Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Butz Promotes Mike Butz to Director of Business Development and Administration and Mitch Hanna to Senior Marketing Specialist
The Butz Family of Companies (BFC) is pleased to announce the promotions of Michael Butz to Director of Business Development and Administration and Mitchell Hanna to Senior Marketing Specialist. Mike and Mitch will both be based out of the company's headquarters at the Butz Corporate Center in downtown Allentown. Read the full press release.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Butz Creates Department Focused on Providing Innovative Services
The Butz Family of Companies (BFC) is proud to announce a new department focused on advancing the use of innovative solutions on projects. Lean techniques and technology are crucial parts of our construction management approach. BFC introduces innovative practices early in its CM process because of proven value they bring to owners.
Butz Creates Department Focused on Providing Innovative Services
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Renovations Begin at Future PaulB Hardware Mechanicsburg Store
Today officials celebrated the start of renovations to the new PaulB Hardware store in Mechanicsburg. Upper Allen Township officials, members of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Paul B. Zimmerman, Inc. Family of Companies, Alexander Building Construction Co., The Bill Gladstone Group part of NAI CIR and ByDesign Consultants, Inc. participated in a ceremonial ballast turning event to mark the project start. Read the full press release.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Alexander Building Construction Co. Holds Subcontractor Appreciation Luncheon
On Wednesday, October 28, Alexander Building Construction Co. held a virtual Subcontractor Appreciation Luncheon. Alexander holds the annual luncheon in recognition of the pivotal roles that local subcontractors and suppliers play in helping the company offer superior construction management services.
Awards were presented for various categories. Below is a list of the award recipients:
Subcontractor of the Year (Harrisburg) – Stewart-Amos Steel, Inc.
Subcontractor of the Year (State College) – McClure Company
Outstanding Feat – R.H. Marcon, Inc.
Safety – MC Dean
Outstanding Field Person – Chris Byroade, Liberty Excavators, Inc.
Innovation Award – Wyatt Incorporated
Watch the event.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Butz Family of Companies receives two CMAA National Awards
The Butz Family of Companies received two 2020 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Project Achievement Awards. The Parkland School District Veterans Memorial Elementary School project received an award for Education Projects less than $50 million. The Mount Nittany Health Cardiovascular Pavilion project received an award for Healthcare Projects less than $50 million. Read the full press release.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Alexander is a Top 50 Fastest Growing Company
Central Penn Business Journal announced that Alexander was named one of the 2020 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies award recipients. Winners were calculated by using a combination of dollar and percentage of growth. Alexander was celebrated at a virtual awards event on September 9.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
BFC Ranked 35 in ENR
The Butz Family of Companies ranked 35 on Engineering News-Record MidAtlantic's 2020 Top Contractors list, moving up 6 places from 2019.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Alexander installs prefab emergency electrical room
Innovative leaders at the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center project used a 900 ton crane, one of the largest hoists on the East Coast, to pick, lift and place a 120,000 pound prefabricated emergency electrical room. All of the gear and panels are already wired in place. Next, we will feed the unit with power from the modular central utility plant.
Monday, July 27, 2020
Alexander Building Construction is participating in Pennsylvania's Construction Opioid Awareness Week by raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drug use. #construction #educate #safe #safety
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Alexander Building Construction Co. Promotes Justin Seltzer to Project Manager
Alexander is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Seltzer to Project Manager. Seltzer has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. He is also a Leadership Centre County graduate, Habitat for Humanity Greater Centre County Board Member, and is OSHA 30 and USACE QC Certified. In his role as Project Manager, Seltzer will be responsible for managing the construction and directing the work of specialty subcontractors and personnel. Read the full press release.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Alexander begins Kish Bank Innovation Center construction
Alexander Building Construction Co. is proud to be the construction manager for this new, 38,000 square-foot facility at the intersection of Routes 655 and 322 in Reedsville. Bids were received from more than 65 local subcontractors for the 12 different divisions of work. Input from subcontractors helped to create a collaborative schedule. Our team was quick to mobilize and commence work on site.
When the project is completed in winter 2020, it will serve as Kish Bank's technology and operations hub. The building will feature work space for 100 employees, training and multipurpose space for 250 employees, and unique collaboration and engagement spaces.
A unique element of the design and construction is the entire second floor of the building will be a raised access floor with MEP systems located below. The ductwork and concrete foundation columns boxouts were prefabricated. BIM technology was used by the HVAC subcontractor and modeler.
Alexander completes SilcoTek construction
SilcoTek is a special coatings manufacturer located in Bellefonte, PA. Alexander recently completed a 33,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility. Features of the project included a new elevator, manufacturing area, offices, conference rooms and support spaces.
