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Wrapping Up Our 90th Anniversary

December 20, 2016, 7:05 am

What an exciting anniversary year this has been! We have had so much fun working with our clients and in our communities.

Shook’s theme this year has been celebrating our history and recognizing why we do the work we do. Over the course of the year, we have been fortunate to strengthen our relationships, to form new ones and to contribute to the communities that make us who we are. Thanks to a great year, we can look forward to continued growth as we enter our 10th decade in business.

Safety continues to be a #1 priority in everything we do. Thanks to our team’s relentless efforts, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio once again awarded Shook Construction a 2016 Construction Safety Excellence Award within the Heavy Division.

In celebrating our 90th anniversary, we know it is imperative that we give back to our communities and clients that make everything that we do possible. We had the opportunity to build a new veterans memorial, raise funds for a major children’s hospital and partner with our local United Way chapters, among many other things.

“We’re fortunate enough to be a part of really creating the fabric of the communities in which we work,” shares Bill Whistler, president and chief executive officer. “It’s fun!”

Not many construction companies can tout a 90-year history. We are proud to have reached this milestone. As long as we continue to reflect on our humble beginnings along with why we do what we do, we can look forward to another 90 years.

Click here to learn more about our history.

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Honoring Veterans by Volunteering Time and Expertise

November 29, 2016, 6:56 am

Community is a vital component of who we are as a company. As such, it is not uncommon to learn of ways that our employees donate their time, money and expertise to worthy causes. Most recently, two of our employees went above and above the call of duty to honor our veterans by assisting two communities to design and construct a Veterans Memorial.

Kettering Veterans and Inventors Plaza

The Kettering Parks Foundation in Kettering, Ohio celebrated the dedication of its new Veterans and Inventors Plaza (also known as the Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History Walk). The plaza includes five pillars, each representing a different branch of the military. These pillars serve as a public expression of gratitude to those who have served and continue to serve our nation. Meanwhile, the walkway shares information about Charles F. Kettering who is an innovator, as well as the founder of Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co.). Three interactive history stations along the walkway highlight the history, inventions and philanthropic contributions of Mr. Kettering to the local community, the automotive industry and the world. Shook’s Mike Eckley is on the board of directors for the Kettering Parks Foundation, so it only made sense that he use his 40+ years of construction experience to manage the design and construction of this memorial. In addition, 15 local contractors provided in-kind services to complete the project. Those volunteer hours and additional private donations funded the $400,000 project.

Troy-Miami County Veterans Memorial

The Troy-Miami County Public Library and the Miami Valley Veterans Museum dedicated its new Veterans Memorial in Troy, Ohio. The new memorial highlights all branches of the armed services with a distinct image set into concrete around a flagpole. Troy-Miami Veterans Memorial Local individuals, organizations and businesses came together to make this memorial a reality. This includes Shook’s Jeff Schlarman who donated his time to install the concrete for the project while Shook Construction donated the materials. Troy Mayor Mike Beamish shared that the project is a “demonstration of what community spirit is all about” and a “lasting tribute” to all veterans.

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Using 3D Animation to Help Summa Health Visualize Project

October 31, 2016, 8:06 am

Summa Health 3D Animation Summa Health is embarking on a journey to build a new bed tower at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Shook Construction has joined forces with Donley’s to provide construction management services for this $152 million project. During the interview process, the Donley’s – Shook team set out to not only help Summa Health see their project come to life, but also help them understand the construction process along with how our team would approach their project. To accomplish this, our team developed a 3D model of the project and the construction sequencing (as shown below). * Note: this is only a short snippet of the full model Using this model, the Donley’s – Shook team was able to explain visually the major milestones in construction, along with what some of the logistic challenges might be. Beyond the interview, this model will help with so much more than simply visualizing the project:
  • Engage in a more collaborative working environment allowing for higher quality of work
  • Identify conflicts/issues earlier in the project through clash detection, which ultimately leads to greater productivity in the field
  • Improved communication and project coordination by utilizing a 3-D logistics plan
  • Better design and spatial coordination where the design is completed with fabrication in mind
  • Minimize, reduce or eliminate waste
  • Increase productivity through prefabrication on or off-site
  • Improved constructability reviews, schedules, quantity takeoffs cost estimating and scheduling

Project Scope

The new six-story, 331,000 SF west bed tower will serve as the hospital’s new main entrance and will house two 36-bed medical/surgical units with all private rooms, a breast center, eight new operating rooms, 65 same-day surgery rooms and a women’s health center that includes a 36-bed post-partum unit. The project also includes the renovation of 64,000 square feet of the existing hospital. These renovations will focus on the ground floor imaging department and first floor surgery, as well as create private inpatient rooms within the existing patient floors. Construction will begin in early 2017 with substantial completion in the spring of 2019. The architect on the project is a partnership between Akron-based Hasenstab Architects and Cleveland-based Perspectus Architecture.  

