John Westheimer, President, Cincinnati Commercial Contracting
What does your firm do?
Cincinnati Commercial Contracting was founded in 1979 to provide clients with full service commercial construction management and real estate development expertise. From retail stores and restaurants to manufacturing facilities and fabrication shops, CCC’s expert construction management team provides thorough preparation, superior craftsmanship, and attention to detail to each project. That is how we have done business for over 40 years.
How did you get into this field?
I have been in the commercial real estate business since 1969. I’ve stayed in the business because of a desire to serve others with the construction and real estate development skills that I have acquired over the years.
I started CCC as a commercial real estate development and ownership company. One of our first projects were mini-warehouses. By 1983, the company had three 80,000 SF mini-warehouse developments, making us the largest operator in the area. In 1985, CCC sold its portfolio to Public Storage, then invested heavily in conventional flex, retail, and office buildings.
We began offering commercial construction services to the public in 1995 and became an authorized Butler Manufacturing Builder in 1997. In 2011, CCC was recognized as “Northeast Butler Builder of the Year.” This accomplishment came within 14 years of working with Butler Manufacturing. CCC was selected from a group of over 300 builders.
Today, CCC continues to be active in the area of real estate development. We currently own over 400 acres of strategically located commercial and industrial land from Walton, KY, north to Springboro, OH. We also own and manage several developments from Monroe, OH, to the Red Bank Corridor. These include vibrant retail, office, and warehouse space. We continue to be heavily invested in providing superior commercial construction services to business owners that are growing, expanding, or renovating within the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana area.
CCC’s goal of being the highest-value building contractor in the Greater Cincinnati area is simultaneously being achieved and yet improved and relentlessly pursued. We continue to challenge the status quo and push for an ever higher standard of excellence.
How does your firm work with architects?
We have learned, from decades of experience, that the key to providing the most value to a project is early collaboration with the design team.
It really doesn’t matter if the project delivery is design-bid-build, design-build, or CM at risk. The important thing is that, from day one of a project, we are fully engaged with our architect partner and working together on our client’s behalf.
Who or what inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by the happiness and continued success of our clients. They inspire me to continually find ways to improve on our process and the quality of work that we produce.
What is your favorite building and why?
The next one! In all honesty, I cannot say that I have a favorite building or project. I have worked on every type of commercial project, to include everything from retail, restaurant, and hospitality buildings to industrial, warehouse, and office complexes. Our team of professionals know that bringing each job in on-time and on-budget is the standard all clients deserve, and should always expect from their builder. This is the standard that we continually strive to achieve. The highest standard is a happy client.
When you’re not working, what do you love to do?
When I’m not in the office you can find me farming hay, taking care of the land, and making improvements.
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