Archive for October, 2013

Building Homes for Heroes to Hold “Hard Hat Day” for Veteran Army Sergeant

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Building Homes For Heroes Home

Naples, Fla. –  Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) with offices in Valley Stream, N.Y. and Orlando, Fla., is pleased to announce a “hard hat day” to be held in conjunction with Manhattan Construction Company. 

The event will be held at 555 Nottingham Drive in Naples, Fla., the future home of Army Sergeant Brent Hernandez and family, on Wednesday, October 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Hernandez family will be receiving a completely renovated, mortgage-free home through the partnership of Building Homes for Heroes and Chase bank.

“We are thrilled to be able to gift this home to the Hernandez family,” stated Andy Pujol, president of Building Homes for Heroes.    “Very special thanks to our amazing partnership with Chase, and our newest partner, Manhattan Construction, for providing us with the support necessary to continue gifting mortgage-free homes to the brave men and women of the military.“

Manhattan Construction is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 general builder and in the last two years has received more than 50 industry honors for quality and safety.

Sgt. Hernandez, who was deployed to the Zabuil Province of Afghanistan on March 28, 2010, was part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.  Just 13 days into his deployment, he was severely wounded when his aircraft crashed.  The pilot, flight engineer, an Army Ranger, and a civilian contract employee were killed, while 16 others were wounded. Hernandez sustained critical injuries including ripped intestines through his abdominal wall, three small bowel resections, two traumatic hernias, oblique muscles ripped in half and separated from his spine, three fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, two fractured vertebras, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sergeant Hernandez earned the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

“It is an honor to partner with Chase and Manhattan Construction, and to provide this home to Sergeant Hernandez,” stated Pujol. “It’s a meaningful token of our appreciation for his dedication and sacrifices.  We look forward to hearing about the lasting memories this home will bring to his family.” 

The beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom home will include specially-designed enhancements to help meet the needs and wishes of Hernandez and his family.

For more information on Building Homes for Heroes, please visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org

ABOUT BUILDING HOMES FOR HEROES: 
Building Homes for Heroes, Inc. recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families.  It is a national organization committed to supporting these brave men and women, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. 

ABOUT MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION:
Manhattan’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.

Ground Breaking Held for $335 Million River Spirit Casino Phase II Expansion

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

River Spirit Casino Rendering by HKS

(TULSA, Okla.) – Hundreds gathered yesterday for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation ground breaking event for the River Spirit Casino Phase II expansion project in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Manhattan Construction Company, a top 5 nationally ranked entertainment/casino contractor by Engineering News-Record, is managing the construction of the project in a partnership with RedStone Construction Services, called Manhattan | Redstone A Joint Venture. The project will include a 26-story, 483-room luxury hotel, upscale spa, a showroom theatre and several new restaurants, including Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” Restaurant and Casino and the “5 o’Clock Somewhere” bar.

When the expansion is complete, the economic impact is an estimated $135 million annually according to Bob Ball, economist at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

“This is the largest private development on the Arkansas River in Tulsa’s history,” said River Spirit’s Casino General Manager Jerry Floyd. “This new development will put Tulsa on the map as a true leisure, destination spot.”

The development will also include a special events venue offering 30,000 square feet of convention and meeting space including a grand ballroom. It will also offer state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos Pat Crofts, the expansion is projected to take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Dallas-based architecture firm HKS is the project’s architect.

 River Spirit Casino Rendering

Renderings are by HKS.

 

Manhattan’s Andrea Gossard Named okcBIZ Forty Under 40

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Please join us in congratulating Manhattan Construction Company Project Manager Andrea Gossard for being named a 2013 okcBIZ ‘Forty Under 40’ class honoree. Andrea was selected by a panel of local Oklahoma City area executives who chose the winners from more than 150 nominations.

Andrea graduated with a construction management degree from the University of Oklahoma. During her seven-year career at Manhattan, Andrea has been involved with constructing more than $150 million in projects. She has served on teams whose work resulted in multiple quality and safety honors including, three Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma Excellence in Construction Awards (2013, 2012 and 2006) and two Associated General Contractors Build Oklahoma Awards (both in 2012).

‘‘Forty Under 40 extols the achievements and community involvement these young people demonstrate while exhibiting work/life balance,” said Jeffri-Lynn Dyer, okcBIZ publisher.

 Click here to view her profile on the okcBIZ website.

 Andrea was honored at an awards event on September 26th, 2013 at IAO Gallery in downtown Oklahoma City. At the banquet she was presented with a $5,000 scholarship from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business.

