Happy Holidays from Straub Construction!

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

The entire Straub Family hopes you’ve enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and we wish you peace and joy as we approach the New Year.

In keeping with our traditions, we were able to take a few moments to step away from the hustle and bustle to have a little fun with those who are so important to us. It wouldn’t be Christmas at Straub without our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange and Christmas Party (Casino Night!)

White Elephant Gift Exchange

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Christmas Party – Casino Night

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Enhancing the Readiness of the Army National Guard

Enhancing the Readiness of the Army National Guard

By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction

Shovel meets dirt. One of the most exciting times for any construction project, but the pomp and circumstance surrounding this landmark project wasn’t a typical event. The cold and wet conditions didn’t deter roughly 100 people from participating in the ground breaking for the Transient Barracks at the Mission Training Complex, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

The Dignitaries – More brass than an orchestra.

The distinguished official party included Senator Jerry Moran (KS), LTG Timothy J. Kadavy (Director, Army National Guard), MG Lee E. Tafanelli (Adjunct General, Kansas National Guard), MG Victor J. Braden (Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division) and LTC Kurt A. Rorvik (Commander, Mission Training Complex-Leavenworth). Every person spoke, describing the importance of this project to the State of Kansas, the Army National Guard and the 35th Infantry Division.

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Furthering Their Purpose

Ft. Leavenworth is widely known as the Intellectual Center of the Army. Annually, 12,500 people train at the Mission Training Complex and 35th Infantry Division Headquarters. The barracks will provide 540 beds for unaccompanied soldiers who will participate in training exercises away from their home station. This facility will enhance National Guard readiness by improving the logistical issues and high costs of having the users staying in offsite hotels. The time and money saved will produce better, quality training.

Project Details:

• Architect: HTK Architects, Topeka, KS
• 72,521 SF Total (2 stories)
• Designed to be a minimum of 50 years in accordance with UFC 1-200-02, including energy efficiencies, building envelope and integrated building systems technology and performance.

This is the 2nd project that we’ve worked on for the Kansas Army National Guard, having completed the Heartland Preparedness Center in Wichita, Kansas in 2014. It’s an honor to be able to do our part to support the brave men and women of the Kansas Army National Guard.

Enhancing the Readiness of the Army National Guard

Pax Intrantibus: Peace to Those Who Enter (Drone video)

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

Drone license… check. New drone… check. It’s been three months since I received my drone pilot license and new drone, and I’m putting them to work!

With the purpose of getting additional flight hours/practice under my belt, I headed up to Gower, Missouri where we were putting the finishing touches on an important project. After eighteen months of construction, The Abbatial Church of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles is nearing completion. My intent was to simply get some practice, but the video I captured was worth sharing.

Pax Intrantibus: Peace to Those Who Enter

As you enter the site, a Latin phrase adorns the top of the gateway, which in English reads, “Peace to Those Who Enter.” Over the last several years, we’ve been blessed to work alongside a group of women who have dedicated their lives to peace and service. They remind us to slow down and find the peace in our daily lives, especially during this holiday season. As the construction activity comes to an end, we look forward to restoring more peace to their world.

This has been a challenging and rewarding project for our team. We’ve worked with the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles on many different projects for many years, and we are honored to be completing this beautiful church for this group of amazing women.

 

Procore’s 2018 Groundbreak Conference.

By Dan VanDonge, Senior Project Manager for Straub Construction

Dan VanDongeNovember 13th through 15th were action packed days at Procore’s 2018 Groundbreak conference in Austin, Texas. We’ve been a partner with Procore for 5 ½ years now, and we’re proud to be associated with such a great platform. Procore helps us collaborate and communicate with the highest level of transparency on all of our projects. The conference included a state of the art innovation lab, four breakout sessions daily, and a number of keynotes featuring Procore brass along with guest speakers Peyton Manning and Marc Randolph.

Collaborating with Industry Leaders

In addition to the many scheduled activities, we were able to find time to hang out with industry leaders, specifically representatives from JM Coull based out of Massachusetts and Tilton Pacific out of California. These companies, along with Straub, participated in a nation wide peer group that was started years ago and the relationships continue to be strong today. Even outside this peer group, it was a great opportunity to meet other professionals in our industry and share insight into challenges and successes that we all live on a daily basis.

Procore: Only as good as the people using it.

Procore 2018 Groundbreak ConferenceWhile we continue to embrace and develop our partnership with Procore, the software is only as good as the people using it. One thing is for certain, we came back to Kansas City proud that we get to work alongside Project Managers and Superintendents at Straub that leverage this project management platform as good or better than anyone in our industry.

A big thanks to Procore and our industry peers for a great all around experience at Groundbreak 2018!