EMJ Construction Begins Work on Multi-Family Project in El Paso

EMJ Construction has started work on the 188-unit multi-family portion of the EPT Land Communities massive project on the west side of El Paso, Texas, the Monticello Town Center.


EMJ Construction has started work on the 188-unit multi-family portion of the EPT Land Communities massive project on the west side of El Paso, Texas, the Monticello Town Center.

This phase of the project includes an apartment complex and parking garage. The multi-family portion is part of the larger Monticello Town center, a 20-arce mixed-use development which will eventually include multi-unit housing, retail, and entertainment.

The town center will be made for walking, and its shops, offices, bars and restaurants will be clustered around a plaza.  The blend of commercial and residential spaces will have a smart, modern twist.

“We are very excited to begin work on this project,” said William Mosher, EVP, EMJ Construction. “This is a great project to further the urban development of the west side of El Paso, and we are honored to further expand our extensive experience in the multi-family sector.”

EMJ Construction is working on multiple projects in El Paso. Currently, EMJ is working on the Jefferson/Silva High School additions and renovations and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – El Paso Montverde. These projects bring EMJ’s project total to 33 for the area.

The Jefferson/Silva High School project includes the renovation of an existing 50,000-square-foot auxiliary gym, as well as the addition of a new three-story, 96,000-square-foot academic building, featuring a cafeteria, library, science labs and administration space. A 4,000-square-foot weight room and a softball complex with field event space will be also be added.

The El Paso Montverde Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is a new 46,500-square-foot ground-up construction on a 30-acre mixed-use development site. Features of the project include a ten-screen theater with premium sound and approximately 1,000 luxury recliners as well as an attached full-service bar and restaurant.

“We are proud to work in El Paso,” said Mosher. “The city presents a tremendous business environment and we are excited about supporting great clients as the area continues to grow and attract new businesses.”



EMJ Awarded Warehouse and High-end Office Building

EMJ has been awarded a one million-square foot warehouse and three-story, 48,000-square-foot high-end office building by DSV Global Transport and Logistics (DSV).

EMJ has been awarded a one million-square foot warehouse and three-story, 48,000-square-foot high-end office building by DSV Global Transport and Logistics (DSV). This project will be completed in partnership with O’Brien Architects.

DSV is a leading global supplier, providing and managing supply chain solutions for thousands of companies. Through the acquisition of several companies over the years, DSV has strengthened its global network to become the world’s fourth largest transport and logistics company.

“EMJ is excited to bring our strong industrial and logistics experience to this project,” says William Mosher, EVP of EMJ Construction, Dallas. “We have partnered with O’Brien Architects on several projects over the years and are looking forward to deepening our experience while serving a world class client like DSV.”

The warehouse and high-end office building are set to break ground in November of this year in Lancaster, Texas — an area that has seen some of North Texas’ biggest new distribution hubs in recent years.

“Despite pandemic-related slowdowns elsewhere, the real estate market for industrial warehouse space in Lancaster is doing well,” said Karl A. Stundins of Lancaster’s economic development department.

Click here to learn more about DSV. Visit O’Brien’s website to see more of their work. Check out more of EMJ’s projects here.

The Race

A ten-yard head start isn’t cheating, it’s just “social distancing”…

At EMJ we love friendly office competition, which is why our annual fitness challenge was created back in 2019. The 2020 Fitness Challenge kicked off at the beginning of the year, but it was shortly thereafter put on pause due to the stay at home orders put into place in March.

Although that competition had to be put on hold, our employees have still managed to add some fun and competition to their days, even if that means challenging your co-worker to a footrace in the middle of a Tennessee pasture.

The bet was simple: Patrick Scheele wagered $100 that Billy Kile couldn’t beat him in a footrace, even with a 10-yard head start. Billy proved to be too fast for Patrick to make up those 10-yards before the finish.

This is just a small example of the family-oriented culture at EMJ Construction and the competitive nature of our employees.

