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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Calvary United Methodist Church - Normal, IL

Today found Summit Masonry laborers setting brick along the bottom section of this building expansion to Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal, IL.  Heading inside found metal studs getting installed and drywall being brought in.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Goodfield State Bank - Metamora, IL

On Friday, October 19, 2012 Goodfield State Bank held their Groundbreaking Ceremony at their new facility in Metamora, IL

The new 3,500 sq ft financial center at 800 West Mt Vernon Street in Metamora is scheduled to open in late Spring 2013.

Superintendent Kyle Eaton will be running this project.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

First State Bank of Illinois - Peoria, IL

This 6,700 sq ft project for First State Bank is now underway. Today laborers and carpenters were setting forms for the foundation walls.

Thanks to Superintendent Les Koehl for giving me a quick synopsis of the project.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ross Dress For Less | Westlake Shopping Center - Peoria, IL

P.J. Hoerr is currently constructing another project for the Cohen Development Company.
The nation's leading off-price fashion retailer Ross Dress For Less will open it's doors in the  Westlake Shopping Center Spring 2013.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Westlake Shopping Center - Peoria, IL

P.J. Hoerr has built a strong working relationship with the Cohen Development Company to bring these great retail stores to the the Westlake Shopping Center in Peoria, IL.

They include:

Five Guys Burgers and Fries - Complete remodel of the interior
The Fresh Market -
New front facade and interior shell demo and remodel
Ross Dress for Less (In Progress) - Addition with a new front facade
Sushi Gawa - Complete remodel of the interior
Safelite AutoGlass - Exterior and interior remodel
Chuck E. Cheese's -
New front facade

Five Guys Burgers and Fries



The Fresh Market

Ross Dress for Less

Sushi Gawa

Safelite AutoGlass

Chuck E. Cheese's

It was with a mixture of deep sadness and reluctant relief that I received the news late Monday evening that Alesia Conover had lost her battle for life. Sadness at the loss of a true P.J. Hoerr friend and comrade and relief that her months of hospitalization, pain and emotional tug of wars had been mercifully ended. As I lay in bed last evening and sit writing this today and reflect back over my 22 year association with Alesia here at P.J. Hoerr the best adjectives that I can summon to describe her personal and workplace personna are steadiness, reliability and integrity. Over the nearly 100 years that PJH has been in operation there have been many sterling individuals who have walked our hallowed halls. But it is hard for me in my 32 year tenure with the company to recall anyone with any more abundance of those qualities than what Alesia possessed and displayed day in and day out, year in and year out. I knew that I could entrust her with the most confidential and sensitive of payroll and personnel tasks and not have to worry that something would be revealed or discussed that shouldn't be. I knew that she could be assigned the most challenging of projects in regard to billings, customer accounting conflicts or company initiatives and that she would pursue them with total single-mindedness, determination and professionalism and would never embarrass our organization in any way with her efforts. She never came to me to ask for more pay or to complain about her circumstances. She accepted any assignment or task with enthusiasm and committed resolve. I never heard a disparaging word about anyone inside or outside the company pass from her lips. Many were the evenings when hers would be the last office light extinguished. When it came to company events such as our annual picnic or other company celebrations or initiatives she was always at the front of the volunteer line ready to employ her boundless creativity and energy to insure that the event was a success. She truly cared about everyone at P.J. Hoerr, bled PJH red in all that she did and as a result she was truly loved and respected by all. As she passes from us into an eternity that ultimately awaits us all I am thankful for the times I had through her illness to visit with her. I especially treasure the moment I had to pray with her in the hospital and to know that while she was passionate in her love for her family and friends and determined in her fight against the disease that was ravaging her she also was deeply committed to her faith and her Lord. I feel a sense of calm amidst my sadness in my confidence that she now is and eternally will be enjoying a painless and well earned paradise experience with the One who called her home. May we all strive toward that same end.

