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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First United Methodist Church - Peoria, IL

Summit Masonry has been working on erecting the first of two elevator shafts and attaching 8" CMU (Concrete Masonry Units) firewall reinforced block to the existing church exterior wall.  Inside demo is underway.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

OSF Hospice Home - Peoria, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - The OSF Hospice Home is a residentially themed 23,000 sq ft, slab-on-grade, wood framed structure consisting of 16 private resident/patient rooms and bathrooms arranged on two wings. Each wing has a living room with a play area for children and its own nurses’ station. The central core area includes a chapel, conference room, administrative offices, laundry room, kitchen, dining rooms, a volunteer room, a staff break-room and an internet cafe. A landscaped courtyard that includes walking paths, water features and a covered gazebo sits between the two resident wings.     

The HVAC system consists of a main central chiller with 6 Air Handling Units suspended from the ceiling in the main corridors. A dry-pipe fire sprinkler system provides coverage in the attic and in the conditioned living spaces below. Other systems include medical air, oxygen and vacuum, integrated nurse call/patient locator system, fire detection and alarm, closed-circuit television, digital access control/security, emergency power generation and wireless network access throughout the facility.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bryan Baldovin - Senior Superintendent

Bryan has been involved in construction for over 34 years as a journeyman carpenter and as a construction superintendent. He has experience in all facets of the building structure and systems. His experience includes both self-performing the work and the coordination and supervision of numerous subcontractors and suppliers. He is experienced in very complex, multi-faceted projects. Mr. Baldovin has proven himself to be organized, knowledgeable, quality minded and energetic in completing projects. Bryan is one of P.J. Hoerr’s most experienced and respected construction superintendents.


OSHA Ten-Hour Construction Safety and Health Course
Medic Program First Aid Training

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

Parsons Company, Inc. Goodfield Phase I, Roanoke, IL - Project Superintendent for this 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility for Parsons Company. 2012
Advocate BroMenn Patient Tower Addition, Normal, IL – Project Superintendent responsible for the construction of this $40.5 million, four story, 140,000 sq ft hospital wing that houses the hospital’s ICU and Mother/Baby suites. 2012
Sterile Processing Department Addition and Renovation, SFMC, Peoria, IL - Project Superintendent for this $5M, 18,000 square foot multi-phased addition and renovation project, which included a two level expansion below the existing hospital and phased renovation of existing space, all without shutting down Sterile Processing Department operations. 2011
Caterpillar Instrument Application Center, East Peoria, IL – Project Superintendent for this $6.3 million, 28,000 sq ft machine laboratory. 2009
Caterpillar Machine Development Center, East Peoria, IL – Project Superintendent on this 154,000 sq ft, $15.4 million large equipment performance and testing facility. 2008
Eastview Christian Church Youth Activities Building, Normal, IL – Project Superintendent for this $3 million youth activities facility. 2007
HeartCare Midwest, Peoria, IL – Project Superintendent responsible for the construction of this $13 million, four story, 87,000 sq ft medical office building and ambulatory surgical center. 2005
InPlay Development and The Forte Center, Peoria, IL – Project Superintendent for this $6.2 million, 58,000 sq ft multi-use entertainment, event and office development. 2004
Canton Country Club Clubhouse, Canton, IL – Project Superintendent on this $2.8 million, 25,000 sq ft clubhouse and dining facility. 2002

Canton Country Club Clubhouse, Canton, IL Project Superintendent on this $2.8 million, 25,000 sq ft clubhouse and dining facility. 2002

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Corporate South H-1 Cafeteria - Bloomington, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - Transformation is complete of this existing administrative space at Corporate South H-1 Cafeteria. It required demolition and a complete remodel to make way for the new food court and cafeteria. Some of the vendor spaces within the food court are; Panda Express, Chik-fil-A, Salsaritas Fresh Cantina, and a 'Flex' space. Additionally casual, private and executive dining rooms were added.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

