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Manhattan Construction wins AGC Texas Top Safety Award and Zero Lost Work Day Award

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

HOUSTON, TX. – The Associated General Contractors Texas Building Branch has honored Manhattan Construction Co. with the 2016 Texas Top Safety Award and the Zero Lost Work Day Award.

The Associated General Contractors of America is an organization of qualified construction contractors and industry related companies dedicated to skill, integrity and responsibility. The association provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting public interest. Manhattan Construction is a member of the Dallas and Houston chapters of the AGC-Texas Building Branch.

Team members (Chris Vollenweider: center left, Jeremy Ballard: center right) from Manhattan Construction Co. were presented the honors at the AGC Convention held June 12-15th2016 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

Manhattan Construction named Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Today, Manhattan Construction Co. announced that it has earned the Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) credential, which is bestowed by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This is the 13th consecutive year that Manhattan has been recognized with the AQC designation.

“Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to recognize Manhattan Construction’s continued commitment not only to high quality construction, but also to its employees, clients and communities as an Accredited Quality Contractor,” said 2016 ABC National Chair David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb. “Manhattan Construction’s dedication to responsibly and ethically running its business permeates through every facet of its operation and makes it a terrific ambassador for the merit shop construction community.”

“The AQC designation is a reflection of our commitment to provide a lasting and positive impact on the communities in which we build, our team members and their families, and all of the people who are part of the building process,” said Manhattan Construction Company President John Reyhan. “We work hard to improve our training, benefits and programs year after year. AQC measures that positive evolution.”

ABC’s AQC program provides recognition to world-class construction firms that have documented their commitment in five areas of corporate responsibility:

  • Safety.
  • Quality.
  • Employee benefits.
  • Training.
  • Community relations and diversity.

AQC status is reviewed for renewal annually and is recognized by Construction Users Roundtable (CURT®), an organization founded by leading construction project owners. In achieving AQC status, each member company takes the following pledge:

As an Accredited Quality Contractor, our company is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality construction services and we care deeply about our employees and the communities in which we build. We are proud to be part of the construction industry and are dedicated to the principle of free enterprise. We commit ourselves to serve our communities and to provide our employees with the skills they need to work safely and productively in order to meet the needs of our clients.

Clay Cockrill Receives Clyde Riggs Volunteer of the Year Award

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Manhattan Construction Company Project Director Clay Cockrill has been selected by Rebuilding Together OKC (RTOKC) as the recipient of the 2016 Clyde Riggs Volunteer of the Year Award. Rebuilding Together OKC brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the Oklahoma City metro are. Every year the organization hosts a Barn Raising Bash which benefits the nonprofit with funds going towards the purchase of supplies for the home repairs and safety modifications for seniors. Clay was recognized at this year’s event for his volunteer efforts which helped raise a total $65,000 for home repairs.

Clay has been a member of the board of directors for RTOCK since 2010. He has been a strategic member of the organization and has helped reconnect his church after being absent from active participation with Rebuilding Together OKC. His efforts not only lead to the re-engagement of church volunteers, but he also recruited Manhattan Construction with its numerous volunteers to the Rebuilding Together program. He also serves as co-chair of the annual golf tournament and is responsible for the children’s care and special event at the annual construction derby event.

“The Clyde Riggs Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a volunteer with Rebuilding Together OKC that embodies the true spirit of our mission,” said Mike Edmison, Rebuilding Together OKC executive director. “Clay Cockrill has been an inspiring example of this. He has made differences in fundraising, leadership and hands on work with our homeowners. No one is more deserving of this honor.”

Clay has 20 years of construction industry experience including MAPS and MAPS for Kids, commercial building, higher education and aviation project types. He serves on the boards of directors for The Oklahoma Quality Foundation, and the Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Board. He is the Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29 Service Saturday committee chair and is also involved with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, University of Oklahoma Club of Construction Science and Church of the Servant United Methodist. He is a 2011 OKCBiz Magazine Forty Under 40 honoree. Clay graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of science in construction science in 1999.

Manhattan’s Andrea Gossard, Justin Fegel and Matt Martinez receive AGC of Oklahoma industry honors

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

AGC Honors

Manhattan Construction Company Project Manager Andrea Gossard has been selected by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Oklahoma as “Project Manager of the Year.” Each year AGC recognizes the project manager who has shown superior skill and creativity in bringing a complex project to completion.  Also, recognized were Justin Fegel for Safety Excellence, and Matt Martinez for Industry Appreciation. Gossard, Fegel and Martinez were presented with the awards at AGC’s 76th Annual Meeting on January 16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It is a great pleasure to be a part of the professional growth and development of Andrea, Justin and Matt,” said Manhattan Construction Vice President Mark O’Rear. “We are proud to have these outstanding professionals on our team.”

Gossard was a 2013 OKCBiz ‘Forty Under 40” honoree and is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She received her Bachelor of Science in Construction Science from The University of Oklahoma in 2008. During college she interned with Manhattan Construction from 2006-2008 and after graduation became a full-time team member at the Company.

