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Winter 2016-17

Alexander Holds Annual Winter Social

Alexander Building Construction Co. held its annual Winter Social the evening of February 23rd. At the event, many of our clients, colleagues, architects and subcontractors were able to network with our employees and discuss the latest trends in the construction industry. One of those trends was on full display at the event, where our Virtual Design and Construction committee members were able to showcase how Alexander uses virtual reality goggles to give Owners an up close and personal look at their projects.

The Butz Family of Companies Holds Annual Safety Awards

Maintaining the safety of our jobsites is one of our top priorities at The Butz Family of Companies. As such, we are constantly looking for ways to not only improve the quality of safety on our jobsites, but also praise those individuals who best exemplify this commitment to safety.

Just recently, superintendents from Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Shoemaker Construction Co. got together for our annual safety awards events. Hosted by Tyrone Reed, Corporate Safety Director and Darren Rech, Safety Director, the award ceremonies honored superintendents from the three companies who went above and beyond in their duties to ensure their worksite was as safe as possible. Read the full article.

Fall 2016

Alexander Building Construction Co. Receives Prestigious Safety Award

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, was awarded the H.B. Alexander Trophy by the Keystone Contractors Association for the company's excellence in safety performance in 2015. The award, which is the highest safety award given by the Association, is given to the member company with the best safety performance with more than 100,000 man-hours worked.

With 149,038 man-hours worked in 2015, Alexander had zero recordable cases and zero lost days due to injury. The company has also shown remarkable consistency in regards to safety, having won the award eight times within the past 15 years. Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Hires Bill Sahwell, Project Executive

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Sahwell as a project executive.

In his role as project executive, he will provide executive management oversight during all phases of work from preconstruction through project completion. As the Owner's executive level contact, he is responsible for facilitating teamwork between all disciplines of the project team, ensuring overall project success and achieving 100% client satisfaction.

With more than 34 years of professional experience, Sahwell will also contribute across the companies with specific project pursuit planning and participate in strategic initiatives and the application of industry best practices. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes Student Center Renovations and Addition at Penn State York

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed an addition and renovations to the Ruhl Student Center at the Penn State York Campus in York, PA.

The project involved the demolition of a two-story portion of the original Joe & Rosie Ruhl Student Center in order to add a 14,360 square-foot addition.

The new addition includes a fitness center equipped with locker rooms, kinesiology classroom, a multi-activity court and athletic faculty office space. An exterior amphitheater was also constructed adjacent to the Center. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Holds Subcontractor Appreciation Luncheon

On Tuesday, September 27, Alexander Building Construction Co. held a Subcontractor Appreciation Luncheon at The Country Club of Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA. More than 80 people were in attendance at the event. 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.

Various awards were handed out during the luncheon. Below is a list of the award recipients.

Subcontractor of the Year (Harrisburg – Houck Services, Inc.
Subcontractor of the Year (State College) – S.P. McCarl & Company, Inc.
Outstanding Feat – G. R. Sponaugle & Sons, Inc.
Safety – Avalotis Corporation
Outstanding Field Person – Ryan Roush, McClure Company

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes ED and Imaging Services Renovations at Lewistown Hospital

Alexander Building Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed renovations to the Emergency Department and Imaging Services at Geisinger Health System's Lewistown Hospital.

The renovations helped alleviate a growing need for more comprehensive healthcare services while also improving patient flow through the various hospital departments. Read the full press release.

Summer 2016

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Contracting Firms

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top Mid-Atlantic Contracting Firms in 2016. This year, the firm ranked #33 in the entire Mid-Atlantic region and #14 in the state of Pennsylvania. It also ranked #329 on the Top 400 Contractors list.

"We constantly strive for outstanding results for our clients based on a steadfast commitment to innovation and superior service to our clients," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. "Our success in providing superior project delivery in true partnership and teamwork is evident through our continuous ranking on ENR's esteemed lists." Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Manager, Restoration and Special Services Division Becomes Registered Professional Engineer

Dan Weiger, Manager, Restoration and Special Services Division for Alexander Building Construction Co., recently became a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.

Currently, Weiger oversees Alexander's Restoration and Special Services division. Operating out of the State College office, the division provides full-service property repair and restoration services in Central PA including 24/7 emergency disaster response, water mitigation, fire remediation, and independent insurance restoration consulting. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes Student Enrichment Center at Penn State's Harrisburg Campus

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed the new Student Enrichment Center building at Penn State Harrisburg.

Located in the heart of the campus, the $30 million, 70,000 square-foot building houses many of the college's student activities and organizations.

"This project benefited greatly from a construction management at-risk delivery method," said J. Douglas Wenger, Central Region Project Manager for Penn State. "Alexander was engaged early in design and developed a strategy of phased bidding and construction that allowed us to achieve our desired schedule for the project. We'd also like to recognize the design team and the subcontractors for a job well-done." Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes Chiller Plant Expansion for York Hospital

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed a significant expansion to the chiller plant at York Hospital located in York, PA.

"This project had a critical scheduling window between the 2015 and 2016 cooling seasons. Alexander understood our time table and managed this project from preconstruction through construction to meet our budget and schedule goals," said George Baker, Director of Engineering for WellSpan Health.

The $2.2M project involved the addition of a fourth chiller and a cooling tower to meet the additional required chilled water capacity of the growing facility. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Begins Phase II of Operating Suite Renovations at Williamsport Regional Medical Center

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently began Phase II renovations to the Operating Suite on the 4th Floor of the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

"Phase II of our 4th Floor Expansion will be as challenging as Phase I," said Dieter Reichmann, Administrative Director of Facilities for Susquehanna Health System. "Significant new plumbing work above the ceiling of the occupied areas below the renovation area and the phasing of the work to allow current operations to be maintained are the biggest challenges of this project. We know that Alexander understands these issues and will closely coordinate and manage the renovation work with our hospital staff." Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Hires Sixth Generation Builder of Butz Family

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., a Butz Family Company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Butz as a Project Engineer. He is the son of Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Steven joins Mike Butz, Greg's oldest son, as a member of the 6th generation of Butz builders. Mike has served as an Assistant Project Manager since 2011.

