January 2018

Leadership Changes in our Building Markets

2018-01-05T08:16:48-05:00January 5th, 2018|Corporate Events|

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.”

April 2016

Cleveland Office Lands Two Education Projects

2016-04-25T08:11:53-04:00April 25th, 2016|Project News|

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

 

February 2016

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

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

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

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

Ryan and Nathan Lawinsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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