CCR Issue 7.22

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Vol. 21, Issue 7, 2022 36 68 FEATURES 36 All Together Now Why The Curtis Hotel in Denver is the coolest hotel you may not have heard about 58 Subtle Shades of Success Authentic mouth-blown glass renews historic church windows 68 From concept to completion Bringing Mapleton Public Schools’ School choice model to life 74 Big wheels a rollin’ While vehicle safety in construction still is cause for concern 80 Live. Work. Breath. A new, yet proven way to install ventilated façade systems 2 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — ISSUE 7, 2022

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85 INDUSTRY SEGMENTS 46 Flooring DEPARTMENTS 4 Editor’s Note 12 Industry News 96 Women in Construction 100 Commercial Construction & Renovation Data 102 Ad Index 104 Publisher’s Note SPECIAL SECTIONS Commercial Kitchens 85 Let’s hear it for the guys How The Halal Guys continue to turn a street cart food concept into a foodies dream 96 Vol. 21, Issue 7, 2022 4 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — ISSUE 7, 2022

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Isaw somewhere recently that the pandemic was the great equalizer for a number of today's market segments. Go figure. Okay, let's start from the beginning. Trying to get a read on the market is what we do. We scour the commercial construction sector for the trends and challenges that drive the market. Every day, we get scores of news items, reports, data, emails, etc., that help draw some conclusions as to where we are heading as an industry. Perhaps no market segment was more fascinating than the full-service restaurants, especially casual chains. Burger and barbecue joints. Mexican, Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Vegetarian offers. You name it, and these restaurants—all of them—find new and creative ways to get their food to the masses. I remember walking through my neighborhood at the height of the pandemic—kind of like Charleston Heston in "Omega Man," right—and seeing one of my neighbors with a sign on top of his car. The banner was for a widely popular, yet very small Mexican restaurant almost brilliantly hidden in a nearby strip center. As I came to find out, my neighbor approached the owners and asked if they would be interested in joining forces to provide delivery options for the local community. A logistical manager who helped navigate trucking fleets, his idea was brilliant (we're not going to tell him I said that though, our secret). What he did was get out in front of the panicked tragedy unfolding to not only help a small family business keep their heads above water, but also help give people a sense of Now,normalcy.I'mgoing to tell you whether you believe me or not that this was way before anyone else was marketing the UberEats/ DoorDash food option for takeout. He was ahead of the curve because that is what creative, thinking-on-your-feet analysis offers. Sure, it was one of his favorite restaurants, but does that really matter? Now, go to the stats and you will find that the fast casual market continues to be one of the segments that showed incredible growth during the pandemic (which is still going on BTW). Ghost kitchens anyone?? That said, what did your company do? How did you fortify, reinvent, reorganize, transform what you do? The stories are out there. The major building projects that were completed when construction teams were hamstrung by pandemic ordinances. And on andTheon.pandemic aftermath is still hap pening in the form of supply chain issues, inflation, gas prices (both of which have started to flatten out). Why? Because we adapt. In between the complaining and finger pointing and complaining (worth another mention), good companies—good leaders—know how to adapt. They know how to survive. To you, we say keep on keeping on.

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Nomoo Plant-based quickserve concept Nomoo plans to grow beyond its single Los Angeles location through franchising. The brand, which signed on as Fransmart’s first plant-based partner, features an indulgent menu of burgers made with Beyond Meat patties and other vegan versions of quickserve favorites including chicken sandwiches, shakes and fries. Beef-A-Roo NEXT Brands and Development is on a mission to turn 55-year-old Illinois-based Beef-A-Roo from a regional icon into a national name.

Panera Bread Panera Bread aims to double its presence in urban markets with the rise of its new To Go format, which focuses on digital orders for offpremises dining. Panera launched the concept in Chicago, and plans to add locations in Southern California and Washington, DC.

NEXT, which acquired the franchise rights last year, aims to grow the chain from its current nine locations to about 50 in the next few years with two formats, one of which will be drive-thru only.


Chef’stores Foodservice distributor US Foods will expand its retail presence with the opening of four brick-and-mortar Chef’stores, which cater to consumers and culinary professionals. The stores offer restaurantquality ingredients in individual packages and cases as well as kitchen equipment. Evolution Store/7-Eleven 7-Eleven has opened the fifth Evolution Store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, establishing the ninth location nationwide for the concept, which includes in-store eateries and digital features. At the latest location, customers can order food and drinks from Laredo Taco, choose from various kinds of grab-and-go coffee and pay for items through the 7Rewards app, rather than using regular checkout.

Tim Horton’s Tim Hortons is offering two new models of its restaurants, including a 900-square-foot drive-thru-only version in West Virginia. The new model also features a mobile pick up shelf and VIP mobile order parking spots. The first drive-thru-only model will open this summer. The company said additional Tim Hortons units are planned throughout 2022 across Michigan, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

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Retail Walmart Walmart will spend $57 million to revamp its 25 namesake and Sam’s Club stores in Puerto Rico with tech-centric improvements, including new checkouts and order pickup facilities as well as infrastructure upgrades. Kohl’s Kohl’s plans to open about 100 small-format stores over the next four years as part of a plan to enter markets where it doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar retail presence. The retailer also will invest $850 million this year to open 400 more in-store Sephora shops and update stores with features including zones to highlight emerging and women-owned brands. Lowe’s Lowe’s has cut its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 42% over the previous five years, ahead of its initial goal of a 40% reduction by 2025. Incorporating more renewable energy sources helped the retailer cut its energy use by upward of 10% in 2021. The retailer has set a new emissions reduction goal of 60% by 2030.

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Forever 21 Forever 21 will open a brick-and-mortar store in China with operating partner Lasonic Electric Xusheng Co., which also operates the US-based fashion retailer’s online sales in the country. The new store, slated to open in the third-tier city of Taizhou, marks the third time Forever 21 has tried to break into physical retail in China.

Chipotle Mexican Grill continues to evaluate the possibility for adding drive-thru Chipotlanes at more of its 3,000 locations and now it has begun testing walk-up windows at units where drive-thru isn’t possible. Walk-up windows will work better at urban locations that are smaller and see significant foot traffic.

Circle K Circle K will install self-checkout machines that use artificial intelligence to automatically ring up items at 7,000 locations over the next few years. After testing the machines in 500 of its convenience stores, the retailer partnered with California-based startup Mashgin on the machines.

US fried-chicken chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will open six new restaurants in the UK, where its first location has become the brand’s best-performing restaurant globally since it launched last year.

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Hyatt Hotels and local upscale developer Gencom propose to build a three-tower complex with a 615-room hotel and 1,500 residences on the site of the city-owned downtown Miami Hyatt Regency. The partners say they hope to begin construction in 2025 if the Miami River Commission approves the privately funded venture. Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh Curio Collection by Hilton labels its new Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh as “the place to be” for people who call the city home and those just passing through. The 185-room boutique hotel will open its doors in June, in the Downtown building that currently houses Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh at 453 Boulevard of the Allies.

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An extensive renovation project at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee will feature an exclusive high-limit room, 1,800 slot machines, multiple 4K televisions and a Rock & Brews restaurant that will include a stage for live performances. The 120,000-square-foot project will cost $100 million and is slated for completion next spring.

Construction is set to begin on Choctaw Landing in Hochatown, Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation’s new $165 million casino complex. The four-story venue, which is expected to open in late 2023, will feature 600 slot machines, eight table games, a 100-room hotel, a pool and a variety of dining options. Circus Circus Circus Circus is in the midst of a $30 million facelift meant to bring the Las Vegas casino-hotel back to its “glory days” and give it more of a circus feel. The renovations, which have been going on since 2019, range from a brighter, more vibrant paint job and a larger, modernized pool to a refresh of the red-and-white striped tent-top.

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Construction of the $1.35 billion Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center project in Chula Vista, California has been approved by a $275 million public bond deal agreed upon by the city and the Port of San Diego. Mortenson and McCarthy Building will build the venue, which will include a new park and various other improvements along with the 1,600-room hotel.

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Amazon Fresh has announced its entrance into the metro New York market with two stores—one in a former Fairway Market site in Paramus, New Jersey, and another in a former Waldbaum’s supermarket location in Oceanside, New York. The Oceanside location also will be the retailer’s first of three stores slated for the Long Island suburban market, with stores planned for Plainview and East Setauket.

Kroger Kroger customers in South Florida can now place delivery orders despite the grocer having no physical stores in the area. The new service is made possible by a 60,000-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment facility in Miami, one of 10 planned fulfillment facilities powered by technology provider Ocado.

Just a couple of blocks from the sports and entertainment district in downtown Phoenix will soon be the new home for a new Fairmont Hotel and Residence. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, along with Thunderbird Legacy Development, recently announced plans for the development and management of a new building. The Fairmont Phoenix is scheduled to open in early 2025.

Jim ‘N Nick’s Alabama-based full-service chain Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q has launched “fast casual plus” service at four existing eateries and one new restaurant. The model calls for customers to order at the counter and grab their own drinks, followed by table service for the rest of the meal.

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Grocers HMart Lyndhurst, New Jersey-based specialty grocer HMart will open two new stores this month—one in the Aloha State and the other in Massachusetts. Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market is taking more of Manhattan with a new store at 63 Madison Avenue. The location in the NoMad (short for North of Madison Square Park) neighborhood opened in June.

