Shaw team celebrates progress at Plant 65

The EMJ team joined Shaw Industries, E&H Steel, ROPAC Steel Erectors and other trade partners in celebrating the construction progress at Shaw’s fiber manufacturing plant expansion in Andalusia, Ala., on Wednesday.

All on-site team members gathered in front of the structure for a group photo and then enjoyed lunch together, complete with a raffle and door prizes.

The expansion and modernization of Plant 65 began in April 2017 and will be completed later this year. Construction includes a four-story tower and warehouse, totaling 300,000 square feet, in addition to a 6,700-square-foot underground electrical vault and a 10,300-square-foot chiller building.

The project involves numerous complexities that require precision planning and execution, and our EMJ team has done a great job leading the charge and promoting on-site collaboration, enabling the steel schedule to be accelerated by six weeks.

This is the fifth project on which EMJ has been fortunate to serve as Shaw’s partner.

“It’s great to be working with our friends at Shaw again, and we are proud of all the hard work the EMJ team, Shaw and our partners have been putting into the project,” said Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction. “They have done a wonderful job so far, and we are excited to get to celebrate the progress they have made.”

EMJ team members on this project include Adam Ankers, B.J. Boone, Matt Uebler, Brad Johnson, Mason Hill, Chad Marler, and Jake Mammen. Espen Pittman, Safety Manager with CORE Safety Group, has also played a vital role in the project’s success.

Check back soon for more updates on the team’s progress in Andalusia.

EMJ employees honored for servant leadership

The Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence recognize exceptional work within the EMJ 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. This is the second in a seven-part blog series about the 2018 Jolley recipients.

 

At EMJ, a servant leader is defined as someone who leads by example, inspires and serves others, and exhibits EMJ’s core values by being trustworthy, selfless and gritty. These five employees received the peer-nominated Jolley for Outstanding Servant Leadership for their desire to put others first, lead by example, and inspire, support, train and invest in their peers.

 

Dueker (right), received the award at EMJ’s 50th anniversary meeting from Signal Energy Executive Vice President Julian Bell.

Chad Dueker, Director of Projects for Signal Energy, exhibits servant leadership in all that he does. He is very trustworthy, gaining the respect and loyalty of anyone with whom he works.

Recently promoted to a senior position, Chad makes the time to help his teams become better, whether it’s through a call or an on-site visit. Chad has always gone above and beyond his role to assist others that may be struggling or just need an honest, outside opinion.

His nominator summed up his personality in this closing statement: “I can’t say enough good things about the kind of person that Chad is. He has been a mentor to Project Engineers, Construction Managers, Superintendents, and his peers, and his selflessness is second to none.”

 

Lance Lindsey (right), received the award at EMJ’s 50th anniversary meeting from Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Chattanooga.

Lance Lindsey, Lead Superintendent in EMJ’s Chattanooga office, sets an example for his team by helping in any way that he can and going above and beyond to make others successful. He truly exhibits selflessness when leading his team on every job.

In addition, he serves clients daily by following through and completing tasks efficiently and correctly every time.

His nominator wrote,
“Lance is a very good listener, and is probably the best superintendent I have ever worked with. I am very fortunate to have been able to work under and learn from him.”

 

 

 

Mathews (right), received the award at the 50th anniversary meeting from Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Dallas.

Joe Mathews, Warranty Manager, has worked for EMJ Construction Dallas for more than 20 years. He is always willing to help others and serves with a joyful heart. Whether the task at hand is overwhelming or menial, he is always the first one to volunteer to help with a smile.

He welcomes new hires, teaching them the ropes of the office and making them feel at home from day one.

He is selfless, putting others first, whether he is faced with a crisis of his own; gritty, pushing through challenges and maintaining a positive attitude; and trustworthy, keeping his promises and doing the right thing.

 

 

Mitchell (right), received the award at EMJ’s 50th anniversary meeting from Chris Hall, President of Equitas Management Group.

Jason Mitchell serves in a dual role as Real Estate Coordinator and Office Manager for Equitas Management Group. Both roles have high demands, but he makes it look easy.

He serves those around him “quietly and dependably,” willingly accepting any requested challenge, while also taking initiative. His cheerful, positive attitude makes everyone around him feel valued and important.

