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Residential | CURRENT BUILDERS – THE RESIDENCES AT LAKEHOUSE Nice and Early CURRENT BUILDERS IS ON TRACK TO FINISH THE RESIDENCES AT LAKEHOUSE THIS FALL. BY ALAN DORICH A fter four decades, Current Builders (CB) has gained expertise in multiple construction markets, including luxury developments. “We have a lot of experience building garden-style apartment projects,” Project Manager Staci Thirlwell says. “It’s our forte; Current Builders is very competitive in this market.” The general contractor is showing those skills as it builds The Residences at Lakehouse in southwestern Miami Lakes, Fla. When finished, Lakehouse will have 21 two-story buildings with 270 apartment units. Project developer The Graham Cos. says the buildings will surround a 1.25-acre lake, while 26 of the units will be townhouses with attached garages. CB started Lakehouse in August 2011 and is contracted to finish it in November 2012. However, “We have goals to finish a couple months early,” Thirlwell reports. Overcoming Obstacles CB has found it a challenge to find subcontractors with the necessary bonding to perform work on the Lakehouse project, Thirlwell says. “Anytime we required bonds from subcontractors, we had trouble with their bonding capacity not meeting the contract value,” she recalls. “It makes it very difficult during negotiations. Once we make a deal and send the contract requirements to the subcontractor, we find ourselves stalled due to bonding issues. “Due to the current state of the industry, the company has to research subcontractor financials [before] they even get started out here,” she says, adding that some of CB’s longtime subs have left the industry in the recession. Also, subs are having difficulty hiring qualified field personnel. Many individuals who had been out of work for over a year decided to change careers. “We thought the workforce issues were a problem before the recession, but Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse • Project budget: Approx. $30 million • Location: Miami Lakes, Fla. • Project scope: 17 two-story apartment buildings and four townhome apartment buildings consisting of 270 units “It’s a team effort to ensure safety is maintained.” –Staci Thirlwell, project manager now it has become more critical, probably sooner than the industry had anticipated.” Other challenges are work delays due to shortages of building materials. “Things that used to be on the shelf [are] not on the shelf anymore,” she says. “It’s definitely harder [to build a project].” This includes materials for all trades and items as simple as windowsills. Supply is short 82 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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