Project Progress: Watercrest Macon, GA

Check out these in-progress photos from the team at the Watercrest job site in Macon, Georgia.

We are so proud of our field staff who continues to be away from home, keeping our projects and company moving. Here are in progress photos from the team at the Watercrest job site in Macon, Georgia.

This project received quite a bit of rain in the first month, but our EMJ team, and respective subcontractors, were able to jump start the shop drawing process to get the prefabricated wall panels going in order to keep things on schedule. Now, concrete is being poured and great progress continues to happen.

Great job, Watercrest Macon project team!

 

 

 

Jack Brown Joins EMJ Construction

Jack Brown, Director of Construction, EMJ Construction

EMJ Construction is pleased to welcome Jack Brown, Director of Construction. Jack is based in the Dallas office.

In his role, he will work closely with the Executive Vice President and the Dallas leadership team to build client relationships and pursue new work, while providing oversight and strategic vision on all projects to the operations team, ensuring every client receives an innovative and customized construction experience.

“We are excited to welcome Jack to our team,” said William Mosher, EVP, EMJ Construction Dallas.  “His experience, commitment to quality, and client-centric approach make him the perfect addition to our team as we continue to expand into new sectors and regions.”

Jack joins EMJ with over 33 years of construction management experience, including time at Balfour Beatty and CBG Building Company as a leader of Multi-family and Mixed-Use markets. He has a track record of success in growing profitable business units while building and developing operations teams that deliver added value at every level.

“I joined the EMJ team because of the dynamic family-like culture, the relentless desire to serve clients, and the team’s eagerness to pursue diverse project types across a broad geographical area,” said Jack Brown. “I look forward to being an instrumental part of growing the company and helping to further diversify its project types across the nation.

Jack earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Broward University. When he’s not working, you can find him in his community serving at youth sporting events or in the air enjoying the freedom of flight as a private pilot.

Project Progress: H-E-B Kerrville, TX

EMJ is thankful for our field staff that continues to be away from home, keeping our projects and company moving.

Here’s an update from the H-E-B job site in Kerrville, Texas. Upon completion, this new store will replace the #1 store built. EMJ is proud to partner with H-E-B, a leader not only in U.S. grocery retail, but also in serving communities during the current pandemic. Read more on how they are doing so here and check out progress photos below.

Great job, H-E-B project team!

Project Progress: Watercrest Santa Rosa, FL

EMJ is thankful for our field staff that continues to be away from home, keeping our projects and company moving. 

Our field staff continues to be away from home, keeping our projects and company moving. We are thankful for their grit and selfless service.

Heres’s an update from the Watercrest job site in Santa Rosa, Florida. Each Watercrest community is purpose built to provide security, comfort, health, and happiness. Identifying design opportunities to help residents maintain independence such as minimizing travel distances can significantly improve quality of life by helping them engage in social activities more frequently.

Great job, Watercrest Santa Rosa project team!

An Easter to Remember

Many of our EMJ families created their own special memories (in quarantine) by continuing some old traditions and even creating some new ones.

 

Our EMJ team, in previous years, has celebrated the Easter season by hosting the Chambliss Center for Children  for a day of Easter-themed fun in our Chattanooga office.

Although we were sad to miss hosting this year, many of our EMJ families, from both the Chattanooga and Dallas offices, created their own special memories (in quarantine) by continuing some old traditions and even creating some new ones.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the fun our families enjoyed this past weekend.

 

“The Gaiser family started the day with watching our church service online.  In the afternoon, Landry (9) and Hadley (7) hunted Easter eggs and made an Easter cake with their favorite Easter candy – Peeps!” – Nicole Gaiser, Vice President – People Department

 

“We spent Easter weekend outside on the farm; hosting my immediate family for a COVID-19 compliant social distancing Easter picnic, egg hunt, and fishing at the pond.  My son is thoroughly enjoying these days at home, as it means more time outdoors and with Mommy.” – Megan Duman, Divisional Controller

 

“As a family, we played the role of the Easter bunny and hid eggs for friends in their yard.  It was a great excuse for us to get out of the house and feel a little normalcy. After Easter lunch, we painted yummy egg cookies.” – Lauren Purdy, Recruiting Coordinator

 

“The Wadlingtons celebrated Easter at home by enjoying an early morning Easter Egg hunt followed by an at-home bible class and singing that my wife, Sara, led for my boys Clark (4), Peter (1), and me.  Our church, Riverside Church of Christ, graciously dropped off communion and materials/toys to help our boys celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  It was different, but an Easter that I will never forget!” – Jacob Wadlington, Vice President of Business Development

In this season of uncertainty, we are mindful of, and thankful for, the front line professionals who are working and away from their families. We hope everyone has a few moments each day to stop and find simple moments of joy.

Well-being Ideas While Working Remotely

Our top priority during this time is the health and well-being of our people and their families. Below is a list of ideas to maintain well-being while working remotely so that you can stay healthy and safe.

Physical

  • Get outside for some fresh air and sunlight
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat healthy, whole foods – keep healthy snacks and fruit around instead of sugary and processed items
  • Put a recurring reminder in your calendar to move throughout the day – take calls standing, stretch, walk around, etc.
  • Maintain regular exercise routines – look for free exercise apps or videos on YouTube such as Nike Training, Seven Minute Workout, Daily Yoga, Strava, etc.
  • Create a challenge for yourself and/or with colleagues, friends, etc.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule – aim for at least 7 hours/night
  • Incorporate some ergonomic exercises into your workday – sitting on a yoga ball, shoulder rolls, body stretches, etc.