During Gossard’s nine years with Manhattan, she has been involved with constructing more than $130 million in projects including work in hospitality and on major University campuses in Oklahoma. She is currently working on the $85 million Oklahoma State Capitol – Interior Renovation project. She has served on teams whose work resulted in multiple quality and safety honors including four AGC Build Oklahoma Awards and multiple other construction industry service awards.

Manhattan Senior Superintendent Justin Fegel received the “2015 Safety Excellence Award” recognizing supervisors who achieve excellence in keeping our construction sites safe. Finalists for this award must demonstrate the highest levels of leadership, innovation and personal commitment to creating a culture of safety on and off the jobsite. Fegel has been in the construction industry for almost 30 years and spent more than half of his experience with Manhattan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Oklahoma State University in 1988. Fegel is responsible for construction of $1.2 billion in various projects.

Manhattan Safety Director Matt Martinez was recognized with the “2015 Industry Appreciation Award” given each year to individuals whose contributions to the construction industry in Oklahoma were meaningful and impactful. Martinez’s contribution in training and professional development made a significant difference by allowing more than 110 people to be trained annually, instead of the 12 that had completed the program in previous years. The total impact is a change in training from 360 hours per year to 3,300 hours of training per year. Martinez has been in the construction industry for almost 20 years and enjoys a consistent track record of increased productivity hours with reduced safety incident rates.

Manhattan Construction Company Receives Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Faulkner PAC

Hot Springs, Arkansas – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Arkansas announced that Manhattan Construction Company’s work on the Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas has earned the company first place in the category of Historical Restoration/Renovation Over $10 M in ABC’s Excellence in Construction awards. Manhattan Construction accepted the award on April 9th during the annual ‘Excellence in Construction’ celebration at the Clarion Resort on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, AR.

“ABC congratulates Manhattan Construction for their outstanding work on the Faulkner Performing Arts Center,” said Bill Roachell, ABC Arkansas President. “This project is a true example of exceptional craftsmanship and professionalism that defines merit shop construction. It is an honor for the association to recognize this project with our top construction excellence award.”

ABC Arkansas designed the Excellence in Construction program to recognize excellent performance in the merit shop construction field. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. This year’s competition was open to all construction projects completed by ABC member firms during 2015. The winning projects were selected from entries submitted from across the state and were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.

The owner of this project is the University of Arkansas. The architectural/engineering firm was Allison Architects, Inc.

Manhattan’s Brandon Batt named 2016 “Under 40” honoree by Construction Equipment Magazine

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Brandon Batt

We are excited to share that Manhattan Construction Company Safety Manager Brandon Batt has been selected by Construction Equipment Magazine as a 2016 Under 40 award winner. The Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards honors those under 40 years of age who will lead the equipment industry into the future.

“Brandon is a model employee who exemplifies Manhattan’s commitment to Safety Excellence,” says Brian Killion, Vice President of Operations.

While in the United States Army, he was a notification trainer and mission leader to the WIA and KIA (Wounded in Action and Killed in Action) notification branch. This exposed him first-hand to the casualties of war, and through that experience, he learned the direct impact that a debilitating injury or death can have on an individual and their family. This drives his commitment to accident prevention.

Read about Brandon Batt in Construction Equipment Magazine:

Manhattan Construction appoints Elaine Gray as business development director

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Arlington, Virginia – Elaine Gray has joined Manhattan Construction Co. as director of business development for the company’s Washington, DC-area office.  She has more than two decades of commercial design and construction experience specifically in the higher education, commercial office, multifamily, hospitality and federal business sectors. She is responsible for leading strategic business development, market intelligence and research, client engagement and long-term client relationship management for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Prior to joining Manhattan, Gray served as business development director for leading firms in the design and construction industries in the Washington, DC area. She also taught a business development and executive skills course at the University of Maryland, Colvin Institute, Master in Real Estate program. She is a published author in industry publications, including Development magazine, Commonwealth Contractor magazine, and Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) newsletters.

She has served as president and advisory council member of the Washington, DC Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW); board member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA); and, on the Education and Government Relations committee of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).


Manhattan Construction Company announces Oklahoma-area senior leadership team appointments

Monday, April 11th, 2016

OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma-based, Manhattan Construction Company has announced a new regional leadership structure with the appointment of 30-year construction veteran Hugh McCoy as senior vice president. He will provide executive management of Manhattan’s offices in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Manhattan also named Larry Rooney as vice president of the Tulsa office, serving Northeastern Oklahoma and Arkansas, and Kevin McKay as operations manager for the Oklahoma City office, which is led by Vice President Mark O’Rear.

Oklahoma Leadership Team
Manhattan Construction Company’s Oklahoma Leadership team left to right: Oklahoma City Vice President Mark O’Rear, Tulsa Vice President Larry Rooney and Oklahoma Senior Vice President Hugh McCoy. 


“Hugh is a top-tier builder, who has worked extensively throughout the U.S., including strategic account management and planning for construction and engineering organizations,” said Manhattan Construction Company President John Reyhan. “With Larry taking on leadership of the Tulsa office and Hugh joining the team to manage statewide resources and collaboration between the offices, we are bolstering an already solid operation in preparation for growth.”

