Straub Construction Celebrates 95 Years!

Post Author: Ernie Straub

Sustainability is important, don’t get me wrong, but in 1920, my grandfather, Ernest Joseph Sr. had something more in mind than just building something that would stand on the ground. Straub Construction was started by my grandfather and continued by my father to put on display our core values: honesty, integrity, work ethic, respect and accountability.

My grandfather never wrote these adjectives down on paper saying “follow these”, but the stress of importance he and my father put on delivering what the customer was promised is what you will still find today at Straub Construction.

Straub Construction - 95 YearsThis year, we are blessed to be celebrating 95 years of doing business in Kansas City.  Most companies don’t make it to 20 years. Grandfather and Dad were right – these values do stand the test of time.

What a treasure it was for the fourth generation, Ernie IV and I to recently tour a 15,000 SF steel and concrete home in Mission Hills that my grandfather built in 1934 in the heart of the depression. What an eye opener as we marveled at the attention to detail and the quality throughout, hand painted wall paper from Europe, newly re-plated door hardware that moved with such ease and precision, even the original air condition system was still in operation. Most amazing, it was all completed in 12 months so we could only imagine the daily man count required!

We also toured the magnificent Georgetown Apartments Clubhouse built by my father in 1965 with The JC Nichols Company. We saw the same quality and commitment to sustainable buildings. Georgetown Apartments was the first “garden style” complex that had its own power plant that provided heating and cooling to a massive 460 unit complex.

Ernie Straub IIII’m a third generation Straub.  What an honor it has been for me to celebrate and be a part of 6 milestone anniversaries (70,75,80,85,90, and 95 years) since joining Straub Construction in 1988. I’m forever grateful for all of the hard work and efforts that my grandfather and father did to build our great reputation. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the men and women that have worked with dedication and commitment to deliver on the core values that Straub Construction lives by.

As we celebrate this 95th anniversary and reflect on our past accomplishments, I’m most excited about what the future holds. I say it often because it’s so true “you are only as good as your people” and at Straub Construction our people do make the difference. To all those that have contributed to our success, we say thank you and we look forward to earning your trust and continuing to contribute to the great community we live in.


Bancroft School Apartments – Missouri Preservation Award

Post Author: Jim Calvert

When I first saw the deteriorated condition of the century old Bancroft Elementary school at 43rd & Tracy in Kansas City, MO, I thought, “what have we gotten ourselves into?”  Windows were boarded up, plaster was falling off the wall and the whole place was a mess. The old structure was over 100 years old and had been abandoned for more than a decade.

BancroftWe recently learned that the Bancroft School Apartments project has been nominated for a Preserve Missouri Award by the Missouri Preservation organization and was recognized at an awards ceremony in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda on March 4, 2015.

The Bancroft School Apartments was a $10 million historic renovation of a century old elementary school that had been closed for years. Now it’s a safe, sustainable, energy efficient home for 50 families in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. The project also achieved the first Platinum LEED for Homes Historic Renovation designation in the country. A collaboration between The Dalmark Group, BNIM Architects, Neighborhood Housing Services and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization made this unique property a reality.

This project truly celebrates our 95 years of delivering award winning projects. We take great pride in our mission statement “to enhance and improve the lives of the people who work, live, worship and learn in the buildings we construct”. In this instance, it has impacted not only the residents of Bancroft but the entire Manheim Neighborhood.

Straub is blogging and we have stories to tell!

Straub Construction is excited to launch our new website and blog!  We’ll be talking about all things construction, how we’re making a difference in the communities we serve and more importantly give you an insider’s look at what it means to be a Straub Construction client, vendor, and team member.

The Kansas City skyline is changing and we are proud to be a part of making that happen.  Since 1920, Straub Construction has been delivering award winning construction projects.  One of our favorite sayings around the office is “We didn’t make history, but we helped build it.”

The Creamery Historic Building, West Hill-Swinney Apartments, and Piper Lofts are just a few of our projects shaping that skyline.

In the weeks to come, we’re looking forward to sharing what makes us a hometown original and hometown proud – our commitment to our people, our clients and our great city.  So get ready Kansas City.  We’re blogging and we have a lot to share with you!