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Institutional | PENN BUILDERS INC. Under Control PENN BUILDERS ENJOYS HAVING A FIRM GRIP ON A PROJECT’S QUALITY AND SCHEDULE. BY ALAN DORICH Penn Builders says it is distinguished by its willingness to do public and private work. « S ome general contractors rely on subcontractors to do most of their work, but Penn Builders Inc. prefers to do much of it on its own. President Steve Swartley says the company digs its own footings and completes its own carpentry and cement work, among other tasks. This all allows Penn Builders to have better control of its schedule, Swartley says. “When you’re self-performing some of the work, you’re able to keep the job moving better,” he says. “It gives you better control over the quality.” The Quakertown, Pa.-based Penn Builders specializes in construction management and general contracting for commercial and institutional projects. Swartley’s father, Vernon Swartley, founded the firm in 1971 and initially constructed residential developments. When mortgage rates rose in 1980, Penn Builders found it difficult to sell houses. At the time, “We said we were going to discontinue the residential development portion of the business and concentrate on the commercial,” the younger Swartley recalls. In 1989, the company also added public structures to its range of specialties. Today, “We do a lot of schools, government office buildings, banks and private office buildings,” Swartley says, noting that the company works within a 50-mile radius of Quakertown. No matter what sector it serves, Penn Builders has earned a loyal base of repeat clients by treating owners fairly. “[It is] all about the relationships in that business,” he says. “We do excellent, quality work.” Penn Builders Inc. • Projected 2012 sales: $20 million • Headquarters: Quakertown, Pa. • Employees: 30 • Specialty: General contracting and construction management “We do excellent, quality work.” –Steve Swartley, president Hard at Work Penn Builders’ current projects include an $8.5 million facility addition for the Penn Foundation, a drug and alcohol counseling center in Sellersville, Pa. The addition, which will cover 35,000 square feet and stand two stories, will feature office and clinical space. Swartley says the contractor began work in September 2011, and expects to finish in December. The project is being built with green techniques, even though it is not aiming for LEED certification. “It is incorporating a lot of green principals,” he says, noting that the new addition will feature a green heating system and an insulated concrete wall form system manufactured by Nudura Corp. in Ontario, Canada. “[Approximately] 25 percent of our work [is] LEED projects.” Penn Builders also is constructing a new middle school for the Centennial School 40 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
Last Look

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