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Commercial | SOUTHSIDE CONSTRUCTORS INC. delivered the »SCIJuly. The center9,500-square-foot Lake Ridge community center in Tega Cay, S.C., in features a two-story stone fireplace, exercise facility, five-lane Sound Decisions D arryl Kellough and Tim Laframboise started out as two friends with civil engineering degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. However, with a common desire to use a “trees-to-keys philosophy” in delivering construction services, the two schoolmates launched Southside Constructors Inc. (SCI) in 1999. Since then, they have led the general contracting firm to manage more than 4 million square feet of projects and more than $300 million in construction volume. In the past 10 years, not much has changed in Southside’s approach to construction services, which has been important in its ability to withstand good and bad markets, Kellough explains. “Relationships are always important, but they are especially crucial right now,” he says. “To be successful in this economy, you must roll up your sleeves, provide innovation, create unique delivery systems and help customers get financing. This is part of developing good relationships, which is a must right now.” Strong relationships aren’t just important in delivering successful projects, he notes, they are also helpful in securing future work. In June, SCI completed the $20 million construction of the New Birth-Charlotte mega church in Huntersville, N.C. The two-story, 81,000-squarefoot structure has a pre-engineered metal exte- competition swimming pool, dual-loop water slide and two outdoor tennis courts. SCI SAYS ITS DECADE OF SUCCESS IS DUE TO A ‘TREES-TO-KEYS’ APPROACH TO SERVICE. BY STACI DAVIDSON Southside Constructors Inc. with the firm’s work that it hired SCI to work on projects in other states, Kellough notes. www.southsideco.com • 2008 sales: $40 million • Headquarters: Charlotte, N.C. • Employees: 44 • Services: General contractor A Single Source “It is fun to be a part of and great to see people take risks and succeed.” –Darryl Kellough, principal rior with brick veneer and an open-structure steeple. SCI also was responsible for the asphalt paving and curb and gutter work, as well as all interior finishes, constructing a parking garage for the pastor, and installing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, a sprinkler system, the audio/visual equipment and equipment for the commercial-grade kitchen. Although the state-of-the-art facility was being constructed in North Carolina, the church’s owner and architecture team were based in Ohio. As a result, most of the communications were Web-based, but the project progressed smoothly and SCI finished a month ahead of schedule. The owner was so happy SCI’s experience with architect McMillan Smith and Partners was instrumental in its work on the South Carolina Governor’s School in Greenville, he adds. The company constructed a three-phased addition while the high school was in operation, while also dealing with a tight site and stringent construction deadlines. Kellough says SCI’s “great relationship” with McMillan helped it finish the 26,000-square-foot project on time and safely. The company also has worked repeatedly with Priest Architecture, with which it recently finished the design/build construction of a clubhouse and amenities center for the Lake Ridge residential development in Tega Cay, S.C. The 9,500-square-foot space features an exterior with natural cedar shake siding, a coiffured wood ceiling, wide-plank wood floors and intricate molding details. “Our strong relationships with owners and architects have led to a lot of work for us,” he explains. “For example, we constructed a couple of Suzuki dealerships and ended up becoming an extension of the company’s facilities group. It was the same with the Red Apple Group – we help them with site selection. We CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER 2009
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - October 2009
Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009