 About Manhattan Construction Group

When Laurence H. Rooney founded what is now Manhattan Construction Group in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability through consistent performance. These same timeless values have enabled Manhattan to grow and prosper into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. The firm’s operating companies are Manhattan Construction Co., Cantera Concrete Co. and Manhattan Road & Bridge. Manhattan is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top green builder, general builder and bridge builder in the nation. In the last two years Manhattan has received 40+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com

Manhattan Construction Group Companies Win Eleven ABC Excellence in Construction Awards and Top STEP Safety Honor

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Manhattan Companies Win 11 ABC Excellence In Construction Honors

TULSA, Okla. – The Associated Builders Contractors (ABC) Oklahoma Chapter has honored Manhattan Construction Group’s subsidiaries with eleven Excellence In Construction Awards, and a Top National Safety Honor.

Team members from Manhattan Construction Co., Manhattan Road and Bridge Co., and Cantera Concrete Co. were presented the honors at the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Event Banquet held on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ABC’s Excellence in Construction program recognizes innovation, quality and vision by a building team. Projects are judged on a safety, personnel management, quality control, scheduling and degree of difficulty in completing a project.

 Manhattan Construction Co. received the ABC National STEP Diamond Safety Award – the highest honor in the Associated Builders and Contractors Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards program. This is the third consecutive year for Manhattan Construction Co. to earn this honor.

The Manhattan Construction also received ABC Excellence In Construction Awards for construction of: 

  • GreenArch Apartments in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the “Residential/Multi-family & Condo” category.
  • Bedré Chocolate Factory and Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis, Oklahoma in the “Industrial $5 to $14 million” category.
  • Choctaw | Pocola Casino, in Pocola, Oklahoma in the “Renovation More than $10 million” category.
  • Woody Guthrie Center/Tulsa Paper Company West in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the “Historical Renovation $2-$10 million” category.
  • Oklahoma State Capitol Wellness Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the “Institutional” category.
  • OU Health Science Center Tunnel Expansion in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the “Industrial $2-$5 million” category.
  • University of Oklahoma Jan Marie and Richard L. Crawford Faculty Club Renovation in Norman in the “Renovation $1-$10 million” category.

Manhattan Road and Bridge received the STEP Silver Safety Award. They also received ABC Excellence In Construction Awards for construction of:

  • Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway I-40 West Connection from Agnew Ave. to Penn Ave. for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in the “Infrastructure: Heavy — Bridge, Under $25 million” category.
  • I-44 West Bound Double-Decker Replacement Bridge over the Arkansas River in Tulsa for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in the “Infrastructure: Heavy- Bridge, over $25 million” category.

Cantera Concrete Co. received the STEP Gold ABC National Safety Award. They also received ABC Excellence In Construction Awards for concrete placement for:

  • Griffin Communications Media Center (KOTV) in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the “Other Specialty Construction – Concrete More Than $1 Million” category.
  • Bedré Chocolate Factory and Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center in Davis, Oklahoma in the “Other Specialty Construction – Concrete More Than $1 Million” category.

Click here to view a list of recent Manhattan Construction awards and honors.

Click here to view Manhattan’s online project portfolio.

About Manhattan Construction Group 

When Laurence H. Rooney founded what is now Manhattan Construction Group in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability through consistent performance. These same timeless values have enabled Manhattan to grow and prosper into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. The firm’s operating companies are Manhattan Construction Co., Cantera Concrete Co. and Manhattan Road & Bridge. Manhattan is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top green builder, general builder and bridge builder in the nation. In the last two years Manhattan has received 40+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com

Guthrie Green awarded 2013 Brownfield Renewal Award

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Guthrie Green Before and After Images

Award recognizes projects nationally that revitalize former industrial/commercial properties

TULSA, Okla. – Brownfield Renewal magazine recently awarded the 2013 Brownfield Renewal Award for Brownfields for Energy to Guthrie Green in Tulsa. The award honors projects that represent the gold standard of brownfield redevelopment across three distinct industry spheres of influence, including environmental impacts, economic impacts and social impacts.

“We are honored to be given the Brownfield Renewal Award,” said Stanton Doyle, senior program officer at George Kaiser Family Foundation. “Reclaiming former industrial sites to allow for public use is critical to revitalizing Tulsa. Oklahoma is fortunate to have the expertise and the resources to overcome a legacy of industrial use to make projects like Guthrie Green possible. Hopefully, this award will encourage the development of other such sites to continue to make Tulsa a better place.”

