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Residential | SUNSHINE-INVEST/PLANIFICARQ SUNSHINE-INVEST AND PLANIFICARQ BENEFIT BY BEING FREQUENT COLLABORATORS. BY ALAN DORICH A Winning Combination t is not always easy for groups of people to work together. They often have to share the same ideals and have the right chemistry to develop a relationship. However, developer and general contractor Sunshine-Invest and architectural firm PlanificArq have found the right mix to partner up time and time again on projects throughout the Dominican Republic. The firms, which operate independently, have collaborated on multiple jobs in the Dominican Republic. Sunshine-Invest, which is based in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, originally had roots in Germany, Vice President Christian Picherer says. But when it learned people in the Dominican Republic were interested in hiring European firms for construction projects, it took advantage of the opportunity. “We, as a Germany company, felt the needs of those people,” he says. According to Picherer, many Dominicans prefer to hire European builders because of their strong emphasis on project quality and schedules. After arriving, however, the company determined it needed a Dominican architect to aid it in its work, and hired Eris Espinal as its inhouse designer. Espinal later founded PlanificArq, and today sits as its director. Over the years, Picherer says, the two firms have found it profitable to work together. “We provide good quality [that allows] the customer to get what he wants,” he states. I A Big Deal Sunshine-Invest’s current projects include Haciendas el Choco, a gated community in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Picherer notes that the firm’s clients can buy lots that span approximately 10,000 square meters, as well as homes that cover a minimum of 350 meters. According to the firm, the properties are ideal for clients to build permanent homes or villas to use for vacations. “[It is] one of the prestige communities on this Caribbean island with security [and] all the amenities [residents] need to feel comfortable,” Sunshine-Invest says, noting that some of the area attractions include a tennis court, a golf course, restaurants, a supermarket and a casino. Picherer says the firm is now building an $800,000 villa in Haciendas el Choco. When finished in September, it will feature 1,000 square meters of living space, scenic views, a three-bedroom guesthouse and an apartment for an employee. It also will have a terrace with a bar and barbeque station, a pool area with a Jacuzzi and waterfall, large bathrooms and extra cabinet space. “That is a special request of the clients,” he says. “It is a big project.” Feeling the Impacts A 10-year veteran of the construction industry, Picherer joined Sunshine-Invest seven years ago. He says the company has kept successful thanks to its partnership with PlanificArq, as well as its craftsmanSunshine-Invest strives to provide European-style craftsmanship on its projects. « www.sunshine-in to Plata, rt s: • HeadquaanerRepPuer ublic Dominic tate development, • Services:tioReal-esarchitecture construc n and est/ ficArq Sunshine-Invst.comPlani ve good lity [that “We providee customquato get allows] th ants.” er what he w vice president of Sunshine-Invest –Christian Picherer, 68 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
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