Tranquillity 8 Solar named 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.

 

Tranquillity 8 Solar - Fresno County CA

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, Medford, Mass.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight each project and the team that brought it to life on the blog. This week, we’re featuring Signal Energy Constructor’s Tranquillity 8.

Tranquillity 8 is a solar power project in Fresno County, Calif., on 1,900 acres that produces enough clean energy to power approximately 50,000 homes. Signal Energy Constructors, a renewable energy contractor within EMJ Corporation, delivered this turn-key, design-build project in late 2017, performing all engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).

The team repeatedly overcame major obstacles ranging from unusually heavy California rains to last-minute design revisions by crafting intelligent, workable solutions and executing them energetically and aggressively to meet critical milestones.

One issue the team tackled was a two-month delay in the inverter skids delivery. The Signal team immediately convened a meeting of all disciplines to get ideas on how to proceed, then held daily follow-up sessions until a workable solution had been decided, vetted and implemented.

Tranquillity 8 Solar - Fresno County CA

The project team’s strong working relationships with the Fresno County authorities and lessons learned from previous experience on the neighboring Tranquillity “1” project helped the team foresee obstacles and proactively resolve them, thus expediting the project’s delivery and enabling the team to overcome these schedule challenges.

A testament to this proactive approach is the project’s excellent safety record.  With over 575,000 hours worked, there was only one minor recordable incident.

“This safety record is the result of both good training and smart incident management,” said Chad Dueker, Director of Projects, Signal Energy. “But more than that, it is the result of on-site leadership that genuinely cares about people and doggedly insists on adherence to safe work practices day in and day out.”

“Even before the project began, the team laid the groundwork for constructive relationships among our team and subcontractor teams on-site by sponsoring a full-day ALLSAFE conference to cultivate a high degree of mutual trust and interdependence,” continued Chad.

The Signal team’s exceptional work ensured that the project remained on schedule despite these challenges, earned the customer’s gratitude and devotion, and led to the team’s Jolley award.

As the customer stated in December 2017, “Signal has set the bar very high at Tranquillity 8. This kind of performance is going to be difficult to improve on.”

Congratulations to all members of the Tranquillity 8 team:

Terry Dill, Safety Superintendent
Bob Elliott, Project Manager
Tanner Knauth, Sr. Procurement Specialist
Marc Lawrence, Assistant Construction Manager
Steve Van Langen, Superintendent
Bill Manuel, Site Quality Manager
Alex Martinez, Commissioning Manager
Michael McDonald, Project Engineer
Tyler Phipps, Preconstruction Manager
Jennifer Scoggins, Sr. Project Engineer
Audra Smith, Scheduler
Alex Torres, Superintendent

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Signal Mill named among 2017’s Outstanding Projects

Signal Mill named among 2017’s Outstanding Projects

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, Medford, Mass.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight each project and the team that brought it to life on the blog. This week, we’re featuring EMJ Construction Special Project’s historic renovation at Signal Mill.

Originally constructed in 1916 as a textile manufacturing facility, Signal Mill is a two-and-a-half-story, 34,560-square-foot structure in Chattanooga’s sought-after North Shore District.

EMJ Construction Special Projects partnered with North Shore Project, LLC, the Woodbery Group and Hefferlin & Kronenberg Architects to renovate the building in 2016. In 2017, the high-end, mixed-use development opened to the public, featuring space for boutiques, specialty food shops and offices as well as Edley’s restaurant at the opposite end from a second restaurant, Food Works, which remained in operation during the renovation.

Together, the team navigated and overcame challenges including weather delays, considerations for an operating tenant, late changes to finishes, and tight deadlines to complete a beautiful historic renovation.

“Our team kept the client relationship and the client’s goals at the forefront throughout the duration of the project,” said Chas Torrence, Executive Vice President, EMJ Construction Special Projects. “They effectively collaborated with the engineers, architect and owner to resolve conflicts and keep the project moving with a keen eye for quality and long-term maintainability.”

The resulting client experience has opened the door for EMJ to perform work for this client in other cities across the Southeast.

Congratulations to the Signal Mill team from EMJ Construction Special Projects:

Gabe Thompson, Director of Construction
Matthew Schaller, Project Manager
Bert Carden, Superintendent II

signal mill

Pictured, from left to right, are Gabe Thompson, Bert Carden, Matthew Schaller and Chas Torrence.

 

Farmer Brothers hosts “first roast” at new headquarters

Farmer Brothers hosted a ceremonial “first roast” at its newly-constructed headquarters in Northlake, Texas, on April 27th.

EMJ team members and community leaders joined Farmer Brothers CEO Mike Keown and company executives for the ceremony, followed by tours of the headquarters and roasting plant.

“We’re excited to begin the next chapter in our company’s growth from our beautiful new home in North Texas,” says Keown. “We anticipate bringing about 225 new jobs to the area, and we’re looking forward to becoming an integral part of Northlake and the surrounding North Texas region.”

Constructed by EMJ’s Dallas team, the new building includes a 258,338-square-foot distribution center, a 194,438-square-foot coffee production facility, and 84,823 square-feet of office space for its nearly 400 corporate employees.