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Making diversity a priority Capital and operational support. Outreach and education. These are the tenets of Wyndham Hotel & Resorts’ BOLD (Black Owners and Lodging Developers) initiative, which will help boost African-American participation in hospitality development, franchising and transactions. According to the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), fewer than two out of every 100 US hotel owners are Black. That statistic con trasts with a McKinsey survey that found that about one in five Black Americans is starting or currently running businesses.

It’s Elleathing ELLE Magazine is adding a hospitality arm (ELLE Hospitality), and two boutique hotel concepts (Maison ELLE and ELLE Hotel) to its array of offshoots. This is the first new venture for the French global media French Lagardère Group, which says the properties will play a strong role in immersing guests into everything ELLE demonstrates through out their iconic magazines. The first hotel will be the Maison ELLE, slated this fall in the company’s hometown of Paris.

What they’re saying...

— Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress on the progress the New York area continues to make in construction

“You’re constantly not only prioritizing ports and containers and moving them, but then sometimes canceling an order and then creating a new order from a different vendor or a different manufacturer, perhaps sometimes even a whole different category, to take advantage of capacity.”

“Our city has made significant strides since its darkest pandemic days, and our industry continues to lead the way forward. We must find ways to keep that momentum going and avoid an outright housing crisis in New York, and that includes find innovative ways to repurpose existing misused space and increase affordable housing stock. This is no time to ease off the pedal of progress.”


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— Tractor Supply CEO Hal Lawton on how the retailer is adjusting to supply chain delays “Food and somethingpaintings—it’sveryoperationsrestaurantaresimilartoaboutthecombinationoflayersworkingtogethertocreatebeautiful.”

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Addressing the Workforce

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Construction Ready partners with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers in Georgia

> 70% of participants employed with the same company one year later Jack Warden, CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, says equipping people with the skills they need to provide for themselves has been our core mission for over 125 years. “Part nering with Construction Ready continues our tradition of helping people change their lives through the power of work. We are excited to help individuals launch a sustainable career.”

> 97% job placement by end of training

onstruction Ready has partnered with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers to expand its adult construction training program in Columbus and Albany, Georgia. The 20-day adult program provides eligible participants with the training needed to gain the skills required to obtain and retain a living wage job in the construction industry. Goodwill Southern Rivers plans to bring at least eight Columbus and Albany residents to each training cohort. The goal of the program is to help close the workforce skills gap. Since ex panding into the Columbus region in 2021, Construction Ready has graduated 14 stu dents placing them in jobs across western Georgia. The need for skilled workers has continued through the pandemic. Closing this skills gap and educating more people about careers in the skilled professions is Construction Ready’s primary goal. “We are excited to partner with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers to strengthen our efforts in Columbus and Albany,” says Construction Ready President and CEO Scott Shelar. “When we hear their success stories and see new graduates entering the construction industry, it confirms we are making a difference for so many Georgians who are looking for a new career.”


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Skills Gap



First CCR webinar shows the mindset and skill sets needed to solve problems It is not all about the product. Businesses new and old need to solve problems in environments where their talents and services are both known and needed. That is how Zachary Green introduced the importance of warrior skills in business during his recent Commercial Construction & Renovation webinar, “Are You an Innovator or a Commander?” The webinar was sponsored by Pivotal Retail (

“The problem is that I had no way to fulfill the requests. As a result, I nearly lost it all after refinancing my home, borrowing


Green said that most small busi nesses fail within the first six years and that nine in 10 are out of business within 10 years. "I’m sure this is no surprise to the millions of contractors who have tried to launch businesses, no matter their expertise or skill sets. Unfortunately, the journey and miscues are typically the same over and again—a continued emphasis on the product rather than mar keting, sales and distribution."


Are you an Innovator or a Commander?

). The former US Marine, firefighter, CEO and the best-selling author of “The Warrior Entrepreneur, spoke extensively about his military training and its invalu able role in growing a successful business and overcoming challenges—which nearly Zachary Green derailed the company that eventually earned more than $30 million in revenues.

Green says these were among the many lessons he learned while growing MN8 LumAware/Foxfire, a leading manufacturer and supplier of photoluminescent firefighting and building evacuation safety equipment that he grew from the trunk of his car to a multimillion-dollar organization. “I went from $5,000 in sales over six months to $100,000 in orders after attending my first trade show,” Green said.

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Work toward unfair competitive advantages Nothing illegal or unethical. Because most entrepreneurs start out smaller than many established players in the marketplace, they must leverage the advantages they do have. This includes cementing client relationships with exclusivity agreements that benefit customers with the steady access to hardto-get materials, talent and services


Contractors should always look to partner with customers to fill voids and provide long-term services. Offer remedies that im prove production, reach and safety through products and skills that are novel to the marketplace and their clients

Thankfully, his military training gave him something he needed exactly for situations like these—grit and drive. “This includes the will to never give up until the mission is accomplished. The truth is most businesses fail because their leaders simply give up in tough times.”

Innovators normally start businesses with great ideas and the need to be involved in the entire decision process. However, the bandwidth of successful companies can soon become far too overwhelming for one person to handle, no matter the vision.

against my 401K and maxing out my credit cards just to keep up.”

Focus on robust sales, marketing and distribution efforts that reach key, target audiences Remember the Pet Rock from the 1970s? The concept made millions of dollars. It was a rock. Great sales support, marketing and distribution drove the mind boggling sales of a product you could pick up in your own backyard. Never underestimate the value of these three components. No one can buy your product or services if they do not know you exist and your services are not readily available

Armed with the mindset of a US Marine and years of business research, Green penned "The Warrior Entrepreneur" to voice his learnings and help business owners turn hardship and adversity into growth tools: Solve problems in unique and elegant ways

Know your role Are you an innovator or commander? Innovators normally start businesses with great ideas and the need to be involved in the entire decision process. However, the bandwidth of successful companies can soon become far too overwhelming for one person to handle, no matter the vision. And that is where the separation between church and state must come into play. Good commanders should be allowed to work “in” the business dedicated solely to the organization’s successful, day-today operations, while innovators will be left with the unfettered opportunity to focus on the external growth of the company. This includes relationship building, new business development and the ongoing expansion of goods and services to fresh markets. For a recast of the webinar, visit

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The answers to these and many other questions create opportunities for you to provide services that tenants need and create additional revenue streams with an administration fee. Be creative. Ultimately, it is a win-win for the tenant and the owner.

Today, real estate continues to evolve. Owners of office and retail assets are seeking opportunities to attract tenants and activity back to the properties, while owners of medical and industrial facilities are iden tifying ways to partner and support tenants dealing with a surge of activity. Regardless of the real estate sector, the challenges are new, but adding value is still top priority. To do this today, discard what worked in the past and welcome new possibilities.

The budget season is quickly approaching. For some property managers, it is filled with anxiety and dread, while others embrace the process. Regardless of your heart rate, the approach to budgeting needs a “pivot” as we weather the effects of the Pandemic.

Why you need to do the work before the spreadsheet By Melody Frcek

To usher a new era to your property, consider these tactics: No. 1 — Survey Your Tenants Really, the only starting point. Most man agement companies provide a survey tool as part of the work order system. If not, Survey Monkey is a good alternative. It is time to learn about tenants’ short- and long-term plans and how you can support them. What do they need? What can you provide and how can you plan? For example, is your tenant requiring its workforce to return or is a hybrid model at play? How does that affect its space needs? How has the business changed since the pandemic? Are additional or different utilities needed? What amenities would make employees feel safe and se cure? Is a new sanitation protocol needed?


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No. 2 — Know Your Competition Walk beyond your walls and see first-hand other buildings in your area. What are they providing that your building doesn’t have? How can you make your building top-choice among potential tenants? Take a look at the parking lot—is it full? What condition is it in? Take a look at the lobby. Make note of what amenities are offered.


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Regardless of the real estate sector, the challenges are new, but adding value is still top priority. To do this today, discard what worked in the past and welcome new possibilities.

