T.N. Ward Company
- Written by: Kelly Matlock
- Produced by: Kyle Gahm
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
After a century in business, T.N. Ward Company (T.N. Ward) has the experience and expertise to complete a variety of projects. With values ranging from $10,000 all the way up to a half billion, T.N. Ward serves the Mid-Atlantic region as a commercial general contractor and construction management firm.
With often up to 500 employees, the company is based in Ardmore, Pa., with additional offices in Atlantic City and Maryland, and operates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Tom Falvey, president of T.N. Ward, has been with the company for 15 years and explains what makes it one of the most successful casino builders on the East Coast and recognized by Engineering News Record’s List of Top 400 Construction Managers.
Fast-track Casino Experts
Catering to casino owners, T.N. Ward has built a large portion of the entertainment epicenter of the Mid-Atlantic. Offering construction management, program management and design-build services, T.N. Ward understands what the client wants and needs and is able to deliver quality workmanship within a constricted timeframe.
“In the casino business, everything changes rapidly and all the products are specialty items,” says Falvey. “We’re able to adapt to the ongoing changes throughout the project, and no matter what, deliver the project on time.” Remaining flexible throughout the project, T.N. Ward is able to cater to special needs and redesigns, and has the ability to self-perform some of the carpentry, concrete, demolition and interior fit-out work.
In 2013, T.N. Ward completed one of the largest casinos on the East Coast, the Maryland Live! Casino, outside of Baltimore. The $500-million multi-use complex is a million and a half square feet with a 350,000-square-foot casino and was built in just 12 months. “It was a remarkable timeframe for completion,” says Falvey. “Plus, the project was outside of Atlantic City, in an area where no casino had ever been built before. We had to educate the workforce and the subcontractors on what it takes to build one.”
The Maryland Live! project was a tremendous success and contributes to the overall success of T.N. Ward. “We monitor our success in repeat business and new clients by referral,” notes Falvey. “If we’re not picking up new clients and working with ones we already have, then we’re not doing a good job.” However, the team is doing its job, as T.N. Ward is regularly called upon by longtime clients, such as Harrah’s Entertainment.
Secure with Diverse Capabilities
In addition to casino building, T.N. Ward completes educational institutions, health care facilities, hotels, multifamily housing, office complexes, retail outlets, parking garages, restaurants, bars and industrial buildings. The company works primarily in the private sector, however, also completes public sector work.
Another project completed in 2013 was a high-tech, 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that produces cutting-edge energy systems. “It was a one of a kind project,” says Falvey. “There were many memorable moments on the project. We ran the job 24/7 in order to meet the schedule, which was less than six months.”
With an incredible range of capabilities as a general contractor and construction manager, T.N. Ward is marked by financial strength and stability. In turn, the company employs a full range of executives, superintendents, project managers, foremen and specialists who are leaders in the industry.
“We work for intelligent owners who recognize the value that we bring to the table,” says Falvey. In order to stay at the forefront of its field, T.N. Ward is diligent in partnering with subcontractors, as well. “We treat each activity as a business enterprise and make sure we work with companies that are capable of delivering in terms of financial promises, scheduling and quality commitments,” he continues.
Deserving of the Respect
T.N. Ward has thrived in times of prosperity, and survived in times of austerity, by following a very simple principle to satisfy the owner’s objectives by delivering projects on time, on budget and with the highest quality workmanship. The firm is adept at anticipating and resolving any issues, and conducts all of its business in a professional manner.
Safety is also extremely important: T.N. Ward places the highest value on the welfare of its employees and every worker on the job site. All workers are given the necessary tools – education, OSHA training and equipment – in order to meet the company’s motto: Safety 24/7.
Additionally, T.N. Ward is a member of several trade organizations, including the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council (MACSC), the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) and New Jersey BuildSafe.
Falvey has been in the industry for 39 years and he is proud to be a part of T.N. Ward and experience the regular positive feedback the company garners from longtime clients and new referrals. “It gives me the biggest sense of pride that clients are excited to provide us references,” he says proudly, “That people are happy with what we do and find us trustworthy, knowing that we’ve delivered a good product and exceeded expectations is touching. It feels good.”
By adhering to its philosophy of working with honesty, integrity, teamwork and professionalism, T.N. Ward Company will continue down the path of delivering exceptional projects while building relationships with clients, subcontractors, architects and the community along the way.
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