Earlier this year, my wife and I traveled to New York and took a guided tour of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This powerful experience featured interactive exhibits, narratives and artifacts of the tragic day in 2001.
By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction.
On August 7th, a little after 11:30am, the 300-yard journey to the top of the hill began on the campus of Park University. With the brand new school of business center being built, the little house currently in that location needed to be moved.
Built in 1845
The house on the Park University campus is thought to have been built in 1845 (it’s not every day you see full log floor joists).
A Piece of History Saved
This house was the residence of Parkville and Park University founder George S. Park. With so much history in the walls of this house, Park University decided it must be saved. Multiple news crews, dozens of University students and staff, and Parkville residence gathered at Park University. The historical house made its slow and careful voyage to its new home at the top of the hill.
By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction.
On July 31, over twenty members of our Straub Construction Family had the privilege of serving dinner at the One City Café at Bishop Sullivan Center. This time serving was particularly special because it is our first time serving since completing the renovation of the Café. It was also special because the meal was served in honor of Ernie Straub Jr (aka Chief) who loved and supported the Bishop Sullivan Center for decades.
Serving Food With Dignity
Serving for the first time in the newly renovated space, the differences are astounding. The space used to be very dark, dingy, and confined. Now, the One City Cafe has become a very spacious, well-lit, clean, and restaurant-style space. The Cafe now has an extremely positive and inviting feel. The One City Café is the epitome of what a food kitchen should be and is truly serving food with dignity to the people of Kansas City.
On the night we served, 224 adults and 14 kids were fed a healthy and nutritious meal. The menu featured a balanced meal of “breakfast for dinner”. The meal consisted of eggs, hash browns, French toast, a choice of turkey or pork sausage, fruit, and yogurt. Everyone ate and had their fill.
Over 6,530 Meals Served in July
During the month of July, the One City Café fed an average of 217 people per night and served lunch to 67 people per day. That is a total of over 6,530 meals served in the month of July alone. The One City Café at Bishop Sullivan Center is truly doing amazing things for the hungry in Kansas City, and we are humbled to be a part of this great organization. It was a great pleasure to serve at the One City Café, and we look forward to serving again soon.
For more information about volunteering or donating, visit the Bishop Sullivan Center website https://www.bishopsullivan.org/
By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction.
I recently had the opportunity to help organize the annual CREW Kansas City membership dinner. I’ve been a member of CREW KC since November 2017 and have had the opportunity to serve on a committee, volunteer with fellow CREW women, and participate in CREW’s mentorship program.
CREW Network, which stands for Commercial Real Estate Women, started in Kansas City in 1987 and has grown to over 100 members from around the metro.
“CREW KC was formed with the intention of banding together the women of Kansas City’s commercial real estate industry to further the dialogue about women in real estate and collaborate professionally.”
CREW hosts a variety of events from quarterly luncheons on local market topics, networking morning coffees, and local job site tours.
Our dinner provided the opportunity to introduce new members to CREW and provide information about how to get further involved. We were also honored to have Gayle Packer, CEO of Terracon, speak on the many different paths your career can take and how to always be ready to accept a new challenge.
It was a great evening welcoming new members and celebrating CREW’s local accomplishments!
This Memorial Day, we are forever grateful for the ultimate sacrifice of those who died for this country.
May their courage and dedication never be forgotten.
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
Ten Years in the Office, Time to Hit the Field – 5/2/18
Bring Your Kids to Work Day is a Big Deal at Straub – 5/16/18
The Straub Construction Picnic was a blast again this year!- 6/20/18
Our Interns Lead a Project for the Olathe Pregnancy Center – 8/29/18
Straub now has a certified drone pilot. Our first mission was St. Paul Catholic Church. – 9/19/18
Straub Construction’s 2018 Week of Giving – 11/28/18
Looking forward to many more stories in 2019!
