm’s first affordable housing project. AQUILINI DEVELOPMENT’S ENTRY INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS KEPT IT STRONG. BY ALAN DORICH F or David Negrin, the chance to serve new customers keeps the construction and development industries fresh. “That’s really what’s kept me alive,” he says. “You have to look for new markets.” Negrin is the president of Aquilini Development and Construction Inc., a Vancouver-based firm that specializes in developing and building multiresidential communities and mixed-use projects in British Columbia and Western Canada. Founder Luigi Aquilini started the company in 1956. Since then, the firm has built millions of square feet of properties. “In the last year and a half, we sold approximately 480 units,” Negrin says. “We’re averaging about 225 units a year.” Taking the Opportunity A longtime veteran of the construction and development industries, Negrin joined Aquilini Development in 2007. Previously, he spent 20 years as the senior vice president of Concord Pacific Group Inc., a developer of master-planned communities. “I’ve been involved in 12 million square feet of residential and commercial construction in the last 20 years,” he says. When Negrin left Concord in 2007, he planned to retire. But when he was approached by Aquilini Development to take his current role, he changed his mind. “I met the family and I liked the way they run their business,” he recalls. For instance, Negrin explains, the Aquilini family has given the firm the freedom to look at new markets and branch out. Three years ago, the company moved into affordable housing when Vancouver had an expensive market. “Young families couldn’t afford to buy [expensive homes],” he says. “We made a change in our philosophy that it was time to move into affordable housing.” Under his leadership, the company also started building smaller, more compact homes. “It has been very successful for us,” Negrin says, noting that the company strives to remain “very progressive.” Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. • Headquarters: Vancouver • Employees: 150 • Specialties: Multiresidential communities and mixed-used developments “In the last year-and-ahalf, we sold approximately 480 units.” –David Negrin, president East & West Alum Craft Ltd. East & West Alum Craft Ltd. wishes to congratulate Aquilini Development. The development looks fantastic. It was very gratifying to be the supplier of the balcony railings and sun-shades. As a leading manufacturer of aluminum railings and systems since the mid1960s, our tradition of manufacturing high-end quality products is teamed up with our innovative processes to meet the needs of today’s market place. We look forward to future partnerships opportunities. 114 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
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