With the New Year comes some new faces and a new focus on the Charlotte area. In 2017, we will focus our attention on developing long-term local relationships with current clients such as Charlotte Douglas Airport, the City of Charlotte, and Proffitt & Dixon, while adding new local clients. So if you have connections to local clients, please contact Jeremy Scharpenberg to see if that relationship could help us in the current market.
Meanwhile, Brian Fish returns to our group to oversee local projects, get us started on a local apartment project, and generally help all our teams with operations support. The early part of 2017 will include startup of two new exciting projects; the Montage Luxury Apartments in downtown Charlotte, and the Charlotte Douglass Airport Concourse E Expansion. The teams are in place for these projects and we look forward to local successes on these complicated projects.
Our pursuits in early 2017 will include an expansion of a data center in Charlotte and a Bus Maintenance Facility at Charlotte Douglas Airport. In addition, we are still waiting to hear if we were successful on the Pierce Elementary School design/build project at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. In the long term, we will continue to pursue more and more work at the Airport and hopefully a couple private clients to our book of business.
Thanks to all our teams at the CLT Air Traffic Control Tower, CLT Concourse E Expansion, and Montage for all the work you do. For all those at New Broughton Hospital, we send out a special thank you for your dedication, endurance, and fortitude on a difficult project. It takes a special team to get through a project like that.
We wish everyone a happy and safe New Year!
2016 in Cleveland was an exciting year even though some new projects didn’t progress as quickly or at all. We anticipate a strong 2017 and continued success as we leverage our current relationships and work to develop new ones. We successfully completed the three (3) American Greeting projects in late summer. The NASA Office Building pursuit fell short as it is over budget. The GSA is working with NASA and the A/E to try and get the project back within budget so we may see this one again.
Beacon, AKA 515 Euclid, came back out for bid and we are currently working with Stark to get this project within budget. We hope we are successful as this project could start late spring in 2017. The levy’s passed in the November election allowing the city to fully support the nuCLEus project. We received word right before the holiday that design development drawings are being issued in early February. Walsh will continue to perform preconstruction service for Stark and will work to keep the project within budget with an anticipated construction start in Early Fall of 2017. In the long range future, Walsh continues our preconstruction services on the University Circle project for Midwest Development Partners. This is most likely a 2018 start.
DC Metro area
Happy New Year from DC! But first Adios to 2016 – While we didn’t see new project acquisitions last year, our project teams spent a great deal of time, effort and dedication to stabilize and closeout some difficult projects, pushing us towards a better future. To those teams leading those efforts, we are grateful and applaud your successes on those challenging projects, particularly the Chiller Plant at Fort Meade, and the Yorktown HQ and BEQ. Both projects will be ending on higher notes than originally forecasted, due to successful negotiations and partnerships with owners and subcontractors. 2016 also had some strong projects end on even higher notes - particularly the SSA Waterline Project, The Cooling Towers at Walter Reed Hospital and the DLA HQ’s in New Cumberland PA. Thanks to all of our project teams for their continued hard work on each of our projects in the region.
On a personal note, we grew our Walsh DC family in 2016 as and Shane and Brenna Wojno welcomed a baby boy, and Kelli and Travis Brown welcomed their baby girl this year.
So what’s up for 2017?
In Lake Geneva this past September, Walsh leadership explained that the next step to follow our “Year of the Customer” in 2016, is to hone in and become better at the personal touch with our coworkers and clients. In that spirit, we will be planning some fun events to get everyone together and take advantage of the great city we live in; I think we all know we ran a fun deficit in 2016, so 2017 is reclamation year. We would also like to extend our culture to our client pursuits – finding companies that value our culture and services, so we can build lasting relationships. Our team is open to any and all ideas, so please feel empowered to talk to your clients, and don’t hesitate to speak up and share new thoughts.
Also we will have Megan Smith back in her Pre-Con Manager chair full time this year so get ready for a lot of interesting pursuits. Be prepared for more project team involvement on these pursuits, not only to help land next projects, but to keep everyone involved in the direction of the Walsh DC/MidAtlantic Region. We’re currently pursuing a number of projects within the District, as well as sights on work with our preferred Federal clients later in the year.
Our office is planning a 2017 Kick Off Meeting for a date in late January – and we look forward to sharing the 2017 Vision with you in more detail then! See you there!
In 2016, NBGE adopted an Incident Prevention Model (below) as the vehicle to develop a well-balanced safety performance scorecard. To the right of the green dashed line are the Lagging Metrics and associated Trailing Indicators. To the left of the green dashed line are the factors for incident prevention and categories which specifically apply to our Safety & Health Management System.
Please make a conscious effort to familiarize yourself with this safety model. Mark Ulmer will be visiting each of our Projects in the first quarter of 2017 to review this Model as well as the NBGE Strategic Goals for Safety.
Thank you for your active involvement in our Business Group’s Safety Function.
The Charlotte ATCT project is situated on 16.5 acres of cleared deciduous and coniferous woodland consisting of temporary and permanent sediment/detention ponds driven by 170,000 CY of imported fill from neighboring Airport stockpile(s). Excavation for the (49) 52’ deep x 48” concrete caissons is approximately 17 feet below finished grade with a static water table 15 feet below caisson grade requiring constant dewatering with extensive filtration efforts. Tracon building pad consists of nearly 20 feet deep imported engineered fill to support foundations for 42,000s/ft Tracon Building. Structural steel and segmented slab on grade is nearly complete at Tracon building whereas precast erection is scheduled to start 2nd week of January 17. Tracon building is currently two weeks ahead of schedule and provides a backup work area during inclement weather after overcoming early obstacles with maintaining compliance with regional soil and erosion control measures requiring constant observation of silt fence and fibrous filtration blankets along with measuring accurate balance of PH and Acidic contents of site water discharging into local tributaries. The Tower foundation is poured and we are currently installing waterproofing membrane and required backfill in preparation for SOG and beginning precast tower erection schedule for 23rd January.