Looking Forward

New CEO Gary's headshot

By President and CEO Gary Garofalo

After celebrating our 50th anniversary back in 2015, we set the course for redefining our business model and delivering comprehensive client service for the next 50 years. We had the skilled personnel and financial resources to grow our company, so we set to work at expanding our geographical footprint into the Carolinas, diversifying our work product by building up our Commercial and Government Groups, and increasing the opportunities for Harkins to provide our services to new and existing clients.

Three years into our strategic plan, we have achieved significant year over year growth with over $400M volume put in place in 2018. Achieving that type of growth is not unheard of, but it can be hard to grow that fast and maintain the exceptional quality of service that our clients expect of us. One of the ways we gain feedback to drive improvement and see how we are doing is with owner and architect surveys completed after preconstruction and construction. Our project and executive teams review all of the survey results and thrive on the insights our client and architect partners offer. With an average score of 8.9 out of 10, we are very proud to create positive outcomes for all.

We are extremely mindful that this type of growth is difficult to sustain and will continue to measure our performance versus our growth to ensure that we have the resources in place to deliver exceptional construction services.

There is no way to experience this success without acknowledging the clients who entrust us with building their projects, all of the professional partners we team with to deliver exceptional results, and the shared values of our employee-owners. We are fortunate to have strong personal relationships with dozens of repeat clients, and we are excited to see the same quality relationships forming with new clients we have worked with in the last ten years.

It has never been enough for us to just be a great builder, or company to work for – our purpose has always been bigger. The more we accomplish, the more we feel the responsibility and importance of helping people who do not have the same opportunities that many of us take for granted. In addition to all of the community service programs our employees normally take part in each year, we are developing new projects that will allow us to share our good fortune.

Riverwood Appreciation Lunch

Group photo at construction site
Columbia, MD

The Riverwood project held an appreciation lunch on Friday, February 8th for the subcontractors on the job. It was a great way to show Harkins’ appreciation for everyone’s hard work keeping the jobsite safe and clean. Both the Harkins team and our contractors have been working six days week and extended work hours to help overcome several delays to the project and meet the tight deadline of April 15th.

The interior and exterior renovation of the 58,500 sq. ft. in two pods in Columbia, MD began in mid-December. Although in the same building, the two suites are separated by a demising wall and have unconnected entrances. The framing, drywall, MEP rough-ins, and structural steel work on the roof in both buildings is now underway. The suites will receive new HVAC equipment with roof top units, two emergency generators, extensive underground plumbing, electrical, interior storefront systems, and pre-finished stained wood doors. Interior finishes will consist of paint, wall protection, carpet tile, luxury vinyl tile, ceramic wall and floor tile, specialty flooring, window treatments, and architectural millwork with solid surface counters and sinks. Work on the exterior of the building will include new stairs, sidewalks, and ramps, roofing, and the replacement of storefront systems and exterior doors.

The building will serve Howard County Government employees within the Departments of License and Permits (DILP), Transportation and Special Projects, Engineering Administration, Utility Design, Highways and Traffic Signal Shop, Loan Closet, and Highway Storage, and have a mix of offices, conference rooms, storage rooms, multiple break rooms, and open workstations.

Great job to this team for working through all of the challenges that this project has brought forth thus far while maintaining the proper sequencing and flow of construction activities.

Sub-Appreciation Lunch Photos