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In a history that dates back nearly 40 years, Lark Group has amassed an extensive portfolio of projects and expertise. The company develops, constructs and manages a wide range of properties, but one of its core strengths is in the area of healthcare facilities. Past projects in this sector in British Columbia include the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, the Port Hardy Hospital Expansion and Ren­ovation, TLC Medical Building in Langley and the CareLife Fleet­wood facilities in Surrey.

When its first phase is completed this fall, the 17-acre Metrogate master-plann­ed community in Toronto will raise the bar for sustainable living, according to its developer, Tridel. The neighbourhood development “pushes the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and sustainable development to even more ex­acting standards,” Tridel says, and this can be credited to the innovative design of Toronto-based Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc.

Players for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Estevan Bruins and the entire community soon will be enjoying a new $22 million arena financed by donors, the Building Canada fund, the province of Saskatchewan and the city of Estevan. Built by Graham Construction, the 110,000-square-foot facility’s ice rink will have 2,200 seats for sporting events and 4,000 for other events such as concerts. Work began on the arena in August 2009 and was substantially completed in May.

Where many see an open prairie, Genesis Land Development Corp. sees a thriving community of families and businesses. The real estate developer has four divisions: land development, single-family construction, multifamily construction and commercial construction. Each does its part to turn that intangible vision into a complete community.

For Carrington Group of Companies, the ability and capacity to develop in multiple segments of the market have been critical, Vice President of Business Development Jarret Sheath says. “We’re not just a single-product builder,” he says, explaining that the firm operates in several markets, as well. “Diversity al­lows us to continue to grow.”

Since the elimination of grade 13 in Ontario schools in 2004, Carleton Uni­versity has seen its student population rise substantially over the years, Assist­ant Vice President of Facilities Manage­ment and Planning Darryl Boyce ex­plains. “The students are arriving one year younger,” he says.

Wright Brothers – The Building Company began in 1956 as a humble operation managed by two Idaho brothers. The company is incorporated with the present owners, Bob Wright, Joe Rausch, Terry Hayden and Terri Wright, and has grown to become a midsized construction management and general contracting operation. Today, Wright Brothers specializes in the construction of public buildings, retail space, green structures and multifamily housing.

From the start, the leaders of the 745,000-square-foot Martin Army Community Hospital construction project knew what they were looking for. It was all detailed in a 4,800-page request for proposal developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the construction managers for the project. They wanted the Fort Benning, Ga., replacement hospital to be a sustainable building that follows the U.S. Army’s 2006 mandate that all new structures are built to earn at least LEED Silver certification. They wanted it to be a “medical home” – a nationwide trend embraced by the Army as it continuously improves its healthcare to service members and their families.

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