August 2018

Employee Spotlight: Randall Beck

2018-08-08T12:31:05-04:00August 8th, 2018|Employee Spotlights|

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!

February 2018

Christina Friend Named Director of Human Resources

2018-02-13T08:24:30-05:00February 12th, 2018|Employee Spotlights|

 

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.

 

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.”

August 2017

A Decade of Giving Back to Cleveland’s Children

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

Fore the Kids Golf Outing

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

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

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

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

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

New Cleveland Office: Same Company, New Vibe

2017-08-03T09:27:16-04:00August 3rd, 2017|Corporate Events|

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

May 2016

Preparing Owners for Data Center Construction

2016-10-05T10:08:53-04:00May 24th, 2016|Presentations, Thought Leadership|

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!

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

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.