July 2016

Dayton is an Innovation Hub

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

The year of celebrating continues! We are officially halfway through 2016: our 90th anniversary year. As we celebrate, we reflect on the projects that not only contributed to our own portfolio success, but also advanced the technological world we know today.

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.

February 2016

90th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

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

What better way to kick off our 90th anniversary than a celebration with our very own employees!

Every year, Shook Construction gathers our employees to celebrate the successes of the past year and to create excitement for the years to come. Of course, this year is special because we are celebrating 90 years in business. We took advantage of having most everyone under the same roof by kicking off our yearlong celebration. This allowed us the perfect opportunity to reflect on our humble beginnings and to remember why we do what we do.

Welcoming the attendees in the lobby was a memorabilia display exhibiting some of Shook’s artifacts and an awards table highlighting our most recent achievements, as well as a commemorative quilt designed and crafted by one of our own employees.

90th Anniversary, Memorabilia Table

We kicked off the meeting with a 90-year documentary highlighting our humble beginnings when Charles H. Shook first started the company, along with the trials and successes that make us who we are today.

The rest of the day included presentations from each of our market channels and departments, which celebrated the successes of the prior year, shared lessons learned and new technologies being tested and encouraged more efficient techniques to implement in the field. A few of the highlights included:

  • Our Canton Water Reclamation Facility project team shared their experience in using Bluebeam in the field to streamline communication and the sharing of updated files.
  • President Bill Whistler encouraged the use of our new pocket Quality Assurance Daily Checklist handbooks to improve overall construction quality in the field.
  • Director of Safety and Risk Management Joe Reich distributed safety awards to 38 project teams for achieving zero injuries or illnesses in 2015 on their project sites.
  • Our Raleigh office celebrated the completion of its first project since we launched that office in 2012.
  • Every market in which we work applauded our successes with repeat clients and welcomed many new clients.

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