2017 Kansas City Corporate Challenge Kickoff!

2017 Kansas City Corporate Challenge

The 38th annual Kansas City Corporate Challenge has officially kicked off!

2017 Kansas City Corporate ChallengeOn Friday, April 7th, 20,000 people took to the Truman Sports Complex to celebrate the kickoff party. The weather was beautiful and people were very excited to kick off another year of corporate challenge sports.

The event featured bands, DJ’s, bouncy houses, sumo suit battles all around, tailgate games and the smell of KC BBQ in the air. Ernie III once again provided an impressive spread of pulled pork and tuna casserole (for the Catholic’s celebrating lent) for the Straub team to enjoy.

Participants were also invited to partake in the mile walk which would contribute points to each team’s overall Corporate Challenge score. Many Straub employees walked their mile for the team. Parker, in keeping with tradition, ran his mile in order to make it to his son’s track meet on time.

The atmosphere was very friendly, but you could tell that the people were ready for the competitions to begin. With Kauffman Stadium (home of the 2015 World Series Champions) glistening on the horizon, participants had big dreams that this could be their championship year.

Project Spotlight: Phil B. Curls Manor

Curls ManorOn March 21, 2017, the ribbon was cut on the recently completed Phil B. Curls Manor senior living development. Located at 5150 Mersington Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, this 54-unit facility was developed by Brinshore Development, and named after Phil B. Curls, a longtime Kansas City civic leader who served in the Missouri General Assembly for more than 25 years.

This new, four-story, 59,000sf facility offers 54 beautiful, spacious apartments providing great views of Brush Creek and the surrounding area. It was constructed with many energy efficient features and provides a community room with a lounge and kitchenette, theater, fitness room, computer lab, off- street parking as well as outside spaces for walking and relaxing.

Curls ManorKansas City Mayor, Sly James, addressed the large crowd attending and congratulated the development team on a quality addition to the city.

Curls Manor is adjacent to Cleveland Heights townhomes and across the street from Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies, both projects that have been completed by Straub Construction.

David Baalmann and Jason Riordan teamed up as Superintendent and Project Manager for Straub and did an outstanding job. Many in attendance commented on the great experience they had working with David and Jason and the importance of having the right contractor building your project.

“Working with David was a wonderful experience because it felt like he was ahead of the game and that it was a true Owner/Architect/Contractor team. David always came to the table with possible solutions when issues arose and there was a level of trust developed with both Jason and David due to their abilities and willingness to make the project the best it can be.”

Jeff Bone, Landon Bone Baker Architects.

Curls ManorThe design team consisted of project architect Landon Bone Baker Architects, civil engineers Taliaferro & Browne, Inc., structural engineers Bob D. Campbell and Company, and mechanical engineers BGR Consulting Engineers.

S2 Project Update: UMKC School of Medicine – 5th Floor, Quadrant 1 Renovation

UMKCStraub’s new tenant improvement division, S2, has had a very busy start to 2017 with work on various medical offices, a renovation of a bussing distribution center, and our largest project, UMKC School of Medicine. This project on the fifth floor of the school is located on Hospital Hill at 2411 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.

The new 10,000sf space includes interactive student study areas, several kitchenettes for students and faculty, three large conference rooms, and multiple faculty offices. The interior boasts much larger windows and higher ceilings than the rest of the building making for an ideal and well-lit study space.

Rodney Pullen lead the project as our on-site superintendent and wrapped up the project almost a full week ahead of schedule! His fun outlook and great communication skills kept both our subcontractors and UMKC on the same page for the full six months we were on site. All of us here at S 2 are so excited to see the space being utilized by students come this summer!

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Meet Matthew, the Newest Straub to Join the Team!

Matthew StraubMy name’s Matthew. As the newest member of the Straub team, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself.

I joined in March as the marketing coordinator. But the truth is I’m no stranger to Straub Construction. My full name is Matthew Straub, as in son-of-Ernie-Straub.

Back in the early days, my siblings and I also got recruited to be the cleaning crew for my dad. I grew up coming here, treating the office as more of a playground as we cleaned on Saturday mornings.

Now I get the honor of coming here every day. It’s a fun change of pace, seeing familiar faces and Straub employees I’ve known my whole life—getting to call them co-workers.

My role in the company…

I’m getting to know this organization in a new way as I transition into my role as marketing coordinator. It’s really cool, going out to the jobsites and seeing the incredible work our guys are doing. One of the things I’ll get to do in my role is help highlight work on the jobsites. Which means that while I’m out on the sites, I’ve been taking quality photos with our drone, getting a bird’s eye view of each site.

I have a heart for connecting with people. It’s one of the reasons I majored in business management at Benedictine College. After graduating in 2013, I worked as a property manager in the Kansas City area. Managing offices for apartment complexes, I had the opportunity to hone my skills of problem solving, coordinating the needs of residents with the services we provided. I am excited for how these past experiences will help me continue to grow at this people-first organization.

When I’m not at work…

Starting my job at Straub has been a big change, but it’s one of many changes in my life right now. The happiest day of my life was in last October, when I married my best friend and love of my life, Kathleen. We just bought a house in Overland Park, and have been enjoying the process of making the house our own, with a few renovations and repainting. And probably the biggest news is that we’re expecting our first baby in August!


When I’m not at work, I love spending time with Kathleen. Whether it’s watching Netflix together (We’re on our second or third round of watching The Office), hanging out in our backyard (I love to grill almost as much as my dad!), or checking out some of the restaurants in Kansas City (I’m especially a fan of the ones with a wide selection of craft beer).


I also love playing soccer. I’ve been kicking around a soccer ball since I was five and even played in college for two years. My dad was my soccer coach early on. I was often the focus of his frustration during games. Yes, he yelled at me a few times when I was going the wrong direction, but he pushed me to get better and develop a strong work ethic. I just hope he doesn’t yell at me in the office!

What I love about being a part of this team…

Ever since graduation, my dad has hinted that there would be a place for me at Straub Construction. It had always been a possibility in the back of my mind, and when I was looking for a change in jobs, the timing seemed perfect to join at Straub. While I’m grateful for the experience and expertise I’ve gained through the other organizations I’ve worked with, the decision to work here has felt like a good fit from the first day.

There truly is a sense of collaboration and positivity at Straub. I recognize that isn’t always a given in the workplace. I’m excited for the ways I can contribute to the amazing team at Straub Construction as we continue to grow and add to the skyline of Kansas City.