Saving an Important Piece of History at Park University (Drone Video)

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction.

300-Yard Journey

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.

Park University: Historic House Move from Straub Construction on Vimeo.

Feeding the Hungry at One City Cafe

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction.

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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/

Transformation of St. Paul Catholic School (Drone Video)

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction.

New Beginnings

The 2018/2019 school year has come to a close. Additionally, the St. Paul Catholic School has enjoyed the conclusion of the first semester in their bran new building. It has been a first semester filled with very new experiences, as the church and school transitioned from their old home of 57 years. The St. Paul Community is celebrating all kinds of beginnings in their new facility and are looking forward to the future.

The Transformation

Let’s take a look back at the 12 months of construction that transformed a large patch of dirt into the beautiful new home of the St. Paul Catholic Church and School.

Project Update (Video): Emanuel Cleaver II Senior Living Community

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

The Project

The Emanuel Cleaver II Senior Living project is moving right along. The project which began in August 2018 is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year. It has been an extremely wet spring which has caused some headaches throughout the construction industry. However, our team has worked to maximize the schedule and take advantage of every dry day that we have.

Some Dry Weather!

We are thankful to have a couple dry weeks in a row for our team to get some major work done. Check out our video of the work being done out on the project. Our team is working to deliver on our promise to the Emanuel Cleaver II Community and provide a beautiful Senior Living Community that the future residents, the neighborhood, and Kansas City Missouri can be proud of.

 

 

 

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church – Building a Legacy

St. Elizabeth ParishBy Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction

Formed 100 years ago, the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is now an anchor in the Waldo community.  Many consider the Parish to be the “Welcome Mat to the Community”. The Parishioners at “St. E” are guided by a strong belief system founded on faith, joy, hope, mercy and commitment to the community.

St. Elizabeth is home to multiple generations within families.  Children who grew up worshiping in the church and who attended the school often stay in or return to the community to raise families of their own.

Paying It Forward

As St. Elizabeth looks forward to the next 100 years, many in the parish appreciate the generosity of those past generations who have given a part of themselves to provide a home for the future.  In that spirit, the people at St. E are continuing the legacy by adapting and expanding their current campus.

The Vision

 

As part of a Design-Build partnership with Hollis + Miller Architects and Lankford|Fendler + Associates, Straub Construction recently began construction on several key projects to expand St. Elizabeth’s mission and purpose to serve the community.  The work will include a conversion of the existing rectory, built in 1948, into modern learning spaces for the Early Childhood Center.  The main sanctuary will be renovated to improve accessibility, functionality, storage and acoustics.  Finally, through renovation of the existing Early Childcare Center, the parish will benefit from added flexible meeting spaces and 24 additional parking spaces.

Avila University Goppert Performing Arts Center

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

Project Groundbreaking

Yesterday, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, Avila University broke ground on the renovation and expansion of the Goppert Theatre. The new enhanced facility will be called the Goppert Performing Arts Center.

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Goppert Theater History

The Goppert Theatre at Avila University was built in 1974 and named after Vita Goppert. Vita, a 1972 Avila Graduate was instrumental in the establishment of the theater. In 2016 the estate of Vita Goppert made a generous donation which kicked off the capital campaign for this project. More than 220 alumni, staff, and friends also supported this project with their generous gifts.

The Project

The addition to the Goppert Theatre will provide increased rehearsal space, an expanded 200-seat black box theater, and a new stage shop for stage design production. This will give the students experience working with professional-level facilities, practices, and equipment. The addition will not only impact theater performances but will also provide resources to the other programs in Avila’s School of Performing Arts.

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The Impact

At Avila University, 23 percent of undergraduate students participate in performing arts activities. This renovation and expansion will also have a great impact on the surrounding community. More than 20 community groups and an estimated 14,000 community members utilize or attend performances in the Goppert Theatre annually.

This is the second project that Straub Construction is building for Avila University. In 2014 we completed renovations of two of the academic buildings on campus, O’Reilly Hall and the Library/Learning Commons. We will be working collaboratively with Helix Architecture + Design & Lankford|Fendler + associates to deliver on our promise and commitment to better Avila University. Avila has an over 100-year history of inspiring students to learn and grow.

We are extremely excited to be a part of this amazing project and to once again help to further the important mission of Avila University.