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Groundbreaking of New Design-Build Water Treatment Plant

September 30, 2016, 1:24 pm

Yellow Springs WTP Rendering Shook Construction is making history as the Village of Yellow Springs broke ground on its new water treatment plant. What is unique about this project is that it will be constructed under the design-build project delivery method. It is the first of its kind for Shook within its water resources market channel, and it is the first brand new design-build water treatment plant in the State of Ohio. Ohio legislation made the design-build delivery model available to public entities just a few years ago. Since then, eight other public agencies have broken ground on their water/wastewater treatment plant-related projects, making the Village of Yellow Springs #9. Not only that, but the Village’s project is the 2nd largest design-build water/wastewater project in the state. What makes the design-build project delivery beneficial to public entities? Here are a couple reasons:

Single Point of Responsibility

Unlike the design-bid-build process where the owner is responsible for hiring a designer and contractor and then is responsible for serving as the liaison between the two, now the owner can hire one firm who manages both the design and construction. This in turn fosters heightened collaboration among team members, which ultimately sets the stage for a successful construction project.

Cost Savings

In the design-bid-build process, design changes late in the process (particularly after construction has started) are extremely costly to the owner. Having the construction team at the table early on under the design-build model means scope decisions can be made earlier in the process. In addition, the design and construction teams work together to ensure the project is designed to budget.

Time Savings

Under the design-build model, the design and construction phases can overlap, allowing construction to begin while the design is still underway. This helps expedite the overall project schedule, as well as reduces costs and makes a new facility available to the owner earlier. The Village of Yellow Springs recognized these advantages when it chose to build its water plant under the design-build model. Karen Wintrow, president of Council for the Village, shared that they selected design-build as a way to be more involved in the design process, as well as to have more control over the budget. Shook Construction is proud to partner with designer Jones & Henry. Also on the team is D.A.G. Construction, Chapel Electric and Dmytryka Jacobs Engineers. The $7.2 million project will be complete in late 2017.

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The Process of Removing a Digester Tank Lid

August 24, 2016, 10:27 am

It’s not every day a wastewater treatment plant project requires the replacement of a digester tank lid. What makes this feat so impressive? The lid itself is 50-feet in diameter and weighs about 77,000 pounds, which required a 210-ton crane to lift. During the lift, it looked like there was a UFO hovering over the property. Why did the tank lid need to be removed in the first place? A hole had developed on the underside of the lid, thus allowing the hollow lid to be filled with sludge. The tank will receive a new membrane-style cover during Phase II of the project. The overall project for Phase I involves the following:
  • New chlorine contact basin on the end of the existing equalization tanks.
  • New chemical building for feed of sodium hypochlorite and sodium bisulfite to the new chlorine contact basin.
  • New aeration basin #7.
  • Renovation of the sludge control building, including all new sludge heating equipment.
  • New ultraviolet disinfection building including a new non-potable water system and new effluent aeration system.
  • New pump station to handle the centrate from the existing sludge dewatering building.
  • New electrical service and electrical feeds to all buildings.
  • Various site piping.
All work is being completed while protecting and maintaining the continuous operations of the facility. The $12 million project will be complete in summer 2017.

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Dayton is an Innovation Hub

July 11, 2016, 8:15 am

The year of celebrating continues! We are officially halfway through 2016: our 90th anniversary year. As we celebrate, we reflect on the projects that not only contributed to our own portfolio success, but also advanced the technological world we know today. Innovation We were founded in Dayton, Ohio—an inventor’s town. It is home to the first successful aircraft, the parachute, electric wheelchair, Freon, ice cube tray and even pop-top aluminum can. Responsible for several inventions is the former National Cash Register Company (NCR). During World War II, NCR helped develop a code-breaking machine that helped crack the German Enigma machine cipher. While working there, Charles F. Kettering designed the first cash register with an electric motor. Most recently, Shook Construction partnered with the University of Dayton (UD) and General Electric to build the $51 million GE Aviation EPISCenter (Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research Center). In this state-of-the-art facility, UD researchers and students work side by side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to “create new advanced electrical power technologies such as new power systems for aircraft, longer-range electric cars and smarter utility power grids.” These are only a few examples of inventions to come out of Dayton. As we look back on our history, we are proud to be doing our part to help create the environments that spark genius ideas from these inventors. To learn more about the Dayton invention history, you can read a recent post entitled, “Pure Innovation: The Continuing Story of Dayton.” To learn more about Shook Construction’s history, visit our “Celebrating 90 Years” webpage.

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Planning Our Work Using VDC

June 10, 2016, 12:39 pm

Do you have trouble picturing how your construction partner plans to protect your existing environment during a renovation project? We understand that not everyone comprehends information in the same way. That is one of many benefits from incorporating Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) into our construction pre-planning process. VDC uses 3D modeling to optimize project planning. It allows our team to visualize, analyze, plan and manage complex projects. It also helps us visually share our plan with clients. For example, we recently renovated a data center that remained operational throughout construction. To avoid interrupting business operations, we divided the project into six phases. As we worked through each phase, we erected temporary partitions to separate our work zones from office personnel. The video below helped our client visualize how we planned to protect their data center during construction activities. The client then used this same video to relay the plan to their employees. Communication is paramount no matter the business or the project. It is equally vital during a construction project. VDC is helping us take that communication to a new level.

