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Friday, March 29, 2013

Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center - Bloomington, IL

As you may already know, our therapy pool was granted IDPH occupancy last week and occupancy from the city today. I can’t express how pleased I am with the entire team in accomplishing this goal. It was definitely a challenge in designing this pool after construction had commenced and ultimately making it a reality. Although a lot was out of our control, I knew the one constant lied within the construction team in that the design would be implemented in a timely fashion once the drawings were issued and the state provided approval.

I can’t emphasize enough how critical your on-site personnel were in making the entire Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center project a great success. Along with the countless number of outstanding P.J. Hoerr laborers and carpenters that worked on the project, there are two individuals I feel in particular that can be attributed to this; Troy Wertz and Chris Atterberg.

Troy Wertz is one of the most detail oriented superintendents I have ever worked with and laid a great foundation (both literally and figuratively) for Chris Atterberg once he transitioned to another project. We never had to ask Troy twice to take care of an issue or follow up on something. He always was proactive and resourceful in addressing unforeseen issues that arose with the entire project team including the architect and engineer. Troy never missed a deadline he was given or looked for an out when a constrained schedule was provided. Even after Troy was no longer on the project, he was a great resource to have if a question came up that no one else could answer. Troy exemplifies everything we expect in a superintendent at Advocate Health Care. He was very personable, professional, polite, and easy to work with throughout the entire project. I hope at some point in the future I have the pleasure of working with Troy again.

I was also incredibly impressed with Troy’s successor, Chris Atterberg. Chris displayed maturity, expertise, and leadership beyond his years and provided a seamless transition once Troy left. Chris had the task of working in an occupied environment and definitely stepped up to the challenge. His experience in health care certainly showed and he was able to make sure we were operating within our interim life safety and infection control policies at all times. Chris acted as a great ambassador between the construction team and the occupants of the building. Ultimately, he made sure our building was suitable for occupancy back in August and did the same for our therapy pool just recently. I hope Chris is afforded the opportunity to fulfill the capacity of a superintendent on future projects for other clients as he did for us. He should be considered a major asset to P.J. Hoerr and I think he has some incredible potential in building client relationships for your organization.

I sincerely appreciate all of the hard work by all of the parties involved with this projects. This is something everyone involved should be proud of. Again, thanks to your entire team for a job well done!

Tim Bassett, LEED AP BD+C
Construction Project Manager
Planning, Design, and Construction
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
1304 Franklin Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters - Peoria, IL

Today's visit found drywall installation nearing completion and new windows put in. Also Summit Masonry laborers were installing block to the exterior wall.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center - Peoria, IL

PAST PERFORMANCE - P.J. Hoerr has just completed this renovation of the Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center located in Suite 1200, Zone 2 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
This centralized and expanded location allows for easier and greater access to services for the hospital's patients and medical staff. The doctors in this medical group provide high-risk pregnancy services.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Calvary United Methodist Church - Normal, IL

The interior of this church addition is nearing completion. I can't wait to come back when it's ready to open for the Calvary United Methodist congregation.


Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center - Bloomington, IL

The Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center will provide much needed medical services on the east side of the Bloomington/Normal area and is located directly across the street from the Central Illinois Regional Airport. This 86,500 square foot medical office building will provide bone density testing, physical therapy (with a therapy pool), occupational medicine, women’s health, family practice, and urgent care facilities. The building is constructed with concrete foundations, structural steel framing, and an architectural precast concrete envelope. The building sits on an 11 acre site with concrete paved parking lots, storm sewer, landscaping, and provisions for future development and parking. P.J. Hoerr was involved with the project from conception and provided input on the materials used, advised on building details, estimated costs and developed the construction schedule. 

Construction is now complete of the Hydro Therapy Pool at Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center.

I also took some updated photos of the facility's interior.

P.J. Hoerr Quarterly Company Overview & Safety Meeting - Morton, IL

On Tuesday evening, March 12th PJ Hoerr/Summit Masonry held their first quarterly company overview and safety meeting of 2013 at The Ashland House in Morton. Over 130 were in attendance. Bob Hoerr began the meeting by giving everyone an overview of the company's upcoming work for 2013 as of this point in time. It was stressed that over 80% of both the current and upcoming work was negotiated work with past satisfied clients who had come back to us to have us perform additional work. Both the challenges as well as the opportunities were presented. Bob then introduced the company Safety Director, Hans Hinrichsen who gave an overview of the corporate safety record and performance. Hans showed jobsite pictures that portrayed both the good and the bad in terms of safety that he had observed on our jobsites. He gave an overview as well regarding upcoming company safety initiatives for the year. The meeting then turned to a celebration of the retirement of our former Safety Director Steve Williams. Various people shared stories and memories of Steve. Steve then stood up to thank various people within the organization for all that they had done to work with him over the 22 years he had worked at PJH. Steve was joined at the dinner by his wife, his daughter, his mother and his sister and brother-in-laws as well as a family friend. We will miss Steve but we wish him well as he enters this next phase of his life. Bob wrapped up the meeting with his traditional sendoff: "Be safe out there. Thanks for coming everyone and God bless!"

Friday, March 8, 2013

First United Methodist Church - Peoria, IL

Today concrete pumps were on-site as slab on deck concrete pours began.
Also steel erectors were present.