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.

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

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/

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

 

EMJ Leads Construction Work on Hamilton Place Mall Renovation

Hamilton Place Mall, Chattanooga, TN (1987)

 

In 1968, CBL Properties was EMJ Construction’s first client. In 1987, we were proud to help the company construct Chattanooga’s Hamilton Place Mall. Today, we’re  honored to lead the construction work on CBL’s renovation of this local landmark. The Chattanooga Times Free Press toured the mall and sat down with Stephen Lebovitz, CEO of CBL Properties, who shared the following detailed progress of the mall:

New mall development is focused on offering experiences and services over the things shoppers can carry out of a store, with restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues playing a key role.

Thirty years after Hamilton Place mall opened, the age of the mega-mall anchored by department stores and surrounded by ring roads is at an end, Lebovitz said. The redevelopment of the space around Sears will have an outdoor focus, favoring sidewalks, lighting and landscaping over stark expanses of asphalt.

Multiple businesses will fill the 145,000 square feet that once housed Sears, which is 65%-70% leased. Next door, the new Aloft expected to open in early 2021 will have a rooftop bar and a Mean Mug coffeehouse on the ground floor.

Mitch Patel, president and CEO of Vision Hospitality Group, expects the hotel to become a draw for locals as well as out-of-town guests.

“It isn’t downtown or the river, but it is a pretty nice view when you get 75 or 80 feet in the air,” he said during a tour of the site on Tuesday. Reinvention is a challenging process, but it’s one that comes with significant potential, Lebovitz said.

More than 40 anchor stores in the CBL portfolio of properties have closed, but their replacements will move the properties and the company in a stronger direction, he said.

“CBL is an innovative retail real-estate company, developing some of the finest retail shopping centers in the U.S.,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “EMJ had the privilege of helping CBL construct the Hamilton Place Mall in 1987. Working on this renovation project feels like we’ve come full circle. We’re excited to see it remain a hallmark of our community for generations to come.”

Read the full story or learn more about The Hamilton Place Mall.

Chattanooga Times Free Press photo by Erin O. Smith / Construction is underway across from CBL Headquarters at Hamilton Place mall in front of what was formerly Sears Thursday, January 9, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

Chattanooga Times Free Press photo by C.B. Schmelter / Work continues inside an unleased space at Hamilton Place Mall on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Anchoring the renovated spaces are Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dave & Buster’s. The Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dave & Buster’s are both scheduled to open in March.

 

7 Winter and Cold Weather Tips for Construction Workers

Since humans began building, we have been at war with winter. In construction, one key to winning is planning how to continue moving forward without losing ground.

Since humans began building, we have been at war with winter. In construction, one key to winning is planning how to continue moving forward without losing ground. The following items are just a few things to consider in the coming months:

Use in-ground heating. Frozen subgrade in the winter can lead to damaged slabs, foundations, pools, and retaining walls in the spring. Moisture becomes trapped above the frost line, making compaction efforts extremely difficult. Once the moisture thaws in the spring, the ground becomes less compacted and more plastic, causing settlement, and in some cases, catastrophic failure, especially at retaining walls.

Plan to remove ice and water. Low areas in a slab, pools, and other features often collect snow and water which will freeze and thaw, expanding and contracting against the walls and within the porous concrete causing damage to the surface and possibly to the structural integrity of the concrete. Make sure you have a plan to deal with these issues and temporarily cover this hazard.

Use cold weather concrete. Review your specifications, and when in doubt, refer to ACI 306. Make sure you know whether your architect or engineer will allow for add mixtures ahead of time. Several add mixtures on the market now help to encapsulate the moisture in the concrete, allowing for flooring to bond and helping to boost the vapor barrier as well as repelling surface moisture due to exposure to the elements.

Understand and adhere to material delivery and storage requirements. A vast majority of materials are susceptible to excessive moisture and temperatures below 40°F. Without tenting and heat, materials may freeze if left to the elements. Read and understand your manufacturer’s requirements for material handling and application.

Prepare your parking lot. In winter, it’s difficult to store materials level and off the ground if the ground profile continues to change. Plan on paving early in order to avoid vehicles getting stuck, deliveries turning away, manpower being unable to access the building safely, and to maintain general site cleanliness. Whenever possible, get the base course down, a binder course or concrete paving is even better. This will reduce mud pits, avoid rework on paving structures, increase mobility of people and supplies, and provide a more safe and secure area for material laydown.

Secure interior heat. Heat can be helpful in many ways. It makes drywall and paint possible in cold conditions and can also provide a more safe and comfortable work environment; thus, increasing productivity in months that may not allow work without it. Remember, some forms of heat, like propane, will introduce moisture to the interior so make sure there is adequate ventilation.

Ensure you have power. Even if you have permanent power, have a plan for when the power is disrupted so your work won’t be. Generators can be hard to come by when everyone needs one. Also remember, no matter how many windows you had in the summer that allowed sun to help with lighting, the days are much shorter; artificial lighting will be necessary just to meet standard working times in most areas.

All of the items above directly impact quality and play a large role in maintaining a safe jobsite focused on quality. Being unprepared for winter weather can cause exposure to the elements, material loss or misuse, inadequate lighting, irregular grades, snow and ice causing slipping hazards, and a variety of other issues. Being winter ready will help us continue to meet our schedules and stay on budget – all while delivering and exceptional client experience.

Brian Tiehan is a Quality Manager for EMJ Construction.