Archive for April, 2016

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.

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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.