March 2019

Using Technology to Improve Project Performance

2019-03-07T07:50:53-05:00March 6th, 2019|Project News, Thought Leadership|

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.

November 2018

New Dayton Office Embraces Our Culture

2019-01-08T21:06:56-05:00November 12th, 2018|Corporate Events|

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.