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Apr8, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Greco

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Kelsey Greco’s passion for design helped pave the way that led her to Shook. Raised in a family that worked in construction, she has always had an interest in it. Now, she is forging her own path as she explores new roles and responsibilities at the company.  

What inspired you to get into this career?

My parents both worked in construction, so I was always around it growing up. That, combined with a love for design, made it inevitable that I ended up on the same path.

Briefly describe your career path to date.

I completed my degrees in Construction Management and Architecture at the Ohio State University and worked as an intern. After graduation, I joined the Shook team as a Project Engineer, then entered the field as a Superintendent. I plan to continue moving in this direction in my career.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

One of the most important qualities of a leader is to be respectable. This doesn’t happen overnight; you must work hard to earn it from the crew.

What does safety mean to you?

To me, safety is to never compromise a person’s well-being to finish a job. We work in a stressful environment, but it’s never worth it to take shortcuts and risk an accident.

Who inspires you?

My parents are my biggest inspiration. My father is a carpenter and has built homes he designed, while my mother works as an accountant for a construction company. They work on the residential side of construction and I have seen what they have been able to accomplish with rather difficult upbringings. They inspired me to go into the larger, commercial side of the industry to help create better buildings and structures for society.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

This year taught me how important it is to pay attention to detail and to plan ahead. Understanding the project, scheduling in advance, and conferring with the experts helps keep work flowing and problems under control. The goal is to be proactive, not reactive.

What piece of technology helps you most with your job? And why?

Having an iPad and PlanGrid on the job site is helpful. I can review, mark up, and search drawings in the field without flipping through pages or trying to remember the location of every detail. Being able to use 3D models helps solve problems ahead of time.

Mar19, 2019

Maximize Project Collaboration Using the Design-Build Delivery Method

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Design-build has grown in popularity the last few years since Ohio legislation made it available to public entities. It certainly has its advantages by giving the owner one single point of contact throughout the entire project, as well as providing opportunities for cost and schedule savings. We discussed these particular benefits in a previous blog post here.

Now that the new water treatment plant is complete for the Village of Yellow Springs in Ohio, we would like to share some specific examples of how design-build maximizes project collaboration.

Water Resources Construction

During Design and Preconstruction

Under the design-build umbrella, the construction and design firms work together with the owner to maximize the project budget.  Constructability and schedule issues are identified during design and value-added solutions then can be incorporated. 

In this case, we continually analyzed various design approaches to ultimately arrive at the most efficient concept ensuring the project stayed within the Village’s borrowing ceiling. One of those enhancements included relocating the new building to minimize yard piping and electrical wiring.

During Construction

Another advantage of design-build is that the owner has a single point of contact.  When design problems arise, the owner is not positioned between the designer and contractor, along with the possibility of added project costs.  Design-build usually involves a Gross Maximum Price (GMP) for which the project will be both designed and constructed. In addition, a contingency is used for unanticipated costs and any savings often are shared between the owner and design-builder.  This results in a project cost profile that decreases as a function of time, unlike traditional design-bid-build where cost increases with time.

Additionally, we collaborated with the designer to develop a 3D construction sequencing model, specifically as it relates to the concrete pours. This allowed us to not only visualize the placement of the concrete, but how the timing may affect other areas of the project. The 3D model also allowed the client to visualize the interior of the process building and confirm that the design provided ease of operations and maintenance. 

To learn more, we invite you to attend our conference session on April 11th as part of the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shook Construction proudly partnered with designer Jones & Henry. The team also included D.A.G. Construction, Chapel Electric and Dmytryka Jacobs Engineers.

Mar6, 2019

Using Technology to Improve Project Performance

March 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Shook continuously searches for ways to dramatically improve our performance. As the industry evolves, it is increasingly apparent how essential technology is. Not only does it save us time and money, but also it attracts new talent and customers. Recently, we introduced the enhanced technology processes, which have tremendously benefited our projects.

DRONE TECHNOLOGY

James Hillegas, a project engineer at Shook, has been an avid drone pilot for years. When he became aware of the opportunity to use them onsite, he was ready to help.

Mapping Existing Site Work  

At the Community Tissue Services project in Kettering, Ohio, James used drones to gather sitework images which he then shared with Project Manager Matt Wendel. The data collected assisted Matt in narrowing in on the site work estimations, which in turn freed up funds to reallocate to other project needs.

Bringing the Project to Life: Augmented Reality 

Hillegas also used a drone to gather photos of the existing facility, which then were used to create a model of the new building. This model allowed the owner to visualize how their new building would look when completed. “Augmented reality helps the owner better understand the project,” Hillegas said.

Source: John Poe Architects

Ensuring Safety

On the Summa West Tower project in Akron, Ohio, a drone helped us proactively prepare for the possibility of an emergency. As the project progressed, James flew the drone to collect updated site photos. These images were sent to the fire department to communicate where access points were in the event of an emergency.

PLANGRID TECHNOLOGY

Improving Onsite Efficiency  

Source: firstround.com

Another device introduced on the Summa project was PlanGrid, a cloud-based program that grants users mobile access to project information, including document drawings. PlanGrid has been incredibly helpful with organization and timeliness. All the project drawings were accessible in the program, which kept the project team from wasting time flipping through pages of drawings.

Project Engineer Rachel Mulholland shared the benefits of using it, stating, “Having all the drawings on the same system has saved us a considerable amount of time.”

Holding Subcontractors Accountable

PlanGrid alleviated some of the stress during closeout procedures. Shook asked their subcontractors to use the program to track and report the overall schedule. This helped keep everyone accountable. The team would open PlanGrid to check the floor plans and, based on the information, assign tasks to certain people. Rachel found this to be one of the greatest benefits of the program.

Technology is improving our productivity and enhancing our ability to communicate. From saving time to solving problems proactively, these tools have drastically changed the way we perform our work.

