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Projects at El Paso Airport Reflect Growth, Optimism

A five-year capital improvement plan for the El Paso International Airport will soon see more than $139 million in construction activity, including a project that upon completion is bound to make many travelers happy: a new $46 million car-rental facility.

“We’ve been working for the last three years on putting together the design and planning for a new multi-level facility that can accommodate more parking,” says Scott Goldstein, director of airport planning for Enterprise Holdings, which operates such car-rental brands as Alamo, National and Enterprise.[read more...]


El Paso's Famous Northgate Mall to Become New Transit Center

Where once stood the sprawling Northgate Mall is now only an empty, dusty 30-acre lot surrounded with a 6 foot-high chain link fence. But residents in northeast El Paso remember the Northgate Shopping Center at 9530 Dyer Street as a place of wonder.

“It had shade, which was and is a big deal here,” says Everett Vanarsdall, an El Pasoan who recalls going to the mall primarily to buy groceries. "I used to park my big truck there, too, never an issue. Oh, and they had a carnival thing there now and then.”[read more...]


Garry Boulard: Construction Reporter's Star Journalist

Garry Boulard has clearly made it as a journalist and author having published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor as well as authoring seven well-received books in the genre of historical nonfiction. He even has his own Wikipedia page—a true sign of success for our times.

Yet Boulard, like the business owners he interviews for Construction Reporter, is nothing if not humble. He is one of those remarkable individuals who has cultivated a habit of gratitude—a feeling he often expresses for his solid gig as lead freelance writer at Construction Reporter. His steady flow of news feeds and weekly features source much of the content for the online news service. [read more...]


Tami Brunk: Construction Reporter's Environmental Writer

As an environmental writer and co-founder of an organization dedicated to sustainable practices, Tami Brunk’s interest in the construction business may at first glance seem surprising.

But the journalist who first started writing for the Construction Reporter in 2008 sees no dichotomy between her two interests.

“As I see it, the construction industry has tremendous power to impact the health of our planet and future generations,” says Brunk, who co-founded and previously served as co-director of the Albuquerque-based Querencia Green, an organization dedicated to connecting neighbors to “green their streets.” [read more...]


Specialty Funding Sees Growth in Texas and Colorado

Bob UnderwoodIf the number and variety of loans applied for are any indication of a larger economy, then West Texas and Colorado are very much moving out of the recent recession.

“We’re in West Texas from Amarillo to El Paso,” says Bob Underwood, the founder of the Specialty Funding Group (SFG) in Albuquerque.

“And we are seeing oilfield equipment manufacturing, oilfield service equipment, coming out of that area,” he says, adding [read more...]


El Paso's RK Green Mechanical Reps Thrives on Customer Loyalty

Father and SonWith nearly two decades in the industry, Kent Green says he is as good as his reputation.

“At the end of the day, that’s really all I have to trade on,” says 74 year-old Green, who last year embraced the kind of challenge that might scare men half his age: starting his own company.

“The first thing we did was sit down with an attorney and get set up legally and properly,” says Green of the launching of what became RK Green Mechanical Reps.

“You have to have a team, and that team includes the attorney and the banker and the insurance man, this and that,” says Green. “That’s vital.”

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LEED on Steroids: an Interview with Kent Beierle on the Living Building Challenge

Kent Beierle is a founding member and architect at Environmental Design Inc. (ēdi).  ēdi is an Albuquerque-based architecture firm well known for its team of skillful sustainability and LEED consultants and trainers who have designed or consulted on upwards of 80+ commercial & 530+ LEED for Homes projects/units LEED certified projects across the state, nation, and overseas. [read more...]


Peerless Construction

Good Fences Make Good Business

Vassan and Viji Pillai of Peerless Construction are proof positive that in today’s economy firms can thrive when owners demonstrate an impeccable work ethic and dedication to their craft. The firm has been in operation in New Mexico since 1985, established by Vassan’s father, Rajan, under the name Indian Investors.
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Winrock Mall Development On Track

Winrock ParkMore than 50 years after its grand opening, the Winrock Mall is on the verge of a new era.

This spring it was announced that Nordstrom Rack is planning to open a 35,000 square-foot outlet in the east Albuquerque shopping center.

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Dena WurmanBreach of Contract

In March 2014, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) sued one of its most highly compensated executives for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract after he resigned and took a job at its chief competitor, Zillow....
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