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|Skender Construction partner Mark Skender, whose father started the Chicago-based firm in ’55, says the company has grown revenues 22% a year and staffed up to 85. It’s been able to buck the downdraft by focusing on vibrant markets like healthcare, higher ed, and corporate interiors, Mark tells us. Colleges and universities sheltered from the overall economy by tuition and endowment incomes are building new facilities to compete for students. (Someone tell high school students so they know they're wanted and can stop being so angsty.) Hospitals with an eye on healthcare reform are concerned about how their facilities look, feel, and work, says Mark.|
|Here's EVP Justin Brown, who oversees Skender’s interiors work (and was a panelist at this morning’s event; Skender was also a sponsor). The company just refurbished four ICUs for Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown and completed each unit in five weeks (leaving another week for the hospital to equip and staff the new intensive care units) by working double shifts.|