EMJ Ranks #135 on ENR’s 2020 Top 400 Contractors

EMJ Corporation is #135 on ENR’s Top 400 List of contractors.

EMJ Corporation is proud to be #135 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2020 ranking of the Top 400 Contractors. EMJ was ranked #66 on ENR’s Top General Contractors list for Texas and Louisiana and #64 on the list of the Southeast’s Top Contractors. These rankings represent both EMJ Construction’s and Signal Energy’s work.

“These rankings are only possible because of our best-in-class clients,” said Jack Bowen, President, EMJ Construction. “I’m also very proud of the work of our family of companies, office staff, and project teams who work tirelessly to deliver exceptional experiences to our clients, partners and colleagues each day.”

Since 1968, EMJ and its family of companies have delivered billions of dollars in building and renewable energy projects across the U.S. The corporation’s history and experience are unique, but what elevates EMJ is the client experience. With more than 52 years of diverse experience, thousands of partnerships across the country and numerous satisfied, repeat customers, EMJ challenges clients to expect more — one project at a time.

Engineering News-Record (ENR) annually ranks the Top 400 Contractors in the country according to their revenue in a calendar year.

EMJ Construction Featured in City Scope Magazine’s Annual Business Issue


EMJ Construction is proud to be featured in the 2020 CityScope Magazine Annual Business Issue. The magazine is the most comprehensive local business publication for the Chattanooga area.

Each year, over 200 executives from 170+ companies are showcased in articles featuring local companies, people and organizations, industries and trends, entrepreneurship, strategy and leadership, and management.

This year the magazine asked Burt Odom, President and CEO, EMJ Corporation and other local CEO’s to share their best-kept hiring secrets. Specifically, Burt shared thoughts about what exactly he looks for when building a world-class executive team. Following is his response.

In addition, EMJ Construction was proud to place an ad in this year’s edition, celebrating its history and impact on the Scenic City. The add features key Chattanooga-based projects and others in key sectors across the country.


“Chattanooga is a great place to live, work, and play,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “We’re honored to be a part of this magazine – along with other world-class companies and leaders – and celebrate our hometown.”

For more, read the CityScope Annual Business Issue.

EMJ Corporation Awards Scholarships

The Edgar M. Jolley Memorial Scholarship assists eligible children of employees in completing their education. This year, EMJ awarded the scholarship to Emma Folsom.

In 2007, the Edgar M. Jolley Memorial Scholarship was established to assist eligible children of employees in completing their education. The scholarship rewards students who embody the spirit of EMJ’s servant leadership culture through their service to their peers and communities. The fund provides an opportunity for students who excel in both academics and community involvement.

This year, EMJ awarded the scholarship to Emma Folsom, daughter of Brad Folsom, Senior Preconstruction Manager, EMJ Construction. 

Emma graduated from East Hamilton High School and will be attending Lee University where she will be pursuing a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Pre-Athletic Training.  She intends to eventually achieve a Master’s in Athletic Training.

In addition, Ryan Jaremko, Jonathan York, Colton Smith, and Asher Smith , who are children of Signal Energy employees, received scholarships. Signal Energy is a member of the EMJ Corporation family of companies.

Congratulations to all our talented recipients, and best wishes for the future!


Catalyst HRE Celebrates Grand Opening of Medical Office Building in St. Cloud, Florida

Catalyst HRE recently celebrated the grand opening of a new medical office building, built by EMJ Construction, in St. Cloud, Florida.


Time lapse video of the Catalyst HRE medical office building in St. Cloud, Florida.


Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate (“Catalyst HRE”), a national healthcare real estate developer, recently celebrated the grand opening of new 50,000 square foot Medical Office Building (MOB) in St. Cloud, Florida. The medical office building, built by EMJ Construction, will be anchored by Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital (‘OHSCH’) – an 84-bed acute care facility with 190 physicians.

