The two words that shine through repeatedly when talking to Baxter O’Hara Building are “˜service’ and “˜teamwork’. This small but ambitious construction company is New South Wales based and busy despite uncertain times across the state, as managing director Craig Baxter recently told Australian Construction Focus.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 marked the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of Canberra Airport’s new Western Concourse Terminal. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Canberra Airport Chairman Terry Snow and Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron were on hand for this exciting commencement of the second phase of Canberra Airport’s ongoing “AirVolution” transformation project.
With over one hundred years of combined experience working within the industry, CDK Commercial Construction founders Gerry Cudmore, Peter Day and Julian de Kretser know what it takes – and what it doesn’t – to make a business successful. The trio, who have been working together since the early 1970s, have navigated many challenges together as the industry – and their response to it – has evolved with client demand. Now, with the economy still precarious and the construction industry falling flat, the three were wise enough to make the difficult decision to stay small.
Some companies compete by focussing on one area: simple hard work and determination; by choosing a distinct and relevant niche; or by focussing on developing and nurturing professional relationships. Co-Wyn Building Group has found its success by utilising not one, but all three of these methods.
When it comes to construction, building designs may have changed over the decades, but quality workmanship never goes out of style. For the past 60 years, Cox Constructions Pty Ltd has been at the forefront of many of South Australia’s general commercial structures, churches and schools, and has earned a great deal of respect and repeat businesses from companies and institutions like McDonald’s restaurants, Mobil petroleum, Shell petroleum, local and state governments, and the Catholic Church.
Farrell Coyne Projects is into project management. According to director Robert Farrell, “we don’t build, we don’t design, we just manage.” That means the company is capable of managing everything within a project – even the client. The company becomes the hub, he explains, with everything revolving round it as it becomes a true client representative.
The FK Gardner & Sons Group (FKG) is a proud family enterprise built on a foundation of construction and engineering expertise spanning over 35 years. The company originated when the late Francis Kevin Gardner commenced trading as a local builder in the Brookstead area, soon to be joined by his five sons, Gary, Frank, Bruce, Paul and Mick. Over the years, FKG has forged a name for itself as a “dynamic growth focused provider of civil, construction, development and related services concentrated in Queensland and Eastern Australia.”
When it comes to successfully operating a family-owned construction company, Anthony Elzain sums up Maxcon Pty Ltd’s greatest strength in a single word: unity.
Minuzzo Project Management (MPM) is a family-owned company with a proud history in South Australia stretching back more than 50 years since Reno Minuzzo founded the building business, Minuzzo Construction. The name was changed some years ago to reflect the way the portfolio had broadened, and Reno’s son Garry, Chief Executive Officer, explains that the company’s core competence is building, but that it prefers to offer and be involved in the full range of building services. The company establishes a close relationship with the client at an early stage in every project, working collaboratively to see it through to completion.
The story begins when Robert Pike, having gained significant experience working for the commercial division of AV Jennings, decided that starting his own business was fundamental in moving forward. This led to the establishment of Pike Industries Pty Ltd, which commenced trading on July 1, 1981. In 1988, the company changed its trading name to Pike Constructions Pty Ltd, as it provided a more defined image of the company’s operations.