Feb25, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Kyle Canon

February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Kyle Canon understands the importance of teamwork and project collaboration. Having worked in multiple positions himself, he is a firm supporter of learning about the different types of work performed on site. This has helped him tackle problems and perform his best work.

Briefly describe your career path to date.

I’ve worked in multiple market channels since I started my career. In each channel, I’ve had different roles such as estimator, project engineer, and superintendent. Each position taught me a great deal about construction.

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

Challenges can be tackled when we work as a team and successfully implement project collaboration. There are always several disciplines on site. Instead of working individually, we unite, communicate, and do an outstanding job.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your work day?

I like to start each morning by making my to do list and determining the order of importance. This is a great way to keep me organized. It also helps me keep track of the products that have been approved, as well as their scheduled installation. Tracking this ensures that we stay on schedule with installations.

Who inspires you?

My dad has always been my greatest role model.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

Never be afraid to ask questions. Construction is complex; it’s better to be certain how to do something rather than guessing. The more you know helps you and the team perform at a higher level.

What piece of technology helps you most with your job? And why?

At Summa [Health’s Akron City Hospital] West Tower, CAD and the modeling programs were tremendous in helping me do my job. While I was not the operator of these programs, they were key in my management of the envelope team coordination. These programs allowed each team member to confidently install the steel embeds, structural steel, curtain wall embeds, curtain walls and envelope framing/finish systems.

Feb6, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Chris Shafer

February 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed at Shook.

In January, it was announced that Chris Shafer would assume the role of CFO. In his new position, he will also oversee risk management, human resources, and information technology.

“Chris embodies our core values,” shares Executive Vice President Chris Halapy. “It’s important to us to first look within to fill leadership roles so that we can maintain our culture as we continue to grow.”

Shafer is a Certified Public Accountant and has 20 years of experience. He joined the company in 2014 as a controller, then was promoted to director of finance. Since then, the company has experienced substantial growth thus creating many opportunities for its own employees to step up into new leadership roles.

“This is an exciting time for the company,” says President and CEO Bill Whistler. “Through this period of significant growth, Chris has shown an acute awareness of the financial intricacies of our business and the construction industry as a whole. Combine that with his innate leadership skills, and he was the perfect fit to step up into our CFO role.”

We are confident that he will contribute to the continued prosperity of the company and another successful 93 years.

Congratulations, Chris!

Jan16, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Mulholland

January 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Project Engineer Rachel Mulholland discovered her interest in engineering as a college student. Ever since, she has devoted herself to learning more about the industry. Ultimately, this has taught her how it can support local communities, as well as how she can be a leader.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I was inspired by my civil engineering classes I took when I was an undergraduate. Learning about the application and execution of principles made me want to get out there and do them in the field. I was able to put them into practice when I started working in construction. I also wanted to support my local community. It wasn’t long before I realized I could do so by working in the construction industry. I have been able to contribute to the success of multiple communities thanks to my career.

Briefly describe your career path to date.

I began as a co-op in college, which provided me with valuable experiences. After graduation, I was hired full-time and have been working for the past two years.

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

My approach has always been to tackle the most daunting problems first. Once those are out of the way, I can focus on simpler tasks, which are quicker to finish. I also believe that when an issue arises, it is critical to talk to my teammates to try to find a solution.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

The best leaders are knowledgeable and understand the project they are working on. If they aren’t sure how to do something, they are willing to learn. A leader should also be approachable. They keep the team together and functioning. If people aren’t willing to talk to the person in charge, problems will arise. Finally, it is important that leaders clearly communicate. Confusion can be detrimental to the outcome of a project and can put us behind schedule.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

The new West Bed Tower for Summa Health Systems Akron Campus in Akron, OH.

Dec10, 2018

Employee Spotlight: Bill Whistler

December 10th, 2018|2 Comments

President and CEO Bill Whistler has gained a tremendous amount of experience, as well as respect, in the industry. From working odd jobs to working his way up to his current position at Shook Construction, he truly has seen it all. These experiences have not only prepared him for whatever life throws his way, but also helped shape him into the leader he is today.

What inspired you to get into this career?

My dad first sparked my interest in the business when he enlisted my help in projects around the house. There were a lot of hands-on construction projects to do, so I quickly learned that way. Soon, that interest expanded into architecture as well. I went off to University of Cincinnati and became a co-op at a company called Shook Construction.

Briefly describe your career path to date.

It’s been a long and winding road. From working odd jobs, such as taking out the trash and picking up mail, to becoming a quantity surveyor then making my way up to CEO, you could say I’ve tried it all. You can never have too much experience though!

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

A tried and true method is to plan the work and work the plan. This approach has helped me to adapt and overcome when the unexpected hits the fan—and the unexpected is inevitable. Each day presents a new problem, so you need to be ready to face it, even if you’re unsure what ‘it’ is.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

There are a handful of them. A leader needs to be trustworthy, approachable, and decisive. I’ve also learned how important it is to be a good listener. Listen to your team and what they have to say. Having a different perspective on things can be incredibly important when you need to solve a problem.

What does safety mean to you?

Everything…all you have to do is live through handing a new widow her late husband’s car keys to understand why everything means everything.

Who inspires you?

My wife…I got nothing on her 🙂

 

Nov12, 2018

New Dayton Office Embraces Our Culture

November 12th, 2018|0 Comments

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.

 

Oct12, 2018

Key to Success: Project Collaboration

October 12th, 2018|0 Comments

As any sports fan knows, there is no “I” in “team.” Our favorite teams have proved this time and again—individual talents are sought out, then joined with others to create a force to be reckoned with. The most successful teams have been victorious because they recognize the importance of unity and comradery. Victory cannot be secured if one player walks out onto the field alone. The power is in the collective abilities of the whole.