Initially, the roasting plant will be able to roast approximately 24-28 million pounds of coffee annually, with the capacity for significant growth in the future.

EMJ’s team on the project recently received the Edgar M. Jolley Award for Outstanding Project for their efforts to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and deliver unique value.

Efficiency and sustainability were a priority for Farmer Brothers, so our team worked to ensure that the property would exceed these expectations for many years to come through recycled materials, water and energy-saving resources. The facility is expected to achieve LEED certification.

“This was Farmer Brothers’ first construction project, and I believe our team provided an outstanding experience for them while delivering a project that will continue to bring them value and achieve their goals for many years,” said Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Dallas office.

Last year, the project was recognized as Best Outside Relocation Real Estate Deal by the Dallas Business Journal and Best New Industrial Project by D CEO Magazine.

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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

 

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Shaw T1 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.

 

Shaw Industries Group’s T1 Plant is a 686,668-square-foot facility with 566,662 square-feet of carpet tile manufacturing space, a 107,506-square-foot warehouse and a 12,500-square-foot administrative building. Additionally, the scope included 27 loading docks, eight 88-foot tall storage silos, and a rail spur for material distribution. The project is slated to be LEED-Silver certified.

At the time of engagement, the T1 project was well underway with mass site grading nearly complete. Having worked with EMJ on a previous project, Shaw partnered with our team to carry the facility to completion.

Despite facing challenges due to late entry into the project, the team hit the ground running and worked with Shaw to execute the project brilliantly. They built relationships with the designers, engineers and subcontractors who were already involved in the project and collaborated with all parties to ensure a unified focus on the client’s vision for the plant.

“All project participants came together as a team to ensure that Shaw’s vision for the project was delivered,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “The client’s experience with us further solidified a trusting relationship that has since led to two additional projects.”

Chattanooga’s team is currently building Shaw’s Create Centre, a 67,000 square-foot, three-story “think tank” for the company’s creative, marketing and innovation teams, and was recently awarded an additional large-scale project in Andalusia, Ala.

Shaw T1 team members include:

Paul Wells, Superintendent
John Scanlon, Superintendent
Richard Stone, Assistant Superintendent
Chris Fisher, Senior Project Manager
Gary Gibson, Director of Construction
Chris Grannan, Vice President of Preconstruction
Mindie Ogle, Accountant
Matt Holder, Project Engineer
Michelle Parker, Shop Drawing Expeditor
Cissy Scott, Contract Expeditor
Zack Panczer, Co-Op
Jake Smithers, Co-Op

Congratulations to this outstanding team who went above and beyond to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and unique value. See more photos of Shaw T1 on our projects page.

 

Farmer Brothers 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 three-part blog series, EMJ highlights our Jolley recipients, and why they were selected for these awards.

 

EMJ was awarded Farmer Brothers Co.‘s corporate headquarters when the coffee foodservice company relocated from Torrance, Calif. after 65 years.

Spanning 28 acres, the building, which is anticipated to be LEED-certified, includes a 258,338-square-foot distribution center, a 194,438-square-foot, state-of-the art coffee production facility, and 84,823 square-feet of office space for its nearly 400 corporate employees.


With minimal knowledge of construction or the DFW area, Farmer Brothers relied on a developer, Stream Realty, to help find an ideal location for their new property. Stream brought EMJ to the table as their general contractor for the project, and our team helped Farmer Brothers find a property and hire an experienced design team.

Before breaking ground, our team met with the project team weekly for six months to discuss goals for the project and guide the client through the preconstruction process. The client’s priority was maintaining an aggressive schedule, as four other facilities nationwide were consolidating into the new headquarters, and the new distribution center needed to begin operating while construction was still underway.

 


Our team used BIM technology to ensure that the distribution center could function while construction was ongoing and worked with consultants to highlight value-saving opportunities and ensure that the property would be efficient for many years to come.

Our early involvement with the entire project team allowed EMJ to be fully in-sync with the client to proactively deliver value, resulting in an exceptional and unique client experience, as well as more than $2 million in savings for the client.

“This project was an exceptional example of C2C’s approach because our team was involved early enough that we could help guide the client to understand its goals for the project,” said Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President.

“This was Farmer Brothers’ first construction project, and I believe this team provided an outstanding experience for them while delivering a project that will continue to bring them value and achieve their goals for many years.”

 


Last year, the project was recognized as Best Outside Relocation Real Estate Deal by the Dallas Business Journal and Best New Industrial Project by D CEO Magazine.

Farmer Brothers Headquarters team members include:
Glenard Ratcliff
Andy Munsch
Mike McVey
Andres Soriano
Rickey Palmer
John Scanlon
Jerry Soriano
Andy Soriano
James Norwine
Scott Reppond
Solina Bartnicki
Shaunese Farris
Sheila Nazario-Thomas

Congratulations to this outstanding team who went above and beyond to bring the client an exceptional construction experience and unique value. See more photos of Farmer Brothers’ corporate headquarters on our projects page.