New Dayton Office Embraces Our Culture
November 12, 2018, 2:32 pm
After 24 years, Shook closed the doors of its Northcutt Place office in Dayton, OH. While it was bittersweet to say goodbye, we were excited for the new home awaiting us. In September, Shook’s headquarters relocated to 2000 W. Dorothy Lane in Moraine, OH.
The Moraine office was a special project for us as we enlisted the help of our own employees to repurpose the facility. Having our own people in charge of planning the office design allowed us to best represent ourselves: modern, yet down to earth. As this plan unfolded, we realized we were mapping out the future of Shook—our new home will help us evolve as a company and continue to best serve the needs of our employees and clients.
To reflect the aspirational, innovative culture we celebrate at Shook, we want our building to be modern and forward-thinking. Some of the features in the office are high-tech devices, such as the flat screen TVs in the collaboration spaces and tablets outside the conference rooms used for making room reservations. Other features like the workout facility were added for employee enjoyment and to promote healthy living and stress relief. We purposely added more open spaces with cozy furniture, motivational quotes, and white boards to inspire creative thinking and collaboration.
What makes the building truly unique to Shook is its interior design. It was important for us to show that we are a company evolving with the times, but we also wanted to pay homage to our past. One can get a sense of this when touring the facility. When people walk through the office, they catch a glimpse of Shook’s history through photos from the early ‘50s that were used as wallpaper. Visitors can admire the black and white images of past employees and old machinery.
Our core values, mission, and vision statements were created based on not only our culture, but also our aspirations and accomplishments. We chose to display these statements throughout the building to serve as constant reminders to employees. We must remember what is important to us and continue to align ourselves with our values and goals.
There is much to look forward to now that we have finally moved into a wonderful, new space. We are excited to see where the future takes us as we enter Shook’s next era.
Leadership Changes in our Building Markets
January 5, 2018, 8:16 am
Shook Construction institutes several leadership transitions as the company grows within its building construction group (education, healthcare, industrial, and mission critical). The company’s organizational structure has been retooled to provide more opportunity for employee growth.
The company’s business segment structure will remain the same with the following new individuals leading each effort:
- With 13 years of experience, Matt Huelsman has transitioned to vice president of education. Matt has been instrumental in the growth of our education business segment while managing the construction of the new Kleptz Early Learning Center and new high school at Northmont City Schools, along with currently building the new PK-12 facility for Northridge Local Schools.
- Chris Freitag will step up as vice president of healthcare. Chris is an 18-year veteran of Shook Construction, having led the construction of the new Atrium Medical Center, the southeast tower addition at Miami Valley Hospital, and the new bed tower addition at Miami Valley Hospital South.
- Serving as the new vice president of industrial is Tim Knueve, who began his career at Shook 20 years ago. Tim has led our construction efforts at Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Reiter Dairy, and many others.
- Mike Schmidlin, a 40-year veteran of Shook, will continue to lead our mission critical business segment as vice president. Mike has been vital to the growth of this business segment, having led efforts at Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, Macy’s, Bridgestone, and many more.
In addition to the above personnel changes, Shook has added a regional focus on its operations by assigning personnel to enhance specific local operations.
- Chris Halapy will remain in his executive vice president role, but now will focus specifically on Northeast Ohio. To focus on the company’s efforts within the Midwest, Andy Goetz will step up into the executive vice president role in the Miami Valley. Both of these roles will support the company’s education, healthcare, industrial and mission critical (data center) business segment leaders in completing work under contract and growing market share within their respective regions.
- To support the individual business segments and provide regional leadership, the company has created a regional director role. Ryan Hayes, a 10-year veteran of Shook, will fill this role in Indiana. In this role, Ryan will oversee safety, sales, project execution, client/partner relationships, and talent management.
- To further increase our focus in Indiana, Chuck Peabody will transition out of his operations role into business development and preconstruction under the title of vice president of business development. Both he and Ryan Hayes will become a powerful team enabling us to use future growth within the Indiana market as a means of enhancing our overall company growth. With 43 years of experience, Chuck has worked at Shook for over 30 years.
“Once again, we continue to build from within, leveraging the incredible talent already residing within our company,” shares President and CEO Bill Whistler. “This approach has been key to 91 years of continuity and it allows us to stay focused on providing outstanding value to our clients while growing as a company.”
New Cleveland Office: Same Company, New Vibe
August 3, 2017, 9:20 am
Shook has been a staple in Northeast Ohio for more than 30 years. Over that period, we have evolved. In the beginning, we were strictly a hard bid, self-perform contractor almost exclusively performing public work. Now, we are a multi-faceted construction service provider working with both public and private clients. As our operations have matured and diversified, it became necessary to upgrade our office environment to reflect the heightened brand of our organization.
When selecting a new office space, it also was important to consider other aspects vital to our overall success, including: geography, collaboration areas, employee recruitment/retention, natural lighting and technology.