By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction
As the holiday season gets closer and we reflect on of the things that we’re thankful for this year, it’s incredibly important and rewarding to give back to those in our community who are in need. Straub Construction recently celebrated our 4th annual Straub Week of Giving. And what a wonderful week of giving it was. This year our week of giving included supporting four amazing local charities.
Shawnee Community Services
Shawnee Community Services is an amazing organization based in our home town of Shawnee. They impact so many people throughout the Kansas City Area. For the fourth straight year, Straub Construction partnered with Shawnee Community Services to provide food for those who need it during the holidays.
Due to the changing needs in our community, Shawnee Community Services had a greater demand for additional food packages to distribute to the needy. In response to this, Straub Construction purchased all the food and during our Week of Giving kickoff party, Straub employees and family members loaded up 100 bags of food that would feed 50 families for a week.
The people at Shawnee Community Services were overjoyed with the food donation and we are so happy to be able to assist them in carrying out their mission.
Kansas City Hospice House & Palliative Care
The Kansas City Hospice House & Palliative Care is an organization that seeks to be a “home away from home” for those who need end-of-life care. They work directly with patients, their families, and physicians to make end-of-life a time of comfort, enrichment, and love.
On a Monday evening, Straub employees served a hot meal and homemade desserts to over 30 family and friends of those receiving end of life care.
Morning Glory Ministries
The mission of Morning Glory Ministries is to “Uphold the inherent, God-Given Dignity in every human life by providing not only physical nourishment and basic needs, but also by fostering hope and self-worth in the most disadvantaged and forgotten members of society”. Morning Glory Ministries is located at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. They’re one of the many ministries serving breakfast to the needy Tuesday-Friday and serving lunch on the weekends. On Wednesday, 10 of our Straub Construction employees met at the Cathedral at 6:30am to serve a hot breakfast to over 140 people.
Bishop Sullivan Center
Once again, our tradition of supporting “adopt a family” through the Bishop Sullivan Center has continued. We’ve been assigned a family in need of every day necessities like warm jackets, shoes, socks, etc. We’ve been given the names and ages of each family member, and throughout the next few weeks, Straub employees will donate 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 leadership of Ernie, Parker, and Dan.
This was another wonderful Week of Giving. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this week possible. We all have so much to be thankful for!
Thanksgiving is here! It feels like Thanksgiving sneaks up on us every year. It’s time to get together with friends and family, eat some good food and maybe do some Black Friday shopping.
As we enjoy the Holiday Season, it’s a good time to reflect on 2018
There are so many things to be thankful for. We’re thankful for our customers, vendors and peers that give us the opportunity to do work that we love. And we’re especially thankful for our Straub Construction family. Every person on our team helps shape who we are as an organization. And an important part of our work as a team is to give back. Every year, we come together as a company for a Week of Giving. We’re excited to share that story with you next week!
By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction
For the third year in a row, the Summer Internship Program at Straub Construction has culminated with our interns, Connor Wentz-Hall, Justin Briggs, and Trevor Scheumann planning and managing a volunteer/building project.
At Straub Construction, we take a very comprehensive approach to our summer internships.
Our interns spend time working in the field, in the estimating department, shadowing a project manager, and finally they get to plan and execute their own volunteer project. This year we had the privilege of working with Olathe Pregnancy Center, an organization that provides educational and material support to pregnant mothers from early on in their pregnancy, till years after.
We discovered the need for this project when Straub Construction was selected to renovate their new Olathe location. We were informed from the owner that they were only renovating half of the space because they didn’t have the funds to complete the whole space. When we heard this, we knew that our volunteer project was exactly what they needed. So, our volunteer committee and interns started to plan.
Each intern took on their own role on the project.
Justin served as the Estimator which included determining how much material that we would need for the project and also reaching out to vendors for material donations. Connor took on the Project Manager Role which included creating the project schedule, determining and planning our project labor, and assembling necessary project tools. Trevor, who was also one of our interns last year, was the superintendent, which included planning the labor schedule for the volunteer days and overseeing those volunteer days.
