One of the tallest buildings in the Crossroads Arts District is making a dramatic comeback.

Corrigan StationThe ten story Corrigan building at 1828 Walnut is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and was initially completed in 1921. The 123,000 square foot concrete frame building was built by Thomas E. Corrigan, who pioneered a mule drawn streetcar line back in the 1880s because Kansas City’s roads were in such terrible shape.

Originally built for the U.S. Post Office, it was also home to the Nelly Don dress manufacturing company, offices for the Veterans Administration and other miscellaneous office and distribution companies over its 95 year life. Keene & Simpson were the original architects who also designed the Jackson County Courthouse.

The newly christened Corrigan Station will showcase new historic floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed 360 degree views of the Kansas City skyline, wide open 11,000 square foot floor plates, a rooftop special events space, a new parking garage, first floor restaurant space with 18 foot ceilings and it’s strategically located on the new streetcar line with a stop right at the corner at 19th and Walnut!

Hollis + Miller Architects will be calling Corrigan their home soon. They’ve leased the top three floors and will consolidate their Overland Park and Lee’s Summit offices into the new space.

A joint venture between Copaken Brooks and 3D Development are behind this newest revival in the Crossroads. Blackbird Design Studio, PMA Engineering, Lankford Fendler + Associates, SK Design Group, Rosin Preservation and Straub Construction round out the team.

Straub Construction’s Jason Burke and Adam Dubree are serving as job superintendent and project manager.

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We’re getting ready for the 2016 Kansas City Corporate Challenge!

Kansas City Corporate ChallengeWhat better way to encourage yourself to keep the ever so popular “New Year workout resolutions” than picking up the 2016 Kansas City Corporate Challenge information packets in late January?

Straub Construction is heading into its 2nd consecutive year of participation, and we couldn’t be more excited!  In our first year, we had a lot fun, but we also learned strategy on how to maximize earning competitive points. We plan to capitalize on that this year.

(Not to give away any secrets, but we plan to get a few more laps in on the track.)

Besides the knowledge we gained in 2015, our company has also expanded with several new people.  Some of the new hires have lowered our company’s median age, and others might possess hidden skills that we need to leverage. Both things could be game changers for our success on and off the field!

Our newer people may not know it yet, but there might be a few invites to a “friendly” game of darts, shooting hoops, or a possible foot race to the company mail box.  One might call these activities a “tryout”, but we just like to think of it as team comradery.

We’re always looking for good, hard working employees. So if any of you out there reading this know of any 6’10” superintendents that have excellent foot work or a project manager with excellent hand eye coordination please send them our way!

At Straub Construction, we don’t only believe in working hard, but we believe our employees should play hard as well.

Look out Kansas City Corporate Challenge participants… here we come!

As the famous Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

“55 and Better” – Straub leads the way in new lifestyle living for seniors

Boomers - 2050You know they say that 10,000 people a day are turning 65. Yes, I’m talking about all of the Boomers out there, just like me. Currently over 43 million strong, this age group will steadily grow to over 85 million by 2050. (Figure 1 from a May 2014 PDF at We Boomers have driven the housing market for several decades now, and as we age, our needs and desires for housing are changing.

The experts say that aging Baby Boomers want an active and social lifestyle in their communities where they’ve raised their families. Many seniors would like to stay in their homes as long as possible. But over 50% of those people over the age of 50 say their current homes are not adequate to accommodate them without major modifications or specialized devices to assist them as they encounter mobility, hearing or vision challenges.

Straub Construction is fortunate to be working on three new projects geared for seniors.

Liberty at Shoal Creek is a cutting edge new concept in luxury apartment living developed by the Rainen Companies. Located in the Shoal Creek master planned community of Kansas City, Missouri, it is close to good transportation, restaurants, shops, golf courses, parks and health care facilities.

This forward thinking design, by Yaeger Architecture, is for independent, active seniors, who are ready to be done with the responsibilities of owning a home and are looking for a new, maintenance free lifestyle. Liberty at Shoal Creek is full of amenities including a billiards room, Café, concierge service, swimming pool, fitness center, putting green and movie theater, to name just a few. Many planned activities allow residents to be as socially active as they desire.

For more info go to or drop by for a tour.

This is just one of many new living options open to seasoned adults. I’m sure we’ll see many more as this generation hits their stride, and we’re excited to be the general contractor making it happen!

Liberty at Shoal Creek

Liberty at Shoal Creek

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Crunching Numbers in Style: Michael Knight

Michael KnightWith the coolest name in construction, Straub’s Vice President of Pre-Construction Services, Michael Knight, slays budgets in his sleep. (See what we did there with the Knight slaying a dragon reference?)

His love of construction started with his dad, who worked in heavy highway and sewer treatment plant construction.  Truth be told, estimating was not his first choice when it came to picking his poison.

“I started out in project management for Straub but the need presented itself as my more seasoned co-workers started looking at retirement. I’ll call it the youth movement but honestly I was already doing some estimating even as a project manager, so it wasn’t too hard of a transition.”  The rest as they say is history with Michael performing as a full time estimator for the past 12 years.

This year, Michael will celebrate 18 years with Straub having started with the company after graduating with a Construction Science and Management Degree from Kansas State University.

When asked to list his favorite thing about working for Straub, Michael replied, “They allow me the freedom to make decisions and they respect those decisions.”

When not working at Straub, Michael is all about family time – he enjoys the comfort of home being laid back and relaxing with his wife and two daughters.

“The work day can get really hectic and then there’s kids sports and activities so my wife and I really focus on having a good life work balance by taking it easy when we can. I do have a favorite hobby that I’d like to do more of and that’s working on vintage cars. I really enjoy fixing things.”

Michael is probably one of the most easy going people in the office, so we had to see if we couldn’t find an interesting story about him and he didn’t disappoint.

“I had one job on my wedding day besides showing up, and that was to bring the marriage license. I forgot to bring it! In my defense, I took great care to make sure the marriage license was safe and ready to go. I had packed it away in my suitcase for our honeymoon. My uncle saved the day by going to get it for me. Besides being a little late getting it signed, it all worked out!”

Back to his name, yes, he’s heard every reference to David Hasselhoff and Knight Rider that you can imagine, but he takes it all in stride. Let’s face it. With a name like Michael Knight, what else would you expect besides an epic amount of coolness?