INDUSTRY NEWS PERSPECTIVE Read and listen to the experts. What trade associations are active in your market? What programs can you attend? What events will give you the opportunity to network (and learn from) otherYoumanagers?alwaysshould know what your competition is doing. Otherwise, you may be late to the game. No. 3 — Develop a Three- to Five-year Capital Budget Here is where you will spend the largest dollars. Work with your engineers to review all systems and maintenance schedules and plan for repairs and replacements. But there is more. Go beyond in frastructure to ensure the asset remains relevant within the market. The tenant experience begins the moment a tenant enters the parking lot. Is it clean, safe, smooth, painted? Then to the lobby. Is it open and bright? The entrepreneur is on the rise, and these companies want amenities—fitness centers, conference rooms, grab-and-go markets, lactation rooms, lounge areas, flex space. Budget and plan for upgrades and improvements to create value for the asset, the owner and the tenants. No. 4 — Develop a Leasing Plan Leasing is critical to building operations, and the leasing agent is your best resource. Know when leases are set to expire and the intentions of the tenant. What are the pro jected leasing and tenant improvement (TI) costs? (And do not forget the fees absorbed when deals die.) No. 5 — Rebid Recurring Service Contracts Do this now. Don’t assume you are getting the best value. Benefit from a competitive market and think like an owner. Do a cost analysis. By doing the due diligence, you add value to the property and strengthen your partnership with the owner. No. 6 — Meet with the Asset Manager or Owner It is important to understand the invest ment strategy and where the asset is in the investment cycle. Come equipped with the information you collected above and recommendations on how to create value. A solution-oriented approach to reduced occupancy, capital expenses and other chal lenges makes you a vital team player. Now you are ready to create a budget. But let’s do it without the anxiety and dread. Have fun. Tap your team. Order lunch and brainstorm. Dream big and then plan real. Take a tenant to lunch each week to pick their brain. Connect with other property managers at trade events and meetings. Hopefully, you will be inspired by others to think outside the box. Property management is a balancing act. Your job as the manager is to balance the needs of the tenants with the needs of the owner. It is not easy, but it is rewarding. You are the greatest asset your owner has, and a well-informed, well-planned budget is the most important tool. CCR


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s extreme weather and storms become stronger and cause more property damage, now is the time for building owners and property managers to secure their facilities and bolster their protections. Through updated building codes, advancements in technology, and meaningful infrastructure improvements, businesses can make a difference in protecting their property and reducing losses.

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It is not uncommon to see the destruction that a hurricane or tornado leaves behind. From torn roofs to collapsed buildings, weather catastrophes have the potential to cause a large amount of damage. But stronger building codes are one of the best ways to make sure property can withstand catastrophes. Florida for example implemented changes to its building codes after Hurricane Andrew, and then again in 2007 after the Hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. New con struction since then has made houses and buildings significantly more hurricane proof. Buildings constructed 30 years ago were likely built with codes that may have neglected the impact of strong winds from an extreme hurricane or significant rainfall that a storm can bring, especially along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. One way that states can strengthen their building codes to reduce losses is by simply addressing roofs. For example, sealing the roof deck can help prevent water from entering the building if a roof tears off. It is a small expense during installation, but it can save tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

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While many existing homes and buildings may not have been built to withstand storms or water damage, owners can make them storm hardened. This means improving the infrastructure to better withstand these kinds of losses. By storm-hardening a building, owners can help prevent potential damage from heavy winds and water.

INDUSTRY NEWS PERSPECTIVE Using Technology as a Proactive Measure


Other considerations for building own ers and property managers include installing stronger walls or shatter-resistant windows in their facilities, which can help prevent water from ever entering the building. In addition, they can keep the people inside the building safe during harsh weather because if a window were to break, the glass won’t scatter all over.

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While it can be a nominal upfront cost, the return on investment can be significant. For example, improving the framing inside a building can make a facility stronger and re duce the amount of potential damage during strong winds from a hurricane or tornado. Building owners can also ensure that there is proper drainage and flood pro tection during construction to help reduce the loss of equipment or inventory. It is a good idea to conduct a storm-hardening assessment of the building to provide a starting point of what areas to address and what can be done.

Advancements in technology also have led to devices and building materials that can help protect a building in severe storms. Connected devices can monitor buildings and identify problem areas with leaks. As usual, after a storm passes, it always is good to check and document any initial Sometimes,damages.storm damage can lead to large property losses because of water. By installing water sensors in a building, owners and managers can get alerts of water intrusion or leaks. This is particularly important if the building or facility has had a history of water damage because these kinds of devices can capture an issue before it becomes a major loss. The difference in damage costs from being able to quickly respond to a leak compared to not realizing something happened and letting hours go by is significant.Giventhe potential cost-savings, it also is practical for businesses to install water sensors even if the building is newer or has not had a history of claims.

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Some structural areas to look at include building envelope evaluation, wall types, roof types, windows, doors, exterior drainage, and landscaping. In addition, it is prudent to note the location of air handling units, water supply, critical electrical or mechani cal equipment, and whether an emergency generator has enough capacity to deliver the necessary power during an outage.

Buildings constructed 30 years ago were likely built with codes that may have neglected the impact of strong winds from an extreme hurricane or significant rainfall that a storm can bring, especially along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

While it is difficult to predict what the fu ture will look like when it comes to storms and extreme weather, it’s important for building owners, property managers and developers to partner with an experienced carrier that can help protect facilities and mitigate losses. It is expected that hurricanes, tor nados, and wildfires will only increase in severity, and the risks and challenges that building owners will face requires innova tive technology with specialized insurance solutions to help protect businesses in many industries. CCR

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NowTogetherAll Why The Curtis Hotel in Denver is the coolest hotel you may not have heard about Interview by Michael J. Pallerino Inspired by The Beatles song “All Together Now,” a 42-foot-high, three-dimensional sculpture reaches skyward in a variety of vibrant colors to greet guests. Next, as the visitors enter the lobby, an interactive video by local artist Gary Emrich changes each time someone comes through the door. The piece includes nostalgic glimpses at items such as a spinning top and a whimsical Slinky.



There is a general increase in travelers choosing to vacation within a drivable dis tance of their homes due to the rising cost of plane tickets and gas. With that being said, there is an expectation that their vacations will be just as luxurious and fun as years previously. We have a large responsibility to make sure that guests staying at The Curtis experience a one-of-a-kind stay. Additionally at The Curtis, we are seeing an increase in travelers sharing their adventure with a furry friend. Our K-9 pet package not only offers a pet-friendly experience, but ensures that even the fourlegged guests are experiencing the fun and luxurious environment of The Curtis. What’s the secret to creating a “must visit” hotel in today’s competitive landscape? At the heart of everything The Curtis does is an air of unexpected creativity and happiness. You can see that throughout our lobby and rooms, but also through our guest experience. Though many of our guests are here on business or just passing through, we are dedicated to creating memorable experienc es whenever possible for those who travel across the country to stay in one of our hyper-themed rooms. We want guests to feel like a part of our quirky family. What’s today’s consumer looking for? Travelers are searching for a unique experience and comfortable stay—whether traveling for business or leisure. There is a desire for an “instagrammable” compo nent of lodging while also focusing on the personal and comfortable touches that make a hotel a home away from home.

Give us a snapshot of your brand? The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton property, is a retro-chic lifestyle hotel located in the heart of Denver’s vibrant downtown, serving as a passport to Denver’s thriving art scene, live sports and downtown attractions. The Curtis offers 336 modern and pop-culture infused guest rooms—including 13 hyper-themed rooms—that make it a fun, must-visit desti nation for any vacation or staycation.

ALL TOGETHER NOW THE CURTIS HOTEL And then there is the psychedelic Lite-Brite art installation by George Scheer, which consists of 2,304 translucent pieces arranged in an oversized frame. Or the one-of-a-kind mural at The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar’s “Oval Office,” which was created by New York City-based graffiti artist Dave “Cino” Villorente. Located in the heart of downtown Den ver just two blocks from 16th Street Mall, The Curtis—a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel— is like no other hotel you have ever seen. Art meets playful surprises and themed rooms splashing with personality at every turn. More than just a downtown hotel, The Curtis team promises an experience visitors won’t soon forget. We sat down with Lizzie Raudenbush, GM, to give her thoughts on why The Curtis just might be the best hotel you’ve never heard of.

What’s the biggest issue today related to the construction side of the business? Our lobby renovation was completed in February 2020, just weeks before the pandemic changed the world, probably forever. Luckily at the time of our renova tion, we were not subjected to many of the challenges current developers are facing in construction in 2022. Talk about sustainability. What are you doing? As a soft branded DoubleTree by Hilton, we are laser focused on our environmental im pact and participate in Hilton’s robust Travel with Purpose program. Some examples are controlled flow shower heads, energy efficient lightbulbs and in-room recycling bins. More information can be found HERE: (

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The Curtis was intentionally designed to amplify the overall guest experience with unique, vibrant and sensory design ele ments. From the interactive and playful lobby experience to the immersive hyper-themed suites and floors portraying iconic movies and television shows, the moment a guest walks into the lobby, they are transported to a pop-culture world with fun surprises at every turn. Tell us a little about the artwork collection and how it plays into the ambiance of the hotel. One of the best galleries in Denver is right inside our hotel. The Curtis is a vibrant destination for pop art in a city known for its outstanding art collections. Our downtown Denver hotel is home to an eclectic mix of artworks created by local Colorado and nationally renowned artists. We’ve partnered with primarily Denver-based artists to create unexpected, imaginative, humorous guest room/suite art that reflects each room’s unique theme. We’ve collaborated with experts from Denver Pop Culture Con to the Colorado State University Library’s Archives and Special Collections department to round out our collection. The results include bunny-eared sumo wrestlers, Star Trek action figures blown up to larger-than-life proportions, parachuting chocolates, Cher Barbie dolls and classic arcade games. In the Rolling Stones and Kiss suites, you’ll even find historic rock and roll photography with Colorado ties. From the vibrant graffiti art at The Corner Office to the eye-catching art in stallations found on each of our 13 themed floors, there is so much to discover here at The Curtis.



Now more than ever, the options of places to stay on vacation are increasing exponentially and at The Curtis, we want to ensure a comfortable and convenient experi ence while also adding that extra bit of fun. I think we offer an experience rather than just a bed to sleep in. Tell us what makes your brand unique?

