February 2016

90th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

2016-02-17T08:27:32-05:00February 17th, 2016|Client Service, Corporate Events|

What 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.

90th Anniversary, Memorabilia Table

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.

We are excited for the remainder of 2016 as we continue to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Stay tuned for more details.

A Kid’s Perspective: Starting in a Newly Constructed School

2016-02-01T14:53:08-05:00February 1st, 2016|Client Service, Project News|

Shook Touchstone just completed the construction of a new 119,682 SF elementary school in northwest Ohio. While we are extremely proud of our work on the new Napoleon PK-8 school, we always must remember that the true significance is not the facility we built; it is the future generations of students who will benefit from studying and growing in improved learning environments.

We thought “who better to evaluate the new school than the students themselves?” Meet Ryan and Nathan Lawinsky, 4th and 6th grade students, respectively.

Ryan and Nathan Lawinsky

They have spent almost three weeks in their new school and already are enjoying the improved features. They were excited to share with us their experience.

Shook: Tell me about some of the things you like about your new school building.
RL: The new gym; it’s so big!
NL: The new band room. There’s more space and there’s padding on the walls so it’s not as noisy.

Shook: What new features make it easier to learn?
RL: New classrooms are bigger; easier to move around.
NL: New touch boards; they’re not as complicated

Shook: What don’t you miss about the old school building?
RL: They didn’t have A/C!
NL: There was a weird smell in the old building. The new school smells fresh.

Shook: How did you feel on your first day of class in the new building?
RL and NL: Excited and nervous!
Mom Lawinsky: The District held an open house/tour before classes started, which helped the kids find their respective classes on the first day. It also helped that each grade has different “line” of paw prints on the floor; so if a student gets lost, they simply need to follow their colored path.

Shook: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
RL and NL: The new school has lots of bright and cheery colors, which makes it more fun. There are more computers, so we don’t have to wait for one to become available.

As one of the largest PK-12 builders in the state, we are constantly looking for ways to learn, improve our craft and provide more value to our clients. According to Ryan and Nathan, the new Napoleon Elementary School was a job well-done!