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Spring 2017

Shoemaker Construction Co. hires new team members

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of Andrew Dougherty as a superintendent, and Cole Smith as a quantity surveyor.

Dougherty attended Drexel University with a Concentration in Architectural Design and a Minor in Construction Management. He has more than 40 years of progressive construction industry experience, with a strong track record of discovering potential obstacles early in a project as well as saving clients time and money. He is a certified Safety Officer, Green Advantage certified and has earned both OSHA 10 and 30 certifications.

Smith will graduate from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance. He is actively involved in many leadership activities and organizations and is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies investing in Lean Construction

Built on a commitment to collaboration and efficiency, The Butz Family of Companies has established itself as an industry leader when it comes to fostering innovative approaches such as Lean Construction. Our investment in the Lean approach permeates all facets of our organization. Read more.

Winter 2016-17

Shoemaker Construction Co. Hires Site Safety Manager

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Gavaghan as a site safety manager.

Gavaghan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University and is First Aid and CPR certified. He brings more than 15 years of professional safety experience gained in the United States Air Force to the project team and is currently actively flying in the United States Air Force Reserves. Read the full press release.

The Butz Family of Companies Holds Annual Safety Awards

Maintaining the safety of our jobsites is one of our top priorities at The Butz Family of Companies. As such, we are constantly looking for ways to not only improve the quality of safety on our jobsites, but also praise those individuals who best exemplify this commitment to safety.

Just recently, superintendents from Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Shoemaker Construction Co. got together for our annual safety awards events. Hosted by Tyrone Reed, Corporate Safety Director and Darren Rech, Safety Director, the award ceremonies honored superintendents from the three companies who went above and beyond in their duties to ensure their worksite was as safe as possible. Read the full article.

Fall 2016

Shoemaker Skanska Joint Venture Has Begun Extensive Renovation of Center City Philadelphia's Gallery Mall

Shoemaker Construction Co. and Skanska USA begin dramatic remake of 1.4 million square feet of prime retail and commercial space.

The joint venture of Skanska USA Building and Shoemaker Construction Company will complete renovations of The Gallery shopping mall in Center City Philadelphia. Owned and operated by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich, The Gallery is the single largest retail repositioning project in the Philadelphia region.

The work completed to date has included preliminary renovations including interior demolition, completed earlier this year. Read the full press release.

Shoemaker Construction Co. Hires New Team Members

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of Douglas Johansen as a project manager, and John Miner and Bret Cardinal as project superintendents.

Johansen received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Newark College of Engineering. He has more than 40 years of construction industry experience. As project manager, he will work with preconstruction services staff and the design team to develop the project schedule, construction plan, and project phasing. He will be responsible for managing and directing the work of the specialty contractors and personnel, ensuring the overall successful completion of their assigned projects and achieving client satisfaction.

Miner brings more than 20 years of progressive construction experience to the project team. He is a certified Construction Supervisor and has earned Construction Management, Green Advantage and OSHA 30 certificates.

Cardinal has significant construction experience in the healthcare and higher education markets. He has certifications in OSHA 30, ICRA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid/CPR and Green Advantage. Read the full press release.

Shoemaker/Synterra, a JV Awarded the Philadelphia Housing Authority Headquarters Project

The joint venture of Shoemaker Construction Co. and Synterra, Ltd., was recently awarded the design and construction of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) new Headquarters at Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.

PHA will consolidate its offices into one central Headquarters facility bringing all public and administrative functions together in a Class A office building. A division of the Philadelphia Police force will also occupy space in the building.

The PHA Headquarters will be located at Ridge and Jefferson Streets in Philadelphia, and will feature a 136,000 square foot, five-story office building and adjacent surface parking lot. The building will be clad in glass and stone with three exterior, open plaza areas. The project is designed for LEED® certification. Read the full press release.

Shoemaker Construction Co. Wins Award for Diversity in the Construction Industry

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently won the General Building Contractors Association's (GBCA) 2016 Construction Excellence Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion.

The Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award aims to recognize companies who demonstrate diversity and inclusion efforts beyond just meeting equal opportunity program requirements.

Shoemaker's focus on diversity reaches back to 2004 when we first entered into a joint venture agreement with Perryman Building Construction Services, Inc. In 2007, we added a separate joint venture agreement with Synterra, Ltd and continue today working with both partners. Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Hires Bill Sahwell, Project Executive

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Sahwell as a project executive.

In his role as project executive, he will provide executive management oversight during all phases of work from preconstruction through project completion. As the Owner's executive level contact, he is responsible for facilitating teamwork between all disciplines of the project team, ensuring overall project success and achieving 100% client satisfaction.

With more than 34 years of professional experience, Sahwell will also contribute across the companies with specific project pursuit planning and participate in strategic initiatives and the application of industry best practices. Read the full press release.

Summer 2016

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Contracting Firms

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top Mid-Atlantic Contracting Firms in 2016. This year, the firm ranked #33 in the entire Mid-Atlantic region and #14 in the state of Pennsylvania. It also ranked #329 on the Top 400 Contractors list.

