2018 News

April 2018

Taylor Brothers Hosts Open House for Students
Taylor Bros. Construction Co. (Columbis, IN), along with other area construction companies, hosted two open houses to build interest among local high school freshmen to consider a career in the industry. About 80 students attended. Click here to read more.

Rockford Construction Wins National Award
Rockford Construction(Grand Rapids, MI) earned the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award for work on the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool. The award, given at tthe Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Gala in Long Beach, CA, honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. Click here to read more.

Schimenti Construction Expends to West Coast
Schimenti Construction Company (NY & CT) announced the hiring of Ryan Mourhess as the company’s Project Executive Regional Director, West Coast. Mourhess comes to Schimenti with 17 years of experience in the retail construction industry with almost all of it coming on the West Coast. Schimenti’s Los Angeles office is slated for a Spring 2018 opening. Click here to read more.

EMJ Opens Publix
EMJ’s Chattanooga team celebrated the opening of Publix, a 45,600-square-foot grocery store, last month. Located in The Village at Waterside, the store includes a bakery, wine department, a full-service meat and seafood department, and a cooking demonstration station for Apron Simple meals.

In addition to Publix, EMJ’s team is constructing The Village at Waterside’s 120,000-square-foot retail space, which will be home to Burlington Coat Factory and REI, as well as additional tenants. EMJ is also performing the development’s site work, including grading, utilities, drainage, lighting, traffic signalization, paving, modular retaining walls, fencing, and more. Click here to read more.

February 2018

EMJ Completes Sam’s Club Remodel
EMJ’s first Sam’s Club remodel, in Fort Worth, Texas, opened on Friday, January 12 following an extensive remodel. The project included interior and exterior demolition, renovation of refrigerated cases, offices, restrooms, showroom spaces and more, and construction of several new areas, including the hearing center, café, pharmacy and health care center. All work was performed at night, allowing the store to remain open throughout the remodel.

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Engineered Structures Completing Target Remodel
Engineered Structures, Inc., (Meridian, ID), is completing a $1.4 million renovation on the Target store in North Kalispell. The store is expanding the toy and apparel department, adding four new self-checkout stands, retrofitting dressing rooms and bathrooms, and adding a new cosmetic department, and increasing the health and beauty section. The store will be fully renovated sometime near the end of March or early April. The renovation project is one of 1,000 similar projects Target announced last year as part of a nationwide remodeling to be completed by the end of 2020. The store is remaining open without any adjustment to hours throughout the renovation; the bulk of the work is being done overnight.

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Cornell Storefronts and Impact Security Announce Strategic Partnership
Two RCA’s sponsors, Cornell Storefronts and Impact Security, lead by Window Film Depot CEO Jeff Franson, have partnered to distribute Impact Security’s DefenseLite™ line of retro-fit security window and door shields for multi-site national retailers. “DefenseLite™ fills a need where grilles/gates are not the optimal solution for retailers and where standard security window films are inadequate. DefenseLite ™ helps reduce the costly damage of physical attacks against retail storefront glass.

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January 2018

Shames Construction Awarded Dave & Buster’s Projects
Livermore, California based Shames Construction has partnered with Dave & Buster’s to build two new entertainment centers in southern California. One will be located at the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge and the other at Del Amo Mall in Torrance. Both facilities will complement the existing centers retail with enhanced family entertainment. Each will feature a sports bar, restaurant, and gaming center. The interiors will include a mix of modern and traditional finishes like wood and stained concrete flooring. Completion is scheduled for early Summer 2018.

Lakeview Construction to Open Tractor Supply in Early Spring
Lakeview Construction (Pleasant Prairie, WI) will is constructing a 22,616-square-foot retail space for Tractor Supply in Mocksville, NC. The store plans include a sales floor, external support service area, and pet wash station. Construction has begun, with a goal of opening in early spring.

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JG Construction Breaks Ground on Ramona Tire
JG Construction (Chino, CA) participated in the groundbreaking of Ramona Tire & Automotive Service Center's store no. 17 in Redlands, CA.
The 5,000-square-foot store will be located adjacent to the Mountain Grove center in the city of Redlands and is expected to employ 16 people. Completion is scheduled for June 2018.
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Royal Seal Recognized by Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Royal Seal Construction, Inc. (Bartonville, TX) was awarded Concessions General Contractor of the Year for 2017 for Dallas Fort Worth Airport. The company has been building retail stores and restaurants in the DFW airport for 20 years. The awards was presented to Mike Sheneman, Royal Seal’s Senior Project Manager in charge of the airport.

