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Residential | JON M. HALL CO. Building Back to Success M. »Jon intoHall Co. has branched out new markets, including infrastructure. JON M. HALL CO. SURVIVED THE TOUGH YEARS BY REINVENTING ITSELF. BY MARTA JIMÉNEZ-LUTTER W ith the residential crash of the construction market in 2006, many companies were left scrambling to survive and adapt to the new reality that replaced the boom of the past. Many companies simply didn’t make it, those that did took from the experience lessons that will help them rebuild and thrive in the new construction market. Jon M. Hall Co. of central Florida weathered the storm and came back strong thanks to perseverance, diversification and a great reputation. Jon Hall, founder of the company that carries his name, has been in construction most of his life through family businesses. He learned his trade while working with his father, starting when he was in fifth grade. By the time he was 21 years old in 2000, he was ready to start his own company. Jon M. Hall Co. started doing a variety of jobs and focused on the residential market when it started growing in 2002. “In ’02 we had around 30 people, and by ’06 we were up to 170,” Hall remembers. “At our peak [in 2005 and 2006], we were doing 16 to 18 residential neighborhoods a year.” Things started to change at the end of 2006, though, and the residential construction industry started losing momentum. “We realized [in 2006] that the residential market was going to slow down, so we started branching out and doing other work,” Hall says. “We became Florida Department of Transportation (DOT)-certified so we could bid DOT work. We got into municipal and commercial work when the market crashed in ’06. We got out of it [residential construction] because there was no work to be done.” During the years that followed, Jon M. Hall Co. had to downsize and adapt to the new construction reality. “The competition was eating everybody alive, it was fierce,” Hall recalls. “We turned ourselves into more of a construction management group. We did everything from 56 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 Jon M. Hall Co. • Headquarters: Longwood, Fla. • Employees: 50 • Specialty: Construction “We have people at the highest level in our industry – very professional, educated and hard working – and we do quality work and deliver on time.” –Jon M. Hall, owner buying and selling foreclosed homes to restaurant chain build-out projects, whatever we could do to wait out the seemingly never-ending recession.” In 2011, things started to pick up again in the construction industry in central Florida, and Jon M. Hall Co. started hiring again to take on an abundance of work over the next two years. “In the second quarter of 2012, the market continued to grow at a more comfortable pace in the Orlando [Fla.] area, so we added about 30 people to our crew,” Hall explains. “We’re trying to be cautious and not bring too many people too fast and be liable for them.” The new construction market comes with a different attitude from that of years past. “People are now educated about what could happen if they’re too aggressive,” Hall says. “The banks have also changed, borrowing money has become tougher, so not everybody can run out and become a developer. Home prices are now reasonable and make sense. Your average person can now buy a new entry-level house in a subdivision for $180,000.” The recovery period is slowly being felt in http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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