"We constantly strive for outstanding results for our clients based on a steadfast commitment to innovation and superior service to our clients," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. "Our success in providing superior project delivery in true partnership and teamwork is evident through our continuous ranking on ENR's esteemed lists." Read the full press release.

Shoemaker Construction Co. Hires Multiple New Team Members

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah Slawski and Saramari León as project managers, and Semi Toshi as a project engineer.

Slawski has a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a Minor in Construction from Philadelphia University. León earned a Master of Architecture degree fromWashington University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Puerto Rico. As project managers, Slawski and León will work with preconstruction services staff and the design team to developthe project schedule, construction plan, and project phasing.

Toshi received a Master's degree in Construction Management with a concentration in Sustainability from Drexel University College of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Read the full press release.

 

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Hires Sixth Generation Builder of Butz Family

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., a Butz Family Company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Butz as a Project Engineer. He is the son of Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Steven joins Mike Butz, Greg's oldest son, as a member of the 6th generation of Butz builders. Mike has served as an Assistant Project Manager since 2011.

The Butz family has a long, successful tradition of building in the Lehigh Valley that dates back to the mid-1800s. In 1920, the family's passion for construction led to the creation of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. The company has since been continuously owned and operated in the Lehigh Valley by the Butz family, and the addition of Steven and Mike solidifies the 6th generation of the Butz family who are in line to preserve the tradition and reputation of the organization. Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 400 Contractors in 2016

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2016. This year, the firm ranked #329 on the list.

"Our firms' consistent ranking among the Top 400 contractors in the United States for more than 15 years demonstrates that our approach continues to bring exceptional value to our clients," said Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. "Our success stems from our guiding philosophy to build on our tradition of excellence, perform with integrity, honesty, reliability and enthusiasm and our unwavering commitment to our clients and community."

ENR uses construction revenue from the previous year as its primary grading criteria, making the Top 400 list a showcase of only the best and most sought-after construction management and general contracting firms. Read the full press release.

Shoemaker Supporting Girls in Construction

Shoemaker Construction Co. and the rest of the Butz Family of Companies are constantly looking for ways to build up our community beyond just the construction of buildings.

In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shoemaker General Manager Maura Hesdon speaks about her MAGIC Philadelphia, a program designed to introduce school age girls to the world of construction in hopes of eventually bringing more women into the industry. Read the full article.

Spring 2016

Shoemaker/Synterra, a JV Awarded Major Construction Project for Philadelphia Housing Authority

The joint venture of Shoemaker Construction Co. and Synterra, Ltd., was recently awarded the design and construction of 89 new apartments for the Philadelphia Housing Authority in Philadelphia, PA.

The $29,776,045 project, which will be located in North Central Philadelphia, will feature a variety of two- and three-story townhouses as well as multi-family flats for seniors and family tenants. Read the full press release.

The Butz Family of Companies Construction Crews Participate in the National Fall Prevention Stand Down


The Gallery Renovations
Philadelphia, PA

When it comes to managing construction projects, safety is our #1 priority. This week, our construction crews took part in the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down - an OSHA-supported initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of falling and how to prevent any accidents. Led by our Safety Directors, we had our project teams take a break from the construction project in order to participate in voluntary safety meetings. During these meetings, we focused on "Fall Hazards" and ways to eliminate falling risks inside the work zone. Ultimately, we hope to do our part in raising awareness to decrease the hundreds of preventable fall-related fatalities that occur each year in the United States.View all images.

The following project sites participated in the stand-down:
Butz Corporate Center Phase III - ALLENTOWN PA
Mount Nittany Medical Center - STATE COLLEGE PA
The Pennsylvania State University Beaver Stadium Maintenance - STATE COLLEGE PA
The Gallery Renovations - PHILADELPHIA PA

Shoemaker Construction Co. Completes Expansion of Villanova University's Saint Augustine Center Garage

Shoemaker Construction Co., a Butz Family Company, recently completed an expansion of the Saint Augustine Center parking garage at Villanova University.

The project consisted of a two-story overbuild addition to the existing Saint Augustine Center (SAC) garage for a total of 170,019 square feet. Creating an additional 223 parking spaces, the expansion nearly doubled the amount of parking currently available. Read the full press release.

Shoemaker Construction Co. Promotes Maura Hesdon to General Manager

Shoemaker Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Maura Hesdon to General Manager.

Hesdon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Arcadia University and joined Shoemaker in 1999 as a project engineer. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Construction Management with a concentration in Real Estate at Drexel University. She also took on the roles of Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Executive before being promoted to General Manager. Read the full press release.

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ABOUT SHOEMAKER — Shoemaker Construction Co. provides construction management and general contracting services to commercial, corporate, institutional, and governmental clients in the mid-Atlantic region from its headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Part of the Butz Family of Companies, the firm has a solid reputation for the delivery of reliable, cost-effective construction management services and for the ability to build the region’s largest, most complex structures.

PRESS INQUIRIES — Contact Margaret McConnell, 610-395-6871

margaret.mcconnell@shoemakerco.com

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