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Commercial | WILCOX CONSTRUCTION INC. Taking Pride In Its History »To stay diverse, Wilcox into Construction ventured the private sector in 1989. S WILCOX SAYS IT HAS KNOWS HOW TO GENERATE REPEAT BUSINESS. BY BROOKE INFUSINO econd-generation President Bob Wilcox knows a thing or two about the ebbs and flows of the construction industry. He watched his father, Al Wilcox, craft Wilcox Construction Inc. into one of the Northwest’s well-known commercial contractors. The Edmonds, Wash.-based general contractor has earned the respect of clients such as Starbucks, Panera Bread, Gateway Country Stores and other top retailers. “When my dad founded the company in 1963, he partnered with my uncle, who ran Active Realty, so my uncle would sell houses and my dad would build them,” Bob Wilcox explains. “That lasted about a year before my dad had to get back into what he knew best, and that was commercial and institutional building for the public sector.” For several years, Al Wilcox worked on smaller projects, building his bonding capacity before branching into larger projects, such as school and jail construction. In 1969, Jim Lessard joined Wilcox as a superintendent. The younger Wilcox joined the firm in 1978 as a superintendent, later moving into a project management role. In 1984, Bob and Jim bought into the business. Two years later, when the senior Wilcox retired, Bob and Jim bought the remaining shares. When Lessard retired in 2005, his son, Matt Lessard, stepped into an ownership role. Although Wilcox stuck with and even added a few core services – including design, planning, project management, project execution and ongoing construction repair service – he says he realized early on as president that the company needed to evolve its target market to stay competitive. “In 1989, a light clicked on and I realized that it was too tough to make a living off of just public sector work, so I moved into the private sector,” he says. The decision freed Wilcox Construction to broaden its reach. Wilcox employs about 40 full-time staff, including project managers and superintendents. To meet its clients’ needs 90 Wilcox Construction’s »Roughlyfrom percent ofpresent client referrals. clientele comes past and Quality projects speak for the company’s reputation, it says. 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