As the first multi-specialty MOB on the campus of OHSCH, this location will serve as patient access point for diagnostic imaging, lab, cardiology, rehabilitation, gastroenterology, ear, nose, throat (‘ENT’), urology, general surgery services, primary care, and a walk-in clinic. The two-story MOB will also be home to the following tenants: Celebration Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute, and Eye Florida.

“We are honored to work with Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “They have a passion to provide health systems to physician groups, academic medical systems, and hospitals. We are proud to play a small part in delivering their vision.”

The new first-class facility will enable OHSCH to expand their outpatient services while providing care in a centralized, convenient location. Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate is one of the nation’s fastest growing full-service healthcare real estate firms. To learn more visit Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate.



Aerial Footage of H-E-B in Kerrville, Texas

Check out this arial footage of the work at H-E-B in Kerrville, Texas.

Check out this aerial footage of the work at H-E-B 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.



Quarantine Cookbook Is A Recipe to Stay Connected

Quarantine cookbook is an example of resiliency and determination to remain human, and in contact, while we transition to a digital work environment.

The Dallas preconstruction team conducts its daily meeting.


These past few months have been interesting, to say the least. While EMJ Construction was deemed an essential business, and our field teams continued to work on projects, in mid-March the office-based teams started working from home.

While the work transition was seamless, thanks to Microsoft Teams meetings, it took some time to adjust to not seeing teammates in the office. To help feel better connected, the Dallas Preconstruction team had daily touch point meetings with a special theme every Wednesday.

The first Wednesday each member of the team wore a hat and explained its meaning. That’s when Drew Halsey, Vice President of Preconstruction, had an idea – a cookbook. “I was looking for something different to talk about. We wanted something to get people involved and interacting in a personal way,” said Halsey. “We’re all spending time at home and I thought it’d be great to see what everyone is cooking during the quarantine.”

Martin Briggs, Dallas preconstruction.


That led to a call for entries sent to Martin Briggs, Assistant Preconstruction Manager, who assembled “Cooking in the Time of Crisis,” EMJ’s own version of a “Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book.” Some of the recipes are serious and others tongue-in-cheek with little golden nuggets of humor sprinkled throughout. Here are some highlights:

321 Rib Method, submitted by Drew Halsey

I firmly believe that you should cook food the way you like it, and ribs are no different! You like your ribs saucy? Put some extra sauce on them (I like using my Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce)! You like your ribs falling off the bone? Follow this 3 2 1 Rib Method. These are your ribs after all. Don’t you let the man get you down. Just don’t.

A Starkes Family Lunch, submitted by Keith Starkes

1. Middle child yells at you during conference call because “they are starving.”
2. Commence with making lunch.
3. Assemble ingredients. Oldest child: make ham sandwich with ham, cheese, ranch, pickles.
4. Yell at kids to get out of pantry: “Can’t you see that I am making you lunch?”
5. Resume step 3.

Quick 1 Minute Oats, submitted by Suzanna Trent

1. Boil water or milk and salt.
2. Stir in oats.
3. Cook about 1 minute over medium heat; stir occasionally.

World Famous Homemade Buttermilk Ranch, submitted by Chris Ross

What You Need:

½ cup whole fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing BUTTERMILK mix
Can always add more if needed
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Paprika (to taste)
1/8 cup of celery salt

1. Mix All together. Eat with anything because ranch goes with everything.

While the cookbook will not be featured on any of your favorite cooking shows, and we can’t vouch for any of the recipes, it did accomplish its mission – to bring levity and camaraderie to a heavy and potentially isolating situation.

“I have been so proud of my team and how they’ve responded to this unbelievably challenging time,” said Keith Starkes, Vice President of Preconstruction, Dallas. “They didn’t miss a beat. This is just one of many examples of resiliency and determination to remain human, and in contact, while we transition to a digital work environment.”

The cookbook is not available on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore, but you can download here.


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.