Virtual planning aids healthcare renovation project

Parkridge Health System is getting an upgrade, thanks to support from HCA’s FacilitiGroup. The hospital kicked off a $3.1 million chiller and cooling tower replacement project last month in partnership with the EMJ Construction team.

According to Parkridge, “This significant upgrade will improve the facility’s ability to manage its interior climate controls and overall utility efficiency.”


The new structure is being built within a mechanical “bull-pen” full of multiple utilities and services, leaving little to no room to spare. This complexity, combined with the need to continue operations at the hospital without disruption, required extensive planning and critical analysis before construction began.

“After reviewing the drawings, Lee Company and EMJ Superintendent David Taylor had concerns that the new chiller equipment wouldn’t fit into the roll-up door considering the adjacent air-cooled chiller located only a few feet away,” said Lance Truett, EMJ Project Manager.

If the equipment could not fit through the roll-up door, the team would need to identify an alternative method for installing the new equipment. To test the installation scenario, the project team enlisted the help of EMJ’s Construction Technology Department, which specializes in building information modeling (BIM) and other virtual imaging techniques.

“Employing laser scanning for existing conditions was the perfect solution for the Parkridge project since we were dealing with a high degree of complexity and congestion,” said Jonathan Deming, EMJ Director of Construction Technology. “This process has enabled our team to move forward with complete confidence and certainty.”

A “scan” is a powerful laser recording that captures a site’s shape and appearance and converts those conditions into 3D models and structural drawings at sub-millimeter accuracy.

“Roger Aasheim and Will Callery laser scanned the existing conditions and overlaid the new construction along with a 3D model of the chiller equipment provided by the chiller manufacturer to see how it was all going to go together,” said Truett. “With their help we were able to demonstrate that moving the building 18” east would eliminate all concerns and site constraints. Moving the structure also makes the installation safer and the future maintenance possible.”

With a modified construction plan approved and in place, the team and its trade partners kicked off the Parkridge renovation in late August. Demolition of the existing cooling tower is complete, and temporary towers are fully operational.

Working in conjunction with the technology team at HVAC company Lee Company, the EMJ team is currently modeling the pumps, piping, and control panels of the new space to fully understand the structure and ensure smooth and efficient construction continues throughout the project’s duration.

The Parkridge project is on track for early 2019 completion.  Congrats to the EMJ Construction Healthcare team on a job well done!

Roger Aasheim, Virtual Construction Engineer II
Will Callery, Virtual Construction Manager
Zach Klassen, Project Engineer
Lance Truett, Project Manager
Sam Marks, Preconstruction Manager
Cody Stubblefield, Project Engineer
David Taylor, Superintendent

EMJ breaks ground on The Sheridan at Hobe Sound

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EMJ’s Boston office recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for The Sheridan at Hobe Sound, a 110,000-square-foot retirement community on nearly 8 acres of land.

A joint venture between Senior Lifestyle Corporation and CA Senior Living, the Boston team will soon begin building The Sheridan, which will feature 85 assisted living apartment homes and 40 memory care residences developed specifically to support residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other conditions.

“Our team is excited to begin another large-scale senior living project to serve the Hobe Sound community, and we hope to bring a tremendous amount of value to the client through early collaboration in the project’s development,” said Neil Pratt, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Boston.

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Artist rendering of The Sheridan at Hobe Sound assisted living and memory care community.

The Sheridan at Hobe Sound is designed with a resort-style feel and will bring amenities to residents that will promote social connectivity with top-notch service. Residents will enjoy chef-prepared meals in an elegant dining room, and indoor and outdoor amenity spaces designed for groups.

Residents of the retirement community will also be able express themselves in the creative studio, play bocce ball, practice on the putting green, dine on an outdoor patio and enjoy outdoor spaces and walking paths that weave throughout the property’s natural wetlands.

Artist rendering of The Sheridan at Hobe Sound assisted living and memory care community. (PRNewsfoto/Senior Lifestyle Corporation)

In addition to meeting the housing and healthcare needs of greater Hobe Sound’s growing senior population, The Sheridan will create more than 150 new jobs in the retirement community.

EMJ’s team began construction in early November, and the community is scheduled to open in early 2019.

Read more about the project and our other senior living projects here.

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Senior Lifestyle Corporation And CA Senior Living Break Ground On New 125-Unit Development In Hobe Sound, Fla.

EMJ Ranked #47 in BD+C’s 2016 Giants Report

Building Design + Construction (BD+C) recently released its 2016 Giants 300 Report, an annual ranking of the nation’s largest construction firms, and EMJ is ranked #47 nationally.

In addition to the overall rankings, BD+C classifies construction firms by revenue in individual sector. EMJ’s diverse portfolio of work is evident as the family of companies was ranked in eight separate categories:


With nearly 50 years of history in retail, it’s no surprise that EMJ ranks #5 in the country in this sector. Large projects including Lee Vista Promenade, North Hills Crossing and Waterside pushed our family of companies’ retail revenue to more than $287 million last year. 2017’s rankings appear bright for this sector as well, as our team is currently constructing several large retail developments including The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, the redevelopment of Meadow Glen Mall and La Villita. See the full list of retail construction firms here.



EMJ ranks #18 among the nation’s top hotel construction firms. With a myriad of projects for national hotel brands such as Hampton Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Holiday InnEMJ Hospitality continues to represent the family of companies with top-notch work in the hotel sector. We are proud of the team for this achievement. See the full list of hotel construction firms here.

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Our team ranks #46 in industrial construction. With distribution centers for FedEx Ground, Farmer Brothers Co. and At Home currently under construction, our team looks forward to growth and expansion in this sector in the next year and beyond. See the full list of industrial construction firms here.



EMJ ranks #57 in the K-12 school construction firms. Recent projects include Faith Christian School’s stadium and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. See the full list of K-12 school construction firms here.



EMJ also ranks #74 among the nation’s top BIM, or Building Information Modeling, construction firms. BIM uses visual technology to help teams plan and design their construction projects more efficiently. With a recently-expanded construction technology team, EMJ expects to continue growth in this realm with our expansive list of technological construction options to better serve clients. See the full list of BIM construction firms here.



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EMJ is also ranked #84 in construction of office buildings, #85 in the healthcare sector, and #87 in the multifamily construction firms list.


Congratulations to all members of the family of companies for these remarkable achievements. To learn more about our scope of work, visit the Projects page.