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May 08 www.bus-ex.com 1 Editor’sletter EDITORIAL Editor In Chief Martin Ashcroft editorial@bus-ex.com Managing Editor Bud Sadler bsadler@bus-ex.com DESIGN Production/Creative Director Zachary Smith zsmith@bus-ex.com PUBLISHERS Business Directors Andy Kerr Andy Turner info@bus-ex.com BUSINESS Director of Editorial Research Scott Mason smason@bus-ex.com Director of Sales Sean Brett sbrett@bus-ex.com Administration & Operations Kathy Toomey ktoomey@bus-ex.com Subscriptions info@bus-ex.com Infinity Media LLC 100 Cummings Center Suite 243C Beverly, MA 01915 Tel: 978 232 9284 Fax: 978 560 0999 www.bus-ex.com Businessexcellence ACHIEVING With homebuilders suffering the effects of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, it would be easy to conclude that the construction industry is in decline. Don’t you believe it! The testimony given in one-to-one interviews by executives from a range of industry sectors in this month’s magazine tells a rather different story. Take further education, for instance. Construction is rampant on the campuses of universities and colleges across the US and Canada. Larry Eisenberg took a job as facilities director with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) with a $2.2 billion budget. Oklahoma State University is in the middle of a construction spree that will refurbish old buildings and add new research space. The University of Pennsylvania has a 30 year campus plan that includes the development of a recently acquired 14-acre parcel of land. Joe Fink from the University of Pittsburgh is responsible for carrying out 228 capital projects with an estimated value of $468 million. Construction has many success stories to tell across a diverse range of sectors. How did TolTest grow its revenues from $45 million in 2003 to a projected $225 million in 2008? Who is building the Dallas Cowboys’ new $1.1 billion stadium? Who is responsible for the new 50,000-seat football stadium on the main campus of the University of Minnesota? Why is the private construction firm J.D. Abrams financing a public sector highway project in the desert outside El Paso? How has population growth impacted the construction plans of the Jacksonville Energy Authority in Florida? How does Jacksonville Port Authority plan to double its commercial capacity? Who is constructing one of the first privately funded projects in Tennessee to obtain Gold certification from the US Green Building Council? Why has XL Construction been listed among the Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area two years running? Business Excellence has the answers to these questions and others you never thought to ask! Answering questions