When you see a crane on the horizon in Northeast Ohio these days, you often can use it to find Akron’s Welty Building Co. at work somewhere below.
From stadiums and hospitals to urban residential developments, Welty seems to have a guiding hand in many of the region’s big projects of late, especially around Akron and Canton.
The work has caused the Fairlawn-based builder to expand its ranks to around 200 employees.
“That’s a number that’s probably doubled in the last three years,” said Welty CEO Don Taylor.
It’s little wonder, since Welty’s on a high-profile tear.
There’s the $700 million Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton, a project backed by California-based developer Stuart Lichter. Welty just finished the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, literally hours before the kickoff of the Dallas Cowboys-Arizona Cardinals game on Aug. 3.
“The game was on Thursday (at 8 p.m.) At 12:34 a.m. on Thursday, we got the certificate of occupancy. My wife said: ‘I don’t know what you were so stressed about. You had 17 hours and 26 minutes to spare,’ ” Taylor now jokes. (The situation didn’t seem all that amusing at the time.)
Then there’s Akron Children’s Hospital, where Welty is building an $84 million, 230,000-square-foot addition to the Considine Professional Building. It got that job after its contract to build the hospital’s Kay Jewelers Pavilion, a 370,000-square-foot, seven-story tower completed in 2015 at a cost of about $180 million.
Also in Akron, and again with Lichter, Welty has been the major builder on the redevelopment of much of Goodyear’s former properties near downtown Akron. It’s a development plan that encompasses between 400 and 500 acres and includes not only Goodyear’s new headquarters that opened in 2013, but a major hotel, event venues and 110 apartments that Lichter developed in the former…