Project Kickoff: St. James Academy Athletic Field – Drone Video

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

St. James Academy

After much planning and preparation, Straub Construction has started to move some dirt as we kick off our project at St. James Academy. St. James Academy is a Catholic high school located in Lenexa Kansas. The Academy first opened its doors to a small group of 120 freshman students in 2005. This day in 2005 was a long-awaited day that was met with excitement, trepidation, and wonder, trust me, I was there. Every year since then, the St. James community has continued to grow. Today, there are over 900 students enrolled at St. James Academy.

Dreams Become Reality

As a member of the first graduating class of St. James Academy, I am extremely excited to see and be a part of St. James taking another step toward the future. For four years I had soccer practice on the grass field where the new turf field will be located. Those four years on that field were littered with sprained ankles and dreams of a future field that would take its place. Within a few months those dreams will be realized, and St. James Academy will have a beautiful turf field to be proud of. Straub Construction is thrilled for this project to begin and to play our part in furthering the great mission of St. James Academy.

St. James Academy Athletic Field from Straub Construction on Vimeo.

S2 Project Spotlight: Maple Hill Funeral Home Renovation

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

We are so excited to show the recently completed full building renovation of the Maple Hill Funeral Home in Kansas City, KS.

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This renovation included revised layouts, new exterior windows and doors, new finishes, as well as a complete gut and remodel of existing restrooms. In addition, we also installed a new cremation machine in the building and all necessary electrical, structural, and roof modifications it required.

The meeting rooms, offices, and chapels showcase new flooring, wall coverings, ceilings, lights, doors and trim. The main chapel also features an integrative lighting and wood panel system across the center of the room’s ceiling and down the center of the front of the room.  The fully remodeled restrooms contain floor to ceiling tile, solid surface counters, and new ceilings.

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From start to finish, this project took five months to complete. Our project superintendent, Ralph Pruente, oversaw the entire process while self-performing a variety of smaller scopes. We were able to keep the staff operational throughout the process by phasing the work and even placing trailers for them to office out of for a few weeks.

Getting to be part of this beautiful transformation of Maple Hill, along with the architects at H2B, has been extremely rewarding. Families dealing with circumstances that might be the hardest of their lives have a warm inviting and peaceful venue to come together as a family. We thank Maple Hill for allowing us to be part of there mission to serve families in their time of loss.

Woof’s Stay & Play | A Home Away From Home for Dogs

By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction

Woofs-TopekaWhat is Woof’s?

In February the Woof’s Stay & Play facility in Topeka Kansas opened its doors to many four-legged best friends throughout the Topeka area. Woof’s Stay & Play is a business that believes in creating a home away from home for dogs. They also create peace of mind to the many dog parents who drop them off.

Woof’s provides short term and long term stays for pets. The short-term stays are convenient for those who are just heading to work in the morning and need somewhere for their dog to have fun. The long-term stays are great for those who are heading out of town and can’t find a dog sitter.

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Throughout the days, the dogs can be found running around the outdoor space, being cleaned, and groomed. Also, when weather permits Woof’s will open the outdoor dog pool. One of the things that is so popular about Woof’s is that all the pet community spaces are equipped with webcams. This allows the owners can check on them digitally throughout the day and have a sense of security.

In the evenings, the pets are fed their dinner and put into their “suites” for the night. For those owners who have selected a “luxury suite” the dog can enjoy a more spacious stay, comfortable bed, small flat screen tv where they can enjoy a movie. The luxury suites are also equipped with webcams for the owner to have some peace of mind.

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The Projects

The Woof’s Stay & Play in Topeka is one of three Woof’s projects that Straub Construction has been hired to complete. Woof’s Lawrence is far into its construction and will be completed in the next few weeks. Woof’s Overland Park has just started and will be completed in about five months.

All three of these projects have an extremely aggressive short construction schedule of about five months each. All three of the Woof’s locations were formerly businesses that are being renovated into state-of-the-art homes away from home for dogs.

The Topeka location used to be a Sears Auto Center and the Lawrence location used to be a Half Price Books. The Overland Park location  was a dog kennel which is remaining operational throughout the construction process. Through strong collaboration our team was able to overcome this complicated situation.

These are extremely rewarding projects that impact dog lovers throughout their respective communities. We are very proud to be working with Woof’s Stay & Play on these projects.

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.

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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.