His nominator wrote, “Jason is the kind of person that over-delivers, no matter what is asked of him, and the results are always thorough, thoughtful and polished. His spirit of genuine humility is an intrinsic part of who he is, which makes his brand of servant leadership especially inspirational to those of us who work alongside him every day.”

 

Whitmire-Reno received the award at EMJ’s 50th anniversary meeting from Chief Financial Officer Chuck McGlothlen.

Chelle Whitmire-Reno, Payroll Analyst in EMJ’s Chattanooga office, works tirelessly to ensure all aspects of payroll are correct, from time off to time sheets to expenses. Though always busy, she is upbeat, friendly and approachable.

Throughout the year, the accounting department went through several changes, and Chelle did a great job taking on more responsibilities in order to keep EMJ’s payroll up and running. Chelle is smart and passionate about her role. She takes her responsibilities seriously as she works selflessly to accomplish her work.

Her nominators wrote, “I interact with Chelle nearly every day, and she is a delight to work with. She is very hard-working and deserving of this award. Every few weeks I hear at least one person on my team say out loud, ‘Chelle is the best!’”

 

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2018 Jolley for Outstanding Servant Leadership. To learn more about what it’s like to work at EMJ, click here.

 

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Employees honored for Outstanding Performance

The Edgar M. Jolley Awards for Excellence recognize exceptional work within the EMJ 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. This is the first in a seven-part blog series about the 2018 Jolley recipients. 

 

The peer-nominated Jolley for Outstanding Performance is awarded to employees who go above and beyond in their roles by expanding their range of responsibility, developing junior team members, demonstrating initiative and creativity in tackling challenges and building relationships with clients.

Congratulations to the following high-caliber employees who were honored with the Jolley for Outstanding Performance:

Kile was presented the award at the annual meeting by Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Chattanooga.

As a Warranty Manager at EMJ Construction Chattanooga, Billy Kile’s work ethic, adaptability and dedication to mentoring put him in this year’s outstanding performance category.

Described as a “team player” and a “very valuable asset” by his nominator, Billy goes above and beyond to get any task done, regardless of whether it falls under his job responsibilities.

He serves those around him, building trusting relationships with architects and subcontractors, while guiding them to bring value to our clients. He guides subcontractors to ensure our finished products are strong representations of the corporation. He is diligent and efficient, following up with a variety of team members to ensure that everyone is accountable and any outstanding issues are resolved.

His nominator writes, “If anyone I have worked with this year deserves this award, it would definitely be Billy Kile. I was very fortunate to get to work with him and learned a lot.”

 

Totzke (right), shown with Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Chattanooga.

Steve Totzke, Project Manager in EMJ Construction’s Chattanooga office, serves clients and those around him by continually going above and beyond on any task. He simultaneously worked on three Lidl stores last year, and is completely dedicated to his work—even taking work-related calls as late as midnight to instill trust with the client.

He puts forth continuous effort to represent EMJ positively through his work ethic and service-minded attitude. Steve’s nominator wrote, “The relationship that Steve has built with Lidl is a strong one, and I’ve seen firsthand how much they respect, trust, and like Steve. He is able to communicate with people in a way that specific to the individual, and is always very in-tune with the client’s wants and needs.”

Steve’s nominator also wrote about his dedication to growing his employees, saying he has “put forth more time and effort into my career development than anyone I’ve ever met. He consistently looks for learning opportunities for me and challenges me on a regular basis.”

Lastly, Steve dives head-first into challenges, learning new techniques and training others in valuable skills. He is “always there for his team, and will not shy away from any issue— regardless of how messy.”

 

Pfeiffer, shown with Jack Bowen, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Chattanooga.

Anita Pfeiffer, Project Manager, EMJ Construction Chattanooga, regularly goes beyond her role to ensure that her team is successful on every project. She moved from Tulsa to Chattanooga midway through 2017, and jumped into what her nominator called a “very complicated project,” but “she did not let these challenges get her down or impact her attitude.”

Anita took a strained relationship and turned it around by dedicating herself to the client and guiding her team to create an experience rich with unique value.

