St. Charles Borromeo: A New Space Filled with Excitement

St. Charles Addition

St. Charles Borromeo is a Catholic Parish and School located in Kansas City Missouri. The first St. Charles facility was built in 1949 and since then the parish/school has continued to grow.

As the parish and school community has continued to grow, St. Charles had a need to expand. The parish wanted to move their administrative offices, add an elevator, and build a community gathering space.

Straub Construction was selected to assist in the design and construct these spaces. Straub worked collaboratively with the St. Charles building committee Bill Browning and Jeff Hall of H2B Architects to create spaces that best fit the needs of the parish and school. Ernie Straub IV and Logan Stark lead this project as the project manager and superintendent.

Community Building

The narthex and community gathering space is a well-lit 1,265 SQFT open area which is connected to the entrance to the church. This space is vital to the church’s mission to “share our gifts as we minister through worship, faith, formation, education, and service”. The day that I was there, the space was filled with life and excitement, as the students assembled and decorated all their class donations for a local food drive.

St. Charles Community

This beautiful open space allows for the parish and school to gather as a community and share their lives together. It includes a large walk out patio area that can also be used for outdoor events when the weather is nice.

In addition to the gathering space, an elevator was added to the existing church building. The church and school host many events in the basement of the church. This new elevator was extremely important because it allows for the elderly and handicap of the St. Charles community to participate in these events.

Parish Offices

St. Charles OfficesThe parish office space is a 1,900 SQFT addition that houses six administrative offices, conferences rooms, and kitchen/lounge space. The school administrators were very excited to move from their over 60-year-old building to their bran new building.

These state-of-the-art additions are facilities that the St. Charles Borromeo Parish family can be proud of. We hope that these new spaces will help to further the extremely important St. Charles mission.

Straub Construction at the Mill Valley Career Fair

By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction

Straub Construction: Job FairStraub recently participated in a high school career fair hosted by the DeSoto, Eudora and Basehor-Linwood School Districts.

Roughly 800 students attended, ranging from Freshmen to Seniors.

We regularly attend these types of events – not only to attract and recruit future Straub employees, but also to help draw attention to the industry in general. It is widely known that the construction industry faces a major talent gap, and we applaud the efforts of the local school districts in working with community businesses to address these challenges.

We show up and spread the word… careers in construction are highly rewarding. I could write about that. However, tons of people already have, and it’s in the news regularly.

This career fair was a reminder of how important it is to steer kids toward their passion, whatever it may be.

Of course, we’re grateful for all the students who dropped by to talk about construction. But we also had quite a few visitors who had no idea what they want to do after high school. These were mainly the freshmen and sophomores we met.

It was such a joy to talk to these students. We opened every conversation by asking, “What do you really love to do?” As you can imagine, the answers varied widely and made the day memorable. Some of these students will go on to pursue four-year degrees, and some will not. And that is great either way depending on the reasons behind the decision.

For every potential career path, we were able to offer consistent advice:

  • Follow your passion, but be sure to do a little research first.
  • Spend your summers working in jobs that will give you exposure to these fields. When in high school, you may not be able to get certain jobs. But, anything close to the field should be their goal.
  • Seek out and speak with people who do that kind of work for a living and get their advice. One great question to ask them… “What is the best, most direct path to get me into this career?” The answer may be a traditional college, a two-year associates degree, or it may even be a paid apprenticeship program right out of high school.

Employee Spotlight: Kim McFarland, Accounts Payable Administrator

By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction

Straub Construction: Kim McFarland

Kim McFarland

Straub is thrilled to focus this Employee Spotlight on Kim McFarland, who joined our accounting team in June 2018. Beginning her construction career in 1998, Kim is a twenty-year veteran in the industry. Throughout her tenure, she has taken on a variety of responsibilities, both in the office and in the field, including accounting and project administration and management. Straub is excited to benefit from her extensive and diverse experience.

Kim is a native of Parkville, Missouri, where she grew up, attended high school nearby, and continues her education at Park University. In 1993, she left Kansas City for the Washington DC area. However, she came home to Parkville in 2003.

Passion for Construction

With her first job, Kim immediately fell in love with the industry. She enjoys seeing buildings go up and learning about construction methods and techniques. During her time in DC, she worked as an on-site administrator on a project at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In her current role at Straub, she values the relationships she has formed with our great subcontractors and vendors.

Why Straub?

Community Service is a calling for Kim. Straub’s commitment to community service and giving back were immediately apparent and helped guide her to know, “that’s where I want to be.”

Outside of Work

Kim is a solid Royals fan, and a DIE HARD Chiefs fan. She also loves to paint and ride horses.

Kim Chiefs Super Fan

DIE HARD Chiefs Fan

Kim McFarland Painting

One of Kim McFarland’s Paintings