P.J. Hoerr Quarterly Safety and Company Overview - March of Dimes Fundraiser

On Monday, November 12th P.J. Hoerr/Summit Masonry/Benchmark Millwork held their annual March of Dimes fundraiser and company meeting at the company headquarters. A nacho dinner was prepared and everyone attending donated a minimum of $10 each to The March of Dimes. The company matched all donations given. The meeting opened with an overview of current work on hand by company CEO Bob Hoerr. Bob then introduced the company's new Director of Corporate Safety, Hans Hinrichsen who gave a brief overview of his philosophy and vision for the companies' safety initiatives as well as an update on safety performance for the year to date. Raffle ticket numbers were then read by company President Joe Hart and attendees were able to come up and select from various prize items. The meeting concluded with a "construction skills" contest pitting Nick Hart, Dan Blazevich, Hans Hinrichsen and Billy Rieck against each other. The object was to see who would be the fastest to drive 5 nails into a 4x4, cut off the end of the 4x4 with a handsaw and then roll up a 25 foot electric cord. Everyone was able to place tickets into the can of the contestant they thought most likely to win. Billy Rieck was the winner and a ticket was pulled from his can. Josh Neltner was the lucky ticket and he received a day off with pay. It was a great event and helped to raise over $3,000 for the March of Dimes. Thanks to all that participated!

For more information, visit the March of Dimes Website at or it's Spanish language Website at



Lindsay Rodriguez Community Director of March of Dimes

The moment Billy Rieck raised his hands in victory

Friday, November 9, 2012

P.J. Hoerr - Healthcare Services

Over the past 25 years P.J. Hoerr has had the opportunity to serve numerous health care clients. Our resume of past and current health care projects number well into the hundreds. Along the journey we have established a track record of trust, expertise, service, trouble-shooting ability and quality workmanship that is unrivaled in the Central Illinois construction market. In short, we have worked hard to achieve our status as the area’s premier creator of productive health care environments.

Achieving this status is one thing, maintaining and building upon it is quite another. The secrets of our past success are the foundation for maintaining and enhancing our industry leadership. The essential cornerstones of our Health Care Services Group are best summarized by the following principles; planning, scheduling, operational control and cost control.

Health care construction is a unique discipline with regulation, coordination, building code, interface, and process requirements that deviate dramatically from conventional construction. Our diverse project experiences have made us capable of asking the right questions up front to stimulate planning and thought processes that can avoid major complications and regulatory conflicts down the road. Details you may not have considered when combining the construction process with your ongoing operations are identified early and accounted for in the scheduling and budgeting process. Aspects of infection control, patient and staff needs and regulatory compliance are reviewed, analyzed and thought through. Once the pre-planning process is complete, we generate a fully integrated, comprehensive schedule. This schedule assimilates all aspects of the project into a master flowchart. It identifies responsibilities and necessary coordination requirements and serves as a road map for the identification of potential problems as well as opportunities for schedule and cost reduction. The moment you select us as your health care construction professional we assemble an experienced team from our estimating, project management, and supervision ranks.

Please take some time to review our qualifications and talk to those we have served in the past and continue to serve today. We believe that upon doing so you will come to the same conclusion that so many other health care providers in the Central Illinois area have come to over the years...P. J. Hoerr, Inc. brings value and expertise to health care construction that no one else can match.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Goodfield State Bank - Metamora, IL

Installation of footings are in progress at this new 3,500 sq ft financial center in Metamora, IL

Graham Hospital PCU Remodel & Dialysis Clinic - Canton, IL

Today I made a trip to Canton, IL to photograph P.J. Hoerr's latest remodel at Graham Hospital. The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) remodel just completed and construction has started on the Graham Dialysis Clinic. This 6,011 sq ft clinic will be located just across the street from the hospital.

Superintendent Rob Mullens gave me a quick summary of past and current work being done at Graham Hospital.

Progressive Care Unit



Graham Dialysis Clinic - Digging footings