By BECKY GILLETTE
Century Construction, a firm founded by Colin Maloney in Tupelo in 1997 as a two-employee, one truck-firm now employs more than 200 people at three locations in Mississippi, currently has $130-million worth of construction projects underway in several states. The firm now known Century Construction & Realty, Inc., has outgrown its current office space , and recently broke ground on a new office location in Ridgeland that will provide 45,000-square-feet of office space for it and other tenants that will soon be announced.
A groundbreaking was held Oct. 5 at 400 West Parkway Place in Ridgeland’s The Quorum at Colony Park.
Century Construction opened a full-service general construction office in Ridgeland in 2014 in the 200 Concourse Building on Highland Colony Parkway. Following two years of adding staff and office space with limited options in Colony Park for leasing the amount of office space needed, Maloney, president and owner of the company, decided to develop 400 West Parkway Place.
Ridgeland was considered the ideal place to expand for the company which, in addition to providing general contracting services in Mississippi and surrounding states, also provides construction management services to clients across the country.
“We currently manage work as far away as Montana and Virginia,” said Ron Emery, director of procurement and operations for Century Construction & Realty, Inc., Ridgeland. “We chose the Colony Park area of Ridgeland for many factors, including the existing business environment and potential for additional business growth in the area, the architectural quality of surrounding structures, amenities such as walking access to world-class shopping and dining at the Renaissance, and ease of access.”
Emery said James F. Tyson is architect the three-story office building project that will feature a prominent radial glass curtainwall entry system, precast architectural panels and a parking garage below the first floor. All three floors offer spacious window openings allowing for natural light with the third floor having its own lobby overlooking the property. It is anticipated construction will be complete and the building ready for occupancy in the fall of 2017.
Although the initial focus of the company was solely on construction, Century has evolved other key service lines, such as a full-service demolitions unit, heavy construction division, trucking, and a real estate division.
“We have experience in a variety of contracting delivery methods including general contracting, construction management and design/build,” Maloney said. “With the ability to self-perform many aspects of a construction project, Century is able to pass along competitive advantages to our customers through increased productivity, tighter project scheduling and superior quality. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional client satisfaction, meticulous attention to construction quality, a rewarding workplace for our employees and a culture of safety.”
Maloney said Century Construction is a company anchored to a simple vision to continue serving as a Mississippi industry leader while continuing to expand their reach to become the preferred provider of construction services in the region.
“Century continues to expand into new markets to better serve our clients and meet their needs,” Maloney said. “We pride ourselves on exceptional client relationships, a decade of client satisfaction and meticulous attention to construction detail and safety measures. All of our superintendents are highly seasoned specialists who receive yearly safety construction training. Over the years, Century has been recognized for its dedication to creating a safe workplace and continues to keep safety a top priority as we move forward.”
The company is currently doing business in 12 states. Notable other projects in Mississippi include the GHM Dorms at Ole Miss in Oxford, the Yokohama Administration and Training Facility in West Point, work at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian and work at the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville to replace the facilities that were destroyed by the EF4 tornado that struck Louisville on April 28, 2014.
Large projects outside of the state include the Birmingham Surgical Dermatology Group in Birmingham, Ala., Tri-State Mack in Little Rock, Ark., and Barnes Crossing Hyundai in Columbia, Tenn.
In addition to the Ridgeland location and the headquarters in Tupelo, Century Construction and Realty also has offices in West Point.
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