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With more than 110 years of experience in the industry, Manhattan Construction Company is nationally known for its successful and award-winning completion of large and complex projects. The company was founded in 1896 by Laurence H. Rooney in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and majority ownership has remained in the Rooney family through four generations. The company holds the first corporate charter ever issued in the State of Oklahoma. In its early years, the company built courthouses, office buildings, schools, industrial plants, and hospitals in the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Among these were the original Oklahoma State Capitol Building in Guthrie (1907) and the relocated Capitol in Oklahoma City (1919). During World War II, Manhattan completed military base, hangar, apron, barracks, and other projects for the US Defense Department valued at over a billion dollars. For its achievements, the company was awarded two coveted Army-Navy “E” awards for excellence. Today, the company operates from offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Mexico City, Mexico. Its portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the Southwest and East regions of the US. So what’s a nice Oklahoma-based construction company doing with a name like “Manhattan”? Well, this much is known for sure: Oklahoma had not yet attained statehood in 1896, so its founders had to go to New York to incorporate the company. Legend has it that the founders, told that the company needed a name, simply picked the first one that came to mind, and that was “Manhattan.” Whatever the origin, that name has stuck for more than a century. Manhattan’s reputation for providing welldesigned and well-built structures on time and on budget has led to the award of many major projects. The company is currently serving as general contractor for the new stadium facility being built for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Located near the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, it will replace Texas Stadium in Irving, which opened in 1971. Manhattan has formed a strategic alliance with local minority-owned firms Rayco Construction and 3i Construction to direct the on-site construction of the stadium. Manhattan brings considerable stadium construction experience to the project team. The company recently provided construction services on Reliant Stadium in Houston (home of the NFL’s Houston Texans), which included the first-ever retractable roof on an NFL stadium. Closer to home, Manhattan is also responsible for the national award-winning construction of Cowboyup Phil Lepage learns how a Southwest construction firm with a big-city name has built on its reputation for operational excellence to land a contract for an NFL stadium ManhattanConstruction May 08 www.bus-ex.com 83