Ben VanderWert joins MCL Construction as the Director of Talent Acquisition. Ben's primary focus is to identify and hire the best and brightest to join the MCL Construction family.
"MCL has a long history in the community and has been growing at a great manageable rate," said VanderWert. "The relationships they have built with the community and organizations across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are long-lasting. My goal is to apply that approach to attracting and retaining great talent and for MCL to be seen as a premier employer in the community."
VanderWert spent several years recruiting in the technology and IT fields. He understands what it takes to identify top talent in a competitive industry and how having the right employees help organizations grow and thrive long-term.
"Having the right people that will make a positive impact on the organization and do right by the customers is vital in long-term success within any organization. Finding the person to do the job is one thing. Finding the person that can do the job and fit within the organization with the team and culturally is what we are looking for in the people we hire at MCL Construction," said VanderWert.
MCL Construction has grown substantially in the past five years, approaching 200 employees.
"We want to keep growing," added MCL Construction Senior Vice President Tony Fucinaro. "Ben will play a significant role as we continue to expand our geographical footprint and provide our relationship-based building model to clients who are looking for a partner to solve their building problems."
MCL Construction recently moved into its new corporate headquarters located at 14558 Portal Circle in La Vista, Nebraska. The building has made a big impression on VanderWert and he believes it will make his job a lot easier.
"Having a new and welcoming facility will undoubtedly help in attracting people. In my opinion, it is all about the opportunity and culture of the organization. But having a place to work where there is proper/enhanced technology, collaboration spaces, and an open environment will help in growth and retention."
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Centris Federal Credit Union was looking for something new and something different when building its new branch at 518 E. Broadway in Council Bluffs. Now that it is open, employees and members have discovered the new building is exactly what they wanted and more.
"We want our members to feel like it's a warm and inviting atmosphere," says Centris Federal Credit Union President and CEO Steve Swanstrom. "We accomplished that with a lot of the natural lighting that comes into the branch; there's something about natural light that puts people in a good mood."
Members will like other amenities in the 3,400 square foot branch, like the technology devices in the waiting area, colorful, comfortable furniture, and a large media wall that displays the latest news from the Credit Union.
"What we focused on when we were ready to invest in another branch is the member experience," says Ann Helm, Senior Vice President, Administration. "They are the same concepts that we have in our other locations; it just pushed the envelope ever so slightly to make it a better experience."
MCL Construction completed this Holland Basham Architects design in under a year’s time. The building features additional private office space, a break room, and a large canopy with pneumatic tubes for drive-thru banking.
"When you have a partnership, you can pick up the phone and say help me make a decision on this matter; the input is delivered from MCL and you know you can trust it," said Helm. "These are not cheap projects and you want to make sure they are done right the first time and MCL can deliver that."
The latest technology in treating cancer is now being utilized at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The addition of a state-of-the-art linear accelerator gives cancer patients in southwest Iowa the best in cancer care.
"Patients have responded extremely well, they are very positive, and have talked about how calming it is to come into the new room with the new equipment," said Steve Baumert, President and CEO of Methodist Health Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
To make room for the new linear accelerator, MCL Construction carefully coordinated with hospital staff to assure there were no disruptions to hospital services during the project. It took ten months to complete a 3,400 square foot addition that was constructed between the existing hospital and the parking garage on campus. The new addition created a vault for the linear accelerator with the walls being up to five feet thick of concrete. A new control room, exam room, and storage room are also part of the project.
Director of Cancer Services at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Michelle Kaufman, worked closely with the MCL Construction team throughout the project.
"The guys from MCL were an absolute joy to work with; the communication from day one all the way through to the project was excellent. I think patient care was their number one concern," said Kaufman.
The Cancer Center at Methodist Health Jennie Edmundson is the ONLY nationally accredited cancer center in southwest Iowa and patients may drive an hour or more each way for treatment.
The new linear accelerator will allow the staff at Jennie Edmundson to treat more complex cancers previously referred to other facilities for radiation therapy.