General Contractor VCC Sees Growth in Northwest Arkansas, Opens Fayetteville Office

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 12:00 am  

Justin Couch, project manager at VCC’s two-person northwest Arkansas office: “We just felt this is a unique kind of area. Arkansas has been a good market for us.” (Photo by Beth Hall)

Couch said the best way to be a part of something is to be in it. The construction business, much like any other business, relies a lot on personal connections and old-fashioned hard work, he said.

“We’ve got some irons in the fire,” Couch said. “This is a long-term commitment.

“You have to be out there networking with people. It’s a lot easier to do it when you are in the community.”

Couch said the addition of the Fayetteville office will allow the firm to be more aggressive in the projects it pursues. Couch said a manager can generally handle two or three projects a year if the projects are staggered so that each is in different phases.

As the firm’s footprint in the area grows, Couch said, VCC’s staffing will as well. Couch said VCC plans to be methodical in adding staff as the workload demands it.

“Within a year, we’d like to have three or four [managers],” Couch said. “Within three years, we’d like to have five or six. There’s so much that goes into deciding which projects we’re going to actively pursue. It’s the nature of having two offices in Arkansas that we’re going to be more aggressive.”

VCC Northwest Arkansas Projects

Athletic Academic & Dining Facility,  
Fayetteville $21,500,000
University of Arkansas Ozark Hall,  
Fayetteville $21,301,027
J.C. Penney Shops Rollout,
Fayetteville $166,788
UAMS Northwest Campus,  
Fayetteville $723,876
Washington County Courthouse Parking Deck,  
Fayetteville $6,181,432
Fayetteville $2,000,000
The Chancellor Hotel,  
Fayetteville $15,000,000
J.C. Penney Shops Rollout,  
Fort Smith $185,621
Fort Smith Pavilion,  
Fort Smith $17,570,715
Snell Office,  
Fort Smith $124,700
The Sheraton Inn,  
Fort Smith $300,940
Woodland Hills Mall,  
Tulsa $4,935,252
J.C. Penney Joe Fresh Rollout,
Tulsa $54,000
Circuit City,  
Tulsa $1,510,000
Eastland Retaining Wall,  
Tulsa $159,278



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