The Guthrie Green project includes the transformation of a 2.7 acre brownfield into a dynamic green community park with gardens, interactive fountains, an outdoor stage with vine-covered “green rooms,” a multi-purpose lawn for performances and festivals and a café pavilion. Located in Tulsa’s historic Brady Arts District, Guthrie Green delivers special events, activities and music that showcase a diverse combination of local, regional and national acts. The site was previously the home to a variety of industrial and commercial uses including Vinson Supply, DX, and, most recently, Central Freight.

One of the more innovative and “green” uses of Guthrie Green hides just below the park’s surface. Guthrie Green utilizes an innovative ground source heat pump energy system that includes 120 wells drilled to 500-foot depths. These wells take advantage of the constant year-round temperature of about 50 F that is just a few feet below the ground’s surface. The wells provide 600 tons of heating and cooling, which is distributed via underground pipes to the neighboring Tulsa Paper Company building and the Hardesty Visual Arts Center, reducing their heating and cooling costs by approximately 60 percent.

“The Guthrie Green returned an existing, unsafe and contaminated downtown eye sore into a vibrant urban get away that is also a showcase of ‘green’ technology,” said Manhattan Construction Project Manager Levi Frost, who oversaw the project. “All lighting on the site is LED, reducing the overall site demand for electricity. Water runoff on the site is diverted to bio-swales, which help irrigate the landscape and clean the water before it enters the storm sewer. Solar panels on the roof of The Pavilion contribute to the overall energy demands of the park amenities.”

The geothermal field was developed with a $2.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Demand Reduction grant and a $200,000 Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Brownfield Development grant.

“George Kaiser Family Foundation has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to the City of Tulsa for many years,” said Oklahoma DEQ Brownfields Program Manager Lloyd Kirk. “The recent completion and development of Guthrie Green will become a model for other communities as an example of how redevelopment, reuse and renewable technology can be applied to create a vibrant downtown park.”

To learn more about the 2013 Brownfield Renewal Awards winners, visit http://www.brownfieldrenewal.com/pr2013.php#nominees.

About the Guthrie Green

The Guthrie Green project includes the transformation of a 2.7 acre brownfield* into a dynamic green community park with gardens, interactive fountains, an outdoor stage with vine covered “green rooms,” a multi-purpose lawn for performances and festivals and a café pavilion.

The project team returned an existing, unsafe and contaminated downtown eye sore at 11 E. Brady Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma into a vibrant urban get away that is also a showcase of “green” technology.

*What is a brownfield?
A brownfield is land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses. The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up.

 About The Site Clean-up:

  • Prior to construction there were two rusting fuel tanks identified for removal.
  • During construction a total of 12 rusting tanks were discovered.
  • The tanks and their contents were removed, yielding a total of 35,000 gallons of fluid
  • total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) contamination.
  • 90 cubic yards of TPH impacted soil was removed and disposed.
  • 95 tons of contaminated tank fill sand was removed and disposed.
  • Total remediation cost was approximately $170,000.00.

About Guthrie Green’s Ground Source Heat Pump Energy System:

  • 120 wells grouped in 15 circuits drilled approximately 500 feet deep.
  • Crews spent 45 working days for excavation and core drilling for the wells.
  • System provides 600 tons of heating and cooling, which is distributed via underground pipes, to the buildings they serve.
  • Projected energy savings is approximately 60% than a traditional system.

Other Green Features:

  • All lighting on the site is LED, reducing the overall site demand for electricity.
  • Water runoff on the site is diverted to bio-swales, which help irrigate the landscape and
  • clean the water before it enters the storm sewer.
  • Solar panels on the roof of The Pavilion contribute to the overall energy demands of the
  • park amenities.

About the Project’s Grants:

  • $2,580,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Energy Demand
  • Reduction grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
  • $200,000 ARRA petroleum sub-grand from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental
  • Quality Brownfield Program.
  • The combined total of private and public funds covered the project cost of $12,580,000.

Project Honors:

  • 2013 Brownfield Renewal Award – Brownfields For Energy category
  • 2012 ABC Excellence in Construction Award Infrastructure/Heavy Park category- Associated Builders & Contractors of Oklahoma

Project Team:

Site Owner: George Kaiser Family Foundation
Owner’s Representative: Stonebridge Group
Construction Manager: Manhattan Construction Company
Remediation Documentation Process: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Architectural Design: Kinslow, Keith and Todd (KKT)
Theater Design: Schuler Shook
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Design: Flynt & Kallenberger
Civil & Structural Engineering: Wallace Engineering
Landscape Design: SWA Group

 

About George Kaiser Family Foundation

George Kaiser Family Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, GKFF works primarily on initiatives developed in collaboration with Tulsa-based direct service organizations. For more information about George Kaiser Family Foundation, visit www.gkff.org.

