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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Calvary United Methodist Church - Normal, IL

Construction is underway on the Phase II Building Expansion to Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal, IL. The expansion will be a 20,000 square foot addition to the current Worship Center. The "upper level" contains space for Worship Arts Ministry, a chapel, walking track and fellowship areas. The "lower level" includes a multi-purpose room with a stage, dedicated space for Calvary Student Ministries, a kitchen and fellowship space.

Today I spoke with Superintendent Brian Eddy to get a summary of what this project entails.  (Please excuse the wind noise overlapping audio, I have a solution for next video I post)

Existing Calvary United Methodist Church P.J. Hoerr constructed

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Washington Area Community Center - Washington, IL

Client Testimonial

"Dear Joe Hart, Paul Bright and Brian Faulkner: On behalf of the Washington Area Community Center board of directors, the 6,500 plus members of Five Points Washington, the thousands who have enjoyed events at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center, the WCHS swim teams, the scores of seniors who play cards and “party” at the new Washington Senior Center, the brides and grooms who have celebrated in the banquet center, the patrons who use the new library, and the new employees of Five Points Washington let me say “thank you” for all you, your employees, and subcontractors did to help make the vision a reality!

"Every day as I drive by the facility I see the parking lot filled with cars. When I enter the doors I see toddlers barely able to walk and seniors sometimes walking with canes. I see moms and dads dropping kids off at the day care room or taking them to a special event at the library. I see 70-somethings working on the cardio machines alongside 20-somethings pumping iron. They all have something in common – a broad smile! I have seen rappers, Irish tenors, gospel, a cappella, and country western singer; comedians; and orchestra members who are all surprised by the grandness of our theater.

"While such a magnificent building would not have been possible without the time, talents, and treasures of many, it truly would not have gotten “off the ground” without your team. Thanks for all the counsel, professionalism, and effort you invested in Five Points Washington!" 

Sherril West
Washington Area Community Center

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Washington Area Community Center

Crossroads United Methodist Church - Washington, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - This project is phase two of a three-phase master plan for the church. The original building is 33,000 square feet and was completed in 2001. This large addition is home to the church’s permanent 800-seat sanctuary space with a laminated wood truss and deck roof. The sanctuary has a large stone and wood altar wall with a wooden cross and stained glass window. The space is carpeted with fixed wooden pews with room to grow on the main floor and the balcony in a future construction phase that will increase seating to 1,100 seats. The facility also houses a nursery, classrooms, an entry/narthex space, toilet rooms, an elevator, storage rooms, and an audio/video/lighting control booth. The current construction includes shell space for future classrooms on the second floor and a choir room behind the sanctuary on the first floor. The current addition utilizes the existing parking lot with added parking planned for in the (future) third phase building additions.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Constructing with Creativity - Round II

From time to time, we will feature a photo montage of our laborers, carpenters, foremen, superintendents, masons, ironworkers & concrete finishers working at various job sites. In addition to our stand alone project postings, this is another way to showcase the variety of projects and skills we perform on a daily basis here at P.J. Hoerr.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Richwoods Christian Church - Peoria, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - This project was a complete interior demo and remodel of the 30,000 square foot existing Leath Furniture building in Peoria, Illinois. This remodeled building became the new home to Richwoods Christian Church and included as its centerpiece a 600 person sanctuary space complete with an elevated stage, a large baptismal, a state of the art sound system, a full production video system with projection video screens, and a diverse stage lighting system.  Also included in the building are the religious service support spaces including nursery rooms, children’s ministry classrooms, youth ministry classrooms, adult meeting rooms, a staff office suite, a backstage green room/toilets area, an entry/lobby/café area with a warming kitchen, and a communal library/resource area.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Phil Watkins - Quality Control Specialist

Mr. Watkins has been employed in the construction industry for 35 years. During this time he has served as a masonry field superintendent on many projects. He has worked closely with several forensic architectural design firms in the development of construction details in regards to exterior building envelopes and interfaces of building components. He now serves as a quality control specialist and is responsible for any leaks through the exterior building envelope including flashings, window systems, and building component interfaces.

Since joining Summit Masonry & P.J. Hoerr in 1999 Mr. Watkins has acted as field superintendent, project manager, and quality control specialist. Projects he has been involved in include churches, medical office buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and community centers. It is currently Phil’s job to review plans for problem areas, recommend solutions, inspect the work as it proceeds in the field and test buildings for water tightness and energy leakage.

Graham Medical Group Clinic - Canton, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - Due to a growing number of physicians, an antiquated existing facility and increased demand for services, Graham Hospital decided to construct a new, state-of-the-art medical office building and clinic. P.J. Hoerr was brought in after the initial design exceeded the Owner’s tight budget. A partial redesign of the facility was undertaken and several rounds of value engineering were then required to get the project within budget and still meet the Owner’s needs and requirements.

After completing several other successful projects for the hospital, P.J. Hoerr was chosen to consult on the design and provide construction management for the project. After the value engineering discussed above, P.J. Hoerr provided the Owner with a guaranteed maximum price and proceeded to construction. The value engineering process reduced total project costs by $1.3 million (9%). P.J. Hoerr also advised the design team on the mechanical systems and site planning. Once the design was complete, P.J. Hoerr advertised for and bid the project.