Construction started in March 2019 and final completion was October 2019. The structure and exterior envelope are constructed of precast concrete. RTUs were installed, as well as a split for the data room. Field-based technology such as Raken and PlanGrid facilitated information sharing. BIM 3D modeling and the Last Planner System were also used on the project.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Alexander completes Penn State West Campus Steam Plant Improvements project
We recently completed construction of the three-story West Campus Steam Services Building at Penn State's University Park campus. The facility serves the Office of the Physical Plant utilities, Steam Services Group, OPP engineering services and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Features include a partial basement for mechanical, electrical and telecommunications, offices, locker rooms, break room, shop areas, storage rooms, training room, library/print room, future office space and a mechanical penthouse.
Construction of the $15 million project started in September 2017 and final completion was August 2019. Demolition of a massive 374,000-gallon underground fuel storage system and associated asbestos abatement was performed first. New tanks were placed aboveground. As a result of our efforts, we were able to save the owner money from the tank demolition and those funds were able to be reinvested in the new structure. A major challenge was working around an operational steam building. For example, the shoring was 9" from active steam line.
Teamwork and collaboration coincided with our successes. We surpassed our MWDSBE participation goal of 15% and achieved a rate of nearly 24%. The project is intended to receive LEED Silver certification. The team used Penn State’s Center for Immersive Experiences and virtual walk-throughs during preconstruction so that the owner could get an early view of the design and make educated decisions. Design-assist partners helped align expectations with the owner, CM, designer and subcontractors. This project is an example of how the Alexander team used Lean construction practices and technology to bring value to the owner.
Alexander completes PSU Pattee Library renovations
Libraries 2020 was one of the most transformative and highly anticipated projects in the history of Penn State University Libraries. The $13.8 million renovation and expansion of Pattee Library was its signature project. The goals were to increase the number of group study rooms, create better physical navigation between West and Central Pattee Library, meet students’ needs for increased collaboration, relieve café constraints, centralize digital scholarship and data services for enhanced support of research needs and create a state-of-the-art-hub for teaching and learning.
The scope of work included the creation of a two-story Central Atrium along with the construction of two additional floors of new, programmable space above the Central Atrium, renovation of the ground floor of West Pattee Library to create the Collaboration Commons, renovations of the West Pattee Terrace and the relocation and expansion of a Starbucks.
University Libraries expansion now open, Penn State News
Friday, June 19, 2020
Alexander begins WellSpan York Cancer Center Expansion
Alexander has successfully completed 19 projects with WellSpan Health since 1994. The construction of the $46 million York Cancer Center is a continuation of our long history of successful projects with WellSpan. We broke ground on the project in August 2019 and the 67,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in mid-2021. The three-story addition will be located at the entrance of the existing Radiation Oncology services. The building will include covered parking on the lowest level.
Drones are currently being used for virtual site tours and logistics plan updates. This technology assisted during the topping off where the drone pilot streamed live video of the final beam being placed. Design-Assist partners include mechanical, electrical, steel, site and building envelope. Prefabricated wall system panels with framing, sheathing, thin brick and aluminum windows will be installed on the building's exterior.
WellSpan breaks ground on $45M cancer center expansion, York Dispatch
WellSpan to break ground on $45 million cancer center expansion, York Daily Record
WellSpan holds breaking ground ceremony for York cancer center expansion, FOX43
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Butz Family of Companies promotes Wendy Silfies to Project Accounting Manager
The Butz Family of Companies announces the promotion of Wendy Silfies to Project Accounting Manager. As the Project Accounting Manager for the Butz Family of Companies, Silfies leads the Alvin H Butz Inc, Alexander Building Construction and Shoemaker Construction project accounting teams. She is responsible for ensuring timely processing of project budgets, project disbursements, job cost entries and monthly customer invoices. Read the full press release.
Monday, June 1, 2020
A lot is going on at the CANNON Instrument Company building addition project in State College. In this panoramic photograph of the site you can see many construction phase activities including final excavation and concrete pours for footings, foundation wall forms and foundation for the elevator pit. Next up: masonry, concrete foundation wall pours and structural steel.
Monday, June 1, 2020
Butz Family of Companies ranks among top contracting firms on ENR list
The Butz Family of Companies is once again ranked on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2020. The firm has been consistently ranked among the Top 400 contractors in the United States for more than 30 years and is the only firm headquartered in the Lehigh Valley to ever make the list.
Read the full press release.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Hampden Medical Center CUP Progress
The team at the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is prepped with all rebar in place to start pouring concrete at the Central Utility Plant.
Alexander Receives Multiple PAK Awards
Alexander received multiple PAK Awards. The Pak Awards recognize the preeminent individuals and companies of Central PA Commercial Construction. Project judging was based on the following criteria: Collaboration/Teamwork, Construction Quality & Craftsmanship, Project Execution/Scale and Safety. Alexander received the award in the $5-$25 million category for the Mt. Nittany Medical Center Cardiovascular Pavilion project. The Pavilion was a 26,000 sf overbuild addition above the fully-occupied Emergency Department. Lean construction techniques and technology were used throughout this project to maximize communication and collaboration.
Read the full press release.