Podcast: Wegmans delivered in only 33 weeks

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 five-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Outstanding Project recipients and why they were selected for these awards. Directors and Vice Presidents of the corporation nominate for Outstanding Project, which is given to a project team that delivered an exceptional client experience, added value, overcame challenges, demonstrated exemplary planning and execution, and built client relationships.

This year, EMJ recognized five projects with this award:

Signal Mill, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Tranquillity 8 Solar, Fresno County, Calif.
West Towne Marketplace, El Paso, Texas
Market City Center, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Wegmans Food Market, Medford, Mass.

In this final blog of the series, we’re featuring the team behind Wegmans Food Market in Medford, Mass., in a ten-minute Ground Up podcast.


 

Before beginning work on Wegmans, EMJ’s Boston team managed the demolition of Meadow Glen Mall, a 200,000-square-foot, 35-year-old shopping center, to make way for the 120,000-square-foot grocery store.

During preconstruction, the team created a comprehensive quality management plan which aligned each project team member from day one. They maintained a consistent open line of communication and made sure they understood the client’s goals to bring the project to a successful completion.

The project team faced challenges with the structural steel slab and poor soil conditions from the earliest phase of the project. In addition, the client requested several design changes throughout the project, which the team responded to quickly, positively, and efficiently.

The day of the grand opening, Colleen Wegman, President of Wegmans, thanked the team profusely and said this was the most successful outside vendor delivery in the history of their program, reflecting how the team delivered an exceptional client experience.

The project now holds the quickest start-to-finish execution, at 33 weeks, of any Wegmans project ever built, which has led to further negotiated work and current projects in N.Y., Va., and Mass.

Congratulations to all members of the project team:

Amy Angus, Assistant Project Manager
Neal Fontana, Senior Preconstruction Manager
Michael Fragassi, Lead Superintendent
Bruce Tassone, Senior Project Manager
Tania Nicholson, Project Accountant

 

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EMJ delivers fourth grocery construction project for Lidl

EMJ’s Chattanooga team recently celebrated the grand opening of its fourth Lidl grocery construction project, located in Florence, S.C.

On May 24, the EMJ team, Lidl representatives, local officials, and eager residents attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the store opened its doors for the first time.

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The international grocery retailer built and opened 47 stores last year, with lofty goals for additional stores in 2018 and beyond. EMJ Construction is currently building two additional stores in Georgia.

Lidl’s key selling points are its “easy-to-shop” layout, wine selection, freshly-baked goods, healthy, sustainable choices, and top-quality products. According to an announcement, about 90 percent of the grocery brands at Lidl will be exclusive to the chain.

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“Our team has gotten into a groove with Lidl,” said Gary Gibson, Director of Construction. “They truly understand the client’s goals and have used lessons learned from prior projects to deliver a truly-customized product.”

Congratulations to the team:

Ben Caulder, Level 1 Superintendent
Gary Gibson, Director of Construction
Priscilla Harrell, Administrative Assistant
Steve Jensen, Superintendent
Jacob Mammen, Project Accountant
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Project Manager
Steve Totzke, Project Manager
Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer

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EMJ’s first Lidl grocery store opens in Winston-Salem

Publix opens at Chattanooga’s Village at Waterside

Last week, EMJ Construction in Chattanooga celebrated the opening of Publix, a 45,600-square-foot grocery store at The Village at Waterside.

The store includes a bakery, wine department, a full-service meat and seafood department and a cooking demonstration station for Apron Simple meals.

In addition to Publix, EMJ’s team is constructing The Village at Waterside’s 120,000-square-foot retail space, which will be home to Burlington Coat Factory and REI, as well as additional tenants. EMJ is also performing the development’s site work, including grading, utilities, drainage, lighting, traffic signalization, paving, modular retaining walls, fencing, and more.

The development is expected to open later this year.

“Publix’s commitment to provide top-notch service and a unique experience for customers aligns well with EMJ’s foundation: to serve and to deliver unique value,” said Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Chattanooga. “We are proud of this project and know it will serve our community well.”

Congratulations to the entire project team and thank you for your hard work!

Mike Froman, Lead Superintendent
Leroy Thompson, Superintendent
Zane Rice, Level II Superintendent
Matt Elliot, Project Manager
Jonathon Couch, Project Engineer
Deanna Hensley, Operations Accountant I
Robin Phillips, Project Accountant
Priscilla Harrell, Project Administrator

Learn more about this project here, and learn more about EMJ’s grocery work here.

Team celebrates completion of Sam’s Club, Walmart stores

Sam’s Club in Fort Worth, Texas, opened on Friday, January 12th following an extensive remodel.

The project included interior and exterior demolition, renovation of refrigerated cases, offices, restrooms, showroom spaces and more, and construction of several new areas, including the hearing center, café, pharmacy and health care center.

All work was performed at night, allowing the store, which is owned and operated by Walmart, to remain open throughout the remodel.

