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  PSA Constructors, Inc. is a 100% African-American owned Program/Project Management firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas; Orlando, West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida; Lagos, Nigeria.

PSA began with one staff member and has become a trendsetter whose growth as a minority firm is unmatched in the construction industry.  PSA’s staff includes graduate architects, engineers, program managers, OSHA certified inspectors, planners, I.T. managers, quality control inspectors,  schedulers, estimators, contract managers, value engineering specialists, superintendents, and administrative support personnel combining over 300 years of professional experience.
 
"Patrick Aliu has quietly built an international network and has developed strong relationships with Clients across the USA."

"I started out wearing two hats," Aliu says, laughing. "I would go to the job site in blue jeans in the morning, then go home at 1 o'clock, take a shower and put on a suit -- and market the company."

His earnestness paid off.

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"It's the quality of
their work rather than a
desire to make money
that makes them such
a good partner."


Jim Flynn,
3D/I

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"They respect me, and I respect them," Aliu says of his clients, who have included 3D/I, URS, HKS Inc. Parsons Brinkerhoff, Turner, Hunt and Kellogg, Brown and Root.

His company has been involved in such projects as the Orlando International Airport renovation, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport renovation, construction of several of Orlando Utilities Commission's water treatment plants, the Orange County Convention Center expansion project and construction of the Orange County Regional History Center.

An African-American who was born in Nigeria, Aliu earned his bachelor's degree in architecture at the University of Oklahoma and a master's in business administration from Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale.

He worked for a Texas firm, then a Memphis firm, before deciding to make Florida his home in 1991 after a friend persuaded him to interview for a position in Jacksonville.

"They were looking for an architect with hospital background," he says.

He took the job, working on both Jacksonville Memorial Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital.

He eventually ended up in Miami, working for a minority-owned firm that, in 1993, asked him to set up and head an office in Orlando.

"Within six months, I landed a $6 million job for that firm," he says.

Although he loved what he was doing, a falling-out with the firm's owner led Aliu to resign his position -- not sure what he was going to do next.

But with his credentials, good credit and the hard-won trust and encouragement of his supporters, he launched PSA Constructors on April 18, 1994 -- starting out "in one little bitty room" on North Highland Avenue.

"Our first big job was with Walbridge, working on the (OUC) Southwest Water Treatment plant," Aliu says.

"We had no money, and the advisory board of OUC called Walbridge and said, 'Can you help this business out?' And Walbridge gave us a check for $10,000."

"Jim Flynn, senior vice president of 3D/I who has worked with PSA since the early days, says the firm is an excellent partner to work with.

"We started out working together on Orange County public schools," Flynn says, "then Palm Beach schools, then Newark schools in Essex County, N.J. We got to know them really well, and (Patrick) has been a very good associate, a very good partner -- and now he's my boss on a program management project."

What sets PSA apart, he says, is the firm's focus on a job well done -- not the money it will make on a project.

"They share our philosophy," Flynn says, "and not all small subcontracting firms do. They believe that profit is the result of good work, so they go into projects to do good work, not simply to make money. And it's the quality of their work rather than a desire to make money that makes them such a good partner."



 Source Orlando Business Journal. Copyrights ©2002, all rights reserved.
     

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