The Butz family has a long, successful tradition of building in the Lehigh Valley that dates back to the mid-1800s. In 1920, the family's passion for construction led to the creation of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. The company has since been continuously owned and operated in the Lehigh Valley by the Butz family, and the addition of Steven and Mike solidifies the 6th generation of the Butz family who are in line to preserve the tradition and reputation of the organization. Read the full press release.

The Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 400 Contractors in 2016

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2016. This year, the firm ranked #329 on the list.

"Our firms' consistent ranking among the Top 400 contractors in the United States for more than 15 years demonstrates that our approach continues to bring exceptional value to our clients," said Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. "Our success stems from our guiding philosophy to build on our tradition of excellence, perform with integrity, honesty, reliability and enthusiasm and our unwavering commitment to our clients and community."

ENR uses construction revenue from the previous year as its primary grading criteria, making the Top 400 list a showcase of only the best and most sought-after construction management and general contracting firms. Read the full press release.

Spring 2016

The Butz Family of Companies Construction Crews Participate in the National Fall Prevention Stand Down


Mount Nittany Medical Center
State College, PA

When it comes to managing construction projects, safety is our #1 priority. This week, our construction crews took part in the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down - an OSHA-supported initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of falling and how to prevent any accidents. Led by our Safety Directors, we had our project teams take a break from the construction project in order to participate in voluntary safety meetings. During these meetings, we focused on "Fall Hazards" and ways to eliminate falling risks inside the work zone. Ultimately, we hope to do our part in raising awareness to decrease the hundreds of preventable fall-related fatalities that occur each year in the United States.View all images.

The following project sites participated in the stand-down:
Butz Corporate Center Phase III - ALLENTOWN PA
Mount Nittany Medical Center - STATE COLLEGE PA
The Pennsylvania State University Beaver Stadium Maintenance - STATE COLLEGE PA
The Gallery Renovations - PHILADELPHIA PA

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes 4 Major Restoration Projects

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed four major commercial restoration projects in Central Pennsylvania. The projects included renovations to the following properties:

  • Verizon Wireless Made Simple (Bellefonte, PA)
  • Nittany Eye Associates (State College, PA)
  • Fasta & Ravioli Co. (Pleasant Gap, PA)
  • Mt Laurel Day Care & Preschool (Bellwood, PA)


Before and after images of the restored Verizon building.

The Verizon Wireless Made Simple property, located in Bellefonte's historic downtown area, had suffered structural and smoke damage due to a recent fire within the building. Alexander's restoration division provided a complete gut of the store and subsequently provided new finishes as well as electrical, plumbing and heating systems while bringing the building up to code. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Meeting the Rules and Requirements of Healthcare Construction

As a regional leader in healthcare-related construction management projects, Alexander understands the many challenges that a project team faces while working within or adjacent to occupied hospitals. In the following article, Chris Magent - General Manager of Alexander's State College office and Business Development and Strategic Initiatives Director for the Butz Family of Companies - discusses some of the recent solutions Alexander has implemented in regards to challenges such as patient safety and complex MEP systems. Read the full online PA Business Central  article.

Winter 2015-2016

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes OR Expansion at Williamsport Regional Medical Center

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed an expansion to the Operating Suite at Williamsport Regional Medical Center in Williamsport, PA.

The project was the interior fit out of over 25,000 square feet of existing shell space within the patient tower and contains three new operating rooms, two heart catheterization labs, two EP Labs (one operational and one future) and 33 new Pre-OP and PACU bays. The project required significant upgrades and modifications to existing mechanical and electrical systems serving occupied areas. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Completes Medical Office Building for Mount Nittany Health

Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed renovations of an existing bank into the new Mount Nittany Health – Penns Valley medical office building.

"This project was extremely important to Mount Nittany Health because of the focus and opportunity to expand primary care. Mount Nittany Health continues to support the health needs for local communities and this project is a great demonstration of that effort," said Lou Brungard, MBA, Vice President, Facilities and Plant Services, Mount Nittany Health. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Co. Hires New Project Engineer

Alexander Building Construction Co., a Butz Family Company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Althoff as a Project Engineer. Althoff will be responsible for reviewing shop drawings, submittals and RFIs and updating the project schedules on various projects. He will also perform field quality control inspections.

Althoff has over 5 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University. He is currently working on the WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Department Expansion project and the Penn State York Campus Ruhl Center Expansion. Read the full press release.

The Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 50 Contracting Firms in 2015

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) lists of the Top 50 Mid-Atlantic Contracting Firms in 2015. This year, the firm ranked #21. They also ranked #99 on the Top 100 CM-at-Risk list and #219 on the Top 400 Contractors list. The Butz Family of Companies is the only firm headquartered in the Lehigh Valley to be ranked.

"Our continued presence on highly-regarded lists such as these are an accurate reflection of the commitment put forth by all of our employees to ensure that our clients receive only the best construction management services," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. Read the full press release.

Alexander Building Construction Hires New MEP manager

Alexander Building Construction Co., as part of The Butz Family of Companies, is pleased to announce the hiring of David Sillner as a manager of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems. Sillner will be responsible for ensuring that all MEP requirements are met on Alexander projects.

Sillner has over 11 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently working on the new Millenium Sciences Center and HUB Expansion project for The Pennsylvania State University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Read the full press release.

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