Construction work is no different. When our team walks onto a jobsite, we work together to provide the best results for our clients and keep each other safe. This is especially important on mission critical projects. Due to the complexity of these facilities, which range from data centers to telecommunications buildings and more, we emphasize the importance of working together—and building a cross-disciplined team to deliver the work successfully.

Shook works with subcontractors that specialize in mechanics, electrical engineering, and plumbing to ensure that the necessary building environment is maintained for operation. It is critical that the system continues to properly function during construction since most clients do not have the luxury of closing for several months. Therefore, we work closely with them and our subcontractors to guarantee a smooth process.

Data centers, telecommunications buildings, and call centers are all critically dependent on their mechanical and electrical systems to maintain the building environment necessary for operation. Collaboration is key on these projects—that is why we work with specialty contractors from the MEP trades to add value early in the process. This is exemplified by a recent project our team worked on for University Hospitals. When we were working on the project, we enlisted outside help that enhanced the planning and execution.

This team was able to achieve real results. With all hands-on deck, we managed to finish our University Hospitals data center upgrade six weeks earlier than planned. This saved our client a great deal of time and money.

We recognize that some projects require special attention and have different needs that we cannot always provide. By seeking out experts and working closely with them in the building process, we have improved our work, given our customers’ positive experiences, and even better facilities to work in. Not only is that a win for the client, but a win for us as well!

 

 

Aug8, 2018

Employee Spotlight: Randall Beck

August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Randall Beck has had a prosperous career due to his openness to change–whether that is by preparing for the unexpected or adjusting his leadership style. After working on countless projects, he has found the best equation for being successful in this field of work: by using his extensive engineering knowledge and believing in himself.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your work day?

Expect the unexpected. I can never predict every single thing that happens on a jobsite. I have to allow the unexpected to happen and just go with it. The way I handle it is what matters.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

A leader must understand that not everyone responds the same. What works best for one person may not work for another. Having a leadership style that is flexible and adaptable to the multiple personalities on your team will almost always guarantee you success.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by anyone who goes above and beyond their expectations for themselves. This motivates me to push myself every day and do my absolute best. When I fail, I don’t give up. I remind myself of my own potential and try again. 

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Water treatment plants are the best projects there are. We use all aspects of Civil and Mechanical engineering in every job we do. I always enjoy bringing all the knowledge I’ve gained in this industry to one project and watching it come together to create a final product.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

My engineering skill set is something I bring to the table when I’m working on a project. It gives me an advantage because it allows me to understand why things are designed a certain way. Once I figure it out, I can think of ways to build more efficiently.

 What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

I’ve found that having goals and dreams are key to finding happiness. If you’re unhappy, you’re not going to be motivated to be your best self. Not only do you suffer, but so does your potential for creating great things. So, for your own sake, find something you’re passionate about and enjoy doing!

Jul23, 2018

Construction Around an Occupied Facility

July 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Many of our projects involve working in, around, above, or below occupied facilities. This scenario involves not only creative techniques to tie in to the existing building, but also increased communication with your staff to coordinate construction activity around critical—and unplanned—operations.
 
Construction Above and Next to Occupied Facility
One such project was the addition and renovation of St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, which involved the following general scope items:
 
  • Two-story addition above existing surgery suites
  • Six-story, 184,000 SF tower addition above the existing lobby and surgery suites
  • Various renovations to the existing structure
Because of the construction above the existing surgery units, extra coordination with the surgeons dictated when we needed to halt our work for a planned—or unplanned—surgery. Below are some specific obstacles to overcome.
 

Reinforcing Columns

One of those obstacles was presented by the existing OR’s steel columns, which were designed to accommodate a one-story addition; however, this project added two stories. Our team developed a plan to reinforce the steel columns without any interruptions to the surgery schedules. To accomplish this, our team built a plan to–over the course of eight weekends–systematically tackle the steel columns, two or three per weekend.
 
  • Friday night: tear out the drywall.
  • Saturday morning: weld stiffening plates and angles to the columns.
  • Saturday night: fireproof the columns.
  • Sunday: patch up the drywall, paint and clean up.
The team would begin work after the last surgery Friday night and leave the operating room spotless by Sunday night, showing no signs of our presence.
 

Maintaining Existing Roof during Construction

The existing OR roof needed to remain in place during the two-story vertical expansion.  Over a three-week period, our project team built temporary roof curbs over each column that needed to expand vertically.  This allowed us the flexibility to open up the roof when the weather cooperated, remove the curb cap and make the appropriate structural connections.  The roof then was temporarily flashed back around the added columns.  After the vertical expansion was built and dried-in, the existing OR floor roof was then removed to make way for the interior build-out of the NICU floor (1st story of the two-story addition).
 
As the finishing work of the two floors commenced, our project team continued to coordinate work around the surgery schedules because the finished project did not allow as much insulation above the OR to minimize noise and vibration from certain construction activity (i.e., rolling around drywall on carts). At times, it was necessary to cease construction immediately to accommodate planned/unplanned surgeries.
 

Connecting the Old to the New 

Connecting all floors horizontally to the existing building also provided several challenges.  One was keeping the building dry. To address this, we left the existing façade intact and only opened it up at each beam connection. Once the building was dried-in, we then demolished the existing exterior walls/façade.  Another challenge was matching existing elevations at the floor level without removing the whole façade.  Strategically located as-built elevations were taken to allow us to build the new structure and make field modifications prior to removing the façade.
 
Despite these impediments, we persevered. With our core value of being reliable in mind, we found new ways to accomplish these tasks and stayed true to our promise of finishing on time, even if it meant working overtime and on weekends. At the end of it all, we were proud of our determination and what we had created with all the cards stacked against us.    
 
Jun20, 2018

Employee Spotlight: Jim Trueblood

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Jim Trueblood’s interest in building has led to him having a well-rounded career in the construction industry. He has worn many hats, from carpenter to general foremen to his current role as project superintendent in our Mission Critical market segment. Every day, he is approaching problems from different angles, looking for the best solutions.

