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BMY Construction Group Inc.

Flexibility and Collaboration to Stay Ahead

BMY Construction Group Inc. (BMY) was founded in 2004 to offer a more complete general contracting experience to public and private agencies in California’s Central Valley. The Fresno-based company maintains both Class A and B Contracting license to provide general building and general engineering services. Above all, BMY takes pride in collaborating with clients throughout the construction process so the most logistically challenging projects run smoothly.

Eric Bower, Steven Mitchell and Russell Yemoto launched the company with just nine employees on December 17, 2004. Together, the trio bring over 80 years of combined industry experience and have tripled the company’s size in just seven years. BMY caters to clients in both public and private sectors, providing a broader selection of capabilities than the average general contractor. BMY employs a team of laborers who specialize in rough and finished carpentry as well as concrete, insulated paneling and pre-engineered metal buildings.

“I believe that one of the reasons we were able to really hit the ground running is because of our diverse capabilities,” expands Eric Bower, president. BMY is still a relatively young company, but its extra capabilities have propelled the company to find success across commercial and industrial market sectors.

BMY’s portfolio spans retail, churches, commercial office space, industrial manufacturing facilities education and LEED certified buildings.

Ahead of Market Trends

In fact, BMY commits to using green construction methods wherever possible. In 2007 BMY completed work on the Fresno Unitarian Universalist Church, which happens to be the first LEED registered church in the state and the third in the nation. BMY helped the client achieve Gold certification by including features like a photovoltaic solar energy system, xeriscaping, low VOC materials, bamboo flooring and recycled materials. In total, the church exceed California Title-24 standards for energy efficiency by 33.5 percent and BMY managed to divert 100 percent of the construction site waste from the landfill.

More so than for buzzworthy purposes, BMY commits to building green as an extension of the company philosophy. BMY prides itself on maintaining the flexibility to collaborate well with a variety of clients and construction professionals and an ethical, service-oriented approach. Even if BMY doesn’t pursue LEED certification on a project, smaller changes can be made that add up to big savings on resource usage and operational expenses. BMY’s green building experience is just one of many tools the company employs to deliver a better construction experience and result. Likewise, BMY’s flexible approach and extensive industry experience have helped establish the company in the industrial manufacturing and processing sector. More recently, BMY crews completed over 30,000-square feet of repairs to Sun Maid Growers of California’s facility in Kingsburg, Calif. Sun Maid is the largest raisin and dried fruit producer worldwide. In turn, BMY was challenged to develop logistical strategies that enabled crews to complete the repairs without compromising the equipment below or the plant’s operations.

“This was one of the most challenging projects we have ever been a part of, but we are proud to have completed the project with zero health and safety incidents at all,” admits Bower. As a result, BMY has completed 3 total projects for the client. Building Long-term Relationships In addition, BMY has been able to leverage its success in the commercial sector into a growing presence in healthcare and education markets.

BMY celebrated the completion of the Bullard High School Athletics & Aquatic Complex in late 2011. The project broke ground in 2010, but had been in the development stages since the Fresno unified school district board approved the additions in 2008. Initially, some neighborhood residents expressed concern over the potential noise and traffic level during construction, but BMY was able to keep the project on track and complete work in time for the 2011 academic school year. Bullard High school students now have access to an all-weather track and 50-meter swimming pool. The new pool includes staples like spectator seating and a concession stand, but it is also the first handicap accessible swimming pool in the Fresno Unified School district. Previously, students in need of ADA compliant swimming pool access traveled 20 minutes to the accessible swimming pool at Clovis West High School in Clovis, Calif. Similarly, Bower estimates that BMY has completed over 10 veterinary facilities since its inception and BMY employs staff with extensive experience in building facilities regulated by the California Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development. As a result, BMY has added over a dozen medical office buildings to its portfolio.

Technology for Today and Tomorrow

Of course, collaboration is key for BMY and Bower admits that its membership to the Central California Builders Exchange (CCBE) has been particularly beneficial in recent years. The CCBE is one of California’s oldest non-profit trade associations with a proven track record of adjusting its services to meet the needs of its members. In 2008, CCBE launched an online plan room tool that BMY uses to find projects and invite subcontractors to submit bids through. “We use CCBE’s program daily. We advertise our private sector projects for supplier and subcontractor bids through the CCBE website, and it also provides us with a consolidated source to track and exchange information,” expands Bower. In fact, Bower is such a proponent of CCBE that he recently ran for and was elected to its board of directors.

In the next two years, BMY will focus on maintaining its competitive position in California’s Central Valley and prepare for the eventual uptick in private sector construction. In the meantime, BMY Construction Group Inc. will continue coordinating with clients and industry professionals to deliver high quality work and a smooth construction experience.

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