Her forward-thinking leadership helps her team plan ahead and she leverages various team members’ skills to ensure success. She inspires her team with her consistently positive attitude and encourages them to do their best work by example.

 

Praniuk (right), was presented the award at the annual meeting by Chas Torrence, Executive Vice President of EMJ Construction Special Projects.

Nestor Praniuk, Superintendent for EMJ Special Projects, managed the construction team on the Public Defenders of Tennessee offices last year. He received a request from the client to cut the construction schedule by 25%, took ownership of the task, and put the effort in with his team to get the job completely early.

Through this, he has served EMJ by “developing a relationship with the owner of his project like no one else has been able to in the past. The owner has given EMJ repeat business and will not accept any other superintendent to lead his jobs except for Nestor.”

Nestor always has a positive attitude and leads his team by example. His nominator writes, “Even on a hard project for the sub-contractors, the attitude and energy of the job site is always high and positive. Nestor rewards good work and makes the job site a place where people enjoy working.”

Lastly, Nestor has exceeded expectations of the client and his team and has become a better superintendent doing so. His recent performance has increased his value and the value of those he has led throughout the job.

Congratulations to all recipients of the Jolley for Outstanding Performance!

 

EMJ celebrates completion of four Florida hotels

On the heels of EMJ’s ranking as #16 on Building Design + Construction’s list of top hotel contractors, our Chattanooga team is proud to announce the completion of four new Florida hotels.

In August, EMJ’s team celebrated the opening of TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Orlando. Located near SeaWorld Park, TownPlace Suites has six floors with 188 suites featuring full kitchens. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool with a poolside Tiki bar, an exercise room, laundry facilities and a meeting space that can accommodate up to 114 people. Our EMJ team completed all site work, including the outdoor pool and hardscape amenities, in addition to the utility infrastructure and construction of the 132,270-square-foot hotel.

 

TownePlace Suites shares a site with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando, which opened in October. Our team built the six-story, 181-room hotel, its outdoor resort-style pool, and 1,740-square-feet of meeting space.

 

In mid-September, Residence Inn by Marriott in Pompano Beach, Fla., opened. The 112-room, extended-stay hotel features one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and residential-sized appliances. In addition, the hotel has a business center, a pool, an exercise room and meeting space.

Photo from Marriott.com

 

The EMJ team also recently completed the SpringHill Suites/Residence Inn in Clearwater Beach. A unique, dual hotel project, the projects spans 325,000 square feet and includes ground floor retail space, parking on levels one, two and three, and 255 suites located on floors four through seven. Construction also included an elevated, outdoor swimming pool on level four.

Photo by 3HGroup Hotels.com

“The teams worked long and hard to overcome many obstacles, by far some of the most difficult projects to construct in the industry,” said Philip Augustino, Senior Vice President of Construction, EMJ Corporation. “Their dedication resulted in superior quality and a great client experience.”

Congratulations to the team members on these projects:

Mike Coyne, Lead Superintendent
Ron James, Lead Superintendent
Dave Sprague, Superintendent
Roy Cramer, Superintendent
Dexter Lezama, Superintendent
Trent Pickel, Superintendent
Adam Graves, Project Manager
Brandon Pray, Project Engineer
Kevin Fix, Project Engineer
Philip Augustino, Senior Vice President of Construction
Tania Nicholson, Staff Accountant
Robin Phillips, Project Accountant

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

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

 

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

 

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.

River Spirit Casino Resort 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.

 

Directors and Vice Presidents of the corporation nominate for The Jolley for Outstanding Project, which recognizes a project team’s collaboration and unique value-creation. Outstanding teams exemplify innovation through C2C, demonstrate admirable planning and execution, overcome unusual challenges, and build relationships through an exceptional client experience. In this four-part blog series, we highlight EMJ’s outstanding project teams and the reasons behind their selections for these awards.

This year, EMJ recognized four projects with this award:

Shaw T1 Plant, Adairsville, Ga.
River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa, Okla.
Farmer Brothers Headquarters, Northlake, Texas
Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville, Fla.

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 RedStone’s River Spirit Casino and hotel expansion and the 24 members of the project team.

