CarMax in Norman Celebrates Grand Opening

Norman, Okla., now has a new CarMax store! EMJ joined CarMax in celebrating the grand opening of its new location on Wednesday.

This marks EMJ’s third project to date for CarMax, and another store is currently under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“This was an outstanding performance by our project team, and they have continued to solidify our relationship with CarMax,” said George Heath, EMJ Vice President – Retail. “They have been a good programmatic client for us and have asked us to pursue three more projects in Texas and Mississippi.”

Dan Swope, CarMax Location General Manager, shares George’s sentiment, “It was fantastic being in our new home today.  We have been looking forward to this for so long, and we wanted to say thank you for the care and attention you put into our facility.  You have been awesome partners along the way!”

EMJ’s partnership with CarMax is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

Look for more updates on the team’s work with CarMax, and congrats to the Norman team on a job well done!

Jonathan Fair, Project Manager
Drew Halsey, Vice President of Preconstruction
Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Will Morris, Project Engineer
Rickey Palmer, Superintendent
Brenda Palmer, Administrative Assistant
Sheila Nazario-Thomas, Administrative Assistant
Mary Gross, Project Accountant

 

 

EMJ celebrates 23-year partnership with Walmart

Last week, EMJ celebrated the grand opening of its 30th Walmart store, marking an important milestone in our 23-year partnership with the retailer.

The 200,000-square-foot store in El Paso, Texas, is a new prototype with a larger footprint and grocery home pick-up center.

“I am extremely proud of the project team,” said George Heath, Vice President – Retail, EMJ Construction Dallas. “They demonstrated selflessness, trustworthiness and grit and did an excellent job of executing this project and continuing our long tradition of success with the Walmart program.”

The EMJ, Walmart relationship began in 1995, but picked up steam in 2010 when the retailer ramped up their new store construction program. EMJ pursued their work throughout the West Coast and Texas markets and developed a programmatic team to handle the growth.

“We constantly trained new team members, created a rigid compliance and stormwater program to respond to the increasing demands of the Walmart Realty Department,” said Heath. “Our predictable execution yielded six negotiated projects and over $250 million of work in the past eight years.”

This partnership is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

We are thankful for our strong relationship with Walmart and for the many trade partners who support us in our work. We look forward to many more years of partnership.

Congrats to the Walmart El Paso team:

Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Cody Shulze, Project Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Aaron Scott, Level II Superintendent
Denver Moody, Superintendent
Ashley Turner, Operations Accountant I
Suzanna Trent, Administrative Assistant

Related story:

El Paso Times: New 24-hour West El Paso Walmart to open Wednesday, offer online grocery pickup

 

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.

Sam's Club - Fort Worth, Texas

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