About Manhattan Construction

When Laurence H. Rooney founded what is now Manhattan Construction Group in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability through consistent performance. These same timeless values have enabled Manhattan to grow and prosper into one of the most respected construction firms in the nation. The firm’s operating companies are Manhattan Construction Co., Cantera Concrete Co. and Manhattan Road & Bridge. Manhattan is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top green builder, general builder and bridge builder in the nation. In the last two years Manhattan has received 40+ industry honors for quality and safety. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, design-build and turn-key projects, and roads, bridges and civil works. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com

About Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma and protect the health of its citizens by protecting, preserving and restoring the water, land and air of the state, thus fostering a clean, attractive, healthy, prosperous and sustainable environment. For more information, please visit www.deq.state.ok.us.

 

Lee County and Minnesota Twins Break Ground on Sports Complex Renovations

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

 Renovations include increased seating capacity, upgraded concourses, improved concessions, a new player development academy and more

 Hammond Stadium Entry View

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have announced they will break ground on the $48.5 million renovations to the Lee County Sports Complex (LCSC) and Hammond Stadium today (Thursday, Oct. 3) at 3:00 p.m. ET. The LCSC serves as the Spring Training home of the Twins as well as the team’s year-round player development operations including the franchise’s Florida State League affiliate Fort Myers Miracle. 

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“Since 1991 the Twins and Lee County have enjoyed the model public-private partnership,” said Twins President Dave St. Peter. “Today’s groundbreaking signifies the evolution of the partnership as well as this facility. The Twins are honored to call SW Florida home and are committed to continued year-round engagement across the community. Moreover, we believe the LCSC renovation project will only further solidify Lee County’s reputation as a Grapefruit League hotbed.”

“The renovations are off to a start, and we are pleased to recognize all our partners who are working as a team to ensure a successful project,” said Lee County Commission Chairman Cecil Pendergrass. “It’s important to note that all Lee County funding for the project comes from bed taxes, not from Lee County residents.”

Designed by Populous, a global sport and convention center architecture firm, the renovations will be completed in two phases.

Phase 1 renovations at LCSC are expected to be completed by the spring of 2014 and will include:

  •  A new residential player development academy
  •  Renovations to the Minor League clubhouse and administrative areas
  •  A new Gulf Coast League playing field
  •  A new agility field
  •  Completion of a 360 degree boardwalk and concourse at Hammond Stadium, including new berm seating in left field
  •  Expansion of Hammond Stadium’s seating capacity of 8,000 to 9,300
  •  A new parking lot

The player development academy elevates the facility beyond a traditional Spring Training facility with the goal of creating a year-round, multi-discipline, residential training center for players and staff. The residential component of the academy will be paid for by the Twins organization, which is contributing $6 million to cover that component and concessions equipment.

Phase 2 additions and renovations at Hammond Stadium are expected to be completed by February 2015 and will include:

  •  Upgraded and expanded concourses
  •  Improved concession services
  •  Restroom renovations
  •  Premium seating improvements
  •  Clubhouse expansion and improvements
  •  A new retail store
  •  New areas for group seating
  •  Press box renovations

All construction, which is being managed by Manhattan Twins Joint Venture (a partnership between Manhattan Construction Company, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction), is expected to be completed in time for Spring Training 2015.

The Twins have been training in Fort Myers at the Lee County Sports Complex since 1991. In November 2012, after more than 20 years of training in Fort Myers, the renovations were approved and the Twins signed a 30-year lease to remain at the Lee County Sports Complex. Each year, Spring Training games generate more than $47 million for Lee County, driving visitors to local attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping.

“Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex is an important part of the culture of this community and the renovations will ensure that it will continue to be for decades to come,” said Populous Principal Bruce Miller. “This is an exciting moment for the Twins and for Lee County and an important step towards creating an experience- for both fans and players- that is memorable. The renovations will create more space for the team to grow and develop talent with the addition of the Twins Academy and will provide much improved amenities for fans.”

“As members of the Southwest Florida community, we are excited to enhance the Lee County Sports Complex for our community and the Minnesota Twins,” said Senior Vice President of Manhattan Construction Company Bruce Fields. “This is our second major league practice facility project for Lee County as construction manager. This ground breaking ceremony is of special significance because it is a time where we join together and envision the memorable moments we will all share with our families, friends and the community when the gates open.”

For more information about Manhattan, please visit: www.manhattanconstruction.com or connect with us on twitter @ManhattanBuild, via Facebook/ManhattanConstruction and on LinkedIn.