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Commercial | SUMMIT CONTRACTORS GROUP INC. Quality is Key at Summit SUMMIT CONTRACTORS CAN BUILD A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN A YEAR. e have g subs, whicha wereatli following of experienced superain gn with tendents.” –M arc Padgett, exec utive vice president • Projected 2009 ctors.com lion to $100 m revenues: $50 mil• Headquarters: J illion • Employees: 40 acksonville, Fla. • Services: Gener al contractor “W Summit Contractor s Group Inc. www.summitcontra Summit Contractors Group performs 70 percent of its work for repeat clients. « uilding rental housing units for third parties with highly qualified and experienced subcontractors and personnel is one of the secrets behind the speed with which Summit Contractors Group Inc. puts up multifamily housing units. “We are set up for production,” explains Marc Padgett, executive vice president of the firm, which is based in Jacksonville, Fla. One of its recent projects is Millennium Apartments in Greenville, S.C. Consisting of 305 units and a clubhouse, this was started in February 2008 and finished in February 2009 without compromising quality, Padgett says. “Some companies can’t build a house that quickly, but that’s what we do,” he asserts. “We have a lot of experienced personnel and competent subcontractors, [and] we’ve built large projects repetitively now for 20 years with precision. Just recently, Millennium’s management company’s president, Jennifer Nevitt Casey of Rohman Management, paid us the highest compliment when she praised our team for turning over buildings ahead of schedule, along with buildings that had units so well punched out that they were move-in ready. She made it clear to Summit that it was rare and greatly appreciated that the leasing team was able to begin move-ins – and, more importantly, the income stream for the owners – the very day a building was turned over to the management team because it was in such good condition. ‘Confidence in a ready-turned building on time is so rare,’ she [told us.] “We have a great following of subcontractors, which we align with very experienced superintendents and project managers that know the Summit systems and the processes, and are very proficient at executing them,” Padgett adds. “We usually turn over the clubhouse and first building after seven months on a project to the owner. We try to deliver a building a week after that. At Millennium, we turned over two to three buildings a week on ‘We found the best practices … we stick with what we know works.’ average until we were finished. We have an efficient, assembly line-type process. We have found the best practices that work for us and we stick with what we know works. “We’ve looked at doing premanufactured walls, but frankly, our framers can build them in the field quicker than they can unload a premanufactured version of a wall off the truck,” he continues. “Components have never been a whole lot faster for the expense, but we do prefer premanufactured floor and roof trusses.” He notes the two-story, wood-frame buildings in Greenville feature high-end vinyl and Hardie siding, aluminum fascia and soffit and asphalt shingles. They have private entries vs. breezeways and garages within the building envelope, he adds. Projects Galore Summit has been involved in building more than 250 multifamily projects nationwide, in excess of 60,000 units and 8 million square feet of commercial projects since 1989. The company has more than 70 percent repeat business, with the majority of its work being a negotiated job, Padgett says. A sampling of projects Summit Contractors has under construction includes 168 student housing units in Greensboro, S.C., 401 apartment units in Tampa, Fla., 260 high-end units in Newnan, Ga. – just outside of Atlanta – and 360 units in 18 buildings and a clubhouse in Madison, Ala. Although construction of Millennium Apartments was estimated on a 16-month schedule, Summit was able to finish the job in 12 months. Each of its 36 buildings, spread over more than 30 acres, uses post-tension slab foundations and includes eight or nine units per building. The builder/owner invested money on finishes to make the project nice, Padgett notes. The apartments also feature two-inch designer window blinds, eco-friendly carpeting, upgraded faucets and shower heads, and 80:20 kitchen sinks. “Millennium Apartments had trees planted and complete site work done, including water 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