Miller Electric's growing operation created a need for additional office space. The original space only had room for 41 people. The new addition gives plenty of room for the company's 70-plus office employees with room to grow.
We hired a new estimator back in 2014. During the interview he recieved a tour of the office and at the end of the tour, he said I have one question. During the tour I noticed you have no empty office space; where am I going to be? People need a place to call home and do their job. I realized then that we needed to do something.
Miller Electric Company recently expanded at its current location, 2501 St. Mary's Avenue, in Omaha, Nebraska. The two-story addition added 16,000 square feet to the 106-year-old company. MCL Construction was the general contractor for the project that took just over eight months to complete.
Visitors enter a spacious new lobby that features an accent wall paying tribute to Miller Electric's storied history that started in 1912.
It's easy to see that Miller Electric embraces the collaborative process. The new space features spacious conference rooms with the latest audio/visual technology to make meetings more interactive. There also is a large classroom and training area for employees to keep them up-to-date on the latest technologies and building practices.
The lower level of the addition features additional space for Miller Electric's field operations providing increased storage and an adjustable truck dock to load and unload material.
Ray Bruegman, President of Miller Electric, says the new addition has been extremely positive with employees. They are appreciative of the new look and it shows the company is here to stay.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Omaha, Nebraska, opened the new school year with a lot more space. MCL Construction completed a two-story addition to the existing school and church buildings that added six additional classrooms.
"St. Wenceslaus is grateful for the beautiful new facility," said Amber Glasshoff, the Operations Director at St. Wenceslaus. "We now have updated classrooms with more space and a higher level of security to provide a safer and better learning environment and an opportunity for our 870 students to grow."
The project took 14 months to complete and had to be carefully sequenced because of the site constraints and completing masonry and concrete work in the winter.
Underground ductwork was installed to feed the existing mechanical equipment. The slate shingles and exterior masonry match perfectly with the existing building.
"MCL has been very good to work with throughout this project. They were able to identify issues and communicate well with the Parish and architects to efficiently resolve any issues," added Glasshoff.
The entire project added 13,315 square feet to the St. Wenceslaus campus. There are spacious restrooms on each floor, and a FEMA-rated storm shelter for additional safety.
Now in its 30th year, MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, commercial Construction Manager and General Contractor. It takes an innovative and collaborative approach to the building process to deliver exceptional quality and service to its building partners.
MCL Construction in Omaha, Nebraska is committed to employee engagement and developing leaders for tomorrow's building environment. Project Manager Fernando Gutierrez and Project Engineer Sam Howe recently completed the AGC-Nebraska Building Chapter Leadership Academy, a program designed to foster emerging leaders to achieve extraordinary results.
"The instructors of this course were very passionate about leadership and the importance of strong leaders in business and life. Having instructors like that made the class very enjoyable and a great learning experience. I also liked how engaged the classes were. It was extremely beneficial to hear the other participants experiences and viewpoints on leadership. Throughout this class I was able to get to know myself as a leader, what I need to work on, and the kind of leader I want to be. After completing this class, I feel I have a strong foundation and the tools to grow and be a great leader," said Howe.
Each person participating in the AGC Leadership Academy was tasked with developing a "Model The Way" project. Howe is leading MCL Construction's Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz efforts. Guiterrez is working on establishing informational sessions for young women at the high school level to engage them in career opportunities in construction. These planned meetings mirror Guiterrez's definition of leadership.
"Leadership to me is having the human connection and emotional intelligence to reach people on a personal level and inform them of the common goal. Being clear and concise enough to let the people around you know not only what the end goal is but why the goal needs to be accomplished and why the efforts of everyone are necessary to get there," said Guiterrez.
MCL Construction is a Construction Manager/General Contractor located in Omaha, Nebraska, and is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2017. It is a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award winner for innovation.