Commercial Construction

We are Russell, a commercial construction company that also provides real estate development services. We hope to earn your respect, not just your business. If it’s not on time, on budget, and beyond your expectations, it’s not Russell! 

We operate out of three locations, building for the midwest and beyond. Our offices are located in:

Regardless of how much we’ve grown, we work and play in our communities and people are at the core of everything we do (that, and safety). We absolutely look forward to meeting – and working for – you!

Russell corp office

delivery methods.

The project delivery method is one of the most important factors to consider when embarking on a new construction project. Several fundamental project considerations are directly impacted by the delivery method selected including risk allocation, the need to adhere to a realistic budget, a schedule that accurately represents the performance period, and the level of collaboration between contractor, designer, and business owner.

Let us help you choose the right delivery method option!

Hiring Russell as your general contractor, the most traditional delivery method, simply means that we are responsible for managing the construction project’s progress in relation to the design provided. While it’s a bit more complex than that, our qualified team provides professional results and superior customer service throughout every phase of your project.

Learn more about our general contracting services.

We offer both CMa and CMc construction management services. Click here to learn more about them.

Construction Management as Agent (CMa)

CMa is a method where the  owner selects a design firm and a construction manager at the start of the project. Together with the owner, the CMa and designer work as agents of the owner to prepare a set of bidding documents from which specialty subcontractors propose their lowest price. Upon the receipt of the specialty subcontractors’ bids the owner enters into individual contracts with multiple subcontractors to deliver the project.

Construction Management at Risk (CMc)

CMc is a method in which the construction manager acts as a consultant to the business owner. Starting at project development and design phases, the CM assumes the risk for construction performance (the equivalent of a general contractor) holding all trade subcontracts during the construction phase. Russell commits to a guaranteed maximum price for the project, providing the owner with the security of a construction cost that will not be exceeded.

This is one of our favorite delivery methods, which guarantees clients a single point of responsibility and the potential for rapid completion! On a design/build project, Russell is engaged by an owner prior to the start of design, and we assume the responsibility and risk for the services provided by our design professionals and consultants.

Learn more about our design/build services.

This linear delivery method means the design team is selected separately and reports directly to an owner. Plans and specifications are completed by the architect and then bids are issued. Contractors bid the project exactly as it is designed with the lowest responsive bidder awarded the work.

Although design/bid/build may seem like the safest and easiest way to procure a project, it’s not the preferred choice. Our disclaimer is that there is an increased risk for change orders, owner time, and resource requirements, and a less collaborative relationship between contractor and designer.

Preconstruction Services.

A construction project’s success is often determined before a shovel ever hits the dirt. Our team of professionals approaches preconstruction planning in a proactive, collaborative, and transparent process. In short, we lay the groundwork to ensure the preconstruction planning and decision-making process result in an accurate budget, every time.

  • Project Scope / Estimating
  • Construction Design Phase Management & Analysis
  • Construction Budgeting/Cost Control
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Scheduling, Phasing & Logistics 
  • Subcontractor Pre-qualifications
  • Virtual Design & Construction + BIM
  • Transparent Communication

Construction Services.

On any commercial construction project, there is a variety of moving parts and pieces. Budget and schedule details, evolving design, changing building models, and even owner stakeholders may all be shifting as the construction process unfolds. This is where hiring a commercial building contractor with hands-on building experience, technical know-how, strong trade partner relationships, and a knack for looking at things a little differently becomes imperative. We are all about the details! 

Russell integrates our collaborative project approach with state-of-the-art technology and our highly trained staff to successfully deliver construction services to our clients.

  • Communication & Project Management
  • Ongoing Budget Management
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Scheduling / Phasing of Work
  • Quality Control
  • Lean Constructions / Sustainability
  • Safety

Construction Safety.

Safety is our number one priority and people are at the core of our safety policy. Anyone can have a well-written safety program, but what differentiates Russell is that every employee embraces our goals for a zero Injury work environment.

Our goal is simple: to send everyone home the same way they came to work that day. Our focus is not only to prevent accidents, but to continuously improve the processes under which we operate. We believe that an active and effective accident prevention and safety program is an integral part of the construction process and we proudly pass these benefits on to all of our clients.

Two Russell hard hats.

Post-Construction Services.

Construction is complete but the job is not done! A successful hand-off of your building and a seamless transition to your daily operations includes our post-construction services. 

  • Delivery of Final Drawings & Documents
  • Final Cleanup & Preparation 
  • Final Inspection & Walkthrough
  • Operations & Maintenance Manuals
  • Commissioning
  • Training, Orientation, & Closeout
  • Performance Metrics Testing
  • 12-Month Warranty/ Walk-Through 
  • 24-Hour Attention
  • Post-Project Review & Satisfaction


Our comprehensive close-out process is designed to give you, your staff, and all stakeholders a seamless transition and peace of mind.