The Curtis has been deemed ”Denver’s Home of the Happy” for a reason. Color, positivity and creativity exude from our property and our staff to make every guest’s stay one that they will remember forever. The Curtis is brimmed with unique art installations, an interactive lobby and hyper-themed floors which feature one hyper-themed room per floor. Some of the themes include the Video Game Room, Barbie room, disco room and a Ghost Busters room on the hotel’s 13th floor. These touches are one-of-a-kind and provide people with the opportunity to feel like a kid again or dive into their favorite movie genre. What type of consumer are you targeting? We have guests that travel from far and wide and every walk of life—business, family, girls’ weekend, etc. At each guest’s core, however, is a playful spirit and a desire to feel like they are in a home away from home. We want to make sure that their experience is as comfortable—and fun—as possible. How does the design of your hotels/resorts cater to how today’s consumers’ want? Everywhere you look in The Curtis, there is a feeling of happiness, creativity, and whimsy. There are sculptures, murals, hyper-themed rooms, unique signs, and a camper set up in the lobby. We feed off the energy that being in the heart of downtown Denver provides and transform that into a one-of-a-kind guest experience. Walk us through how and why the hotels are designed the way they are.

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ALL TOGETHER NOW THE CURTIS HOTEL Take us through your construction design and strategy. The Curtis went through its most recent ren ovation in 2019 with the architectural and design expertise of DLR Group. The strategy behind this renovation was to elevate the overall guest experience and achieve optimal functionality while providing guests with a distinct Curtis Upgradesexperience.featuredboth

aesthetic and functional elements in guest rooms and community spaces including 6,000 square feet of new indoor and outdoor event and meeting spaces, banquet seating for 250 guests and a large, west-facing outdoor terrace on the third floor. What do you see as some of your biggest opportunities moving ahead? I see an opportunity to excel in personal ization for our guests. With many hotels leaning on virtual check-ins, QR codes and other contactless touch points, we have the chance to be one step ahead in creating a lasting impression on our guests. As we continue to deliver on our #Stay Happy promise to all who stay with us, we have the ability to surprise and delight our guests in a way that they can’t find elsewhere. Our personalized touch is what will keep our guests coming back for years to come. Are you optimistic about what you see in the hotel sector? Absolutely. As we’ve seen just over the past six months, travel has returned in full force and people are longing for their next adventure. While there are definitely minor roadblocks that hotels are facing, such as staffing levels and supply chain shortages, I am confident that the hospitality sector as a whole will come back stronger in the next two to three years, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. It is up to us and our hotel teams to con tinue creating the ultimate guest experience for everyone who walks through our doors. Describe a typical day. My day at The Curtis starts with a walk of the property, I find it’s a great daily practice that connects me to our team and our guests. We then hold a morning meeting with our department heads to kick off the day. We discuss our VIPs for the day, any guest issues from the day prior, staffing levels and maintenance projects. We’ll often also play quick games or challenges that bring our #StayHappy promise to life. It’s a great way to set the tone for the day and have a little fun to gether as a leadership team. I end my day the same way I start it—with a walk of the property to check in with the team before headingOnehome.ofthe things I love most about my job is that every day is different. I’m typically on property most of the day, but no two days are alike. Some days I’m in a marketing meeting thinking through ideas that will improve our guest experience. I get to spend time in the lobby chatting with guests as they check in or out, listen ing to their travel stories (and sometimes their suggestions for improvement).

Next, I may need to inspect gues trooms prior to a large group checking in.

What’s the biggest thing on your to-do list right now? Right now, we’re focused on asking our selves how we can deliver on our #StayHap py promise and create one-of-a-kind experi ences for our guests. We want to ensure our guests have a memorable and surprisingly incredible experience when they trust us with their vacation or business meeting. The hotel industry hasn’t quite returned to pre-pandemic occupancy levels in city center areas, but our rates have recovered to 2019 levels and, with that, guest expectations for services provided have also recovered.

What’s the best thing a client ever said to you? “This seems like such a fun place to work, are you hiring?” CCR

Other days, I’m presenting to the newest members of our Stay Happy squad in employee orientation and getting to know them a little better. I also have the oppor tunity to mentor others and to be mentored by some of the best in our industry—as someone committed to lifelong success and learning, this is something near and dear to my heart. The best part of running The Curtis is that I can instill playfulness in every thing that we do—we’re buttoned down, approachable, funny, inclusive and unpre dictable at times—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What was the best advice you ever received? Our Executive Chef recently said, “You can only coast downhill” and that really resonat ed with me. With an exciting and irreverent brand such as The Curtis, we cannot “coast” or we will go downhill. It takes focus and intention to help guests to “escape the mundane” every day—something my team and I are deeply committed to.



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The Unitarian Church of All Souls, designed by Hobart Upjohn, was dedicated in 1932. By 2019, the neoColonial building was in serious need of renovation.




Authentic mouth-blown glass renews historic church windows

By Katherine Bonamo A ll Souls NYC didn’t want to move again. The Unitarian Church of All Souls, with its graceful pilasters and towering steeple, has stood on the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 80th Street since 1932. But the congregation is far older, with roots going back to the early days of the Republic. Organized in 1819, the church’s first home was much farther downtown, near Manhattan’s newly-constructed City Hall. But even as the group grew and prospered, attracting many prominent New Yorkers, ill luck seemed to beset the church’s physi cal premises. All Souls would move three times over the years as each new sanctuary proved unusable, with fates ranging from roof collapse to destruction by fire. By the early 21st Century, it began to seem as though All Souls’ fourth location would fare no better. A large crack had appeared in the steeple, with the extent of the damage difficult even to assess without expensive scaffolding. The leaky slate roof was in need of complete replacement, with interior paint and plaster starting to crack and bubble.Thistime, however, All Souls NYC simply refused to abandon another home. Experienced architects in the congregation sounded the alarm, including Louis F. “Fritz” Reuter IV, formerly Executive Director of the Master Capital Plan for the United Nations. After further evaluation of the building’s condition, this historic church ultimately authorized a $12 million renovation. Sealing the Envelope To keep the elements out, All Souls’ reno vation plans could not stop at the roof. The church’s large, distinctive windows were also in problematic condition, with leaking frames and broken panes of glass. Furthermore, the windows were single-glazed, in no way up to modern standards of energy efficiency. In 2017, a complete facility assessment by the firm of Kenneth O. Wiley reported that All Souls was consuming 50% more gas and 200% more electricity than other buildings of its size andMeanwhile,type. exposure to outdoor conditions was beginning to make this 20th century structure hard to use for a 21st Century congregation. All Souls lacked air conditioning entirely, making summer use Success

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A slim, dark line around the edge of the ceiling is all that can be seen of All Souls’ brand-new air conditioning system.


SUBTLE SHADES OF SUCCESS ALL SOULS CHURCH (including space rentals) difficult. For a church known for its high standard in music, the humid environment also created chal lenges for proper care of the 1989 Holtkamp organ and two Steinway pianos. Work began at All Souls in April 2019 under the direction of Studio Kraeher Architects, whose principal Rolando Kraeher brought experience with the recent renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The church’s large, distinctive windows were also in problematic condition, with leaking frames and broken panes of glass.

“Priority No. 1 was to make sure that we made the envelope of the building watertight and Scaffoldingwind-tight.”waserected, allowing stabilization of the steeple and other needed repairs to exterior mortar and stone. A new slate roof was installed, and the church win dows were entirely replaced, frames and all. Victories and Setbacks Inside the sanctuary, changes were made to the floor arrangements to allow a freer, more inclusive use of the space. Dividers in the pews were removed, and access to the chancel (the front dais area) was improved. A top-notch system for amplifying music and live-streaming services was in stalle—but with slimline speakers discreetly placed on the rear side of existing structural pillars. In consultation with the historic resto ration firm Building Conservation Associates, paint colors were chosen to adhere to the original palette. In a critical upgrade for both the protection and usability of the space, the To keep the elements out, All Souls’ renovation plans could not stop at the roof.


The large, arch-shaped windows of All Souls help establish its neo-Georgian aesthetic. Congregation President Julie Brannan has called them “the soul of All Souls.” When asked about their role in the sanctuary space, Fritz Reuter simply replied “They are the space.”


SUBTLE SHADES OF SUCCESS ALL SOULS CHURCH church was retrofitted with air conditioning. Considerable ingenuity was required from the architects to take this major step without intruding on the church’s period style. In the end, however, room for mechan icals was found in the attic, with unused vertical shafts available for the necessary ductwork. In a triumph of visual discretion, the only observable element of the new system is a slim, dark border around the ceiling’s elegant cove molding. At the same time, no renovation is without surprises, and All Souls had perhaps more than its share. First and foremost was the advent of the pandemic. When New York State announced a moratorium on construc tion in March 2020, All Souls’ new roof was half-installed, and work could not resume until June.Then, while the renovation project was essentially complete by July 2020, one absolutely vital element was lacking: the return of the congregation. Some use of the sanctuary began in September 2021, but All Souls would not see a return to full public worship until the spring of 2022. Other, more commonplace setbacks occurred as well, from the need for an un planned asbestos encapsulation to an easily remedied painting error. One challenge required a special effort from All Souls and Studio Kraeher Architects: an unexpected quest for the right window glass. ‘The Soul of All Souls’

On site at All Souls, new met old as the mouth-blown glass was integrated into IGUs and installed in custom frames of structural aluminum. Authentic mouth-blown glass for the sanctuary windows was supplied by Bendheim. Light now fills the restored sanctuary in an array of subtle tints.

