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A Company Built on Trust

CORE Construction’s rich history started with one key moment in 1937, when our founder, Otto Baum, applied for a loan to start a masonry company. He had nothing to use as collateral except for his proven character and exemplary reputation. When the bank manager asked the loan officer why they should consider Otto's request, the officer simply replied, "I trust him." This event sparked the beginning of a company that would one day grow to multiple locations across the U.S., supported by over 1,200 employees and a strong culture built on the same trust Otto started the company with in 1937.

Comprehensive Knowledge and Industry Expertise

Utilizing comprehensive construction knowledge and industry expertise, CORE provides exceptional building services in 13 markets. See the types of projects we have worked on in your industry.

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Local Relationships. National Resources.

CORE has offices across the country and surpasses 1,200 employees, all dedicated to building communities across the U.S. one structure at a time.

The Highlights That Shape Our Company

2018

  • CORE Louisiana's Avery Alexander Elementary School awarded the Excellence in Safety Award of Merit by ENR.

  • Ranked in Top 25 Multifamily Contractors by BD+C Giants 300.

  • CORE ranked as #5 Top Southwest Contractor by ENR.

  • CORE Nevada wins the AGC Best Safety record for the 8th year in a row.

  • CORE named #4 to Education Contractor by BD+C Giants 300.

  • CORE ranked in Top 90 Contractors by BD+C Giants 300.

  • Ranked #51 in Top Construction-Manager-at-Risk Firms by ENR.

  • Ranked #90 in Top 400 Contractors by ENR.

  • CORE Texas' TreeHouse project Awarded the TEXO Distinguished Building Award.

  • CORE Arizona's Memorial Union project at ASU named as AZRE RED Awards finalists.

  • CORE moves its National Headquarters to Frisco, TX.

  • CORE Illinois Awarded the John Wagner Volunteer Leadership Award.

  • CORE Florida named one of the Top 50 Contractors by Business Observer Magazine.

  • CORE Arizona's Gammage Theater Auditorium Renovation project at ASU named as AZRE RED Awards finalists.

  • CORE named #1 Public Sector and Government Contractor in the Southwest by ENR.

2017

  • Ranked 4th Largest K-12 School Builder in the Nation.

  • Ranked in Top 100 Contractors by ENR.

  • Ranked in Top 50 Contractors by BD+C Giants 300.

  • Ranked in Top 100 Construction Management-at Risk Firms by ENR.

  • CORE Nevada awarded AGC Contractor of the Year for the 4th year in a row.

  • RiZE at Winter Springs in Florida wins the ABC Central Florida Chapter Award of Merit for Excellence in Construction.

  • CORE Louisiana voted Best Places to Work by City Business for the 3rd year in a row.

  • Tuscan Isle Solivita in Florida wins the ABC Central Florida Chapter Award of Merit for Excellence in Construction.

2016

  • Ranked 3rd Largest K-12 School Builder in the Nation.

  • Lusher Charter School in Louisiana wins the ENR Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration.

  • Monte Vista Elementary School Campus Replacement project in Arizona wins the ENR Award of Merit for K-12 Education.

  • Ranked 50th Largest Top Contracting Firm.

  • McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School in Louisiana wins the ENR Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration.

  • MCC Student Portal Project in Arizona selected to receive a Design Award from the American Institute of Architects Western Region.

2015

  • CORE celebrates the expansion into northern FL by opening an office in Tallahassee and surpassing 1,200 employees.

  • CORE Louisiana voted Best Places to Work by City Business.

  • Awarded 3 CMAR high schools and 1 CMAR private church in the State of Louisiana.

  • Ranked 2nd Largest K-12 School Builder in the Nation.

2014

  • CORE proudly opened its 10th office to serve the Indiana region.

  • Awarded 2 of the first 3 Design-Build contracts in the State of Louisiana.

2013

  • CORE Texas is Medium Business of the Year at the Chamber’s 30th annual awards.

2012

  • CORE named #1 Public Sector and Government Contractor in the Southwest by ENR.

  • CORE built the Largest LEED platinum Residence Hall & 2nd Largest LEED Platinum Higher Education project in the world for the University of Arizona.

2010

  • CORE expands it's presence into Louisiana by opening an office in New Orleans.

1937

  • Company founded by Otto Baum in the Midwestern town of Morton, IL.

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Challenging the Standard Through Operational Excellence

“Good enough” is not in our vocabulary. Every project must achieve excellence. In fact, we have developed an internal program called Operational Excellence, which evaluates every job in real time based on six factors:

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