 

Emotional/Social

  • Schedule small breaks throughout the day or utilize your lunch break to do an activity you enjoy – read, play an instrument, bake, FaceTime a friend or family member, etc.
  • Utilize free apps (such as Insight Timer, Headspace, Calm) to encourage meditation and mindfulness
  • Use multiple channels to stay in touch with co-workers (text, video, chat, phone, e-mail)

 

Work

  • Create a space dedicated to work only and keep it tidy
  • Use your “commute” time to take a pre-work walk, prep food for the day, read, journal, etc.
  • Dress as if you were going into the office (aka don’t stay in your pajamas all day)
  • Take a lunch break
  • Keep a regular work schedule and plan to turn off your computer by a certain time each day and walk away

 

Family

  • Maintain or create a schedule for your children so they have some structure
  • Check out this great resource if you need help providing activities for them while you work
  • Be sure and get quality time with family members each day

 

We’re proud of all our EMJ Construction people who demonstrate resiliency during this time.

EMJ to Build The Gateway in El Paso

EMJ is proud to work alongside Prestige Development Group and O’Brien Architects on The Gateway — a  550,000-square-foot mixed-use center in El Paso, Texas.


EMJ is proud to work alongside Prestige Development Group and O’Brien Architects on The Gateway — a  550,000-square-foot mixed-use center in El Paso, Texas that will include retail shops, restaurants, office space, apartments and two hotels.

“EMJ Construction is excited to partner with Prestige and O’Brien on a project of such great magnitude, both in size and impact, for the El Paso community,” says William Mosher, EVP of EMJ Construction, Dallas.

Prestige Development purchased and began demolition on the former liquid petroleum gas storage and dispensing site back in May in order to make way for the new 20-acre mixed-use center.

“I drove by there and saw the property for sale about two years ago, and it just worked out,” said Michael Dixson, President of Prestige Development Group. “This is probably the top piece of (commercial) real estate in El Paso because it’s in the heart of city.”

Check out these articles to learn more about this exciting project:

https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/new-business-development-could-impact-el-paso-hotel-industry

https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/money/business/2019/10/22/multimillion-dollar-mixed-use-center-planned-for-cielo-vista-area-in-el-paso/4024012002/

https://www.virtualbx.com/feature-story/el-paso-goodbye-obsolete-liquid-gas-storage-site-hello-new-shopping-center/

EMJ Serves the North Texas Community

Employees from the EMJ Construction Dallas office spent the afternoon serving at the North Texas Food Bank, a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods. The food bank supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships, providing access to more than 200,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families across a 13-county service area.

The Dallas team rolled up their sleeves and dedicated their time there to packing boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. By the end of the shift, the team filled nine pallets with 432 boxes that will provide 11,050 meals.

“I am grateful to work at a place like EMJ that truly values service and encourages us to spend time giving back to our community. It was both refreshing and energizing to get to serve alongside my fellow employees, knowing that we were making a positive impact on so many people in our community,” said Jacob Wadlington, Vice President of Business Development, EMJ Construction Dallas.

This is the third consecutive year that EMJ has partnered with the North Texas Food Bank in the ongoing pursuit of closing the gap on hunger in North Texas, allowing our employees to live out EMJ’s purpose to be people serving people. Visit North Texas Food Bank’s website to learn more about the organization and the work they are doing.

Main Event Opens Newest DFW Location in Grand Prairie

Main Event, one of the fastest growing, most innovative dining and entertainment companies in the country, officially opened its seventh Dallas-Fort Worth area location on Sunday, January 26 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

To celebrate their grand opening week, Main Event had a week full of one-of-a-kind experiences such as a laser tag giveaway, cash claw challenge, free games for a year, and even the change to one $100,000.

Dallas-Fort Worth is our home, it’s where the idea of Main Event originated, so it seemed more than appropriate for us to pull out all the stops in opening our seventh location in the area,” said Sarah Beddoe, Chief Brand Officer, Main Event. “We are so proud to offer such a unique experience, and to display it in such grand fashion in Grand Prairie. We couldn’t be prouder to officially be part of the Grand Prairie community and to grow our footprint and impact in the DFW market.”

The EMJ Construction team and their families got to experience all the fun firsthand during the soft grand opening of the Main Event Grand Prairie on Friday, January 24, where they bowled, sampled a select menu, conquered the high ropes, and competed in laser tag.

“Our EMJ team enjoyed getting to celebrate a successful grand opening,” said Matt Connors, Senior Project Manager at EMJ Construction. “It’s very rewarding to work so hard alongside such a great client like Main Event and then get to share the finished product with friends and family.”

Built by EMJ Construction, Main Event Grand Prairie offers 22 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, each with unique technology and luxury seating, multi-level laser tag, high-flying gravity ropes and zip line, billiards, shuffleboard and a games gallery featuring more than 100 of the latest interactive and the most virtual reality games.  In addition to the 50,000 square feet of fun, the ultimate entertainment destination offers a full kitchen dining experience and handcrafted cocktails in a high-energy sports bar surrounded by big screen TVs.

Visit Main Event‘s site to learn more about “the most fun you can have under one roof”. Click here to read about EMJ’s work on the project.

EMJ Team Members from left to right: Cody Crissman, Field Staff; Kathryn Mueller, Project Engineer; Shaunese Farris, Contract Expeditor; Jacob Wadlington, VP of Business Development; Faith Crissman, Bid Coordinator; Andrew Lackey, Preconstruction Manager; Matt Connors, Senior Project Manager; Phil Crissman, Senior Superintendent