A New Set of Responsibilities for Scott Grover

Straub Construction: Scott GroverBy Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

Scott Grover has been an employee at Straub Construction for three years as a superintendent. But he has recently taken on a new role. He has become the fourth member of our estimating and pre-construction team.


Scott is a born and bred Kansas City, Kansas boy. He’s been married for 24 years and has two daughters, Mikala and Sarah. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and taking frequent trips to their lake house at Grand Lake in Oklahoma where they spend lots of time out on the boat.

Prior to working at Straub Construction, Scott was a longtime employee for DST. He spent a total of 28 years working for them, 12 of which were on the construction side and the other 16 were with the IT department.


During his time as a superintendent at Straub, Scott has worked on multiple projects from the historic renovation of the old Swinney School, new construction of Liberty at Shoal Creek apartments, new construction of Phil B. Curls Manor senior living, and rebuilding of Building 8 at the Edge at Olathe apartments.

Scott spent a lot of time working for a very large corporation and said that he enjoys working for Straub because of the family feel and very close-knit team. Moving into the office will be quite the change of pace for Scott, but he is excited to learn new things and utilize his 30 years of field experience where it is most needed.

This will be a great fit for Scott because he is great with numbers and has a very keen attention to detail. This work ethic came from his father who said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”.

We’re excited to welcome Scott into his new estimating position and know that he will do a fantastic job.

Project Spotlight: Church of the Nativity – “Always room for more at our table.”

Straub Construction: Church of the NativityBy Jason Riordan, Project Manager at Straub Construction, talking about the recent renovation project completed for Church of the Nativity.

“Always room for more at our table.”

“Always room for more at our table” was the theme for the church’s stewardship program this year. Nativity needed more room for the 49 different church ministries and organizations that meet on site. Renovations had not been done since the church was built 27 years ago, and Straub Construction was excited at being chosen to help the Church make “room to grow”.

HTK Architects was chosen to design the renovations. The project included two new additions, and renovations of the existing lower level of the building.

Features include:

  • Four additional offices and a conference room in the North Addition
  • Two additional flex meeting spaces that are separated by an operable partition
  • New music and meeting rooms
  • New commercial kitchen
  • Relocated nursery
  • Additional storage space

A real stone facade and copper roofs make the two new additions blend well with the existing facilities. The construction had a tight time frame because the church needed to have the facilities open before services on Christmas Eve. The design team, Straub Construction and the owners worked closely together to make sure this happened.

The Team

Aaron Ledesma and Britney Weiser represented HTK architects on the project. James Mowdy was the superintendent and I (Jason Riordan) was the project manager. A special thanks to Randy Monson, Mark Hyde, Father Francis and David Stephens who represented the Church and were integral in making decisions to help the project move along.

The grand opening for the new facility will be at the end of January 2018 and Straub Construction is proud to have been part of making more room at the table at the Church of Nativity!

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Lunch to Celebrate SVN Charter Getting a New Middle School

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction, talking about SVN charter school.

Straub is currently in the process of renovating an old rectory building into a middle school for Scuola Vita Nuova (SVN) charter school. The building stands directly behind the current school, and was only good for storage prior to the renovation due to its’ age and upkeep. Once finished, the school will have four large classrooms, an outdoor patio and classroom space, two large interactive student spaces, and a teacher workroom.

SVN Charter Lunch

Straub Construction: SVN Charter School LunchA few weeks ago, the staff of SVN invited our crews in for a homemade lunch! Additionally, a student also created a beautiful “Thank You” drawing that was given to our whole crew at the lunch. We’re very grateful to be working with this great group of people, and to be able to provide the much-needed extra space.

Please see below to learn more about the history of the SVN charter school and the students it serves:

In 1908, the Italian Mission was created in Kansas City to provide support to the increasing numbers of Italian immigrants entering the city. There were needs for medical and child care, English lessons, youth activities, and education. In 1918, Dr. John Bisceglia arrived in Kansas City to assess the Mission in its work. He built the existing Northeast Community Center in 1940 at 544 Wabash, followed by the Christ Presbyterian Church in 1950.

Straub Construction: SVN Charter School Lunch

Thank You letter from a student

These organizations worked in affiliation with each other to provide for the needs of the neighbors of the community. Following the Dr. Bisceglia’s death, his son-in-law, Judge Charles Shangler revived the campus and provided many cultural exchanges and opportunities for the changing multicultural neighborhood.

In 1999, Judge Shangler applied for and received permission to open a charter school on the campus, beginning with 4 grades. It was called Scuola Vita Nuova, “School of New Life”. He saw it as a way to continue his father-in-law’s good works in the Northeast Neighborhood. His desire was to provide local families with educational opportunities that included exposure to the arts. He enhanced the campus buildings with historical and cultural beauty. In 2004, with Judge Shangler’s support, Scuola Vita Nuova expanded to include a middle school. Currently SVN serves Kindergarten through 8th grades.”

Straub Week of Giving Impacts our Community and our Employees

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction, talking about the Straub Week of Giving

The week before Thanksgiving was a very busy week for Straub Construction, and not just because everyone was cooking feasts and preparing for relatives to come in town. It was busy because Straub employees were participating in our annual Straub Week of Giving. This is a week every year that we dedicate to giving back to our community. And we did that by supporting four charities.

St. James Place

On Tuesday, fifteen people, including employees and their families, volunteered to provide desserts and serve meals at St. James Place. St. James is operated by Bishop Sullivan Center. Straub Construction has a longstanding relationship with Bishop Sullivan Center, and we’re always eager to serve at St. James Place. On this night, Straub served almost 300 meals to some very hungry people. It’s always a rewarding and humbling experience to serve the hungry in our community.

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Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s Mercy Hospital

On Wednesday night, nine Straub employees and their families took a meal down to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Ronald McDonald Room provides meals for family members or friends of patients who are staying at the hospital. There were many children going through very difficult times. And we were excited to be able to provide a warm meal and smiles to their family and friends. We brought just enough food that night… and were able to provide meals for every floor of the hospital.

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Shawnee Community Services

Saturday morning was a fun event where over forty members of the Straub Construction Family gathered at Shawnee Community Services to assemble and distribute Thanksgiving packages to families in need. Throughout the morning, our team assembled around 240 packages for the families who had signed up to receive them. In the afternoon, once the packages had been assembled, we distributed them to 221 families.

This was the third straight year that we’ve served at Shawnee Community Services. It’s always a fun event because it allows whole families to get involved and work side-by-side to help those in need. Straub Construction has a long-standing relationship with Shawnee Community Services, including building their current facility.

Straub Week of Giving 2017

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Bishop Sullivan Center

This year, we also continued our tradition of supporting “adopt a family” through the Bishop Sullivan Center. We were assigned a family in need of every day necessities like warm jackets, shoes, socks, etc. After we were given the list of names and ages for each family member, our Straub employees donated money in order to make their holiday wishes come true. We do this every year to provide for a less fortunate family in our community. It’s also a way of honoring the ethical leadership of Ernie, Parker, and Dan.

This was another wonderful Week of Giving. Straub Construction did good things for the less fortunate in our community. But if you ask any of those who volunteered, they would tell you that they got as much out of it as they gave. Thank you to everyone who made this week of giving possible.