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

Every problem has a solution. There is no need to make an issue bigger than it needs to be.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

A leader should possess these three qualities: the abilities to listen, analyze, and measure his or her reactions. In my experience, I’ve discovered this combination works wonders and results in the best outcomes.

What does safety mean to you?

Taking care of my coworkers.

Who inspires you?

My kids inspire me every day.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

People know they can approach me with a problem and I won’t overreact in a negative manner. It is essential to work well with others, especially on a project site. So much more is accomplished as a team instead of as a group of divided individuals.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the past year?

If people feel like they have investment in a decision, they will have more interest in the outcome.

Jun7, 2018

Shook Revamps Vision Statement

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The Shook family is always up for a challenge; our new vision statement presents just that: “To relentlessly build a company so exceptional that the best talent and clients in the world pursue us.” It is an ambitious goal for any company; some would claim that it is “unattainable.” We have other ideas.

The vision statement is an aspirational goal that drives the direction of our company. Like any goal, we must develop a plan. Our plan is focused on our most valuable asset: our people. It includes a culture in our workplace that inspires our employees to put forth their best work every day. When our employees work with passion and drive, we thrill our clients and build on our reputation as a reliable organization that delivers on its promises.

Our vision statement motivates us to be the best version of ourselves every day. As one of our teammates states in the video, “The vision statement is big and bold”—so are our aspirations …

May2, 2018

Employee Spotlight: J.D. Craft

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

J.D. Craft is no stranger to working outdoors. His childhood was spent growing up on a farm, which led to him later wanting a career where he could be outside as much as possible. He began his career as a carpenter and now serves as a project superintendent for Shook.

Construction can be a challenging business. Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

I keep in mind that I’m unable to control everything. Construction has taught me to prepare for the worst-case scenario—you never know what to expect.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

Having the ability to adapt to your environment, as well as maintaining a level head when things go wrong.

What does safety mean to you?

Sending everyone home in one piece! The last thing I want is to have to take somebody to the hospital, or worse.

What is a specific skillset or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

I can picture shapes before we build them, so I have a pretty good idea of what will or will not look good.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

Those who can, do.

Mar7, 2018

Construction Engineering Scholarship Recipient Joins Shook’s Ranks

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

We are excited to announce that David Ramsey, the 2017 recipient of Shook’s annual Construction Engineering Scholarship at the University of Dayton (UD), is joining our team as a project engineer in our water resource business segment in the Midwest. Soon to graduate from UD with a degree in civil engineering, David already has an impressive amount of experience in his chosen field.

During his time at UD, he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and was elected to Social Chair two years running. His co-op with Adams Robinson Enterprises and summer volunteer work for UD’s Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service learning (ETHOS) program gave him valuable experience in engineering and water treatment construction.

He enjoyed his past experiences in his co-op and service learning program and sees Shook as the next step in his career. His interview convinced him, as he felt the connection with our people and the culture of our Shook family.

His goal is to improve communities’ quality of life by using his skills in his career. He fits right in at Shook, where our mission is to dramatically improve the communities we serve.

Feb12, 2018

Christina Friend Named Director of Human Resources

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

 

Because of her credentials and her continued contributions to the company, Christina Friend is Shook’s new director of human resources and project administration. She is an outstanding representative of the company’s culture and values, and we are excited to have her take on this leadership role within the company.

With a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in HR, Christina originally was hired by Shook in 2006 to serve as an office manager in our Indianapolis office. She was responsible for the establishment of our project administration group, which under her guidance has realigned many of our internal work-flows, increased our efficiency, and enabled our project teams to increase their focus on project delivery and customer service.

From the onset of her time here, Christina demonstrated an outstanding balance of task management and critical thinking skills. She is a fun, likable teammate who interjects her personality and energy into her daily work.

 

Jan5, 2018

Leadership Changes in our Building Markets

January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

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:

Huelsman, Freitag, Knueve, Schmidlin

  • 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.

Halapy, Goetz, Hayes, Peabody

  • 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.”

Nov10, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Eric Doench

November 10th, 2017|1 Comment

Eric Doench

With a little nudge and inspiration from his father, Eric began his career in the construction industry in 1986 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. Shortly thereafter, a now-retired Mike Eckley took Eric under his wing and molded him into the project manager he is today. Everything in between has been an exciting learning process in all things construction.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I found the construction industry because of a trifecta of factors: 1) I love building things; 2) I love the outdoors; and 3) my father was an engineer. My father sat behind a drawings table designing HVAC systems. This did not sound fun to me. So my father suggested pursuing a civil engineering degree. Now, I build things, spend ample time outside, and am an engineer. Problem solved.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

When I’m on the job, I like to go out and say good morning to as many workers as I can. They are busting their butts for us and I want them to know that I realize this.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

As the saying goes, “you are only as successful as those you surround yourself with.” And so it is with a construction project. The end result is that we want a profitable job and a happy client who wants us to build their next project. For a job to be profitable, you have to get it done on or ahead of schedule. For that to happen, every entity on the project needs to be on the same page with the same goal in mind. If the job runs like a well-oiled machine and gets done on time, then the client will be happy. I want Shook Construction to shine. I want the architects and engineers to shine. Most importantly, I want our subcontractors to shine. Get in and get out, and let’s go build another one.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Building half a dozen Dayton Metro Libraries. The ribbon cutting ceremonies are the best, especially in the children’s area. To see these little kids just running around and being enthralled with all the new surroundings and books… Can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

Who inspires you?

My father. Even though he is gone, I still look to him for advice. “What would Frank do?”