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Bendheim’s Lamberts® Mouth-Blown Art Glass is hand-crafted by traditional methods at an artisanal glassworks in Germany. In addition to providing a subtle distortion that gently diffuses daylight, authentic mouth-blown glass can be colored in very small batches by adding precise amounts of metal oxides, such as cobalt, silver, and gold.

The congregation thus persevered when the window glass initially provided by a subcontractor proved disappointing. After an extensive search, the right solution was found at Bendheim, a leading supplier of specialty architectural glass. “We knew what we were looking for, and luckily, someone connected us with Bendheim,” Reuter says. “Once they had supplied us with samples, we could see that their product was superior to everyone else’s in terms of quality, color, and impact.”

For the All Souls project, architect Rolando Kraeher personally selected each color, carefully evaluating the glass at Bend heim’s facilities in Wayne, NJ, with the help of Bendheim president Steven Jayson. On site at All Souls, new met old as the mouth-blown glass was integrated into IGUs and installed in custom frames of structural aluminum. Each of the 520 panes (totaling around 1,700 square feet of glass) was placed in accordance with the architect’s specified pattern, using two different levels of distortion and five different colors. Now double-paned for energy conservation (in keeping with stringent New York City requirements), the windows also meet ANSI standards for water and air infiltration.

Success Redefined When first asked about All Souls’ goals for the renovation, Fritz Reuter quipped: “To not have this be the fourth Unitarian church in New York that collapsed.” With the grace of the church’s 18th-Century style intact, and with gloriously tinted light flooding through weathertight windows, this modest objective has clearly been exceeded. Obstacles great and small notwith standing—and thanks to a committed congregation—All Souls Church will now stand tall for many years to come. CCR

Katherine Bonamo writes on architecture, building, construction and other engineering topics for publications throughout the United States. Now double-paned with thermal breaks, the new sanctuary windows are energy efficient, meeting ANSI standards for water and air infiltration.

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Bringing Mapleton Public Schools’ School choice model to life

Mapleton also added The MAC to the campus, to support all performing arts students

The latest success story in the district-wide redevelopment is Mapleton’s Broadway Campus. As the design-build partner for the campus, The Neenan Company worked closely with the school district to bring to life its International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized fam ily of schools—separated into three schools— plus The Mapleton Arts Center (The MAC), a new Performing Arts seventh-through-twelfth grade school, offices and teaching spaces for the Mapleton Online School, the IDEA Lab and Mapleton’s administrative offices.

To best prepare, enrich and retain students, the district believes in a “smallby-design” approach where schools are composed of smaller communities of stu dents, with each school providing a different learning model. As opposed to the traditional zoning structure, Mapleton’s parents can choose among each school’s educational approach to determine which environment will best support their children. To provide the foundation for these smaller and distinct learning environments, Mapleton has been fortunate to replace many of the district’s older facilities with strategically designed school buildings. The residents supported this reinvest ment in the community’s schools, voting in favor of a $150 million bond issue in 2016 to fund replacements, renovations and repairs touching every school building in the district.

When building the Broadway Campus’ design concept, The Neenan Company drew inspiration from the idea of an Italian piazza, situating the buildings to create a central open space for students and community to gather.

The campus’ former school, originally built as a junior high school in the early 1960s, was more recently used as a K-12 facility supporting approximately 1,000 IB students under one roof. While recognizing that maintaining this setup of one large, sin gle facility would be more cost efficient for the district, Mapleton intentionally decided to separate the IB program into three facilities.

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By David Kurtz & Charlotte Ciancio Mapleton Public Schools, just north of Denver in Adams County, has been spearheading a distinct approach for the community’s public education offerings, revitalizing the academic options for students. Via its school choice model, Mapleton focuses on providing options for learning to engage the unique needs of each student.

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> Mapleton Online — Currently serving approximately 350 students K-12, this school opened to meet the needs of families not ready to return to in-person learning during the pandemic and has found its niche serving students who thrive in a virtual classroom. The design concept for the campus focuses on creating a comfortable, village-like environment fostering consistency and fa miliarity, particularly through the IB students’ pre-kindergarten to high school experience.

Mapleton Public Schools’ Broadway Campus includes three IB schools, The Mapleton Arts Center, an early college-focused high school, a project-based learning center and the district’s administrative offices. The school buildings are situated along the edge of the campus, to create a central open space designed to provide flexibility for student and community use.

> Global Leadership Academy — Serves 400 IB students in ninth through twelfth grades. The 65,000-square-foot, three-story school includes a competition gym nasium and artificial turf soccer field.


> The IDEA Lab — The proj ect-based learning center is in a 70,000-square-foot redeveloped facility. Within the building the district also centralized its adminis trative offices, which had previously been spread into various offices across the district, to foster greater collaboration for the staff.

> Global Primary Academy — Serves pre-kindergarten through third grade students, as well as a toddler program for one- and two-year-old children. The 42,000-square-foot, two-story school accommodates 300 IB students.

> Global Intermediate Academy — Serves about 350 IB students from fourth through eighth grades in a 46,000-square-foot, two-story building.

In total, the buildings featured on Mapleton’s Broadway Campus include:

> The Mapleton Arts Center — The 45,000-square-foot facility supports all performing arts students across the district. The MAC includes an auditorium with seating for 900, classrooms, practice space and features professional-level acoustic designs. In the fall, The MAC will also be home to an entirely new offering for Mapleton students—the Perform ing Arts School on Broadway for sev enth-through-twelfth grades, which engages students in the performing arts while learning core content.

For the Global Schools, Mapleton and Neenan intentionally worked to deliver de signs that felt related yet still tailored to their respective student age groups. Essentially, the team wanted the schools to feel like siblings rather than twins. Displaying this student transition and evolution physically, the pre-kindergarten-third grade school features a playful, youthful aesthetic, which eventually progresses to a more reserved and mature design for the high school. The team was intentional at every turn about maintaining this distinct-yet-connect ed aesthetic among the schools. In fact, the buildings were deliberately situated far enough apart so that each school can foster its own unique environment and dissuade future opportunities to connect the schools with project additions. They also opted to structure the project with a different architect leading the design of

The Global Primary Academy, for pre-k through third-grade students, features a treehouse in the library, reflecting the intention for each school’s design to cater to the student body’s age group.


FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION MAPLETON PUBLIC SCHOOL PROJECT across the district. The district viewed the proj ect as an opportunity to enhance its offerings, and before officially launching the campus’ master planning also was able to purchase an adjacent parcel of land. With this campus expansion, Mapleton added an additional high school, the IDEA Lab and the district’s administrative offices.



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Mapleton Public Schools chose to locate its administrative offices on the Broadway Campus, to provide a centralized office setup for greater collaboration among staff while also providing the opportunity to become part of the campus environment.


The playgrounds and high school’s outdoor cafeteria plaza connect to this open space. One of the entrances to The MAC also faces the open space, providing the option for community events to flow between the lobby’s interior and the outdoor courtyard. Whether for an art show, farmer’s market or craft show, the campus layout is intended to draw the community into the campus. From concept to completion, Mapleton and Neenan worked hand-in-hand to deliver the creative solutions behind this complex project built to impact students and community for decades to come. CCR Mapleton’s Global Leadership Academy, for high school students, includes an indoor café and outdoor cafeteria plaza that flows into the campus’ central open space.


This open space located in the center of the campus layout provides a gathering plaza to support community events, with the team engaging Mapleton staff and community members in design work sessions.

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While vehicle safety in construction still is cause for concern By Corey Heniser Safety on construction sites has improved greatly over the past 50 years. But according to the latest report by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), construction tops the most dangerous occupations in the US for fatal injuries. One of the main causes of fatal incidents for workers is being struck by a moving vehicle. In fact, OSHA states that approx imately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes.


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Ideal for construction sites, Zone Safe uses vehicle-mounted antennas that communicate with detection tags, which can be worn by workers or placed on objects or property. When a tag enters a detection zone, the vehicle operator will automatically receive a visual and audible alert via the in-cab control unit, which will enable them to take the necessary action. Tags worn by workers on foot will also vibrate to warn of an approaching vehicle. Since ZoneSafe uses RFID technolo gy, the tags will be detected regardless of obstructions, blind spots, adverse weather conditions or poor visibility. Each tag can be uniquely identified and linked to individuals or objects and does not require a line-of-sight to alert the operator of potential obstruction. This technology is ideal for all types of construction vehicles that frequently operate within close proximity of workers and other machines. The system provides fast, reliable and accurate data exchange without any limitation on the number of tags or anten nas in operation, making it perfect for large areas like busy construction sites. The training of drivers is key to ensuring safety standards are adhered to. However, vehicle safety technology can add an additional layer of security and peace of mind for operators who strive to keep their workplaces hazard free. CCR Corey Heniser is CEO of Brigade Electronics Inc., a leading supplier of safety devices and solutions for construction vehicles.


