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Promotion – Doug Brenneman

Congratulations to Doug Brenneman on his promotion from Project Engineer to Project Manager!

Doug started at Landau in 2014 as a Project Engineer and quickly became an asset to the company. He transitioned into the Estimating department for a time where he gained an understanding of the preconstruction process. This further strengthened his skills when he returned to project engineering and now enhances his abilities as a Project Manager. Doug has assisted on some of Landau’s largest projects, including the $23M Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Continuous Care Center, the $15M United Hospital Center Orthopaedic and Spine Center, the $7M Robert Morris University School of Nursing, and various others.

In his spare time, Doug is an avid hunter and camper.

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Welcome Randy Krueger

Landau Building Company is pleased to welcome Randy Krueger as Estimator.

Randy is joining Landau’s estimating team. He brings 15 years of experience as a cost estimator and project manager for commercial construction. Having worked for several construction companies around the United States and estimating projects up to $500 million, he comprehends all aspects of the construction process from preconstruction to project closeout.

Randy was born and raised in New Martinsville, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Randy has lived in several different places throughout his career, including Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C., Georgia and now Pittsburgh. In his spare time, Randy enjoys working out, reading and biking.

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Promotions

We are happy to announce the promotion of three members of our Landau team:

Jennifer Landau: Vice President

Jen’s career at Landau has spanned 17 years. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also a  LEED Green Associate.  Jen has worked nearly every position, including estimator, project engineer and project manager.  She will continue to manage a major portion of  Landau’s projects.

 

 

David  Curry: Vice President of Estimating

Dave began his career at Landau  in 1994 when he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Civil  Engineering and Environmental Engineering.  After  working as both a project engineer and project manager, Dave’s  attention to detail, creative problem solving, and strong work ethic proved to be a perfect fit for the estimating  department that he now manages.

 

 

Christopher Priest: Senior Estimator

Chris has also worked for Landau for his entire professional career. He began as an intern project engineer  during college and then was hired full-time as estimator upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh with a  B.S. in Civil Engineering. He brings great value during the pre-construction process, and his long-standing relationships with the subcontractor community produces competitive pricing on all his estimates.

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2017 LBC Customer Appreciation Shoot

Our 13th annual Customer Appreciation Shoot was held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Millvale Sportsmen’s Club. Proceeds from the shoot, including donations and raffles, benefited the Passavant Hospital Foundation, a local organization we proudly support. We were gifted with another beautiful day, sunny and eighty degrees, and, of course, great company. We also had some really great raffle items this year, so a big thank you to everyone who donated: AG Mauro Company, Allegheny Country Club, Blumling & Gusky, Carl Taylor & Sons, Construction Tool Services, Deborrah Beck Consulting, DeWALT Service Center, Golden Promotions, Houston Starr Company, Ida Yeager Sales, Interior Supply, Paul Lumber & Supply, RAM Acoustical Corporation, Ruthrauff Sauer, Seubert & Associates, and Triad Engineering.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

 

 

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Maintaining a Proactive Culture

As general contractors, it is our job to have a proactive culture with regards to safety on the job site, remembering always that the well-being of everyone involved in the project is our primary responsibility.

An example of this occurred recently at The Waldorf School in Bloomfield, a city-designated historic landmark from the late 1800s that was converted into a school/daycare facility. Landau was hired to do renovations which included the removal of a three-story brick chimney. Before construction began, the local EMS was invited to tour the site in order to become familiar with the building and the layout.  By touring the facility, the local fire department and EMS services became familiar with the site which enabled them to develop a plan on how to reach employees quickly and what equipment they would need on hand.

Similar precautions were taken at the Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center. As the foundation was constructed, crawl spaces were left for the electricians and plumbers to eventually install their equipment. Landau arranged for the EMS to visit the site and understand the situation in case of an emergency.

By taking the time to assess safety issues before the start of construction and getting the right people involved at the outset, the safety and productivity of everyone on the job is enhanced.

