Danis off to strong start in 2013 with construction projects

By Olivia Barrow, Dayton Business Journal –

After a year defined by major contracts with medical expansions, Danis Building Construction Co. is starting off 2013 strong with a series of smaller projects that add up to big bucks.

The Miamisburg-based builder has already bagged $18.2 million in projects for 2013, most of which will be completed by this summer.

That’s up a little bit from a typical first quarter, and Troy Erbes, vice president of business development, said he thinks the company will continue to see incremental growth throughout the year.

With a long resume of successful medical expansion projects, Danis usually looks to the health care industry to drive most of its growth. But Erbes said this year he’s seeing more diversity in the company’s projects as most of the hospitals in Dayton have completed their major projects.

“The big hospital construction is done,” he said. “You’ll continue to see renovation work occur. You’ll still see a little bit of the technology arms race — let’s have the latest CT scan, the latest robotic surgery tool.”

But other sectors of the market are picking up the slack.

“The thing that’s been surprising is we’ve seen a lot more activity in the industrial market in manufacturing across the board.”

Some of Danis’ biggest projects in the works right now include:

• Kettering Medical Center 3 North, converting semi-private rooms to private rooms;

• Sycamore Hospital Oxygen Tank renovation;

• Soin Medical Center fourth floor fit-up, building out the fourth floor and adding 32 beds to accommodate demand at Soin;

• University of Dayton Founders Hall renovations;

• UD Music Theater Renovation, relocating the music and theater departments to the College Park Center; and

• Sinclair Classroom renovation.

But Erbes said the activity in Dayton still pales in comparison to Raleigh-Durham, one of three national offices for Danis. In the Triangle, growth is driven by the Research Triangle Park and the local health care industry is still seeing high demand for more patient beds. Nationwide the company has already been awarded $60.5 million in new contracts.


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