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Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters - Peoria, IL

This complete remodel space is starting to take shape as metal studs are being installed.

New exterior block wall now completed

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joe Hart - President & COO

Since 1976, Mr. Hart has been involved in nearly every aspect of the construction industry. He worked his way through college as a residential carpenter and then became a commercial construction superintendent and a project manager. Mr. Hart then held increasingly responsible positions as a division manager and in 2003 was named President of P.J. Hoerr.

Mr. Hart has been involved in hundreds of projects ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to over $30 million. He is an expert in resolving constructability issues and providing value-engineering options to reduce project costs. In addition, Mr. Hart brings expertise in concrete construction, carpentry, masonry and labor/management issues. In 2002, Mr. Hart served as the president of the Greater Peoria Contractors Association and has been the lead union contract negotiator since that time. 

In 2012 Mr. Hart was named TRICON's Construction Person of the Year.

Mr. Hart is currently responsible for all field operations, cost estimating and project management. In addition to his responsibilities at P.J. Hoerr, Mr. Hart is also president of Summit Masonry and Benchmark Cabinets & Millwork. These two firms are subsidiary companies of P.J. Hoerr.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology
Western Illinois University

Friday, December 28, 2012

First United Methodist Church - Peoria, IL

Steel erectors are now on-site at this 24,000 square foot expansion to First United Methodist Church in downtown Peoria.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gabriel Rodriguez - Senior Estimator

Mr. Rodriguez began his career as a Project Manager for Turner Construction in Chicago, IL. While working in Chicago he gained tremendous experience by working on several complex projects including Northwestern University Ford Engineering Design Center, the Robert H. Lurie Medical Center, the University of Chicago Center for Biomedical Discovery, and the Block 37 CTA Tunnel Connection. His responsibilities included preparing the GMP and lump sum estimates, as well as serving on the project teams during the construction of the buildings.

In early 2008, Gabe joined the P.J. Hoerr team  as an estimator. His previous experience working on large multifaceted projects provided valuable insight for conceptual estimating, GMP budgeting, and the construction management delivery method. His resume of projects includes many in the area of healthcare, medical research, higher education, commercial, industrial, and residential projects. To add to his busy schedule, Gabe also serves as a part-time professor for the Civil Engineering and Construction Department at Bradley University, instructing in Estimating, Scheduling, and Emerging Technologies.


Bachelor of Science in Construction Mgmt.
Bradley University

Other Training
Association of General Contractors
HACIA – Hispanic American Construction Industry Association
OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety and Health Course

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

First United Methodist Church Addition, Peoria ILEstimator for this $8 million multi-phase addition and renovation to this Peoria landmark. 2012
Advocate BroMenn Patient Tower Addition, Normal, IL – Estimator for this $40.5 million, four story, 140,000 sq ft hospital wing that houses the hospital’s ICU and Mother/Baby suites. 2012
Illinois Medical Center, Peoria, IL – Estimator for this $28 million, 5 story, 120,000 sq ft medical office building and 2 story pre-cast parking deck for 359 cars. 2008
Perry Memorial Hospital, AHU Addition and Renovation, Princeton, IL - Estimator for this $4 million, 20,000 sq ft addition and renovation. 2008
Graham Medical Clinic, Canton IL - Estimator for  this $15 million, 68,000 sq ft medical clinic. 2008
Methodist North DASCO, Peoria, IL - Estimator for this $20 million, 80,000 sq ft medical clinic. 2009
Graham Hospital, Canton, IL – Estimator for various renovations including the OB Department, ICU, and PCU wings totaling more than $6 million
Pekin Hospital, Pekin, IL– Estimator for various renovations totaling more than $4.5 million
OSF SFMC, Peoria, IL – Estimator for various renovations and additions totaling more than $12 million

Washington CHSD #308 Referendum Project, Washington, IL – Project Estimator for multiple phases of extensive renovations and remodeling of large portions of the existing high school and for a 30,000 sf building addition. 2011-2012
Central Grade School Addition, Washington IL – Estimator for this $8 million, renovation, addition, and ball field reconstruction for the existing grade school. 2008
Caterpillar AC Building, East Peoria IL – Estimator for this $8 million, testing and demonstration building at the Caterpillar Proving Grounds. 2009
OSF Hospice Home, Peoria IL – Estimator for this $8 million skilled nursing facility. 2011
University of Chicago Center for Biomedical Discovery, Chicago IL - Estimator/Project Engineer for this $200 million, cancer research facility. 2006

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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

PAST PERFORMANCE - P.J. Hoerr has completed construction of this 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility for Parsons Company.  This Pre-Engineered Building by Star Building Systems includes 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 included 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.

Click here to see updated photos of this project.

Storm shelter structure

View from roof of storm shelter

Storm shelter restroom

Friday, December 14, 2012

Goodfield State Bank - Metamora, IL

P.J. Hoerr affiliated company Summit Masonry is now on-site and constructing block walls.
Thanks to Superintendent Kyle Eaton for capturing these photos.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

First United Methodist Church - Peoria, IL

When lightning struck the bell tower at First United Methodist Church, Summit Masonry was called in to remove and repair the block on the roof of the bell tower.

Meanwhile on the other side of the church laborers and carpenters are installing wall forms in preparation for the last foundation wall pour where the ramp into the basement was previously located.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters - Peoria, IL

This complete remodel at the Goodwill Industries building on War Memorial Drive is in full swing. Today Summit Masonry laborers were putting up block for the new exterior wall. Inside the building, trenches are being dug to bring in new plumbing. In the parking lot forms are set for pouring new curbs.