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!

Straub Construction: One City Cafe

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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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.

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Project Kickoff: Emanuel Cleaver II Senior Living Community

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

Straub Construction is extremely excited to kick off a new project in Kansas City Missouri. Due to the increasing need for affordable senior living in the Kansas City Area, the St. James United Methodist Church has decided to repurpose a piece of land that they own into a new senior living community.

Over the past 5 years, the 40 Acres and a Mule Activity Campus, operated by the St. James United Methodist Church has been scarcely used to promote educational, recreational, prevention and intervention programs. As the metropolitan area continues to age, the church recognized and wanted to fill the need for quality and affordable senior living.

Emanuel Cleaver II

The senior living community is named after Emanuel Cleaver II who represents Missouri’s 5th congressional district in the US House of Representatives, former mayor of Kansas City Missouri, and who served for many years as the pastor of the St. James United Methodist Church. The St. James United Methodist Church is currently lead by Emanuel’s oldest son Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III.

The Emanuel Cleaver II Senior Living Community is located on 9 acres of land and will feature 52 townhouses and a clubhouse. The site will have a total of 18 buildings which are being built to LEED Sustainability Standards. This Senior Living Community will serve seniors over the age of 55.

Straub Construction is partnering with St. James United Methodist Church (Owner), Clark Enersen Partners (Architect), and Dalmark Management Group (Developer) to build this project. The Emanuel Cleaver II Senior Living Community project will take approximately 12 months to complete.

We’re very happy to kick off this new project in Kansas City Missouri. Now, let’s go move some dirt!

Straub Construction: Emmanuel Cleaver II Senior Living Project

Project Spotlight: Olathe Pregnancy Clinic

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

Olathe Pregnancy ClinicS2 had the great opportunity to do a tenant improvement build out for the new Olathe Pregnancy Clinic (OPC) this summer. This project was in joint connection with our intern project and included a full demo and renovation of the front half of the space including new offices, counseling rooms, restrooms, and a sonogram room. Each of the areas received new flooring, ceiling tiles and grid, paint, doors, and lighting.

The full scope of work was completed in less than two months!

This was in large part due to our superintendent, Stephen LaGue, who was able to keep on schedule and on budget to get OPC in their new space as soon as possible. Stephen and I thoroughly enjoyed working with the people of OPC and Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic and were honored to be a part of their team.

Just over a month after project completion, the whole Straub team and a few of our subcontractors were invited to attend the clinics annual fundraiser. It was a great evening learning about their past and future projects and hearing their amazing impact from past clients.  We were so happy to celebrate their successes and hope to work with them again in the future!

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S2 Project Spotlight: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

S2 had the opportunity to do a restroom renovation this summer at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Shawnee, KS. Both sets of main restrooms in the elementary and junior high areas were fully renovated in less than six weeks!

The renovation included new epoxy flooring, new floor to ceiling wall tile, new solid surface countertops, and larger mirrors in all four restrooms. Two of the restrooms also received new partitions. The wall tile and epoxy flooring gave the restrooms a more modern look and greatly increased the durability of the restrooms.

Our superintendent, Jake Mclees, brought this project in ahead of schedule even with an already very tight schedule. He also self-performed a variety of scopes from hanging doors, installing partitions, and even final clean. We loved working with the school and we’re so happy they were able to start the school year with functional (and fancy!) new restrooms.

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Straub now has a certified drone pilot. Our first mission was St. Paul Catholic Church.

Matthew Straub in his Drone Pilot gear4By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

A few months ago, I became certified through the FAA as a Remote Pilot.

In order to fly a drone for commercial purposes, you must have, or be under, the direct supervision of someone with their remote pilot’s license. Receiving this license required numerous hours of study and passing a rigorous 60 question exam at an FAA facility. And now I’m excited to present my first drone video and project update for St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Olathe, Kansas. Yes, it was my first official mission!

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The St. Paul Catholic Church project is moving right along, on schedule. The project began in December of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by early 2019. When the building is complete, the church and school will move all of their operations from their old facility into the brand-new building.

A few weeks ago, all the teachers and staff took a tour of the new facility and they are all extremely ecstatic to move into their new building.

St. Paul Catholic Church has the Mission, “To use our diversity and compassion to inspire, teach, and nurture all to grow in their respect for God and one another as we follow Christ who willingly laid down his life for us.”

Straub Construction is happy to play a part in furthering their mission. We’re excited for the future of St. Paul Catholic Church and School, and for the many generations of students, faculty, and parishioners who will benefit from this amazing project.

Johnson County Community College Classroom and Office Renovation

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

Johnson County Community CollegeS2 recently completed a classroom and office renovation at Johnson County Community College. The renovation included six classrooms and two office spaces and was completed entirely during the summer break. Some rooms just received new paint and specialty marker boards, while others included a complete renovation with new walls, ceilings, and all new finishes.