BIG WHEELS A ROLLIN’ VEHICLE SAFETY Laws for occupational safety, enforced and regulated by OSHA, provide comprehen sive information on the standards that should be put in place by companies operating in the construction industry—those found guilty of breaching these rules face hefty fines. In 2021, a Wayland, Massachusetts, trenching, excavation and underground construction contractor was cited for 28 violations of the regulations and ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in fines after two employees were struck and killed by a dumper truck. In a statement, OSHA said the violations included “the company’s refusal to train the two fatally injured employees and other workers to recognize and avoid work-related hazards” and that the company also “failed to conduct worksite inspections to identify and correct hazards, including the risks of being struck by construction vehicles.” Clearly, vehicle safety should always be taken seriously. But regulations also can be open to interpretation. Certainly, there are question marks over the duties and responsi bilities of companies, operators and individu als when it comes to ensuring hazards posed by vehicles on worksites are prevented. Large construction vehicles are notori ous for having complex and numerous blind spots and visibility has long been an issue for drivers and workers on the ground. The OSHA Regulations state that no contractor or subcontractor for any part of the contract work shall require any laborer or mechanic employed in the performance of the contract to work in surroundings or under working conditions which are unsanitary, haz ardous, or dangerous to his health or safety. The rules relating to material handling equipment also require that scrapers, load ers, crawler or wheel tractors, bulldozers, off-highway trucks, graders, agricultural and industrial tractors, and similar equipment should be fitted with audible alarms. But what does this mean? Making safety a priority While the regulations don’t indicate precisely what the best type of alarm is or how this should be applied, it is clear that operators and their drivers have a legal obligation to ensure people are not endangered by vehicles under their control. In the event of an incident, an operator or driver could be prosecuted and face hefty fines if they were found to be in breach of these rules. So how can operators and drivers ensure they do not violate these Constructionrules?sites can be extremely challenging and unpredictable environ ments. Therefore, maintaining safety at all times can be very difficult. On construction sites, the need for safety is paramount, particularly as the slightest mistake can have devastating consequences.

A variety of technologies are helping to address the problem of restricted visibility and blind spots on vehicles operating in construc tion sites. One of these includes the very latest RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology— a proximity warning system scheduled to launch in the US later this year.

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Why Cheryl White just may be TravelCenters of America's best kept secret


Cheryl’s welcomingkindness,andgreatbigsmilemadeusfeellikewewerewalkingintoahome.”

It is a lesson, Romeo says, every brand should embrace: Every member of your team speaks to who you are. CCR “Walking into TA didn’t feel like walking into a cold corporate office.

Something else stuck out for Romeo. On White’s desk was a glass block etched with the words, “Director of First Impres sions.” The plaque was a gift from TA CEO Jon Pertchik. “Cheryl was so kind from the moment we entered the building to the moment we left. “I loved it (the plaque). She exudes it.” After she left, Romeo was so taken by White’s graciousness that she sent her flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries. For those who work with White every day, her sunny disposition is something that inspires each of them. Dave Weybrecht, Senior Manager, Facilities and Office Services and White’s supervisor, says the plaque title fits. “She has earned that designation. Each and every day, Cheryl brings that high level of professionalism to her position and consistently demonstrates a warm and welcoming attitude to everybody that comes through our doors.”

Director of First Impressions

T o Cheryl White, it may have just been another day at the office. But for clients like Gina Romeo, the impression that White made was worth recognizing. As an Office Support Assistant for TravelCenters of America (TA), White is the first person guests meet when they enter the lobby of the company’s headquarters. That responsibility is not one to be taken lightly. White, like the scores of other brand ambassadors who work on the front lines of customer service, her impression is the one people remember most. White’s impression touched Romeo, owner of Connect Source Consulting Group, who made a special call to TA headquarters in Westlake, Ohio to express her gratitude for the care she received from White. “I’ve been in this industry for 25 years visiting corporate offic es—walking into TA didn’t feel like walking into a cold corporate office. Cheryl’s kindness, welcoming and great big smile made us feel like we were walking into a home. She’s a very special person.”

— Gina Romeo, Owner, Connect Source Consulting Group


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By Ron Treister


By now, most commercial construction professionals are aware that ventilated façades have been in demand for roughly three decades. Why? Because architects, contractors and building owners want to improve the acoustic and thermal performance of their buildings. And end-users demand more comfortable places to live, work and rest.

Today’s buildings have become more energy-efficient and sustainable, without losing aesthetics. For so many reasons, they must have clean, modern, and streamlined exterior building exteriors. A ventilated façade is perhaps the best way to accom plish all the above. We sat down with Daniel Sanchez, Sales Director at Bostik, to get his take on today’s ventilated facades installation techniques. What exactly is a ventilated façade? A ventilated façade—also known as dou ble-skin façades or rainscreen systems—is a construction method offering a physical separation that is created between a build ing’s exterior cladding and its interior wall. This separation creates an open cavity, allowing the exchange of the air contained between the wall and the outer cladding. This sometimes is referred to as “The Chim ney Effect.” This cavity ultimately results in a range of thermal, acoustic, aesthetic, and functional advantages that add great value to the Describebuilding.these advantages: Thermal advantages: Up to 30% of energy consumption reductions in HVAC via a reduction in the amount of heat that Live.

Breath.Work.Anew,yetprovenway to install ventilated façade systems

Unsightly exposed clips can be aesthet ically non-pleasing and can also stain andDaniel Sanchez

> When problems associated with this method appeared, the process moved to clips, which were function able, but added a non-aesthetic ap pearance due to being visible on the front of the façade. Therefore, a new kind of hidden clip was developed.

Structural advantages: Additionally, a secondary façade provides protection against wind and rain. The natural, bottom-to-top airflow through the cavity assists in eliminat ing moisture accumulation on the façades, preventing mold and water damage, helping to prolong the architectural integrity and ultimately, the building’s lifespan. Please note that these advantages are the most well-known benefits resulting from the construction of a ventilated façade. But they are not the only ones. Rainscreen systems also: > Eliminate condensation and exces sive humidity inside of the building


What are key components of a ventilated façade? Components of ventilated façades include the original Main Wall, which can be made of concrete, brick, or wood. The air cavity, which as written, is an open area. Thermal insulation, which is generally made of fiber glass sheets, mineral wool or polystyrene. Framing, which in most cases consists of anodized aluminum, can also be made with natural aluminum, galvanized steel, stainless steel or wood. The attachment method for the exterior panels, which can be done via the mechanical method, the chemi cal method, or a combination of both. And last, the façade’s covering, which can be one of many of today’s panels ap proved for ventilated façades. These include thin gauged porcelain tiles, regular porcelain tiles, high pressure laminates, fiber cement boards, pressed mineral wool, aluminum composite materials and a plethora of other certified coverings.

Give us some info on how these were first installed in America:

> When ventilated façades were first introduced to the Americas, there were few options for installation methods other than using mechani cal means. This included using rivets and screws to fasten panels.

> Reduce structural movements due to changes in temperature resulting in less cracks on the building > Remove any efflorescence > Offer an extremely long-lasting build ing solution, with low maintenance expense and being easy-to-repair, if at all needed

Acoustical advantages: A professionally installed, true ventilated façade system no ticeably provides a decrease in external noise.

buildings absorb in hot weather conditions from the partial reflection of solar radiation by the outside façade, and the natural ly ventilated air cavity. In cold weather conditions, ventilated walls retain heat, which results in a lower reliance on energy needed for heating procedures.

> Are lightweight, fast and easy to install, making it ideal for old building renovations

> The installation of various utilities can be easily hidden right behind the actual façade

> As time passed, certain problems, risks and challenges associated with most mechanical methods surfaced. Screws could be seen and possibly could become unattractively rusty. Screws misaligned could actually weaken and deform the panel, result ing in a higher percentage of dam aged panels, requiring special tools, generating noise and dust generation and overall, being more expensive.

What about today’s climate and rising energy changes? Does The Chemical Method meet the challenges posed by these two items? Climatic changes and rising energy prices worldwide are dictating that today’s build ings be resistant to fluctuations in weather and able to cut down high expenses of heating and cooling interiors. Construction techniques that have become norms have been fashioned after the phrase, “the need for speed.”Oneway to meet these challenges is to build more buildings with ventilated façades. And another way is to clad them with certi fied surfacing material and doing so with a newer and better technique. By using The Chemical Method. CCR Ron Treister is a marketing communications specialist. For three decades, he has worked with major accounts in the commercial construction sector. He can be reached at

Why did the chemical method become accepted and specified in Europe and Latin America prior to it coming to North America? The answer to that is simple. Most panel manufacturers for ventilated façades world wide have been European based companies, which in some cases were involved in the development of these chemical methods, as early as three decades ago. In Latin America, architects and devel opers were very open to trying new items. Especially if they could benefit economically by being more time-efficient or differentiat ing themselves from others. In the last few years, there have been nu merous projects throughout the United States, including many chain hotel installations. The benefits of this way to install ventilated façades has grown and continues to do so. Are there new opportunities in construction that The Chemical Method offers? Yes. The National Tile Contractors Associa tion (NTCA) is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the professional installation of ceramic tile and natural stone. Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the NTCA has said, “Our membership includes America’s top tile and stone installation professionals, in particular our ‘Five-Star Installers.’ These people have clearly recognized the oppor tunities offered via exterior cladding and have thus, began working with rainscreen systems. We see this market as being a viable one for our members.”