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Preparing Owners for Data Center Construction

May 24, 2016, 9:48 am

Data Center Construction Shook Construction’s Chris Halapy and Steve Seal presented at last week’s Mission Critical Facilities & Technology Conference in northeast Ohio. Their session titled “Construction in the Data Center: How to Prepare” walked owners through what to expect when contractors begin work in an active data center, along with policies and procedures to implement throughout construction. An estimated 40 individuals learned about effective pre-project planning, risk management tools and strategies, temporary operations and much more! Mission critical facilities include data center, telecommunications buildings and call centers. Shook Construction first got involved in the mission critical arena 16 years ago while working with AT&T (formerly SBC Communications). Since then, our team has performed construction services for numerous mission critical clients with work in place totaling nearly $500 million. Most of these clients have relied us on time and time again to help them with their construction needs. The priorities on any given project are quality, timeliness and fiscal responsibility. However, managing a mission critical facility project is further complicated by the need to keep the facility fully operational throughout construction. Developing a method of procedures (MOP) is crucial for any type of work in an active data center. This MOP addresses issues such as dust protection, negative air pressure, vibration and moisture minimization, as well as maintenance window work. To develop a uniform and consistent process for addressing these challenges, Shook Construction created a Standard Network Awareness Training (NAT) program. Every worker must complete this program before setting foot onto one of our mission critical job sites. One of our major clients adopted this training globally and it’s now responsible for training more than 13,000 contractors each year. These are only a few brief examples of the types of items Shook Construction considers on every one of our projects. For more information, please contact us at info@shookconstruction.com!

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Cleveland Office Lands Two Education Projects

April 25, 2016, 8:08 am

We are one of the most active PK-12 builders in the state. This month, we celebrate two new education projects in northeast Ohio! Lorain County Joint Vocational School This $2.5 million project includes:
  • renovating three laboratories to meet the curriculum needs of the Connections Academy
  • relocating the Business Academy to the 2nd floor and renovating that 15,000 SF space
  • improving various technology and fire alarm systems
We are serving as the construction manager on this project, which is expected to be complete this summer. Canton Local Schools The new $30 million high school will include:
  • two-story classroom wing
  • dedicated auditorium
  • competition gym with a second-floor running track
  • auxiliary gym
This 177,676 SF building will be complete in summer 2018. We are serving as the owner’s agent. Both projects are led by Shook Touchstone, a formal partnership between Shook Construction and Lima (OH)-based Touchstone CPM. Shook Touchstone has performed $748 million worth of work for 17 Ohio school districts. Shook Touchstone PK-12 Experience  

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Equipment Warranties: Do You Know What You’re Getting?

April 20, 2016, 10:38 am

Gears PhotoPicture this: You recently completed construction of your brand new facility. Contractors have vacated the site. The equipment manufacturer performs its annual service inspection and discovers “wear and tear” items that are not covered under the existing warranty. To top it off, the manufacturer claims that these items should not be wearing out so early in their life cycle and you are stuck with the bill to replace these parts. Sound familiar? How can you make sure this doesn’t happen? 4 WAYS YOUR CONSTRUCTION PARTNER CAN HELP

1: Make sure your construction partner completes a Certification of Warranty Commencement Form

This form details each new piece of equipment along with its respective warranty start dates and its warranty duration. This information should be provided to you for every warranty item on the project, in a well-organized format so that you can clearly review and understand what is or is not covered.

2: Ensure your construction partner verifies you are getting the right warranty specific to your needs

This “begin with the end” mentality will minimize a lot of heartache later on. Warranties are not a “one size fits all” concept. As such, your construction partner will review the warranties for each piece of equipment to verify they will satisfy your needs in the long run.

3: Request that your construction partner performs an 11-month walk-thru

Don’t let your construction partner wash its hands of your project once the construction trailers are gone. Ensure they plan a walk-thru of your facility with your staff and all appropriate subcontractors to make sure everything is working properly. If something isn’t right, they can get it addressed before the warranty period expires.

4: Ask (before you hire) if your construction partner will be available beyond not only the project end-date, but also the warranty period

Due diligence in purchasing the best equipment, guaranteeing the best warranty and ensuring the building was working properly prior to the warranty expiration date doesn’t ensure issues won’t arise. Things happen; it’s life. A stand-up construction firm will continue to look after your best interests well beyond the warranty period. An even better construction firm will take ownership of the issues and personally ensure they are fixed.

One response to “Equipment Warranties: Do You Know What You’re Getting?”

  1. Jordan says:

    Some very important points here. This is crucial information for those working in construction to have.

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