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Tech-24 Construction LLC: Offering Comprehensive Service and Peace of Mind

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Tech-24 Construction LLC, a sister company to Tech-24 Food Service Technologies, was created to offer clients a “total service solution.” The total-package general contracting/remodeling department has operated since 1998 as a natural extension of the services provided by its sibling company, which was already home to a team of master plumbers, electricians and HVAC mechanics servicing and repairing HVAC, plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, exhaust systems, water heaters and facility health department issues. Combined, the two companies employ over 180 personal and have 120-plus tradesmen blanketing Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and surrounding states daily. Combining qualified subcontractors with a self-performing in-house staff, Tech-24 Construction successfully completes build-outs, customization and refresh projects for hospitality, retail, office facilities and multifamily residential.

Structured like other large general contractors, but offering the additional ability to self-perform with Class “A” licenses and master licenses in every trade, Tech-24 Construction is changing the way projects are built. Value engineering and building projects from the inside out is a standard at the company, which utilizes the dozens of masters on staff. This approach has proven successful and kept some of the nation’s largest chains coming back for years.

The diverse staff of directors, project managers and hands-on superintendents has an annual construction capacity of $40 million and the same volume in service capabilities. The company’s continuing achievements are reinforced by the fact that Tech-24 Construction places great emphasis on preconstruction planning, materials analysis/procurement and scheduling, which the company has found critical to the low-risk planning and managing of its successful projects. The company prides itself on its dedication to logistics, including collaboration with all players involved in a construction project, including the owner, architect, building management, the design team and any subcontractors (who are carefully vetted and utilized for specialty trades).

Dispatching from four main hubs (convenient to Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; and the Tidewater region of Virginia), Tech-24 Construction oversees multiple residential and commercial construction services throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and North Carolina from its 25,000-square foot headquarters in Alexandria, Va. While the company has constructed and remodeled a wide variety of commercial projects, including salons, hotels and luxury condominiums, Tech-24 Construction also counts among its clients a large number of high-profile restaurants and restaurant chains.

Applying a Cornucopia of Insider Knowledge

For example, Tech-24 Construction has an excellent ongoing working relationship with world-class chef Robert Wiedmaier, and the company remodeled his renowned restaurant Marcel’s. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the project was completed in just 17 days, with Tech-24 Construction’s staff working 24 hours a day. The remodel, self-performed by Tech-24 Construction’s own tradesmen, involved dramatic changes to the bar, dining room, vestibules and restrooms. This remodeling job involved extensive millwork and custom built-ins. The firm has also recently completed construction on Wiedmaier’s Wildwood Kitchen, a new restaurant in Bethesda, Md. Tech-24 Construction was the general contractor and kitchen equipment supplier and installers for the $1.3 million project.

For Victor Bonomi – president, managing partner and senior director of project management at Tech-24 Construction – the firm’s work for Wiedmaier (which includes construction services for all of his restaurants) is not just professional; it’s also personal. Bonomi explains, “I worked as a trained chef for 10 years. I went to culinary school, and I trained under Robert Wiedmaier, who has been a friend and mentor to me. Now I build his restaurants.”

A personal touch is not reserved only for acquaintances, however. Bonomi and Tech-24 Construction’s skilled, certified and insured crews apply the same principles to all jobs, applying expert supervision and project management to deliver a quality job done right the first time. Bonomi’s unusual combination of skills as a chef and a builder has proven quite beneficial when it comes to delivering on this promise; he understands how to balance the ingredients of a successful job, especially in the restaurant sector.

He observes, “The background that I bring as a chef means that I understand the functionality of restaurants. I understand what they need, and that helps inform our construction process.” Bonomi’s connections to the restaurant world as a chef have been quite lucrative for the company, as well. He notes, “We have a lot in the works for 2013 because of chefs and owners that Wiedmaier has introduced me to.”

Meeting and Exceeding the Needs of High-profile Clients

One of Tech-24 Construction’s noteworthy traits is its ability to complete high-quality work in short time frames and on the client’s schedule and budget. The construction firm has remodeled 45 locations of Noodles and Company, more than 30 of which were completed within the past year. Twelve of the remodels were completed within a 10-week timeframe. The jobs for all of the stores involved both interior and exterior improvements and were, remarkably, performed strictly after hours, with all stores maintaining normal operations throughout the renovations. As the general contractor for all of the Noodles and Company remodels, Tech-24 Construction performed all trade work with its in-house staff.

These same feats are being performed for other well-known chains, such as Starbucks, Pret A Manger and PotBelly’s to name a few. “Our fast-tracked remodeling ability is second to none,” explains Bonomi. “Our four large warehouses throughout Virginia allow us to stock and store materials before we start the project. This, in turn, allows us to seamlessly fly though the project without material procurement issues. Once we start with a client we stock all of their standard materials, including tile, grouts, paint, flooring and mechanical parts, etc., which keeps us the first choice for maintenance and refreshing.”

Another noteworthy client, Maggie Austin Cake of Alexandria, Va., called for Tech-24 Construction to restore and renovate a 120-year-old building transforming it into a complete baking facility and showcase for the cake builders artistic creations, while still preserving the structure’s historic qualities. Tech-24 Construction also recently served as the general contractor for a project involving kitchen install and custom carpentry work for Medi. This up-and-coming new chain, which is a Mediterranean quick-serve eatery, is a branch concept developed by Delia’s Restaurants and GrizForm Design Architects. Among the design features to be found in Medi locations are wooden block pulleys that once served as props for the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” and a large blue front door of the type commonly found in the Mediterranean that is thought to ward off evil spirits.

These are just a few of the many examples of Tech-24 Construction’s ability to deliver a quality project that is within budget and on time. Over the years, Tech-24 Construction’s well-trained crews have amassed an impressive portfolio of projects, as well as established valued relationships with trusted architects, designers, subcontractors and, above all, clients. Of the company’s approach to its construction and remodeling projects, Bonomi explains, “Once we’ve completed a project, we service that client for life. It’s not as though we build it and disappear. We’re there forever, so we build it right the first time. And we’ve built lasting partnerships with our clients.”

Due to its fine craftsmanship, efficient delivery, prompt and thorough response and dedication to corporate follow through, Tech-24 Construction LLC’s roster of high-profile partners and projects should continue to grow even longer.

Published on: April 2, 2013

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