Saluting Our Heroes

On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, EMJ Construction, led by Co-Op Rashard Minnis, participated in “11 Hours of Remembrance,” a run/walk at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Sponsored by the UTC Army ROTC/SVO, the event honors those killed and injured on Sept. 11, 2001, and those whose heroic actions prevented more deaths. Participants carry an American flag or a flag of one of the U.S. Armed Services around a track and take at least one lap around the field with the goal of having at least one of the flags circulating throughout the day.
Photo by UTC


Minnis served the Marine Corps for 15 years prior to attending The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is pursuing a second degree in civil engineering with a minor in construction management while serving EMJ as a co-op. He reached out to his EMJ colleagues and asked them to join him in honoring the heroes of 9/11, and they answered the call.

Among those joining Minnis at the event was EMJ Project Engineer and military veteran Evan Rector, who served more than 11 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Thank you Rashard, Evan, and all of the military veterans at EMJ who served our nation. You exemplify our purpose to be people serving people.

Pictured are Kami Clark, Office Manager, EMJ Construction Special Projects; Evan Rector, EMJ Project Engineer; Rashard Minnis, EMJ Co-Op; and Cody Stubblefield, EMJ Project Engineer.


Read more about the event and see additional photos on the UTC blog.

High Point Climbing and Fitness Takes Shape in Memphis

High Point Climbing and Fitness will soon arrive in Memphis, Tenn. The EMJ Construction Special Projects team began work on the project in late 2017 and is on schedule to deliver the project to the client in early 2019.

Designed by PV Design, Inc., the unique, 32,000-square-foot facility will include several indoor climbing walls up to 50 feet tall, a 40-foot outdoor wall, a kids climbing area, a cardio room, weight room, and spaces for yoga and spin classes.

Drone flyover footage captured in August 2018.

The design includes a specialized exterior wall panel system that provides water tightness and insulation and required extensive coordination with various stakeholders to ensure the project stayed on track.

“It’s a very complex system that took the entire team working together to overcome the hurdles, to keep our original schedule,” said Jon-Michael Davis, EMJ Project Manager.

“On top of that, we had  multiple meetings involving every subcontractor that touched or penetrated the system to ensure water tightness per the manufacture recommendation.”

Having successfully installed the exterior wall system, the team began constructing the exterior climbing wall earlier this week.

“Working and coordinating with Walltopia, who provides and installs all the  interior and exterior climbing walls, has been the most interesting part of this project,” said Davis. “This group is out of Bulgaria, so coordination has been extremely important.”

High Point’s leadership team recently commended the project team on a job well done, and the EMJ project team attributes this to weekly collaboration meetings and excellent communication.

“We’ve worked hard to earn their trust,” said Davis. “The High Point team has been great to work with.”

Look for more updates on High Point Memphis in the coming weeks, and thank you to the project team for delivering an exceptional client experience.

Project team members include:

Mark Stepansky, Lead Superintendent
Marty Nielsen, Superintendent
David Lindsey, Level 1 Superintendent
Jon-Michael Davis, Project Manager
Evan Rector, Project Engineer
Jerry Campbell, Senior Preconstruction Manager
Craig Skidmore, Preconstruction Manager
David Haley, Senior Preconstruction Manager
Travis Darwent, Preconstruction Manager

Special Projects to build High Point Climbing in Memphis


EMJ celebrates Nordstrom Rack opening in Memphis

EMJ’s Chattanooga team celebrated the grand opening of Nordstrom Rack in Memphis, Tenn., on Thursday, October 5.

Nearly 500 people lined up to wait for the 9 am opening of the discount designer store. Employees handed out coffee and pastries while crowds entered a raffle to win $100 Rack gift cards.

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Developed by Seritage Growth Partners, the 33,000-square-foot retailer is the anchor of Poplar Commons, a 135,000-square-foot shopping center that will soon be home to other retailers including Ulta Beauty, LA Fitness, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. This is the third Nordstrom Rack in the state of Tennessee and the eleventh store that EMJ’s team has completed.

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Photo credit: The Commercial Appeal

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Congratulations to the EMJ Chattanooga team on this project:
Shane Haynes, Superintendent
David McCallen, Preconstruction Manager
Steve Totzke, Project Manager
Bryce Martin, Project Engineer
Michele Cheresnick, Staff Accountant
Cissy Scott, Contract Expeditor
Jack Bowen, Senior Vice President of Construction

Read more about the grand opening in the Memphis Business Journal and The Commercial Appeal.