Brecksville, a suburb of Cleveland, has been our home for many years. While we considered relocating to several areas throughout the region, it didn’t make sense for us for many reasons. Located in Cuyahoga County, Brecksville continues to provide us efficient service to all of Northeast Ohio with easy access to several major roadways. In addition, it is central to all of our current employees’ homes.
Overall, this move provided an opportunity to redefine our perception within the community and to create a work environment that would improve the employee’s experience.
Given the nomadic nature of our staff’s schedules as they move from one job site to the next, we incorporated flexible spaces that adapt to the frequent moving around of our teammates.
We wanted to better support collaboration among our team. The new office houses one large executive conference room, a smaller more private conference room, a break room, a collaboration space with high top tables and a TV, and a lounge space with comfortable seating. These areas encourage employees to work together outside of their office spaces, which also sparks creativity.
To brighten up the entire space, the office includes large windows along the perimeter which allows extensive natural light into the space.
Our overarching goal was to celebrate our people, our work, our vision/mission, and our core values. As such, you will find pictures of our past projects sprinkled throughout the office, as well pictures of our craftspeople performing their tasks. In addition, we have included a mural of a Shook crane in one of our collaboration spaces.
In addition, we wanted to celebrate our connection with the local region. We selected artwork from a local artist, which highlight notable local sites.
These images combined help portray our corporate message in a subtle and tactful way.
Making it Matter in 2017
February 21, 2017, 12:05 pm
Every year, Shook Construction gathers our employees to celebrate the successes of the past year and to create excitement for the years to come. February’s corporate annual meeting was no exception.
This year’s theme was “Make it Matter.” In everything we do, we must ensure that each of us is contributing to the service of our clients. From acquiring the latest technology to making our own health a priority to being cost conscious in every decision to providing exemplary customer service…each of us plays a part in the success of this company.
To help us prepare to make it matter, we learned more about many initiatives already taking place here at Shook. From recruiting high school kids into the construction industry to putting staff through leadership training to incorporating formal mentoring programs, we are preparing current and future employees to make a huge impact and to set them up for some amazing careers.
In light of our theme, we asked our team how they are making it matter. Here are a few of their responses.
As we continue to invest in our people, we are excited for the continued success and growth we anticipate for years to come.
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Shook Promotes Several Long-Time Employees
January 6, 2017, 9:59 am
Shook Construction announces several leadership transitions as the company grows within its water/wastewater construction groups.
Tim Myers will transition out of his operations role and into preconstruction. His new focus will be picking up new water/wastewater treatment plant work in the quantity and frequency that our growth plan for the water resources market channel requires. Tim has been part of the Shook family for 32 years.
Stepping up as executive vice president is Joe Mellon, who is a 24-year veteran of Shook Construction. In his new role, Joe will support the company’s water resource business segment leaders in completing work under contract, as well as growing market share.
Project Manager Eric Rees has been promoted to vice president of the water resources Midwest region business segment. Having spent his entire 22-year career at Shook, Eric will oversee all water and wastewater construction projects specifically in southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Project Manager Riley Tolen has been promoted to vice president of the water resources Mid-Atlantic region. Similar to those noted above, Riley has been with the company his entire career. He replaces Jon Powelson who is retiring from this role after a 30-year-long career with Shook.
“My sincere congratulations goes out to each of these key business unit leaders,” shares President and CEO Bill Whistler. “As one can clearly see, we continue to build from within and thus leverage the great talent within our company.”
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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.
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90th Anniversary Kick-Off Party
February 17, 2016, 8:27 amWhat better way to kick off our 90th anniversary than a celebration with our very own employees! Every year, Shook Construction gathers our employees to celebrate the successes of the past year and to create excitement for the years to come. Of course, this year is special because we are celebrating 90 years in business. We took advantage of having most everyone under the same roof by kicking off our yearlong celebration. This allowed us the perfect opportunity to reflect on our humble beginnings and to remember why we do what we do. Welcoming the attendees in the lobby was a memorabilia display exhibiting some of Shook’s artifacts and an awards table highlighting our most recent achievements, as well as a commemorative quilt designed and crafted by one of our own employees. We kicked off the meeting with a 90-year documentary highlighting our humble beginnings when Charles H. Shook first started the company, along with the trials and successes that make us who we are today. The rest of the day included presentations from each of our market channels and departments, which celebrated the successes of the prior year, shared lessons learned and new technologies being tested and encouraged more efficient techniques to implement in the field. A few of the highlights included:
- Our Canton Water Reclamation Facility project team shared their experience in using Bluebeam in the field to streamline communication and the sharing of updated files.
- President Bill Whistler encouraged the use of our new pocket Quality Assurance Daily Checklist handbooks to improve overall construction quality in the field.
- Director of Safety and Risk Management Joe Reich distributed safety awards to 38 project teams for achieving zero injuries or illnesses in 2015 on their project sites.
- Our Raleigh office celebrated the completion of its first project since we launched that office in 2012.
- Every market in which we work applauded our successes with repeat clients and welcomed many new clients.