Larry Rooney previously served as director of preconstruction in Tulsa and is a fifth generation member of the company’s founding family. Manhattan Construction has been owned by the Rooney family since it was founded in Oklahoma Territory in 1896. It was the first company to incorporate in the State of Oklahoma.

“This investment in our organization’s structure will support Manhattan’s continued growth and is a reflection of our confidence in this State’s future,” said Reyhan. “In a time when companies are retreating, we are investing in people and preparing the organization for the future.”

Prior to joining Manhattan, McCoy was vice president of Reeder Construction. McCoy brings experience in planning, programming, design and construction of major commercial, institutional, industrial/manufacturing and aviation projects throughout the U.S. and abroad. He holds a master’s degree from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design from Kansas State University. He has written and published numerous manuscripts and articles for various technical journals concerning the construction project delivery process.

Rooney’s portfolio of experience includes more than $1.25 billion in construction projects. Originally from Tulsa, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, he spent six years working for Turner Construction in Chicago before joining the family business as an estimator in Manhattan’s Houston office. In 2013, Rooney transferred to his hometown of Tulsa where he served as director of preconstruction. He is an active member of the Tulsa community and serves on the board of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the advisory board of Tulsa’s American Cancer Society, including serving as a Baron in 2015. He is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 51.

“Larry has worked his way up through the building industry in every level of project management, estimating and pre-construction,” said Reyhan. “His depth of experience combined with his personal commitment to the Tulsa community will benefit clients and team members with solid leadership for years to come.”

“We are also eager to welcome Kevin McKay back to Oklahoma as operations manager of our Oklahoma City office after leading our field teams on some of our most high-profile projects in Texas,” said Reyhan.

Prior to joining the Oklahoma City office as operations manager, McKay served as operations manager in the Houston-area office. During McKay’s 33-year career at Manhattan he has worked on more than $2 billion projects across four States, including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia. He served as the field leader for multiple high-profile projects including AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Rangers Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers, both in Arlington, Texas; George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Texas; River Center in San Antonio, Texas; New Orleans Sports Arena in Louisiana; and First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas, Texas.


About Manhattan Construction Company

When Laurence H. Rooney founded Manhattan Construction Company in Oklahoma Territory in 1896, he built his business and reputation for trustworthiness and dependability. These timeless values have enabled Manhattan to become one of the most respected construction firms in the nation.  In the last three years Manhattan has received more than 50 industry honors for quality, safety and best company to work for. The company’s services include Builder-Driven Pre-Construction®, construction management, general building, and design-build. The company works in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

Bryan Hensley Named Oklahoma Magazine 2016 “40 Under 40”

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Bryan Hensley

Manhattan Construction Company Superintendent Bryan Hensley has been selected by Oklahoma Magazine as a “40 Under 40” Class of 2016 honoree. Each year Oklahoma Magazine recognizes 40 young professionals who have worked hard to be successful at a young age. Hensley’s profile story is located in Oklahoma Magazine’s April 2016 issue and also on their website.

“We take great pride in employing the State’s best construction professionals and also some of the best veterans that have served our country. We are proud of Bryan’s services abroad and here with Manhattan” said Mark O’Rear, Oklahoma City vice president. “Bryan’s leadership in difficult situations has prepared him to be a relentless superintendent in the field.”

Hensley started his career at Manhattan on The University of Oklahoma (OU) campus. During his five years at Manhattan Construction, he has been involved in more than $100 million in projects, many of those award-winning projects including the Osler Hotel Renovation, OU Jan Marie and Richard J. Crawford University Club Renovation and the OU Lecture Hall project. Hensley is currently serving as superintendent at the historic Oklahoma State Capitol Interior Renovation project. In his spare time, Hensley enjoys spending time with his kids and fishing at the lake. He also volunteers for Rebuilding Together OKC, an organization that works to improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Hensley served in the United State Marines Corps for four years before graduating from the University of Central Texas College in 2005.

Manhattan Begins Construction at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

Monday, March 28th, 2016


Naples, Fl. –Manhattan Construction has been awarded the contract for the Amenity Expansion to the pool area of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. The expansion involves developing the adjacent one-acre site to include a lazy river pool wrapping around the project, a themed slide tower mimicking a treehouse, two speed slides and a tube slide and lush landscaping.  Also included are dedicated spaces for food trucks to serve guests that will be periodically rotated.

“We’re excited to break ground and continue our relationship with Hyatt, helping them to add value and remain a top destination resort in Southwest Florida,” said Manhattan Senior Vice President Gordon Knapp.

This is the fourth project Manhattan has contracted for at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, said Knapp. Manhattan completed renovations to meeting rooms, renovations to the on-site Tanglewood Restaurant and most recently renovations to the Camp Hyatt childcare facility.

Designed by EDSA Architects of Fort Lauderdale, the project will add to the already long list of world-class amenities at the hotel. 

Knapp anticipates the project to be open in November before the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Image credit: EDSA, Inc.