2020 News

May 2020

Westwood Promotes Litzman to Preconstruction Manager
Westwood Contractors (Fort Worth, TX) has promoted Kevin Litzman from Senior Estimator to Preconstruction Manager, a role designed to enhance the company’s ability to develop precise, accurate, and aggressive bids to ensure best-in-class pricing for its clients. Kevin, has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry including estimating, project management, cost management, and project controls for a wide range of commercial and civil projects. As Preconstruction Manager, his primary focus is to direct oversight of the estimating processes and systems to ensure consistency and efficiency. He is responsible for all preconstruction activities, including hard bids, conceptual estimates, value engineering, quantity takeoffs, and oversight of all estimators and support staff for these functions providing leadership for the preconstruction/estimating process. Click here to read more.

KBE Project Selected for Safety Training Partnership from OSHA
The Bradley International Airport (BDL) Consolidated Rental Car Facility project now under construction in Windsor Locks is the newest site of a Safety Training Partnership between the OSHA federal and Hartford Area offices, Austin Commercial (design-builder for the project) and KBE Building Corporation (general contractor for the project). This is the sixth invitation-only Safety Training Partnership that Farmington, CT-based KBE has partnered on with OSHA since 2014. When completed, the 1.4 million sf consolidated rental car facility will house car rental services, add public parking, and incorporate public transit connections. The project includes a 4-story building and garage complex for six rental car agencies, along with 830 public parking spots, with half of those under cover. A second 4-story garage will provide service areas for the rental agencies, including fuel, vacuuming, window washing, fluid replacement, car washes, and maintenance bays for routine car work. Click here to read more.

Rockford is Contractor for Meijer Expansion in Dayton
Grocery giant Meijer Inc. is laying the groundwork for a $160 million project north of Dayton and Rockford Construction (Grand Rapids, MI) is the contractor on the project. The privately held supercenter chain plans to develop a fully automated dry grocery supply chain facility on a 160-acre property adjacent to its existing 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center in Tipp City. The new facility will serve Meijer stores throughout Ohio, Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky, and will play a key role in Meijer's continued growth. Click here to read more.

Rockford Blog on Post-COVID Trends
Rockford Construction (Grand Rapids, MI) published a blog on the Grand Rapids Business Journal site about the shift in workplace design and construction trends as a result of COVID-19. “As builders and designers, we are accustomed to embracing solutions that leverage our knowledge and experience to provide safeguards for workers, building users and inhabitants. Here are ways we are actively working to achieve a healthy and safe work environment…” Click here to read more.

Wolverine Featured in “Back to Work” Story
WZZM Channel 13 in Grand Rapids, MI, featured Wolverine Building Group in a piece about the reopening of job sites and the new restrictions in place. Click here to read more.

David A. Nice Included in Equipment World Articles
David A. Nice Builders (Williamsburg, VA) is mentioned in a series of Equipment World articles:

March 2020

Management Resource Systems Inc. Builds Nashville Sephora
Management Resource Systems Inc. (High Point, NC) is handling the build-out of a Sephora at the soon-to-open Fifth + Broadway project in downtown Nashville, TN. This will be the third standalone Sephora store in Nashville and is part of a 100-store expansion by the retailer.

Prime Retail Services Launches Prime-Net
Prime Retail Services (Flowery Branch, GA) has launched a new division focused on providing low-voltage and network integration solutions. The division, Prime-Net, will expand the company’s current management of low-voltage scopes to include self-performing technicians and the core ability to execute diverse network integration programs in the retail industry. Prime-Net provides low-voltage cabling, network infrastructure, and Wi-Fi services.

With the launch of this new division, Prime clients have the option of getting project management and execution in the areas of construction, installation, electrical, or network integration services. For years Prime has been project managing low voltage services for clients using sub-contractors. Click here to read more.

February 2020

ZipWall Announces ZipWall Dust Barrier PassThrough™
RCA sponsor ZipWall® has introduced the new ZipWall Dust Barrier PassThrough™, a quick and professional way for passing a duct hose up to 14 inches in diameter through a ZipWall Barrier. The PassThrough is designed for use by commercial and residential remodeling professionals when setting up negative air pressure on a job site, and by restoration and mold remediation professionals when ducting air through a ZipWall containment barrier. The PassThrough consists of a pair of mating plastic rings that mount onto any ZipWall® pole and create an opening in the barrier. It supports any duct hose up to 14 inches in diameter, including vinyl, while maintaining the integrity of the barrier. A nylon fabric sleeve seals around the hose with a quick cinch. When the hose is removed, the sleeve can be cinched closed to completely seal the opening. Part of the ZipWall Dust Barrier System, the patented PassThrough clamp-mount works with all ZipWall spring-loaded poles. For more information on ZipWall, contact Peter Micheli.

January 2020

Immel Announces New Leadership
Immel Construction (Green Bay, WI) has announced a leadership transition. Effective January 1, 2020. Kelly Hafeman and Pete Smits left the roles of President and Vice President, which they had held since 2005. The management of the company has been turned over to the following long time employees:

  • Paul Martzke AIA, LEED AP, President
  • Alex Santos LEEP AP, Executive Vice President
  • Steve Hucek, Vice President, Estimating
  • Brian Wetzel, Vice President, Operations
  • Steve Sipiorski, Chief Financial Officer

Hafeman and Smits will serve on the company’s Board of Directors and serve as advisors to the company’s new leadership team, which has a combined 138 years of experience in the construction industry, 58 of that at Immel Construction.

Last fall, Immel became 100% employee owned when 100% of the company’s stock was been sold to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). As an employee-owned company, Immel continues to operate under the same business model and structure.

 

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