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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.

Manhattan Construction Company begins construction on Patterson Mansion in Washington, DC.

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Patterson Mansion

Washington, D.C.   Manhattan Construction Co. has begun renovation work and  new construction on the 67,000-square-foot Patterson Mansion project located in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Manhattan Construction is providing pre-construction and construction management services for the building owners and joint developers, DC-based SB-Urban, LLC and Rooney Properties, LLC. Demolition work, which was recently completed, began in August 2015. Hartman-Cox Architects is the architect.

“The Patterson Mansion is an exquisite historical structure with an ornate artisan-carved limestone exterior. It served as the home of President Calvin Coolidge and hosted famous guests like Charles Lindbergh,” said George Kreis, senior vice president of Manhattan Construction Co. “It is thrilling to renovate the walls that hold so much history and, as a builder, it is an honor to restore the intricate craftsmanship of the original constructors, who completed the home in 1903.” 

The Patterson Mansion, a historic Neoclassical-style mansion, will be converted into 93 fully-furnished, luxury studios.  The 25,000-square-foot existing five-story mansion structure and the new 42,000-square-foot, eight-story addition will include a workout facility, library, dining room with large shared kitchen, bar and party area, and an outdoor terrace for resident interaction.

The 112-year-old Patterson Mansion was previously owned by The Washington Club, one of the District’s oldest women’s social clubs since 1951. The house was originally designed for entertaining. President Calvin Coolidge and his wife lived there in 1927 while the White House was being renovated, and Charles Lindbergh was a visitor in June of that year. The house remained in the Patterson family until 1948, when long-time resident Eleanor (Cissy) Patterson died and left the property to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross sold the house to the Washington Club three years later. The Patterson House was listed in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites in 1964 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Image credit:  Hartman-Cox Architects.

About Manhattan Construction:

Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction is consistently recognized nationally by Engineering News-Record as a top 20 general builder. Manhattan Construction operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Kissimmee, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Ga. Manhattan Construction’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. For more information visit:


Video: Oklahoma Capitol Restoration proposed master plan and long-range vision

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


A beacon of progress and development for the next century.

The Oklahoma Capitol building was designed and constructed a century ago. Our Manhattan Construction and Frankfurt-Short-Bruza team has been working on a collaborative effort with the State of Oklahoma to develop the Capitol’s first-ever master plan and long-range vision. The proposal addresses the State Capitol Repairs Expenditure Oversight Committee’s (SCREOC’s) goals and criteria, and provides solutions to the requirements requested by the Office of Management & Enterprise Services (OMES). The proposal addresses the highest priorities of repairing vital infrastructure and utilities, and establishes a master plan and long-range vision for continued improvements to what Dr. Bob Blackburn, deputy executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, refers to as “Artifact Number One.” Our team is excited to share the proposed vision in this video animation, which was presented to the Oklahoma legislature today.

Michael McIntyre joins Manhattan Construction as vice president

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre has joined Manhattan Construction Co. as vice president specializing in healthcare sector construction. He brings three decades of healthcare construction experience to Manhattan, including $3 billion of healthcare program management, construction management and design-build project experience.

“Mike’s background includes providing construction management services for some of nation’s largest healthcare systems,” said Manhattan Construction President John Reyhan. “It is a pleasure to welcome him to our team, which is dedicated to promoting quality and innovation in planning, design and construction for our clients.”

McIntyre most recently worked as national account and healthcare operations manager for Jacobs Program Management Co. Examples of his project experience includes account management of Kaiser Permanente’s Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) Program in Oakland, California, pre-construction management for an integrated design-build project for Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, planning and pre-construction program leader of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Treatment and Food Service Pavilion in Miami, Florida. McIntyre has worked with some of the country’s most innovative and leading edge healthcare and research institutions, including The University of Michigan and Emory University Hospital, providing planning, pre-construction, construction management, commissioning and project activation services.  

McIntyre graduated with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of South Florida and a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Central Michigan University. He is licensed as a certified general contractor in Florida and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C by the U.S. Green Building Council.