LIVE. WORK. BREATH. VENTILATED FAÇADE SYSTEMS vibrate. And if a clip breaks, a panel could ultimately disconnect from the wall and fall off. Hidden clips can weaken the panel, cause vibration, are time-consuming and generally need special tools to be installed. Using them can also be labor-intensive and generally, quite expensive. Was there an alternative installation regimen to the mechanical method? Yes. Roughly 30 years ago in Europe, structural adhesives initially developed for the transportation industry (automotive, rails and aerospace) were adapted to be used in multiple construction applications, ventilated façades being one of these. This process was termed “The Chemical Method.”

What are clear-cut advantages The Chemical Method offers? Once installers are educated regarding the best ways to use The Chemical Method, the speed of affixing panels can be much faster than with other types of installation. Being a “blind attachment method” (no visible screws, clips, or other mechanical fasten ers) results in an ultimately more aesthetic claddedAdditionally,area. no electricity is required on-site, and that results in no dust and/or noise caused by drilling and screwing. Furthermore, thinner wall panels can be used. A good example is today’s wide offering of thin gauged porcelain panels. An elastic adhesive is also more resis tant to vibrations and tremors and clearly, offers favorable stress distribution. And last if a panel attached via the chemical method breaks. It will not fall down.

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Ask your GC if they have a Certified onSuperintendentRetailyourproject. Being a retail superintendent requires a unique set of skills different from other market segments. While all construction superintendents have responsibilities for schedule, productivity, safety, and quality on the project site, the challenges and constraints of the retail environment mean that a special training focus is Superintendentsneeded.mustlearn how to think like a retailer and a contractor throughout these projects. RCA’s Retail Superintendent Training Program addresses this need. Certified Retail Superintendents have: • At least three years of experience in retail construction • Completed OSHA 30-hour certification • Completed RCA's two-day workshop, which includes in-depth training on retail-focused customer service • Passed the Certified Retail Superintendent exam Learn more about the program & view a list of participating IS CERTIFIED?SUPERINTENDENTYOUR Toll Free: 800-847-5085 | Phone: 703-683-5637 | CIRCLE NO. 41 A special supplement to: forBornthisHowChristinaOden’s love of construction continues to build her industry stature Christina Oden, owner, OMD Corp.

How Christina Oden’s love of construction continues to build her industry stature Growing up in a military family just outside of Fort Knox, Kentucky, Christina Oden’s love of the con struction process started early. Her love affair with the process carried on throughout college, where she helped a friend build a restaurant.


From there, it was on. Oden ended up as a project manager while attending law school. Upon graduation, she joined a major developer in New York City as senior project manager and created her own com pany: Oden Mitilsky Development Corp. She eventually bought out her partner, and founded OMD Corp. where she serves as president. OMD I Corp. (OMD Corp.) has gone on to build 50-plus NYC high-end, well-known, and oftentimes celebrity chef-owned restau rants and food and beverage venues. Among her crowning achieve ments is her involvement in notable buildings like the Brooklyn Chophouse, The Playboy Club and 10ak. Today, she is among the Interview by Michael J. Pallerino




Give us a snapshot of your brand? OMD I Corp is a 100% woman-owned and operated general construction and land development company, which is known for high-end restaurants, bars, boutique hotels and luxury residentials. We are fully regulated licensed in New York, New Jersey and soon to be Florida. What was the inspiration behind that concept? I had worked for many developers/GCs and I witnessed the not so nice side of construction. I thought there must be a better way—one where both the client and my team feel valued and satisfied. I could make a good living with out harming or taking advantage of anyone. What type of consumer are you targeting? We are most known for building out interiors for high end restaurants, for a lot of celebrity chefs, and larger food and beverage opera tors. While they are not my target, they are who have put OMD on the map. My personal target is the commercial or residential consumer who maybe has had a bad experience with a GC, and before simply giving up on the industry, they give us an opportunity to change their mind and build for them. What are some of the adjustments you made with/to your business model surrounding the recent state of events? We offered personal guarantees and payment arrangements to get work done in places that were shuttered in leu of payments upfront so that restaurants could be refreshed while we could get inside. It allowed me to keep my team working. I never had to lay anyone off. We have driven out of state to pick up our own materials that were backordered. We also switched gears and added residen tial development to our brand by acquiring land outside of the city and building homes out there that were severely in demand once people started exiting the city for more space for their families. What kind of conversations are you having with your customers? We have always been extremely transparent with all our clients. We have mandatory round tables, Mondays with the entire C level team, and we go over their project schedule quite granularly. We forecast for the week and do all that we can to remain on track or commu nicate with the client so that I can control their daily expectations. This pandemic has proven these policies to be even more vital to our success.

COMMERCIAL KITCHENS OMD CORP. less than 3% of women founders within New York City’s thriving construction industry. We sat down with her to get her thoughts on the ever-changing, always excit ing commercial kitchen landscape.


What’s the biggest issue today related to the construction side of the business? I am starting to see client’s concerned with spending their money with the super high level of uncertainty of this economy. I have had clients tell me to be conservative, but if things settle back down, they will add more to the build budget later.

COMMERCIAL KITCHENS OMD CORP. How does the design of the restaurant cater to what today’s consumers are looking for? People are looking to not be so on top of one another. Thankfully, with the add-on of the sidewalk/parking seating areas, clients can afford to space seats/tables out more. Also, people want materials that can be wiped down on the regular for hygiene and germ prevention. Is there a location that really shows how the brand interacts with the community and customers? We had the honor to remodel Baby Brasa in the Village for celebrity Chef Franco Noriega during the pandemic. It came out quite beautifully, if I do say so myself. The use of color and space, plus the sidewalk seating incorporated into the décor, makes it one amazing space—instead of feeling like one space was an afterthought. Walk us through how and why it was designed the way it is? The designer wanted the space to pull from Chef Franco’s Brazilian culture, so there are amazing bamboo leaves and beautiful colors and pink flamingo wallpa per adorning the bathrooms. The use of flowers and vines from the interior all the way to the front facade of the building and sidewalk cafe building is reminiscent of Cafes in Brazil and Portugal. Take us through your construction and design strategy. Most of our builds are “build-per-plan,” so we usually get the entire drawing set and material schedules from the interior designer and architect. On most occasions, there are a few attributes that either need reworking or finalizing. And because I have built so many NYC restaurants, my clients usually seek my input. I see a build out through the eyes of an operator and the customer experience; therefore, I can get in front of any layout issues before we start the build. When this happens, I generally go material shopping with the client to select the correct additions.

The “while you’re here” added projects are being put on hold until they see where the country is heading. Talk about sustainability. What are you doing? We are always looking for ways to use sustainable products and reuse items and the biggest part of us is being less destruc tive during the demo process of our projects. This allows us to salvage materials that in years before we would have demoed and thrown away only to later come back in and rebuild utilizing new materials all over again. If we are going to retile a wall, we do our best to try to salvage the sheetrock under the tile to be reused versus demoing the entire wall and starting over. If the client wants new sheetrock, we facilitate, but we find we can cut the clients costs, time and the waste consumption in our landfills this way. Every little bit helps.


When I do a design-build project, it is usually because the client already has specific preferences, and so then it is up to us to come together and bring those ideas to life. After the design phase is done, demo and build out begins. Give us a rundown of the market’s layout. We are seeing multiple stations more so than ever before. I believe with the added occupancy stemming from the sidewalk seating addition, our clients must build their kitchens larger with more output than before. So instead of one grill station I am now seeing two, etc.


Are you optimistic about how the marketplace has responded to everything happening today? We are busier now than we have ever been. All movement is good movement for the building. I just hope that the economy plateaus off here soon so that the growth we achieve can be maintained. But thus far, the fear of recession hasn’t slowed us down, thankfully. What is your growth plan? What areas are you targeting? We are licensed in New York and New Jersey, in both full reg commercial and home improvement residential. We are almost completed with our commercial and residential Florida License. The growth southern Florida has seen over the past two years is exponential and there is no end in sight. Thankfully, a lot of my NY clients are opening businesses and or buying homes down there, and need me and my team to come down and build for them. That doesn’t mean we will be leaving our NY/NJ clients; I will be adding another team to facilitate our Florida projects. What trends are you seeing? In our residential kitchens, we are seeing super gourmet showstopper luxury equipment pieces that match vibrant colors of the kitchen such as Viking’s Tuscany and La Cornue’s Chateau Series. Not your standard stainless-steel pieces of the chefs’ kitchens of yesterday that is for sure. But in our commercial kitchens, we are seeing, like I said before, multiple set ups of fry, grillardin and even your garde-manager tables. What is the secret to creating a “must visit” restaurant environment in today’s competitive landscape? A lot of clients used to come to us with a build out design and equipment schedule for their kitchen and they had not yet writ I have said this a lot, but OMD is going to bring integrity back to the construction industry, even if I must do it kicking and screaming every day.