All of the classrooms received new Everwhite boards across all walls, creating interactive work spaces for multiple student groups to utilize at the same time. New flooring, lights, and ceilings made the rooms feel dramatically brighter and bigger.

Johnson County Community CollegeThe eight separate spaces spanned five campus buildings making managing each area a logistical challenge for our superintendent, Kody Simmons. However, after a few days of figuring out the fastest way between each, he was able to bring the project to a close on time and allow the school to get furniture moved in before the start of fall semester.

We all enjoyed our time at JCCC and hope to be back sometime in the future!


Bishop Sullivan Center: One City Café

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

The Bishop Sullivan Center is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to help low-income people throughout the metro.

Bishop Sullivan Center’s Mission

“Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God’s love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid. Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not, promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all.”

Bishop Sullivan Center: One City CaféStraub Construction has had a longstanding relationship with The Bishop Sullivan Center and has participated in many of their services. One of these services is their Community Kitchen which provides hot meals to an average of 255 people each night. Right now, the Community Kitchen is only able to reheat food and the dining area is a very small so it is elbow-to-elbow during every meal. In an effort to expand the outreach of the Community Kitchen, provide a more comfortable eating experience, and provide more nutritious meals, Straub Construction has been tasked with the honor of renovating their current space into what will be known as One City Café.

Along with expanding the space and providing a more open concept and comfortable dining experience, the new One City Café will have new cooking equipment that will allow the Bishop Sullivan Center to prepare fresh and nutritious meals. Additionally, part of The Bishop Sullivan Center’s mission is to “build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not.” Therefore, there will be a strong effort to include the community in both preparing meals and dining at One City Café.

Straub Construction is honored to have the opportunity to renovate the current Community Kitchen into the new One City Café for the Bishop Sullivan Center. The Bishop Sullivan Center has an incredibly positive impact on the less fortunate in our community and we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with this great organization. We will be starting our renovations on the One City Café in the beginning of September and plan to open the doors to the Café by Christmas.

Visit the Bishop Sullivan Center website to learn more about this great organization and donate to this wonderful cause.

Finishing an 11,600 Piece Puzzle for The Priory of our Lady of Ephesus

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

“That in all things God may be glorified through Mary”

On May 22nd, the final piece of the more than 11,600 piece puzzle was placed to complete an endeavor that took about 8 months to complete. This puzzle was the masonry veneer of The Priory of our Lady of Ephesus in Gower Missouri.

Inspired by the Historic Taylor Barn

The Historic Taylor BarnIt all started exactly one year to the day, on May 22nd when the project team went to see the Taylor Barn. The Benedictine’s of Mary, Queen of Apostles dreamed of a beautiful stone church that mirrored churches built hundreds of years ago. For inspiration and to get an idea of what that might look like, the project team to a trip to the Historical Taylor Barn in Lawrence, KS.

This historic barn is made of limestone and was built in 1879 and has been used as a unique event space for weddings and other events since 2007. During this visit, the ownership and design team were able to show Straub Construction what they wanted the exterior of the church to look like. We tried to tell the sisters and design team that people don’t build new construction like that anymore, but they would not be swayed. It’s almost like their decision was set in stone.

A Masonry Endeavor

The Priory of our Lady of Ephesus in Gower MissouriAfter the visit to the Taylor Barn, several masonry veneer mock-ups and samples were constructed at the project site to confirm the ability to construct the masonry details and to establish the ‘standard’ for the masonry construction. Once this mock-up was approved, Apex Construction was off to production and began laying stone. We knew this wasn’t going to be the fastest masonry endeavor, but when it was done it would be a sight to see.

Throughout the months of veneer construction, the Apex Construction crew became a welcome sight for the sisters at the Priory of our Lady of Ephesus. However, the masonry veneer wasn’t without its challenges. One of the main challenges undertaken during the veneer construction was the sequencing of the bell tower masonry. The bell tower’s location provided both a logistical and engineering challenge. The church’s roof couldn’t sustain the weight of a scaffolding system, so the stone on the bell tower had to be set before roof construction began. A scaffold system was erected from the church floor through the structure of the church to gain access to the bell tower. Once the bell tower masonry was complete and the scaffolding was removed, everyone got to marvel at a ‘floating’ stone tower fifty feet in the air.

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Completion Celebration

Completion CelebrationAs the winter months turned to spring, the stone exterior that the owners and designers dreamed of was completed. After a long 8 months of work, a celebration was in order. On May 22nd, many people gathered to celebrate the blessing and setting of the cornerstone. On this beautiful day, many Straub Construction employees, the design team, and members of the community gathered in Gower to share in the celebration. The stone was set with the inscription “That in all things God may be glorified through Mary.” We hope that in hundreds of years, the Benedictine’s of Mary Queen of Apostles are still glorifying God in this beautiful church.

A special thanks to the Historic Taylor Barn for helping provide us with some inspiration and also to Studio Chyree Photography for the beautiful picture of the Historic Taylor Barn.