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Commercial | COBRA CORPORATE MANAGEMENT INC. State of Mind L en Verhulst has found the secret to staying successful in these tight economic times, and he’s not afraid to share it. “You simply have to be positive,” Verhulst says. “Yes, times are tight, but you have to make the best of it.” As president of Cobra Corporate Management Inc. and a 32-year veteran of the construction industry, Verhulst has made quite a reputation for the company through his enthusiasm and adherence to quality. “Quality is always the goal, and I think it’s part of the reason why we get so many referrals,” he notes. “There are no short cuts in our business. We do not second-guess the designer and architect. We know there are reasons they do the drawings the way they do, and we follow those to build things right.” Although Cobra is only in its third year of operation, Verhulst has been able to gain insight into the industry working for other construction management companies. In 2007, he decided it was time to break out on his own. Much of its business comes from referrals and his past history in the construction industry in Calgary. “It’s a small world in construction, so it makes a difference what kind of job you do,” he asserts. Cobra specializes in commercial and light industrial general contracting, but is growing in the niche of historic renovation work in Alberta. “[That] is becoming a larger part of what we do,” Verhulst says. “About 50 to 60 percent of what we do is restoration work.” Cobra’s transition into historic renovation has been largely due to Verhulst’s relationships with local architects and designers who specialize in the trade. For example, the firm has five historic renovation projects in the pipeline with one particular architect. “I’ve never seemed to have to go out and look for work,” he says. Cobra specializes in the renovation of the exterior façades, windows and interior carpentry. Most of the buildings that are undergoing renovation were built between 1910 and 1925, and have the most stringent regulations put forth by the government on what materials can be used on the building during the renovation process. COBRA USES STRICT QUALITY STANDARDS TO PERFORM HISTORIC RESTORATION WORK. BY BROOKE INFUSINO commercial and light »Cobra Corporate Management specializes inwith the city of Calgary,industrial general contracting. It also is a preferred contractor Alberta. Preparation Is Key Cobra takes a consistent approach at the start of each job. Once awarded the contract, the firm collaborates with the subcontractor, issues the materials orders and charts the schedule from commencement to completion. “We try to arrange the job around when the materials are • Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta available to us,” Verhulst says. “We • Employees: 12 have nine superintendents, two • Services: Restoration and general project managers and an office mercial contracting manager to support the work, and I get my hands dirty as much as I can. I find that if you’re not out –Len Verhulst, president there working on the projects, you’re not going to get any respect from your employees.” Cobra Corporate Management Inc. com- “There are no short cuts in our business.” CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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