Bass Pro Shops team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

In 2016, EMJ launched the Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence to recognize exceptional work within the family of companies. The “Jolleys,” named in memory of EMJ’s founder, are presented in three categories: Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Servant Leadership and Outstanding Project. In this four-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Jolley recipients, and why they were selected for these awards.


photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is an 80,000-square-foot retail development that sits on more than 100 acres of conservation land and is the anchor tenant of Celebration Pointe, a large mixed-use residential, office, entertainment and retail development in Gainesville, Fla.

The tilt-wall structure includes unique finishes such as polished concrete floors, hand-painted murals reflecting Florida wildlife and a 12,000-gallon indoor aquarium. EMJ’s Chattanooga team completed the Bass Pro facility in just ten months—despite impact to the schedule due to Hurricane Matthew.

photo courtesy of Celebration Pointe

EMJ worked with the project team to deliver value through collaboration and creative thinking in several ways. During preconstruction, our team analyzed the plans and noticed aggregate was included in the initial site work. Our team knew that aggregate is unnecessary in Florida due to the sandy soil type, so we worked to see that it was removed from the project scope.

In addition, our team discovered that a concrete slab for the store’s loading dock was not included in the scope. Using the cost-savings from the aggregate, the EMJ team provided Bass Pro with the loading dock slab at no extra cost. In total, at completion the EMJ project team returned over $430,000 in savings to the owner.

The project team received the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award from the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program in recognition of its dedication to safe practices on the project and was applauded by stakeholders for maintaining project schedule despite the area’s impact from Hurricane Matthew. 

“The Bass Pro team built strong relationships with all project participants based on trust and transparency,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “Their commitment to serving our customer, as well as quality and schedule, delivered an excellent construction experience that has opened the door for further opportunities with Bass Pro.”  

photo courtesy of Celebration Pointe

The team’s work on this project earned the respect and trust of Bass Pro Shops, and made possible the award of a second store in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Congratulations to all Bass Pro Shops team members:

Ken Boyd, Lead Superintendent
Neil Forell, Level II Superintendent
John Scanlon, Superintendent
Caleb Hammontree, Project Manager
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Manager
Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer
Mindie Ogle, Accountant
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expeditor
Cissy Scott, Contract Expeditor
Emma Dixon, Co-Op


Read about the other Jolley for Outstanding Project recipients:

Shaw T1 team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

Farmer Brothers team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project

River Spirit Casino Resort team receives Jolley for Outstanding Project


EMJ recognized for safety at Bass Pro in Florida


Left to right: Caleb Hammontree, Project Manager; Bill Stidham of Bass Pro; John Scanlon, Superintendent; Neil Forell, Level II Superintendent; Ken Boyd, Lead Superintendent; and Keith Brown, USF OSHA Consultation.


EMJ Construction received the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award for its work on Bass Pro Shop in Gainesville, Fla. This award, given by the University of South Florida’s Safety Consultation Program, was developed to motivate and support employers who emphasize safety through the implementation and maintenance of effective injury and illness-prevention programs.

Opening this fall, the Bass Pro at Celebration Pointe is an 80,000-square-foot tilt-wall project that includes a boat sales and service department, polished concrete floors, and a 12,000-gallon indoor aquarium. After an inspection by consultant Keith Brown, the team was recommended for the award.

“These guys truly went above and beyond to fulfill EMJ’s promise of a safe jobsite for all team members,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President, EMJ Construction.

This is the second time this month and the third time this year that the EMJ family of companies has received this recognition. It is also the third Sunshine State Safety Award for Lead Superintendent Ken Boyd, who has received the safety recognition on his last three projects.

“We are so proud of Ken and his leadership,” said Jack Bowen, Vice President of Construction, EMJ. “His repeat recognitions are a testament to his commitment to safety and to a job well done.”

Congratulations to the team members responsible for this project’s success: Ken Boyd, Lead Superintendent; John Scanlon, Superintendent; Neil Forell, Level II Superintendent; and Caleb Hammontree, Project Manager.




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Two new Florida Bass Pro locations underway

EMJ Construction is currently building two Bass Pro Shops in Florida—one in Daytona Beach and another in Gainesville.

The Daytona Beach Bass Pro will anchor the One Daytona development, a 300,000-square foot shopping and entertainment center which is adjacent to the newly-renovated Daytona International Speedway. The 67,000-square-foot outfitter store will be customized to reflect the character of the region, will include a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, and is envisioned to be “a living museum of northeast Florida’s outdoor traditions.”

Meanwhile, our team is also nearing completion of the 80,000-square-foot Bass Pro in Gainesville. The store is the anchor tenant of Celebration Pointe—a mixed-use development featuring entertainment, dining, shopping, office and residential space—and is situated along more than 100 acres of a permanent conservation area on the western portion of the property. The project is on schedule to be completed in November of this year.

Related stories:

Bass Pro Shops raises the walls at One Daytona – Chain Store Age

For One Daytona, ‘Seeing is believing’ – The Daytona Beach News-Journal