 

River Spirit Casino and hotel expansion is a two-phase project on which RedStone Construction partnered with Manhattan Construction Company. The project included the site work for and construction of the 29-story hotel tower, 2,500-seat Paradise Cove entertainment venue, six-level parking garage, grand ballroom, retail center, resort spa, outdoor pool and bar, and additional gaming space.

The resort also includes a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 5 o’clock Somewhere Bar, Johnny Rockets, Scoreboard Sports Bar and a buffet and grill.

After the client expressed a desire to open 50% of the project earlier than the originally-stated completion date, the team “took a deadline that was nearly impossible,” and went above and beyond to deliver an exceptional project to the client “with grace and poise that we should strive to attain every day.”

 

 

Even with a month removed from the initial project schedule, the team remained focused and captured more than $37 million worth of savings during the course of the project by implementing creative solutions and design alterations.

“This team was dedicated to providing an outstanding construction experience for the client, even under tremendous pressure to complete the project early,” said Lance Gopffarth, Executive Vice President. “Each member of the Manhattan-RedStone partnership prioritized the client’s goals and held them above their own needs, and as a result, this project has been one of our greatest achievements in our company’s history.”

 

River Spirit team members include:

Bryan Adson, Lauren Boochie, Mike Coyne, Roy Cramer, Walter Darr, Money Dexter, Jason Dunnam, Donnie Foreman, Pat Freeman, Chris Hart, Allison Howison, Tammy Johnson, Jason Jones, Leta Lambert, Ted Lambert, Gordon Lingley, John Massetti, Hope Miller, Denver Moody, William Mosher, Anita Pfeiffer, Greg Pfeuffer, David Ramer, and Dave Sprague.

The official grand opening celebration for the resort will be held on April 15, 2017.

Welch provides environmental guidance amid uncertain times


Joe Welch (left) meets with EMJ Construction Superintendent John Rudez at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.

 

Joe Welch serves as the Environmental Compliance Manager for CORE Safety Group and advises EMJ Corporation’s teams on environmental laws, regulations and best practices.

Welch has led environmental compliance efforts for heavy manufacturing and chemical companies for more than 20 years, providing him with ample experience with transitioning legislation. A new administration and potential regulatory changes makes Joe’s role even more crucial to his clients’ businesses today.

“While the EPA is in a temporary state of uncertainty, new general permit requirements will begin affecting many companies through increased public visibility of construction projects,” said Joe. “Construction companies that have not seen much in the way of agency inspections may now begin seeing active interest from citizens in reviewing permits and site plans.”

These requirements mean increased public access to environmental information, which could result in project delays or increased enforcement activities if citizen groups target projects and companies that are not protecting or using resources efficiently. With this added scrutiny, though, comes opportunity for organizations that integrate environmental stewardship into their operating culture.

“There is significant room for improvement in the industry and opportunities for construction companies like EMJ to lead through environmental contributions, “said Joe.

To guide the organization toward a focus on environmental stewardship, Joe works with teams to create proactive processes that help them identify ecological obstacles and opportunities, create environmentally-friendly jobsites, and generate results to deliver unique value for clients.

“I have learned over the years is that environmental stewardship and cost optimization do not have to be mutually exclusive,” Joe said. “The most effective organizations find innovative ways to create value in any operating environment.”

Joe explains that understanding a client’s goals, whether through EMJ’s C2C approach or another process, is key to creating value through environmental sustainability. By understanding vision and goals, Joe can view various environmental solutions through the lens of the client and advise construction teams to proceed in ways that align with those goals.

“If environmental risk and stewardship goals are given proper attention early in the planning process, a project team can identify opportunities to implement best practices and create significant value for the owner in terms of cost avoidance, resource management and sustainability,” Joe added. “If you are not thinking about environmental considerations at the very beginning of a project, you are doing a major disservice to all stakeholders involved.”

Teams should strive to seek best available knowledge to ensure they are providing clients with the best service possible. An ideal process for an exceptional client experience is to understand the client’s goals, risk tolerances and overall vision, then create solutions and engage the right resources to execute effectively.

With a focus on encouraging environmental efforts by focusing on client goals, Joe Welch may be at the forefront of EMJ’s mission to “change the industry—one project at a time.”