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Commercial | HDC DEVELOPMENT COS. Housing Boom W HDC KNOWS HOW TO SPEED QUALITY CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING IN THE BAKKEN SHALE. BY RUSS GAGER hen energy industry workers are flooding a town in North Dakota and rents skyrocket to $1,500 – several times the town’s normal rate – it is helpful to be a contractor that has the capabilities to build housing units quickly. That is just one of the specialties of HDC Development Cos. Headquartered in St Joseph, Minn., many of the company’s projects in the last four years have been in the Bakken shale boom towns of Minot, Tioga and Stanley, N.D. “Over the last four years, we did 790 units of market-rate apartments in the oil region,” reports Jim Lemke, HDC’s senior vice president and coowner. But housing units need support. “They’re in need of housing and they’re very prosperous, but over the years, they never really did any planning as far as expanding their infrastructure,” Lemke points out. “Before they get housing, they need water and sewer in place. So the power and phone companies are really hustling right now. I’ve got a project I can’t get gas to.” Although local governments and companies are working hard to provide residents with water, sewer and utilities, the increased usage causes additional complications. “If you’re going to extend that sewer line, now you have to improve your facility for taking care of the sewage,” Lemke notes. “So it’s kind of a mad race, a circle – you improve one, but the other one needs to improve, also. Right now, anybody who is going to develop, you have to put in your own sewer and water. Food is a big thing – one little convenience gas station sold a million dollars’ worth of pizzas last year. It’s a booming, thriving area.” HDC Development Cos. recently built the Roers Apartments in Stanley, N.D. « BYO Crew Manpower also is in short supply in the oil boom areas, so Lemke brings his own subcontractor crews. “I can’t find crews out there who are big enough or fast enough,” he maintains. His concrete crew has 35 to 40 workers. The framing crew is 18 to 19 people. “You have to have the manpower to make the program work,” Lemke emphasizes. He estimates his average project uses approxi- Multi-unit apartments are under construction by HDC Development in Minot, N.D. « 18 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

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