On a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, groups of Straub Construction employees and family members assembled at The Olathe Pregnancy Center and got after it! Projects included removing carpet and base, cutting and installing wood paneling, patch and mudding drywall, priming and painting all the walls and cabinets, frosting windows, painting counter tops, and much more. The Straub volunteers were extremely focused on getting their jobs done, only stopping shortly for a quick pizza and drink break. At the end of the two volunteer days, all the workers went home filled with pride from the work they’d done, and maybe a few paint fumes.
In response to the work that was done on the volunteer project weekend, Mary with The Olathe Pregnancy Center said, “I walked through our clinic-in-the-making today, and I was so blown away by the work the volunteers did in the back area! The paint looks amazing back there and I know that was a ton of work! And the kitchen cabinets too! I’m sure there is more that was done over the weekend, and I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who worked on that! Really kind and wow, what a difference!”
Following the volunteer weekend, there was still a lot of work to be done.
TPC Interiors volunteered their time and materials to rebuild the ceiling grid. MC Flooring donated all the carpet and base for the space, so our interns came back and installed the flooring. MC Flooring also donated and installed LVT flooring in the kitchen area. Electrical Associates donated their time and materials to relocate a light switch. Also, cabinet hardware donated by Locks and Pulls were installed on the new painted cabinets.
This additional space will serve as a boutique where women can come and pick out essentials (diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, etc.) for their babies, a classroom type room, a kitchen, and storage area.
This was another amazing intern/volunteer project. Thank you to all the vendors and subcontractors who gave of their time and resources to make this project possible (MC Flooring, TPC Interiors, Electrical Associates, Locks and Pulls, and Home Depot).
By Stephen LaGue, Project Superintendent for Straub Construction
From September 2017 to May of 2018, I had the privilege and joy of learning, growing, living, and working with a wonderful group of eight other young professionals. We challenged each other as we learned practical steps to stitching faith into all areas of our lives.
The Kansas City Fellows Program is a 9-month leadership, professional, and spiritual development program for recent college graduates. Kansas City Fellows is a branch of The Fellows Initiative, a national organization that pairs with businesses and churches in over 20 cities across the US.
As I approached graduation from the Construction Management Program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, I was encouraged to look into the Fellowship program in my home town of Kansas City. It seemed like a great fit for where I was at in life, and I soon found that this couldn’t have been more true.
The nine of us fellows were paired with different kinds of employers where we spent four days a week honing our talents and passions while being regularly challenged with the new and unfamiliar. We were also paired up with consistent and meaningful mentorship opportunities from established professionals in our field of study.
The Kansas City Fellows organization is headed up by a leadership team that is consistently brilliant, thought provoking, competent, generous, and loving. Twice a week we met for discussions that were as challenging and robust as they were heartfelt and encouraging. For most of our discussions, we had the privilege of a new perspective in the form of guest leaders. We learned about the intersection of faith and work from over 30 different professionals coming from almost as many industries and lines of work.
I believe the Kansas City Fellowship will not stop having an impact on who I am.
I find myself unable to fully express my gratitude for the opportunity to think so intentionally through what I believe and how that lines up so practically with the way I work, live, and play. In the past year, I’ve learned that the God of the Bible designed us not only for worship and relationship with Him, but also for our work and for our place in the community. Whatever piece you play in the massive jigsaw puzzle that is human existence, it has beautiful and inimitable meaning. Seeing yourself as a designed and thought out part of the big story of life provides so much freedom for flourishing in work and relationships.
If you know someone who is approaching, or in the midst of, that challenging transition from student to professional, encourage them to apply to a Fellowship in whatever city interests them. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I would like to thank my mentor Mike Barr. I’ve been sharpened and encouraged by my time with you. Thank you to Christ Community Church for being a loving family and discipling me so well. And most of all, I want to offer thanks to Kris, Kevin, Carol and to my eight classmates for an unforgettable and life-changing year.