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COMMERCIAL KITCHENS OMD CORP. ten their menu. This always puzzled me. How can you design a commercial kitchen until you know the cuisine you will serve? The speed of your kitchen getting food out of the expo window, and the quality to which each piece of equipment pre pared the food is directly related to the kitchenCrisscrossinglayout. lines and flustered back of the house crew causes poor food quality and timing. So, a “must visit” restaurant for me is not only one that feels relaxing, looks aesthetically pleasing with courteous attentive staff, but also that the food quality and timing is all on point. The basic 12 steps of service were created to facilitate a comfortable, attentive and enjoyable dining experience. Many steps are missed out on when the kitchen design layout misses its mark.

Currently, I am out of bed by 5 a.m. and on my first site by 7 a.m. Depending on the day, I start out on one jobsite meeting with my in-house team, subcontractors and clients. Once that site is set for the day, I travel to the next and do the same thing all over again.Forlunch, if I think about it, it is about mid-day. I usually do that standing up while walking a site. I solve any issues as they arise, and I usually end my day at a site desk on my laptop sending out emails or placing and or tracking material orders until I look up and all workers have left the site. I lock up and head home usual ly around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. I do this Monday-Friday. If we are pushed on a schedule, I do the same on Saturdays. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and I genuinely appreciate and respect all the individuals on my team that I am blessed to be able to share my days with. Tell us what makes your brand so unique? For us, the bottom-line is an afterthought. We focus on my team and my clients. If both are happy with what we are doing, the bottom-line will come. I have said this a lot, but OMD is going to bring integrity back to the construction industry, even if I must do it kicking and screaming every day. We are committed to showing that you can make a living—honorably.


What is today’s consumer looking for? Today’s consumers are looking for honor able, attentive trades that will truly value their project. For far too long, contractors got away with doing the bare minimum, over budget and over deadlines was standard. Now the bar is rising, hopefully with companies like mine who are more than willing to be better and show our clients a better way of doing things. Clear transparent communication and holding up our end of the deal professionally. One-on-One with...

What was the best advice you ever received? Trust, yet verify everything What’s the best thing a client ever said to you? “I feel my father (who had recently passed) in this room. You hit the nail on the head. He would be impressed how well you captured his company and what we stand for.” — Cooper Hefner, CEO, Playboy Corp.

of your job? Getting to work alongside individuals who I genuinely respect and appreciate.

Name the three strongest traits any leader should have and why. Lead by doing; consistency, structured and organizational skills; and always make sure every day that your team knows how much you appreciate, need and respect them. How do you like to spend your down time? I enjoy boating, motorcycles, the beach or cooking for my friends, team and family. What are you going to do once we get back to some sense of normalcy? Hopefully never slow down. What’s the biggest item on your to-do list right now? For me, the biggest fear is that I would ever have to lay off anyone on my team because I am not getting projects. I think about their families, and so I wake up thinking about projects in my pipeline, ensuring there is plenty of work for my team to do after current ones are completed. An equal fear of mine is that we couldn’t meet or exceed a client’s expec tation. Checking in with them daily to make sure each of our clients are happy with how their project is going is a big “to-do” item on my list. Describe a typical day.


Felicia Conboy’s first construction job was a viaduct reha bilitation in New York City for the Metropolitan Transporta tion Authority. The first experience taught her a lot, every thing from paperwork, cost ratios, and logistics and scheduling. But walking away from the experience, the thing that stuck out the most was the teamwork the project required. The power of how everyone came together helped shape what her career would look like. Everyone collaborated, supported and meshed together real well. Today, as a Senior Project Manager at Shawmut Design and Construction, it is an experience she tries to emulate on every project.

Reaching for it all

We sat down with her to get her insights on the opportunities the industry holds for today’s women construction pro fessionals, and what the future holds for her.

Tell us your story. How did you get started in the industry?

I studied Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Poly technic institute (RPI) with dreams of designing bridges and skyscrapers. As I embarked on internships that explored the various realms of the industry, I discovered I was much more intrigued by building than I was with designing.

When I had the opportunity to intern and work directly in the field for the first time, I quickly realized my passion for building—seeing plans come to life,

Our conversation with Shawmut’s Felicia Conboy


“Pam is a detail-oriented person who is able to bring time and budget while maintaining Additionally, Pam is a skillful negotiator.”


excellent customer service.

Based in Dallas, TX a nationwide company with more than 30 years of experience in: > Brokerage - We will find the right properties to lease or buy for you –guarantee to find hidden opportunities and off market sites. > Consulting - We will manage the entire development process –land acquisition, entitlements, zoning, and leasing. > Development – Ground up and redevelopment specializing in single tenant net leased. What clients are saying: “Pam’s expertise in commercial real estate brokerage and development is strong. Recommending Pam to anybody is easy especially after seeing her aggressiveness in evaluating a market and securing the best opportunities within days not months.”

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overcoming challenges, physically seeing spaces being built, being part of a fastpaced, team-focused environment, and ultimately turning over a space to a happy client. That’s when I decided to pursue a career in construction—joining Shawmut eight years ago where I began in the retail sector for high-end clients. Today, my experience spans many sectors and project sizes, and I am cur rently working on a large-scale, state-ofthe-art life science building that will be the future home of innovative research labs, in Somerville, Massachusetts.

What’s the single best thing every woman can do to make sure they continue to get a seat at the table? Bring confidence—cultivate it, embrace it, and use it as a tool to motivate the team. Women deserve a seat at the table—they bring a different perspective and dynamic. Arrive at the table prepared, know the job better than anyone else, and trust in your abilities.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received? Find a mentor—having someone to bounce ideas off or ask for advice from is invaluable.

What are some of the biggest changes you have seen over the past few years? There have been many changes and breakthroughs throughout the AEC industry over the years—from safety innovations to technology to AI—and there are a few that standout. One has been the emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the industry. From upholding a culture of belonging at Shawmut to driving supplier diversity on our projects, it remains clear that building a team diverse in people, ideas, and experi ences strengthens us all. Additionally, green building and sustainability continue to be at the forefront of every project. It has become an expected standard from partners to lower carbon foot print, reduce waste, and create more green, eco-friendly spaces. What opportunities are out there for the industry as we move forward? For women? Women can really do whatever they want to in this industry right now. It’s all about under standing how best to apply your skill set and communicating what you want to achieve. What type of trends are you seeing today? The industry continues to constant ly evolve and we’re seeing a stronger transition from “just in time” procurement to as soon as possible to combat global supply chain challenges. We’re seeing a similar uptick in prefabrication and offsite construction to streamline how materials arrive safely and efficiently to the field— minimizing install time and optimizing technology to plan ahead. What advice can you share? Embrace getting your hands dirty—as a young woman in construction, you’re working against both age and gender bias. Getting out on site, digging into the details, helping with layout, asking questions, and truly being engaged will not only grow your technical knowledge, but reinforce your willingness to learn and contribute.

What's the biggest item on your to-do list? Constantly learning—seeking opportuni ties to expose myself to new technologies, different technical buildings, and taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from my awesome teammates. CCR



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If you want to see the video, type: “Little Leaguer Comforts Pitcher After Getting Hit in the Head. *Emotional* and enjoy the several, you will want to watch it again.As an athlete, coach and entrepreneur, it was terrific to see that young man pick himself up, brush off the tears and dirt, and remain in the game to “get-r-done.” And to be able to help a competitor is just inspiring. So, as we end Q3 and enter Q4, think about this young baseball player as you work to get your job done and close out the year on a positive note. To all, safe travels. And stay safe on the project sites. Good health and always, Keep the Faith. CCR

Finding true grit S eeing true grit and professionalism from today's youth comes when you expect it least. The other day while surfing YouTube, I saw highlights from the Southwest Re gion Championship during the Little League World Series. The action was from the qualification game between Texas East and Oklahoma. It was the bottom of the first with Texas East up 3-2. An Oklahoma player was batting with the bases loaded and two outs when the pitcher threw a fastball that veered into the batter’s helmet/head area. He was lucky it didn’t hit him in the face. The batter was able to move his head quickly enough to avoid serious injury, with the ball knocking his helmetImmediatelyoff. after being struck, the Oklahoma batter went down. The coaches and medical staff rushed over to check on him. After remaining on the ground a bit, he finally was able to get up on his feet and head to first base. The young pitcher from Texas East did not mean to hit him and was really shaken up. When the batter noticed, he removed his helmet and walked over to the mound. At that moment, he gave the pitcher a hug and tried to console him. The rest of the team soon joined them, as the crowd rose into a standing ovation.

The batter walked back to first base while the Texas East coaches tried to settle their young pitcher down. Not only was this a first-class act at such a young age, but it showed total maturity, professionalism and what good sportsmanship is all about. This is what winners are made of. I would take an entire team of this type of individual. Think about it: If you were a coach or business owner, you cannot teach this. It is something you are born with—deep inside of your soul. Sure, you want you to beat the other team. You want to make it to the champion ship round. But when the moment arises to show compassion, this young man should receive a huge “way-to go" from all of us.

I am not sure what he said to him, but you can bet it was something like, "Hey, don't worry about it, I know you didn't mean it and am okay. Let's play ball."


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