August 2017

A Decade of Giving Back to Cleveland’s Children

2017-08-22T10:02:03-04:00August 22nd, 2017|Community|

Fore the Kids Golf Outing

This month, the 10th Annual Fore! the Kids Golf Outing raised a record $45,000 for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. A client and community partner, University Hospitals is an anchor institution in Northeast Ohio and provides valuable services to its residents.

Fowler’s Mill Golf Course hosted the event in Chesterland, Ohio on August 1st. The first-class outing featured more than 60 companies participating as sponsors, volunteers, or members of foursomes, as well as a full course of 128 golfers participating in the fun.

Now in its 10th year, Fore! the Kids has experienced tremendous growth. From its humble beginnings in 2008 when the net proceeds totaled $1500, the event has grown each year–this year yielding a record $45,000. Cumulatively, the outing now has raised more than $200,000 for the hospital.

Vice President Matthew Danis again chaired the event, supported by a stellar team of volunteers from the local industry. Thank you to the support and participation of so many industry partners. You make us proud to provide the necessary leadership for this event.

Mark your calendar for July 31, 2018 when Fore! the Kids will be back and better than ever!

December 2016

Wrapping Up Our 90th Anniversary

2016-12-16T08:12:56-05:00December 20th, 2016|Client Service, Community, Corporate Events|

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.

November 2016

Honoring Veterans by Volunteering Time and Expertise

2016-11-29T06:56:48-05:00November 29th, 2016|Client Service, Community, Project News|

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.

July 2016

Dayton is an Innovation Hub

2016-07-11T08:11:26-04:00July 11th, 2016|Community|

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.


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.

March 2016

Supporting Something Bigger Than Ourselves

2016-03-30T08:16:23-04:00March 30th, 2016|Community|

Imagine being a part of something amazing… Something bigger than first glances.

Shook Construction loves sponsoring the teams for which our kids play. One such team is the Shook Construction Junior Baseball Team in Troy, Ohio. On the surface, it is “just” the team that Staff Accountant Nicole Seger’s husband coaches. It is “just” the team on which her son plays, along with Lead Estimator Steve Bornhorst’s grandson.

But dig deeper and we find an amazing story of a young boy named Bryson Brock.

Bryson Brock

Last March, 8-year-old Bryson was burned severely in a backyard fire. So much so, he was given only a 13% chance to live. THIRTEEN PERCENT! Nurses said he was the biggest burn victim they had ever seen. He spent five months in the hospital, hooked up to every machine imaginable. Every tube was pumping everything possible into his precious little body. He underwent multiple surgeries and intense therapy– and still has many more surgeries to endure in the years to come. Through this hardship, Bryson showed bravery, determination, fight and compassion.

Now today… Bryson is living as any kid should live, thanks to many prayers and to the staff at Shriners Hospital for Children. Not only is he part of the Shook Construction Junior Baseball Team, but also he is jumping, climbing, riding bikes and playing basketball!

These stories remind us that we are a part of something bigger and that above all else, family is something we should never take for granted.

#teambryson #brysonstrong #beastmode #superherostatus

December 2015

Wright State’s Nutter Center Celebrates 25 Years

2019-01-28T15:28:44-05:00December 28th, 2015|Community, Project News|

WSU Erwin J. Nutter Center

This month, Wright State University celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Erwin J. Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio. Why is this particularly important to Shook Construction? It is one of our most notable construction projects!

The 260,000 square foot, multi-use facility includes flexible seating capacity ranging from 2,200 seats to 13,000 seats.  We built this project from the top down, installing the structural steel before constructing the concourses and seating.

Main project elements included:

  • 63-acre site
  • 23,000 cubic yards of excavation
  • 700 tons re-steel
  • 14,700 cubic yards of concrete
  • 2,500 tons of structural steel

Vince Corrado, one of Shook’s past president, reflects that at a press conference before construction began, he committed to completing the project by December 1990. The university appreciated his commitment and we were sure to follow through despite two wet seasons that could have delayed construction.

In addition to Division 1 sports, the venue hosts ice shows, equestrian shows, professional tennis events, rock and pop concerts, circuses, moto sports, comedy, trade shows and consumer shows.

You can read more about the event and view additional photos here.

August 2015

Another Successful Fund Raiser for University Hospital

2015-08-12T17:26:52-04:00August 12th, 2015|Community|

University Hospital Design and Construction Project Coordinator Rob Telecky addresses the crowd at dinner.

University Hospital Design and Construction Project Coordinator Rob Telecky addresses the crowd at dinner.

Last week’s 8th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Outing raised nearly $35,000 for the University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Held at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio, the event featured 135 golfers, 42 companies and 13 industry “celebrities” (clients for the local design and construction industry).

This year’s funds bring the aggregate total to $110,000 raised since the event’s inception in 2008. Shook’s own Matthew Danis has chaired this outing since 2010 and has helped drive its significant growth.

Our thanks to all the industry partners that participated in and donated to the golf outing! Without you, this event would not be the success it is.

June 2015

The 8th Annual ‘Fore’ the Kids Golf Outing!

2015-06-04T09:38:51-04:00June 2nd, 2015|Community|


Shook Construction Vice President, Matthew Danis is the chairperson for the 8th Annual ‘Fore’ the Kids Golf Outing, a fundraiser for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Shook has had a role in the outing since it was founded in 2008. Matt took over as the chairperson in 2010 to ensure sustainability, as the founder of the event was approaching retirement. Matt has continued in that capacity ever since.

The committee has been able to increase the funds raised each year since then, from $4500 in 2010 to more than $30,000 last year. Shook has long been a supporter of the event because of the powerful impact that University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has in our community and the personal impact it has had with so many of our families and those we work with. This year’s event will be held at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course on August 4th and will top over $100,000 in funds raised! Sponsorships and foursomes are available, but act soon as they’re going fast! Check registration info!

Click here to sign-up for the“Fore” the Kids Golf 2015 Eighth Annual Golf Classic!

Download the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Infographic PDF

Link from ‘Fore’ the Kids Golf Outing to the FTK Registration Form

May 2015

Emergency Operations Center Groundbreaking

2015-09-25T12:20:18-04:00May 4th, 2015|Community, Project News|

The new Cuyahoga County Emergency Operations Center project is underway with the groundbreaking taking place earlier this month.

Cuyahoga EOC Groundbreaking1

Located in Broadview Heights, OH, the new 45,000 SF facility will provide Cuyahoga County with better coordination and management of emergency preparedness and disaster management by consolidating the following systems under one roof:

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Emergency Operations
  • Cuyahoga Emergency Communications Systems

In addition, the $24 million center will include a Special Operations Garage to house multi-jurisdictional public safety equipment and vehicles.

For this design-build project, Shook Construction has partnered with Architects Design Group and Osborn Engineering. Shook’s project team includes Keri Ash, Mike Schmidlin, Matt Gray, David Sedensky and Joe Lammlein.

Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2016.