Oct12, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Joe Weaver

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Joe Weaver

Joe grew up working with his hands. He worked with his father every summer throughout junior and high school in remodeling. After starting his professional career as a lead installer and carpenter, he eventually joined the Shook team as a project superintendent where he currently oversees multiple projects at the University of Dayton.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I enjoy the changing environment and the personal gratification of seeing a project through completion. I believe that my inspiration originated when I became a young father and having to step up to the plate. But at the end of the day, my own father is who inspired me and the pursuit of purpose is what continues to drive me today.

Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

I lean towards a collaborative solution, reaching out to a group to solve challenges after I have analyzed them myself. I try to look at what may have caused the issue and then train the team and give them a chance to take ownership in the solution.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

Drink coffee! Then I break out attainable tasks to fit in between what already might be slated for the day.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

Reliability, communication, passion, innovation and consistency.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

The finalization of a research and development laboratory at the University of Dayton. This nine-month, multiple phase project consisted of heavy coordination of two shifts of construction work… all while maintaining occupancy of the existing building.

Who inspires you?

Mostly, my wife and daughter. They give me a reason to be.

Sep14, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Andy Lowther

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Andy Lowther

Andrew has worn many hats at several other companies before joining the Shook family. Those experiences have equipped him to help expand our education market segment in Northeast Ohio.

What inspired you to get into this career?

My grandfather, who was a carpenter. I worked with him during the summers since middle school. Since I was good at school, he encouraged me to work with my brains and not my brawn. With the help of my high school counselor, I discovered the construction management program at The Ohio State University. The rest is history.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

Coffee… I drink coffee. Then I make an action plan for the day. I always carry a pocket notebook to write things down. It is easy to forget things. If I check my notebook, it reminds me of things I noted earlier. Then I will address those items before adding more notes.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

Determination and hard work. I grew up a wrestler and those attributes were developed over a lifetime of wrestling. Those same attributes seem to transfer over into everything I do.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

Building relationships. Relationships ensure strong jobs and develop future/ongoing clients.

Who inspires you?

My son. I want to be the best person I can be for him. The more I develop and grow as a person, the better person I can shape my son to be.

Sep1, 2017

Diamond Wire Sawing Process of Twin 108″ Concrete Pipes

September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

As part of the Easterly treatment facility project on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, our project team built six 110-foot diameter by 18-foot deep settling tanks. The discharge from these new tanks (as well as four existing tanks) were connected to a NEW concrete junction chamber via 2500 lineal feet of 36-inch through 84-inch diameter Flowtite® fiberglass underground pipe.

This new junction chamber was constructed around two temporarily supported 108-inch diameter concrete pipes. These pipes have carried the treated discharge from the existing plant to Lake Erie since 1931.

Once the new facilities were complete, the challenge was tying the new facilities to the old discharge. To accomplish this, the project team removed 11 feet of pipe from each of those two 108-inch diameter, 10.5-inch thick concrete pipes.  

NEORSD 108" Twin Pipes

To ensure this process did not interrupt the existing flow to the lake, the project team engaged DOT Diamond Core Drilling who suggested a diamond wire sawing system to make two cuts in each of the two pipes.

To accomplish this feat, the project team first installed temporary pipe supports and made preparations for hoisting and handling both pipes while the chamber was still dry. DOT then began the diamond wire sawing process, aided by external cooling water. When the first in-service pipe’s circumference was penetrated, the plant flow began to flood the chamber. The remaining sawing process was completed without any personnel having to enter the chamber. The resulting cuts totaled 1,620 lineal inches of reinforced concrete.

Diamond Saw Cutting Process

Once cut, General Crane Rental used a 130-ton capacity crane to hoist out the two 11-foot cut pieces, each weighing about 37,000 pounds.

Making this effort even more impressive is that the pipe removal and subsequent joining of the old and new flow systems were completed during 15-degree temperature and blustery winds in mid-December.

Despite the frigid weather and the difficulty of this task, the entire operation took only two 12-hour days to complete.

Project Overview

This process was part of the larger $74.3 million project which began in September 2013. The overall purpose was to increase the capacity of the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant from 140 million gallons per day to 400 million gallons per day, which will help the environment.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) contracted the Shook Walbridge Joint Venture to complete these improvements, which were designed by MWH Global and Brown & Caldwell. The design called for the installation of 26 new pumps, piping, automated valves and meters, as well as adding chemical storage, distribution, metering, instrumentation and process equipment to more effectively enhance the treatment process. To accomplish this, the Shook Walbridge team selectively removed, rerouted and replaced interior and underground piping, existing structures, and equipment.

The multi-phase project took four years to complete.

Aug22, 2017

A Decade of Giving Back to Cleveland’s Children

August 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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!

Aug10, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Andrew Knapke

August 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Andrew Knapke

With a degree from The Ohio State University, Andrew has served in a variety of positions, including project superintendent, assistant project manager and project engineer.  He joined the Shook Construction family in 2015 as a project engineer within our education business segment.

What inspired you to get into this career?

Since I was young, I enjoyed building/construction things. What better way to continue that passion than to become a construction manager?

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

I have excellent memory retention.

Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

I take it one day at a time. It’s important to think logically to determine a resolution and then move forward with the project.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

The ability to effectively guide team members, as well as keep items moving on track.

What does safety mean to you?

Safety is one of the most important items to be practiced on a daily basis.

What piece of technology helps you most with your job and why?

My computer. It allows me to do my job efficiently. Although, I am excited to try out our new Clevertouch Interactive touch screen, which we will use to display the drawings electronically in our trailer.

Aug3, 2017

New Cleveland Office: Same Company, New Vibe

August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

New Cleveland Office Foyer/ Reception Area

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.

Geography

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.

Office Layout

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.

New Cleveland Office Break Room

To brighten up the entire space, the office includes large windows along the perimeter which allows extensive natural light into the space.

Décor

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.

New Cleveland Office Hallway

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.