“This was our first Sam’s Club remodel,” said George Heath, Vice President – Retail Single Tenant, EMJ Construction – Dallas. “We took many years of remodel experience to Walmart and provided a new phasing plan and a new barricade system that allowed them to advertise the upcoming improvements and resulted in a gain of store sales.”

As a result of the project team’s innovative logistics solutions and commitment to exceeding the client’s goals, Walmart says it plans to use this project as a model for future Walmart and Sam’s Club renovations.

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On Wednesday, January 24th, EMJ’s Dallas team again celebrated at the grand opening of the new Walmart Supercenter in Prosper, Texas.

The EMJ team performed all site work on the 18-acre development in addition to constructing the 193,525-square-foot store.

“The combined team delivered an outstanding client experience that has led to three additional projects,” said George. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to have this team represent EMJ in the Walmart program.”

Walmart Supercenter - Prosper, Texas

Congratulations to the team members on these projects:

Jeremiah Rader, Superintendent
Donny Scott, Superintendent
Denver Moody, Superintendent
Andrew Scott, Level II Superintendent
Aaron Scott, Level I Superintendent
Matt Connors, Project Manager
Heath Wilson, Director of Construction
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Erick Perez, Project Engineer
Shaunese Farris, Senior Administrative Assistant
Sheila Nazario-Thomas, Senior Administrative Assistant

Boston celebrates opening of Wegmans at Meadow Glen

EMJ celebrated the grand opening of Wegmans in Medford, Mass., on Sunday, Nov. 5. Nearly 24,000 people visited the 120,000-square-foot grocery store at Meadow Glen Marketplace.

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This is EMJ’s first Wegmans project, adding to an extensive grocery portfolio that includes Lidl, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Food Lion, Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods and more.

Before beginning work on Wegmans, EMJ managed the demolition of Meadow Glen Mall, a 200,000-square-foot, 35-year-old shopping center, to make way for the new development.

The EMJ team also built the 50,000-square-foot Dick’s Sporting Goods and the shell of the 20,000-square-foot Petco located within the development.

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Congratulations to all team members on the project:

Michael Fragassi, Lead Superintendent
Bruce Tassone, Senior Project Manager
Kyle Bohin, Project Manager
Amy Angus, Project Engineer
Tania Nicholson, Project Accountant

To see more of EMJ’s grocery work, visit our projects page.

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Moore’s awarded Subcontractor Safety Award on Danville Lidl

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Steve Totzke (EMJ Chattanooga) and Greg Newman (Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Inc.)

 

Congratulations to Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical, who has been awarded the Subcontractor Safety Award through CORE Safety Group. EMJ nominates outstanding subcontractors each quarter, and Moore’s was selected for their commitment and dedication to safety standards on the job site.

Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical worked with EMJ Chattanooga on the Lidl project in Danville, Virginia, where they managed installation of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and controls for the project. The German grocery store chain celebrated its grand opening on August 31.

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“In regards to safety, they were the best subcontractor I have worked with in a long time,” said Steve Totzke, Project Manager on the Danville Lidl.“Any issues were immediately resolved, they self-policed, and even watched out for other trades. It was not out of the norm for a Moore’s electrician to remind a plumbing insulator to chain his lift.”

Please join us in further recognizing and congratulating Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical for their commitment to safety and dedication to providing a high-quality experience for all involved!

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Lidl grocery stores in Virginia and North Carolina open

Lidl grocery stores in Virginia and North Carolina open

Lidl - Morehead City, NC - Grand Opening

 

Two Lidl grocery stores built by EMJ opened Thursday in Morehead City, N.C., and Danville, Va. EMJ completed a Lidl in Winston-Salem, N.C., earlier this year and has two additional stores under construction for the grocer.

The international grocery retailer with more than 10,000 locations across Europe, now has 28 stores in the U.S. with plans to open at least 80 locations up and down the East Coast by 2018.

Lidl stores offer more than 36,000 square feet of retail space and invite customers to enjoy local food without compromising on budget. The company has announced plans to offer 20 percent lower prices than other U.S.-based stores.

“I’m proud of our team’s hard work to deliver these projects efficiently and to the highest quality,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “We are excited to be a part of Lidl’s U.S. expansion and look forward to additional store openings later this year.”

Lidl - Danville, VA - Grand Opening

 

Congrats to the Lidl teams in Danville and Morehead City on a job well done!

Robert Cote, Superintendent
Rick Coffman, Superintendent
Steven Dowis, Superintendent
Steve Jensen, Superintendent
Ford Long, Level 1 Superintendent

Ben Caulder, Level 1 Superintendent

Richard Stone, Assistant Superintendent
Steve Totzke, Project Manager

Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Manager
Alex Miller, Director of Preconstruction 
Gary Gibson
, Director of Construction
James Tyson, Senior Vice President of Preconstruction
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expediter
Cissy Scott, Contract Expediter
Michele Cheresnick, Staff Accountant

Learn more about EMJ’s grocery construction experience here.

