What do Seville, Spain and Kansas City have in common?

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

HannahI recently had the opportunity to spend the holidays in Spain and Portugal, visiting family and seeing some of the greatest architecture in the world. I was most excited to spend time in Seville, a Sister City of Kansas City. The cities have shared street names, designs, and expositions over their 52-year agreement.

J.C. Nichols designed the country club plaza with a Spanish theme by including courtyards, tile facades, stucco buildings, and fountains throughout the city.  He copied prominent Seville features including the Giralda Tower, modeled above our Cheesecake Factory, and Plaza de Los Reyes fountain, which we call the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

One of Seville’s main roadways is Kansas City Avenue, and they also have a replica of The Scout statue that sits just to the west of Liberty Memorial. It was exciting to walk around the city and see little pieces of our hometown throughout, even though it was over four thousand miles away.

In addition to Seville, I was also able to tour the Alhambra, the burial place of Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand, the Royal Palace in Madrid, and the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon. Each of these contained unique and breathtaking design elements, all of which have been standing longer than our city’s existence.

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The New St. Paul Catholic Church and School Opens Its Doors

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

The Church

On December 29th, nearly 1,000 members of the St. Paul Catholic Church gathered at their old church and school in Olathe. The large group proceeded four miles down the road to their brand-new facility. This almost 2-hour procession was led by Father Michael Hermes.

He carried the Eucharist from the old church to the tabernacle in the new church. It was an extremely cold 20 degree morning in Olathe. The people in the crowd were cold, but warm with eager anticipation to arrive at their new beautiful facility!

The community felt bitter sweet in saying goodbye to a facility that had been the home of the St. Paul Catholic Church and School since 1962. The new facility is going to help the continued growth of their community.

The procession arrived at the new facility where they were met by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who then presided over the Eucharistic Adoration and blessing of the new church and school.

The School

The St. Paul facility was scheduled to be completed on January 4th of this year. We knew how incredibly convenient it would be for the students, faculty, and staff if we could finish the project ahead of schedule. The St. Paul Catholic School students were scheduled to return from Christmas Break on the week of January 7th.

The goal was for the teachers and administrators to be able move into their classrooms and offices the week before school continued. If we were not able to finish ahead of schedule, the school would have to wait until at least spring break to move into their new facility.

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, our team worked efficiently to maximized the project schedule. The week before Christmas, we delivered on our present to the St. Paul Catholic Community. On December 21st, two weeks prior to our originally scheduled completion date, we finished the project.

Over the next two weeks, the staff was able to move into their new facility. On the week of January 7th, the students arrived with eyes wide and mouths open in amazement at their beautiful new learning environment!

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Bishop Sullivan Center’s One City Café is now open!

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By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

Straub Construction: One City CafeStraub Construction is excited to showcase the newly opened and completed One City Café!

This renovation of the Bishop Sullivan Center’s kitchen and dining area included a full reconfiguration of the space to accommodate a larger kitchen and more tables. The project also included a new roof, new parking lot and dock system for the pantry, a new office area, and updated restrooms for both staff and patrons.

The new space has high exposed beam ceilings, stained concrete floors, and original brick walls throughout. The architect, Matthew Connolly, also contributed five original pieces of artwork for the new dining rooms inspired by patrons and volunteers of the center. The new dining room also includes TVs for meetings, a salad bar, and coffee and tea stations.

Straub Construction: One City CafeFrom start to finish the project took just over four months, and our project superintendent, Brad Castrop, oversaw every detail including donating his time on nights and weekends to provide an updated sound system for the dining area. Our project could not have been completed without the dedicated work of both him and our subcontractors who were incredibly generous in their donations as well.

Straub was so thankful to get to know and work with the people of Bishop Sullivan Center and are excited to see One City Café take off and grow. Please go check it out next time you’re in the area!

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Top Moments of 2018

By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction

There were so many good stories that happened in 2018. It was challenging to pick our favorites! We decided to focus on stories that had the most impact on our team and the Kansas City community. If you missed any of these stories, this is a great way to catch up!

Boy on the Bridge – 2/21/18

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Ten Years in the Office, Time to Hit the Field – 5/2/18

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Bring Your Kids to Work Day is a Big Deal at Straub – 5/16/18

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The Straub Construction Picnic was a blast again this year!- 6/20/18

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Our Interns Lead a Project for the Olathe Pregnancy Center – 8/29/18

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Straub now has a certified drone pilot. Our first mission was St. Paul Catholic Church. – 9/19/18

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Straub Construction’s 2018 Week of Giving – 11/28/18

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Looking forward to many more stories in 2019!