"Larry's work was and has been a key contributing factor in the successful completion of The Container Store's multi-year, multi-million dollar, new store expansion program. His professionalism, acute attention to detail and his vast knowledge in the construction field were invaluable in efficiently executing our new store development program. Through BHDS Group and Larry, The Container Store was able to effectively and efficiently bridge a gap in human resources allowing The Container Store's strategic growth plan to move forward unhindered and per plan.
Larry Barbara consistently represented The Container Store, in all project interactions be they city, landlord or general contractor, in a professional manner and provided key knowledge and job oversight to contribute to the cost efficient and timely delivery of every project."
Pete F. Fitzgibbon
Senior Director – Real Estate Development
The Container Store
"Mr. Barbara’s main strengths are clear articulation of goals, straightforward and clear communication and a passion for excellence in his endeavors. This combination allows Larry to align multiple groups around a complex project and move everyone forward as a team."
Executive Director of Development Services
City of McKinney
"I am the retired founder of an international retail design consultancy, RYA. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Larry Barbara and The BHDS Group for over twenty years. We were associated on projects both domestically and in Europe. In addition to the usual demands of maintaining schedules and managing budgets and manpower, Larry's ability to overcome language and cultural differences had a major positive impact on the successful execution of the work."
"In my thirty plus years of designing and producing hotels, I have met very few individuals such as you who are professional, organized and experienced in managing the processes that are required to bring a project from concept to construction."
"I have had the pleasure to work with Mr. Barbara and The BHDS Group on numerous IHOP projects over the past 20 years and find him and his company to be very capable and responsive. The BHDS Group has the experience required to bring in construction projects on time and on budget"
Rick McDuff, AIA
Corporate Architect / Development Manager
International House of Pancakes, Inc.
“In our role as interior architect and interior designer, we relied on your guidance to facilitate approvals among ownership and the City of McKinney as well as Starwood’s team. You were responsive and responsible in your dealings with us and in the way that you managed the teams and issues through the process. This was a complicated project and I appreciate the way in which you dealt with its complexities.”
Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID
“Lawrence Barbara, of BHDS, served as the Owner's Representative, providing Program Management and Project Management on the Bridge Street Town Centre development located in McKinney Texas. The project was a public/private venture with the City of McKinney which consisted of approximately a 1,000,000 sf of mixed-use retail, restaurant, office, movie theatre, higher education, spa, and a Westin Hotel and Events Center.
“Mr. Barbara's industry relationships assisted and supported many of the professional and technical resources for the project and its complexity.”
“As President and CEO of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, I would recommend Mr. Barbara and his company based upon his interaction with this project.”
President & CEO
McKinney Economic Development Corporation
"I'm delighted to write this letter of recommendation for Mr. Lawrence Barbara and his company, The BHDS Group. My professional relationship with Mr. Barbara started in 2007, when The Beck Group was selected as the CM-At-Risk for the Westin Hotel and Events Center project located in McKinney, Texas."
"Mr. Barbara has strong professional management experience in planning, design and construction of complex projects. He has built a reputation for managing teams to deliver projects on time and within budget. I strongly recommend Mr. Barbara for any professional construction management position as the Owner's principal agent and team leader."
Henry C. Beck III
"I worked with BHDS Group and Larry Barbara on five projects for The Container Store over a three year period. Larry was instrumental in helping standardize our process with educating the trades on each project regarding what a Container Store is and what the expectations were for quality and finish on the project. Larry had an excellent relationship with the trades and the General Contractors that we worked with. He communicated well and was clear with his expectations. BHDS Group was thorough and diligent with their review of pay applications and change orders, while still processing them in a timely manner. I enjoyed working with BHDS Group and Larry and would recommend them to anyone looking for Project Management services."
Scott A. Kanaga, AIA
Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, Inc.
"I had the pleasure of working closely with Larry for several months recently on a pre-development study for a hotel and conference center for the City of McKinney Texas. Larry quickly proved himself to be a valuable part of our team. He was very knowledgeable about the project itself, all issues related to construction management, and much to my delight, the hotel and conference industry as a whole. Larry and other members of his firm were always courteous, professional, and prompt."
"I would not hesitate to recommend Larry to anyone, and look forward to the opportunity to work with him again someday. Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions."
Stephen D. Moffett
President, Hospitality Division
Garfield Traub Development