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.


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.



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

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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

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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.

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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