New Cleveland Office Lounge Area

Jul13, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Jerry Roark

July 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Employee Spotlight: Jerry Roark

With 33 years of construction experience under his belt, Jerry has truly worked his way up through the ranks. He began his career as a pre-apprentice, moving to a journeyman carpenter position, then served as a foreman. Now, Jerry is a project superintendent and can tout a 27-year history with Shook Construction.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, who was a carpenter. Beyond that, I enjoy taking my kids and grandkids around town, pointing out the building projects on which I have worked.

What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

The Dayton Metro Library buildings. The project involves several buildings, all of which are unique.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

Dedication, hands-on experience, common sense, planning the work, as well as communicating with the owners, architects and workforce.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

There is no ONE important thing I do. To be successful, I have to have a holistic view of the day. This includes safety planning, planning for the equipment needed that day, ensuring employees have the material needed to the do the job, using the right people for the job, and consulting with the foremen.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

How to manage multiple job sites at different locations.

What piece of technology helps you most with your job and why?

My smart phone allows me access to my email while away from the office. In addition, my tablet allows me to pull up current/updated drawings in the field and mark them for as-builts so all crews have updated drawings in the field.

Jun15, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Mike Behnken

June 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Employee Spotlight: Mike Behnken

Mike’s journey to the construction safety field wasn’t a direct one. He first worked as a carpenter, starting as an apprentice, then moved up through the ranks with various contractors. As his career progressed, he observed the increasing requirements for project safety personnel and decided that role could extend the longevity of his career. Now with 35 years in the construction industry under his belt, Mike uses his in-the-field experience to guide and strengthen improve Shook Construction’s safety program.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I reached a point where I realized that I would not physically be able to work with my tools as a result of the work philosophies that I was taught growing up. As a result, it was a natural fit for me to move into safety in an effort to help find ways that work tasks can be performed to reduce the physical impact on the workers’ body.

Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

First I try to understand why a task is being performed a certain way and then look for methods that will help produce a quality project by using safe production methods.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

Because of my background in construction, I can help find better ways to accomplish a task that meets and/or surpasses OSHA compliance requirements.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

Lead by example, ask and respect input from those working under you, and take responsibility for the decisions that are made.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

Replacing personal contact with e-mails, texts, and other social medium can quickly become counter-productive, even though they can be easier and quicker.

What does safety mean to you?

Safety means that everybody gets to go home in at least the same condition in which they came to work, if not better!

 

May11, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Steve Seal

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Employee Spotlight: Steve Seal

Steve Seal has seen and built a lot of things in his 33 years in the industry. After starting in the field as a carpenter and then field superintendent, Steve went to University of Akron to earn his degree in construction technology. While attending college, Steve served as a co-op at Shook Construction. His technical expertise and laid back personality are a great fit with our team. We hired him upon graduation and have appreciated his contributions to our team ever since. He is currently working as a project manager within our healthcare business segment.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I love working with wood, tearing things apart and then putting them back together.

 Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

If I don’t have the answer, I reach out to my network to help find solutions.

What is a specific skill-set or attribute you possess that you believe adds value to your projects?

Since I started working in the field first, it helped me learn how everything goes together on a construction project. This helps me today with planning, scheduling, knowledge of all the work/disciplines, troubleshooting problems and finding solutions.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

Having a plan a day or two ahead of time and then continually prioritizing the items as things change.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

A leader takes ownership of the processes, delegates clear responsibilities, follows up with the team, and treats team members like they bring value to the project.

 

Apr28, 2017

Our Core Values: Safety

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Safety: Our Core Values (safety_value)

We operate by a core set of nine values. This month, we focus on safety.

Safety is our most important core value as our people are our most important assets. Without them, our business would not run. It is vital that our people remain healthy and safe, returning home in the evenings in the same condition they arrived to work in the mornings. The same goes for our clients and subcontractors.

How do we keep safety at the forefront of our team’s minds? Here are just a few ways:

It Starts at the Top

Our commitment to safety begins with active senior management involvement, beginning with the chief executive officer/president (who chairs our safety and health committee) and continues throughout all levels of our organization.

It’s a Part of Operations

Our preconstruction department analyzes potential hazards associated with a project and determines whether or not to pursue if a project cannot meet certain risk standards.  Safety continues into the bid process. Subcontractor selection criteria includes an evaluation of their safety statistics and OSHA history.  Once our team mobilizes on site, a site-specific safety plan is developed and any worker that enters the site must go through a formal orientation before beginning work.

Daily Pre-Task Safety Planning Meetings

Every morning before work begins on a project site, we hold a Toolbox Talk. The agenda reviews the day’s goals… What needs to get done? What is the plan? What are the hazards associated with performing the work? How will we eliminate or control the hazard?

Corporate Safety Audits

Shook maintains a team of safety professionals within our safety and risk management department. These team members provide regular, unscheduled safety audits on every Shook project, every month. Survey results are distributed to both project and company leadership. In addition to providing inspections, our safety professionals are a proactive resource to help our project teams plan how to safely go about their work.

Communication is Key

A key element to our program’s success is communication. Safety audits, incident reports and any OSHA activity is communicated within 24 hours to: CEO/president, executive vice president, market channel leader, project manager and project superintendent.  On a weekly basis, all employees receive information regarding safety audit findings from the previous week, OSHA activity, work-related incidents and a summary of the current OSHA recordable incidents.  When warranted, we will cease work and hold a “safety-stand-down-meeting” to address major issues. 

We always will stand by our safety motto: “Safely, the only way to work!” Our award-winning safety program simply validates that.

 

Apr13, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Sam Myers

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Employee Spotlight: Sam Myers

Sam serves as a project engineer in our Water Resource Mid-Atlantic Region, working out of our Raleigh, NC office. A graduate of Tennessee Technological University, he has been a part of the Shook family for nearly three years.

What inspired you to get into this career?