We will miss you Alesia and our prayers for your family will continue

Bob Hoerr

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mike Kreutz - Senior Project Manager

Mr. Kreutz began his professional career in St. Louis with BSI, Inc. Mike worked as an estimator for two years, then chose to leave the office to gain training and first hand experience in the trades as a carpenter. Mr. Kreutz joined P.J. Hoerr in 1991, continuing to utilize his field experience as a carpenter Superintendent. He later took on the additional role as Project Superintendent/Project Manager. While working in that position, Mike estimated, supervised and managed projects. In 1996, Mike moved from the field to the office, resuming duties as an estimator/project manager. Shortly thereafter, Mike joined the P.J. Hoerr Bloomington Office where his duties included estimating, project management, as well as mentoring and training junior project managers and field superintendents. P.J. Hoerr promoted Mike to Director of Project Management for the Bloomington Operations in 2002.

While working for P.J. Hoerr, Mike has been involved in all facets of a construction project, from project acquisition to project close out. His resume of projects includes many in the area of healthcare, as well as churches, schools, office, retail and industrial projects.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

OSHA Fall Protection Safety Course
OSHA Excavation Safety Course
OSHA Electrical Safety Course
OSHA Ten-Hour Construction Safety and Health Course
Medic Program First Aid Training
ASHE Healthcare Certification

Here are some of the recent projects Mike was a part of:

Advocate BroMenn Patient Tower Addition, Normal, IL – Project Manager responsible for the construction of this $38 million, four story, 140,000 sq ft hospital wing that houses the hospital’s ICU and Mother/Baby suites. 2012

Methodist North, Peoria, IL – Project Manager responsible for the construction of this $20 million, 3 story, 80,000 sq ft medical office building. 2009

Illinois Medical Center, Peoria, IL – Project Manager for the construction of this $28 million, 5 story, 120,000 sq ft medical office building and 2 story pre-cast parking deck for 359 cars. 2008

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria, IL – Estimator/Project Manager for the complete renovation of this $4 million, 100 year old historical landmark in downtown Peoria, IL. This project also included demolition of part of the administrative area and an 1,800 sq ft addition. 2006

St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, IL – Project Manager for this $7 million, 30,000 sq ft new church and 8,000 sq ft office addition. This was the second project that P.J. Hoerr completed for the St. Patrick Community. In 1997, P.J. Hoerr added a 12,000 sq ft administrative wing. 2006

OSF St. Joseph Medical Office Building, Bloomington, IL
– Asst. Estimator/Project Manager for this $2.26 million, 11,000 sq ft Medical Office Building Facility. 2005

OSF St. Joseph Critical Care Expansion, Bloomington, IL
– Estimator/Project Manager for a $1.26 million Interiors Package at their new Critical Care Expansion facility. 2004 / 2005

BroMenn Regional Medical Center Expansion, Bloomington, IL
– Estimator/Project Manager for the 30,000 sq ft expansion of the BroMenn Regional Medical Heart Center and the 40,000 sq ft renovation that included a new Emergency Department. This $5.2 million dollar project included many work phases that allowed the hospital to continue providing care during construction. P.J. Hoerr performed both the Phase I – Foundations & Shell Package and Phase II – the Interior Package. 2004

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Uftring Chevrolet - Washington, IL

P.J. Hoerr laborers, concrete finishers and carpenters were found at every turn at this Uftring Dealership in Washington, IL.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Parsons Company, Inc. - Roanoke, IL - Goodfield Phase I

This 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility for Parsons Company is moving along quite nicely. This Pre-Engineered Building by Star Building Systems will include 7 ft high poured concrete walls, 4 truck loading docks, an office/storm shelter area, equipment wash and paint bays and an overhead crane system. This project also includes utility work; storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water and electric service to support the building. In addition there is 200,000 square feet of concrete paving and some landscaping.

See link to Storm Shelter posting:

Storm Shelters

Today Superintendent Bryan Baldovin set aside some time to give me a short description of this project.


Restrooms/Storm Shelter

Monday, October 15, 2012

First United Methodist Church - Peoria, IL

On today's visit to this Peoria downtown church, carpenters and laborers were hard at work taking last looks and measurements in preparation for pouring the top section of some exterior walls.