Merry Christmas from Straub Construction. Check out our JibJab Card!

Merry Christmas from Straub Construction. We hope that you enjoy some great time off with your family and friends!

This year, we decided to step things up by creating a JibJab card featuring Ernie, Parker, Sandra, George and Kristin. If you haven’t heard of, it’s a website that lets you create hilarious animated cards that you can email to your friends, family, clients, prospects, etc. It was really easy to use the site, and the results are really worth the effort.

Click here to watch it… I hope you will love it! We shared it around our office and people were laughing out loud. eCard

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2017!

It’s A Wonderful Life

Author: Ernie Straub III

It’s the Christmas season again. That means it’s time for many traditions for the Straub household. The decorating of the tree, hanging the Christmas lights, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the true meaning of Christmas. And of course, watching my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life!

This iconic movie is such a great reminder each December about the things that matter. I’m admittedly a bit of a softie, and I’ll admit I always get choked up when George Bailey sees the moments of his life flash by in a montage of scenes, blessings from his ordinary life being realized.

Matt and KathleenAs I reflect back on my year, I have many things to be thankful for. One day that will forever be etched in my mind is October 22nd, 2016. Why, you ask? It’s the day my son Matt married his bride, Kathleen.

I may be a bit biased, but that sunny October day may have been the most perfect day of the year. The weather was truly idyllic. And all of our favorite people were there! From Thailand to Texas, Mexico City to Mississippi, California to Washington D.C., family members, and friends came to celebrate the start of their life together.

So many moments came together to make that weekend truly special.

These are snapshots that I’ll not soon forget:

Gathering with the groomsmen in the back room of the church before the ceremony and praying over Matt and Kathleen’s marriage.

Laughter echoing in the sanctuary as four rambunctious ring bearers made their way down the aisle, hamming it up and whacking their flowers along the church pews.

Watching the newlyweds arrive at their reception in a helicopter, wind blowing Kathleen’s dress, walking hand in hand with her new husband into a night of fun family dancing and celebration.

But perhaps the moment that sticks out most is seeing my son watch as the doors to St. Agnes Catholic Church were opened, and he saw his beautiful bride walk down the aisle.

MattI saw my son, a grown man whom I’m so proud of, but I also saw our baby that didn’t start walking until he was 17 months. I saw the little boy that I coached in soccer and our son who lights up the room with his goofy impersonations and a great sense of humor. I saw my Matthew, with eyes full of love, ready to start this new chapter in his life.

As a parent, you live to see your children happy. In this moment my heart was overflowing with joy.

Adding to The Straub Family

Part of the reason that weddings are so beautiful is that it means that our family is expanding. Not only was it a time to see family and loved ones we hadn’t seen in a long time, but it was also a time of getting to know our new family, The Shaneyfelt clan.

It’s crazy to think that we didn’t know this couple just two years ago. We met David and Cari a few months after Matt started dating their daughter, Kathleen. We just hit it off right away. We truly feel as though we’ve found new lifelong friends!

And speaking of Kathleen, we couldn’t be more excited to have this compassionate, level-headed girl with a surprising sense of humor be a part of our family. She and Matt make such a great couple, and it was beautiful to watch their courtship grow into a God-centered love that will last forever.

The FamilyFrom Our Family to Yours

At work, we talk all the time about “The Straub Family,” the network of people that we share life with. Some are related by blood or marriage, but I truly feel this extends to the men and women that I work alongside every day.

Weddings are such unique opportunities to stop and remember the important aspects of a full life. They make up the snapshots that you recall when you think about your life, just like the things that Clarence showed George Bailey in that 1946 classic.

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish your family the best this Christmas season. We at Straub Construction feel honored to know you and hope that you take the time to remember all of the moments in your past year that blessed you.

It's a Wonderful LifeIt truly is “A Wonderful Life.”

P.S., A huge thank you to all of the vendors who made this day go off without a hitch!

  • The gorgeous St. Agnes Catholic Church
  • Brancato’s Catering, for their incredible food and service
  • The Kansas City Air Museum, for the perfect reception venue!

ABC Award for the Koala Exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo!

ABC Award - Koala ExhibitRecently, Straub Construction won the award for “The Institutional Projects – under five million dollars” for the Koala Exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo. The award was from the Heartland Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The reception banquet was held at Arrowhead Stadium, and awards were given for outstanding construction projects that were completed in 2016 in various categories. Our award was accepted by Ernie Straub IV and Ernie Straub III of Straub Construction, and Jerry Gallagher, Director of Facilities for the Kansas City Zoo.

The award that was presented to Straub Construction showcased the work; performance and completion of an important specialty project at the Kansas City Zoo. From the beginning of the project, the timeline was critical because of the anticipated arrival of Coedie and Burra… the two Koalas that would call our project home.

ABC Award - Koala ExhibitThe exhibit houses both Koalas, though their living quarters are separate. Visitors to the zoo can see them in various settings that reflect their natural environment. Straub Construction delivered the project on time for the arrival of the Koalas!

We asked Ernie IV what he learned about Koalas as Project Manager on this special project. He said, “a Koala is not a bear. It’s actually a marsupial. They sleep 18 hours each day and prefer to eat eucalyptus leaves.”

A lot of hard work went into making this project a success! We’re proud of our team for making this happen for the Kansas City Zoo.