I grew up around the industry. As a child, I remember sitting in the truck while at “poop” plants while my father worked… It’s a smell that’s impregnated in my mind forever and I suppose that’s why I grew to love the business.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Gastonia Two Rivers Water Treatment Plant has a unique GE membrane treatment system that I have never experienced. I like to learn how different treatment processes work, and this is a new one to me.

Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

I struggle with the confrontation portion of the business, as it is something that none of us look forward to; but, it is something I am working on. I tend to put myself in others shoes to understand fully where they are coming from and feel that it helps the negotiations greatly.

What does safety mean to you?

Completing the task at hand productively and with no injuries or near misses. Our goal is to exceed Shook’s and OSHA’s requirements so that there are no questions for any task that we are performing.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in the last year?

The ability to prioritize tasks.

What piece of technology helps you most with your job and why?

Phone calls. Although everything now-a-days needs to be documented through email, I would much rather call an individual up and go through the details as I can learn much easier this way.

Mar27, 2017

Our Core Values: Quality

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Quality: core values

We operate by a core set of nine values. This month, we focus on quality.

Quality equals building excellence. Our goal is to ensure our clients are receiving the construction project they expect for the dollars they are investing. Why do we do this? First, it is the right thing to do. Second, we cannot be a successful company by offering sub-par quality. We are proud of our “reputation built on performance”—and performance begins with quality.

It is important to us to establish the standard and measure quality from the beginning of a project rather than simply evaluating quality at the end of a project. What processes do we have in place to ensure that every project is a quality one? Here are just a few:

3D Modeling

We create a detailed model that shows the work in place, which helps trade contractors visualize their scope of work. We also use the model to coordinate building elements and to plan the project’s sequencing and durations.

Quality: BIM Images

Mock-Ups and First-in-Place Inspections

Particularly for projects that contain repetitive spaces (such as hospital patient rooms), we use a first-in-place inspection process. This involves the inspection of the first piece of work put in place to verify quality. This install then becomes the quality standard for the balance of the project.  This process can include mock-ups of a specific area, which our team reviews for quality (and our owners review for aesthetics and functionality).

Weekly Progress Meetings

We hold weekly job coordination meetings with subcontractors, trades and material suppliers during which we review schedule, coordination of work, quality of work and safety/security requirements.

Quality Control Checklist

Each of our field personnel carry a pocket-sized quality control checklist, which breaks down standards of work by division. This provides us a portable tool to review the quality of work with each of our subcontractors.

Ongoing Punch Lists

We do not believe in waiting until the end of the project to develop a punch list. We create an ongoing punch list at the beginning of a project so that our subcontractors can correct deficiencies in a timely manner. We review this punch list at our weekly progress meetings. We also encourage our owners and design partners to participate in developing the punch list items. This helps our subcontractors understand the expectations early on in the project and facilitates prompt close-out of the job.

Mar9, 2017

Employee Spotlight: John Cleveland

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Employee Spotlight: John Cleveland

John Cleveland has grown up in the Shook family. He started as a co-op while studying construction management at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and made such an impression that he’s continued to be part of our team for the last 18 years. He currently serves as a project manager within our Water Resources Midwest Region.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Upgrading the Sidney Wastewater Treatment Plant disinfection process away from using chlorine gas to using ultraviolet light instead. It’s a new process for this facility and will result in decreasing the amount of chemicals discharged into the Miami River.

Do you have a specific approach or philosophy you use to tackle challenges as they arise on site?

I am fortunate to work with some really experienced and talented people. A lot of our field people bring years of experience and knowledge to the table. I tap into their knowledge for solutions to challenges. Chances are somebody working out there has seen it before.

What is the most important thing you do each day when prepping for your workday?

Pre-planning our tasks so they are completed safely. This company has a terrific culture of safety first. Making sure we think things out ahead of time and plan properly so they are done safely so that everyone goes home at night is the most important thing I do each day.

What are the most important qualities of a leader?

The ability to listen, the ability to trust those around him/her, and the ability to pause to think before reacting.

Who inspires you?

My two young sons inspire me. They inspire me to be a better father, husband, friend, co-worker and project manager. The responsibility of fatherhood makes me want to be a better man.

Feb21, 2017

Making it Matter in 2017

February 21st, 2017|1 Comment

google-form-headerEvery 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.

How I Make it Matter

As we continue to invest in our people, we are excited for the continued success and growth we anticipate for years to come.

Jan6, 2017

Shook Promotes Several Long-Time Employees

January 6th, 2017|4 Comments

Shook Construction announces several leadership transitions as the company grows within its water/wastewater construction groups.

Promotions (Joe Mellon, Eric Rees, Riley Tolen, Tim Myers)

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.”

Dec20, 2016

Wrapping Up Our 90th Anniversary

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

Nov29, 2016

Honoring Veterans by Volunteering Time and Expertise

November 29th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

Oct31, 2016

Using 3D Animation to Help Summa Health Visualize Project

October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

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.

 

Sep30, 2016

Groundbreaking of New Design-Build Water Treatment Plant

September 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

Aug24, 2016

The Process of Removing a Digester Tank Lid

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

Jul11, 2016

Dayton is an Innovation Hub

July 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

Jun10, 2016

Planning Our Work Using VDC

June 10th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

May24, 2016

Preparing Owners for Data Center Construction

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

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@shook.buzzwad.com!

Apr25, 2016

Cleveland Office Lands Two Education Projects

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

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

 

Apr20, 2016

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

April 20th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

Mar30, 2016

Supporting Something Bigger Than Ourselves

March 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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

Feb17, 2016

90th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

February 17th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

Feb1, 2016

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

February 1st, 2016|1 Comment

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!