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Wegmans: 3D BIM coordination aids through-slab MEP planning

The structural concrete slab of the Wegmans grocery store in Medford, Mass., includes several recessed areas, trench drains and a significant amount of utilities running through and below it.

Realizing the room for error in the complicated design, Boston’s EMJ Construction team reached out to Will Callery, Virtual Construction Engineer, and Brian Tiehen, Quality Manager, for assistance in planning their approach.

Together, the teams reviewed the plans and set up a measurably accurate 3D model of the slab penetrations, elevations and specialty features. The model provided the project team with a map to identify each slab’s dimensions and where each feature on the slab should be located.


Underslab BIM Coordination showing sanitary and electrical slab penetration locations. This process was used to locate slab penetrations and avoid conflicts.

 

For example, it could be used to see how the drain locations aligned with owner provided equipment or to make sure an electrical box didn’t get placed directly under a wall.

“The team knew exactly what we were going to be working with before we even got started, and the technology helped identify potential problem areas and prepare adequately,” said Bruce Tassone, Senior Project Manager. “It helped ensure proper placement and prevent clashes.”

Photo courtesy of Wegmans, www.wegmans.com

 

The Medford Wegmans is on track for a fall opening.

Read more about the team’s outstanding work on the project in this article about using templates to perfect drywall details.


Snapshot of the overall BIM coordination, showing multiple trades represented in 3D.

 

EMJ’s first Lidl grocery store opens in Winston-Salem

Lidl has arrived. The international grocery retailer with more than 10,000 locations across Europe opened its first U.S. stores last week. Lidl’s expansion goals are lofty: open 100 U.S. stores by the end of 2017, followed by 100 additional stores per year over the next four years.

Today, 20 stores are under construction across the East Coast, and nine locations in North and South Carolina began serving residents last week. Among these is Lidl’s Winston-Salem, N.C., store, which was built by EMJ’s Chattanooga team. EMJ is also building four additional stores, with more to break ground soon.

Lidl prides itself on offering high quality, fresh products at low prices and its slogan, “rethink grocery,” invites customers to enjoy local food without compromising on budget. The company has announced plans to offer 20 percent lower prices than other U.S.-based stores, giving competitors like Walmart and Aldi a run for their money.

“We are excited to be part of Lidl’s progressive expansion into the U.S.” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office, which is spearheading Lidl’s construction projects.

EMJ played a similar role several decades ago, managing the construction for Food Lion’s expansion in the early 1990s. The partnership included constructing over 8 million square feet of grocery stores, warehouse and distribution centers for the company over many years. More recently, our team has also performed work for Kroger, Tom Thumb, Whole Foods and Walmart.

Congrats to the Lidl team in Winston-Salem on a job well done!

Steve Dowis, Superintendent
Shane Haynes, Superintendent
Steve Totzke, Project Manager

Ben Caulder, Level 1 Superintendent

Ryan Colbert, Project Engineer
Jonathon Woolsey, Project Engineer
Brad Primus, Preconstruction Manager
Alex Miller, Director of Preconstruction 
Gary Gibson
, Director of Construction
James Tyson, Senior Vice President of Preconstruction
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expediter
Cissy Scott, Contract Expediter
Michele Cheresnick, Staff Accountant

Learn more about EMJ’s grocery construction experience here.

Using templates for accurate layout at Wegmans

Photo by Wegmans, www.wegmans.com

 

As with any EMJ client, attention to detail should be a top priority.

The website of Wegmans grocery store, a current client of EMJ’s Boston office, states the company’s commitment, “Every Day You Get Our Best.” With a slogan like that, 92 stores and more than 47,000 employees, it would be difficult for any contractor to live up to the strict standards of this, or any, client without incorporating a C2C and quality approach to construction.

Wegmans has a brand image that includes many architectural details that need to be met to live up to their, and shopper’s, expectations. So when the Boston team identified a curved ceiling detail hanging directly above a curved seating bar, they knew it had to be exact, or it wouldn’t meet EMJ’s or our client’s expectations upon delivery.

Upon review of the plans, the project team noticed the dimensions for the drywall ceiling feature were incorrect. They posed the question to the architect, who then issued new dimensions that were sent to the millwork subcontractor for a final review.

The millwork subcontractor identified areas of inconsistency with the millwork dimensions and sent the project team the dimensions for the millwork, so they could then send a request back to the architect to verify.

The team could have continued this repetitive process. However, this could potentially cause delays and frustration between all parties involved. Instead, they chose to involve the millwork and drywall subcontractor and send not just the question, but a proposed solution. The architect approved the change.

But, the team didn’t stop there. They worked with the millwork subcontractor to provide a template for the drywall team to use as a layout. This forethought allowed the drywall to be dimensioned and placed as a direct and exact vertical transference of the millwork seating bar below.

Identifying conflicts in the plans early, coordinating with pertinent subcontractors and following through with the design team and owner are all integral parts of the C2C process.

Providing solutions and coordinating with adjacent trades can expedite the process and show our clients how EMJ “Gives Our Best Every Day.”