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.

What do Seville, Spain and Kansas City have in common?

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

HannahI recently had the opportunity to spend the holidays in Spain and Portugal, visiting family and seeing some of the greatest architecture in the world. I was most excited to spend time in Seville, a Sister City of Kansas City. The cities have shared street names, designs, and expositions over their 52-year agreement.

J.C. Nichols designed the country club plaza with a Spanish theme by including courtyards, tile facades, stucco buildings, and fountains throughout the city.  He copied prominent Seville features including the Giralda Tower, modeled above our Cheesecake Factory, and Plaza de Los Reyes fountain, which we call the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

One of Seville’s main roadways is Kansas City Avenue, and they also have a replica of The Scout statue that sits just to the west of Liberty Memorial. It was exciting to walk around the city and see little pieces of our hometown throughout, even though it was over four thousand miles away.

In addition to Seville, I was also able to tour the Alhambra, the burial place of Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand, the Royal Palace in Madrid, and the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon. Each of these contained unique and breathtaking design elements, all of which have been standing longer than our city’s existence.

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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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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!

 

S2 Project Spotlight: SVN Charter School in Kansas City, MO

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By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

S2 recently completed a full building renovation for the SVN charter school in Kansas City, MO. The building, previously unoccupied, had been built as a rectory for the church which now houses the K-8 school. It was later converted to offices and then sat mostly unused for a number of years.

The Project

Straub removed all interior walls, added trusses throughout to raise ceilings, finished out the connected garage space, and added an extensive two-story concrete patio and learning space behind the building. This full-scale renovation included a new roof, addition of numerous windows and exterior doors throughout to let in light, and an addition of a large central staircase with dual purpose stadium seating in the center of the building. Straub was also able to refurbish the existing fireplace with an electric insert and original brick.

The Superintendent

The project was finished in seven months and led by our fantastic superintendent, Rodney Pullen. Rodney was able to self-perform installation of doors, hardware, TV’s, and exterior signage in addition to other accessories while overseeing the remainder of the project. Thanks to his dedication and the help of our subcontractors, we were able to provide the school with a beautiful, like new annex for their growing middle school.

We’re so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to work with the staff of SVN and excited to see them utilizing the space next fall!

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Project Spotlight: Church of the Annunciation

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

S2 recently completed a basement renovation for the Church of Annunciation in Kearney, MO. The project included several offices and classrooms as well as a kitchen and parish hall for events. New flooring, doors, paint, trim, and lights throughout in addition to raising the ceiling height created an open, updated, and useful space for future church functions and after school programs.

Church of the Annunciation: Ahead of Schedule

The project finished in just three months, ahead of schedule, and was ready for Easter Sunday! It was led by our superintendent, Kody Simmons, who oversaw all subcontractors in addition to self-performing a variety of scopes including installation of doors, frames, trim, and casework. Thanks to Kody for pulling together all of the before and after photos.

“I can’t believe we are already finished! It looks great. I also wanted to say that Kody has been wonderful and a great person to have on site. It has been a pleasure working with Straub, and I hope we can start the next phase sooner than later.”
Megan Herndon, Church of the Annunciation

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Project Spotlight: Holy Angels Adoration Chapel

By Ernie Straub IV, Project Manager at Straub Construction

Straub Construction: Holy Trinity Adoration ChapelStraub Construction recently completed an Adoration Chapel in Basehor, Kansas for Holy Angels Catholic Church. The Adoration Chapel was an addition on the existing church built by Straub Construction back in 2009.

It Takes a Team

It was essential to match the exterior architecture of the existing church so the Adoration Chapel would not feel “out of place”. Rod Fager of Rodney R. Fager Architect LLC was the architect on the project.

The inspiration for construction of the Adoration Chapel came from Father Richard McDonald in 2015. The size of the chapel and aesthetic mimics the Porziuncola, also called Portiuncula or Porzioncula, a small Catholic church located within the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi in the Umbrian Valley. Inspiration also came from the Santa Maria degli Angeli, a Basilica in Rome.

Straub Construction: Holy Trinity Adoration ChapelMaterial selection, guided by Chris Castrop from Castrop Design Group, for the interior of the chapel was a team effort and the design committee had several late nights deliberating. Selection included Umbrian Travertine Tile to give the chapel an “old world feel”, a local limestone for the interior walls, walnut trim, and Verona White Brazilian Marble for the alter. The collaborative effort turned out to be a success in bringing the vision for the chapel to life.

Construction began August 4th, 2017 and the Chapel was completed on time December 31st, 2017. Straub self-perform scopes included earthwork and concrete and were led by our superintendent Nathen Lippert. Nathen worked diligently to meet the project deadlines while maintaining a high level of communication with all stakeholders on the project.

Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the Holy Angels Adoration Chapel!

College Park Family Care Renovation

By Hannah Morrey Brown , Project Manager at Straub Construction

College Park Family CareS2 recently completed a nurse station and restroom renovation at College Park Family Care in Overland Park, KS.  The center is home to more than 15 doctors and some offices are open 7 days a week. Our team worked hard to limit our time in each area with minimal disruption to the doctors, nurses, and patients.

The renovation, encompassing nine different work stations and one set of restrooms, included removing walls to open up stations, creating more workable space with improved layouts and counterspace, and updating electrical and plumbing to better meet their needs. The restrooms received a top to bottom facelift including new tile flooring, countertops, wallcovering, and partitions.

The project was performed entirely on nights and weekends and was led by our amazing superintendent, Rodney Pullen, who self-performed almost every scope including demolition, flooring install, and framing and drywall. Between the hard work of Rodney and the rest of our Straub team and subcontractors, we were able to complete the project in four short weeks and keep the center fully operational during the week.

Before Renovation

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A Year in the Life of Hannah Morrey Brown

By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction

HannahThis week marks exactly one year since I started as a project manager for the S2 group, and it has definitely been one for the books. From closing out my very first project, to adding two new superintendents to our team, and throwing our inaugural “First Friday” event, I’ve been challenged and overwhelmed in more ways than I previously thought possible. My definition of busy has certainly changed, and I’ve finally found the appeal of coffee, but I wouldn’t change a thing about working with this quirky, honest, and dedicated group of people.

The Straub team offers a lot more than quality construction and is truly invested in bettering each of their employees. A year ago I was secretly Googling the meaning of “ASI” on my phone and now a day filled with contracts, OAC meetings, and hours of vendor phone calls doesn’t begin to faze me. The only reason I was able to learn so much so quickly is due to the fact that no question is treated as unnecessary or stupid and that feedback is offered often and in useful tidbits.

And while it’s no secret that there aren’t many women in the construction industry, this fact still had me all sorts of nervous before starting.  I worried people wouldn’t take me seriously and that earning respect would take a whole lot more than hard work.

Did Barbie get Lost?

Straub Construction - S2 TeamThough I’ll never forget being asked “Did Barbie get lost?” while walking one of my projects or the time someone (legitimately) complimented my “costume” while I was carrying my hard hat the day before Halloween, these once uncomfortable situations have become some of my most amusing memories. And I have to attribute that attitude to my amazing group of co-workers and bosses who have taught me how to strike a balance between laughing off the misconceptions and still demanding the respect necessary to complete a project to the highest Straub caliber.

What’s Next

I’m so honored to have spent a year with this company, and I’m genuinely looking forward to the challenges of the next few.  If you want to learn more about Straub Construction and all the capabilities of our S2 team or want to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working as a woman in the construction industry, find me on LinkedIn or email me – I’d love to tell you all about it and how S2 can work to meet your specific project needs!