Dec28, 2015

Wright State’s Nutter Center Celebrates 25 Years

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

Dec8, 2015

Indiana Safety Award Streak

December 8th, 2015|0 Comments

ICA Safety Awards

For the 5th year in a row, Shook received the Gold Summit Safety Award from the Indiana Construction Association (ICA) in the category of highway, heavy & utility prime contractor with less than 100,000 hours. The ICA stated that we received this honor because we integrate safety core business practices in our estimating and delivery systems, as well as our real-time driver safety monitoring program.

This award is significant in the construction industry and especially to our organization because it recognizes how well our jobsite personnel understand and apply our corporate safety program standards—all based on confidential surveys given to jobsite personnel. Our employees must indicate Shook’s safety program is best in class in order for the ICA to honor our efforts. The award once again confirms that our corporate management leads the safety efforts; and those efforts permeate into each of our field activities. We emphasize that every task should be performed safely–no matter how large or small that task is.

Our company culture has created an environment where our employees can come to work knowing their ability to go home in the same condition is a way of life–not just a wish.

Shook lives the culture that “Safely is the only way to work”!

Sep9, 2015

Integrated Teams Boost Success on Construction Projects

September 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Construction savvy owners have increased their demand for turn-key services and a greater level of detailed information far earlier in the project planning process. This has led designers and contractors to increase their focus on collaboration in order to provide not only planning and design services, but also budgeting and constructability support that help guide and define the design. Given this new dynamic, there are elements of which owners should be aware when hiring design and construction partners for a project.

The best partnerships are intentional.
Because of the complexity of planning, budgeting and executing the design and construction of many types of projects, leading owners are increasingly looking for integrated design and construction teams to deliver a turn-key service. Designers and contractors strategically align to respond to these opportunities. The most successful partnerships (and projects) are those composed of firms that have identified each other as a cultural fit and are intentionally looking for opportunities to work together.

As an example, several years ago Shook Construction identified a design firm whose resume rivaled our own. By identifying and intentionally building a relationship with a firm who shared our capabilities and culture, we built a partnership whose people work well together and deliver great value for our clients.

The delivery method doesn’t matter.
IPD, CMR, GC, D-B. You can play acronym Bingo with the number and varieties of delivery methods that exist in the market. What is important is that delivery strategy prevents the early engagement of a turnkey team. Owners will find that intelligent design and construction firms are willing to provide upfront support and counsel, regardless of the preferred contractual method, because it is the best opportunity to learn and understand the client’s business. This enables them to show maximum value during the selection phase of the project and win the customer’s business.

Shook Construction is willing to provide such initial support for little or no compensation because we have found time and again that our willingness to get involved early and provide value increases the likelihood of the project moving forward, which enhances the opportunity that we will be able to do the work.

Master planning and conceptual estimating are the new normal.
On the design side, owners aren’t looking just for architectural or engineering services; they also want to understand how the new or upgraded facility fits today’s business needs and how it can accommodate future growth. Designers must be capable of providing this long-term planning support as a baseline service offering.

From a construction stand-point, the ability to provide real-market feedback on both the price and schedule is an invaluable planning tool for the owner’s financial forecasting. To provide this support with the little information available at the master plan phase, contractors must become more sophisticated at conceptual estimating, providing detailed cost data by filling in the blanks of the design and making educated assumptions about the project.

The construction industry continues to evolve as owners require increasingly more in-depth planning and data to inform their near- and long-term facility’s needs. Hiring companies that can understand the key points discussed above and can embrace this new normal will provide the best service and solutions.

Aug27, 2015

Celebrating a Successful Project and Announcing a New One

August 27th, 2015|0 Comments

CJ Building One Ribbon Cutting

Chaminade Julienne High School (CJ) recently celebrated the completion of its $2.5 million renovation of Building One in downtown Dayton. Building improvements included modernized classrooms and hallways, new mechanical and lighting systems, enhanced performing arts rehearsal spaces and a complete renovation of the cafeteria.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Building One improvements, school officials announced its next project: the new Roger Glass Stadium. The $6 million athletic stadium will be the home for soccer, football and lacrosse games. It will feature a 99,600 SF artificial turf playing field, home field grandstands with pressbox, away bleachers, stadium lighting, a support building which includes concessions, restrooms, and storage, two ticket booth gateways, plaza for community events and an 80,600 SF practice field. The 2,150-seat stadium will open in fall 2016.

CJ's Roger Smith Stadium

Leading the construction team on these two projects is Project Manager Suzanne Whisman. Working alongside Suzanne on the Building One project was Project Superintendents Mike Poynter and Jeff Schlarman.  Project Superintendent John Gudorf will be involved in the new stadium project.

Shook Construction has worked with Chaminade Julienne since 2010 on their $20 million initiative as a result of their LIFT (Leading in Faith Today) campaign. These projects have included the new STEMM Center, a renovated gym, installation of the Eagle Tennis Center—the school’s first outdoor competition venue—an interior facelift to two floors in the Marianists’ building and—most recently—the above mentioned renovation of Building One.

Aug12, 2015

Another Successful Fund Raiser for University Hospital

August 12th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

Jun2, 2015

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

June 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

 RainbowBabies

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

May4, 2015

Emergency Operations Center Groundbreaking

May 4th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

Apr4, 2015

Shook Accomplishes Huge Feat

April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

What can you achieve in a mere four weeks?

How about 80,000 SF of equipment demolition and 64,000 SF of concrete replacement! This is exactly what Shook accomplished for Chrysler Corporation’s plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

The project involved shutting down a portion of the plant for four weeks while we performed the following:

Chrysler 4-week Shutdown Project table

What’s more impressive than the extensive project scope? While a common type of project, this is the first time Chrysler has experienced an equipment demolition project with zero safety incidents or accidents. We attribute this success not only to the quality of our safety program, but also to our employees’ commitment to safety and our extensive pre-planning process.

Chrysler Shut-Down Project2

You also can view a time lapse video of the equipment demolition portion of the project, which spanned only two weeks!