Schimenti Construction Completes Hershey's Chocolate World
Schimenti Construction Company (Ridgefield, CT) recently completed a 7,800 square-foot Hershey's Chocolate World store in the heart of Times Square. The new Chocolate World is three times the size of the original attraction, which had operated for about 15 years at 48th and Broadway.
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KBE Wraps Up 2017 with 16 New Project Awards
KBE Building Corporation has been awarded 16 new projects, including :

  • Demolition and ground-up construction of a new retail store at 250 Canal Street in Manhattan
  • Interior tenant fit-out work for The Main Event retail/entertainment venue at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, MD. and It’s Sugar at Harbor Place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor entertainment district; KBE is currently completing extensive renovations to this high-visibility retail/entertainment center
  • A 78,588-square foot residence hall at Purchase College at SUNY, which will start construction in February 2018
  • A 140,000-square foot residence hall at University of Virginia in Charlottesville
  • A new two-story, 15,000-square foot addition attached to a 6,000-square foot existing building to be renovated, at American International College in Springfield, MA); 
  • Six new senior living facility projects with owner/developer Columbia Pacific underway or slated to start in 2018; the two- and three-story buildings average 95,000-square feet and provide 140+ living units; KBE is starting work on projects in Sewell, N.J., Sacramento, CA, Southampton and Towamencin, PA., and Treeo, NC; work is already underway in facilities in Silver Spring, MD, Lake Worth, FL, and O’Fallon, MO 
  • A new 92,000-square foot assisted living and memory care facility for Maplewood of Southport, LLC, which will provide 98 units; substantial completion is planned for May 2019 and final completion July 2019
  • Preconstruction phase services for the extensive façade and curtain wall renovation of Trefz Corporation’s 18-story headquarters in Bridgeport, CT
  • KBE is design-builder with BL Companies for the Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club in Darien, CT, featuring a 26,000-square foot indoor riding arena and 17,000-square foot squash/fitness center
  • Renovations to the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York

Wolverine Building Group Under New Ownership; Names New VPs
Wolverine Building Group (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced it is now under new ownership. The transition has been underway for the past 18 months and on December 20, Aaron Jonker and Curt Mulder became the fifth owners of the 79-year-old company. Jonker first joined Wolverine in 2007 as a project manager and moved up the ranks until he was promoted to co-president in 2016. Mulder has spent 20 years with the company, starting as an intern while attending Calvin College. They purchased the company from Mike Kelly and Dick VanderZyden. VanderZyden will serve as chairman for the next two years.
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Wolverine also promoted three senior project managers to the role of vice president. Bill Pursifull, Jamerson Ries, and Troy Redman will all serve as VPs while continuing to oversee their current projects. Pursifull will be in charge multi-family pre-construction, Redman will oversee construction management and Ries will lead multi-family development. Ries joined Wolverine in 2012 as a project manager to oversee large multi-unit developments. Redman has more than 17 years of experience as a senior project manager. He started as a subcontractor for a developer, and in 2007, he became active in construction management. Pursifull has more than 22 years of experience in the construction industry and has been with Wolverine since 2006.
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EMJ Supports Austin Hatcher Foundation
EMJ team members collected nearly $2,000 in cash and gift donations for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer during the month of December. The donations were collected through Hatch’s Giving Trees in EMJ’s Boston, Dallas, and Chattanooga offices. Employees were able to choose an ornament from the trees and fulfill donation requests listed on the ornaments. Each ornament represented specific needs for children and their family members who receive services from Austin Hatcher. The foundation provides a variety of innovative services free of charge toward the mission of erasing the effects of childhood cancer and optimizing each child and family member’s quality of life.
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EMJ Celebrates Grand Opening of PetSmart’s 1600th Store
EMJ’s Dallas office recently celebrated the grand opening of PetSmart in El Paso, TX; the store is the specialty pet retailer’s 1600th location. The EMJ team began work on the project in May 2017 and turned the project over to the client just five months later in October.
Work included the interior and exterior of the 18,000-square-foot store and all site work at the location.
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