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LBC Golf Outing

Here at Landau, we have been very fortunate to work with wonderful clients, architects, and subcontractors. Our work at Allegheny Country Club, winner of the 2016 MBA Best in Craftsmanship Award, was a challenging but rewarding process, and the club recently allowed us to plan a golf outing on their prestigious course. All donations, raffle proceeds, and 50/50 proceeds benefited the Passavant Hospital

Foundation. It was a great way to say thank you, especially to those who worked so hard at the club, while donating to a wonderful local organization. See all the pictures from the event on our Facebook page.
The afternoon began with a light lunch and a shotgun start at 1:30pm. Thanks to the impeccable organization of the country club, the entire afternoon ran smoothly, providing the guests with beverages and snacks throughout the course. The event was organized as a shamble, using the best drive after teeing off,  Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served afterwards, and the Passavant Hospital Foundation’s Anthony Savannah and Fay Morgan were present to thank everyone for their generosity and present the awards for the shamble.
 We want to thank Allegheny Country Club for their guidance and organization throughout each step of the event, from planning to execution, which allowed the event to run seamlessly. A special thank you to First National Bank, M&J Electrical Contracting, and T.A.Robinson Asphalt Paving Inc. for generously sponsoring the food, bar, and on-course beverages.
 
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2017 Evening of Excellence

We are thrilled to announce that our project at Allegheny Country Club won the 2016 MBA Best in Craftsmanship Award!

We want to thank Justin Kolanz, John Means, and Bill Paul from Allegheny Country Club, as well as Dave Urbansky and Jim Wallis from Perspectus Architecture for your patience and design ideas throughout construction. Of course, the project could never have been successful without Superintendent Emory Lukacs and Project Manager Andrew Marsic, both of whom displayed extraordinary dedication and perseverance throughout the renovations. It felt like every day presented a new challenge for the team, but it was handled efficiently and professionally. A special thank you to Wayne Crouse, Renick Brothers, and Sargent Electric for going above and beyond, always willing to lend a hand and offer their own ideas to make the construction process more efficient. Our team really made this a personal effort, which truly made it a success.

Check out more photos from the Evening of Excellence on the MBA website here.

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Jeff Landau, Steve Bishop, Dave Urbansky, John Means, Justin Kolanz, Bill Paul, Emory Lukacs

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2016 MBA Awards

We would like to announce that our renovation project at Allegheny Country Club is a finalist for the MBA Best in Craftsmanship Award! The basement level in the main clubhouse was demolished and transformed into a new fitness area, Pro Shop, golf bag storage/repair area, and wine cellar/tasting room. A new staircase that matches the existing stairs was installed from the first floor receptionist area to the the basement level. Extensive mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades, replacements, and relocations were also included.  The project was designed to modernize the club while maintaining the original 1902 design, and extra attention focused on the finishes matching the existing club as closely as possible. In doing so, the transformation of the space is truly remarkable and flows with the original designs beautifully.

The awards will be presented at the MBA Evening of Excellence on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Heinz Field. This is one of the most anticipated nights in the industry, a great way to celebrate  the hard work we all do throughout the year.

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New Hires

Landau would like to welcome two new members to the team! John Kamer is our newest Project Manager, and Gus Lauro is our newest Project Engineer.

John Kamer  comes to Landau with thirty years in the industry.john-kamer-website-portrait He is a graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. He previously managed public school construction work in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland.
John was raised in Saxonburg, PA, where he currently resides with his wife, two daughters, son, and yorkie. He loves hockey (Go Pens!), cooking, and music, particularly jazz, blues, and jam bands.

 

Gus Lauro completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Virginia University, most recently receiving his master’s in both finance and business administration. Gus grew up in the Latrobe area and is an avid hunter and snowboarder. He was previously a construction and operations intern at a global real estate gus-websiteinvestment and development company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Passavant Hospital Foundation Scrub Run

Throughout the past year, Landau Building Company is proud to have worked closely with and supported the Passavant Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to develop new hospital services and facilities at UPMC Passavant in McCandless and Cranberry townships as well as to provide health education and programming for the community. We worked with the Foundation for our annual Customer Appreciation Shoot in 2015 and 2016, with all proceeds benefiting the organization, and they are truly hardworking, wonderful individuals. Back in August, the Foundation hosted a 4K/8K Scrub Run/Walk at North Park. Landau sponsored two water tables for the runners and walkers, and some of our employees participated in the event. It was a great time for us and for the community!

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Bill Osche, Mike Bartoldi, Mike Nehnevajsa, Amy Curry, Dave Curry, Mary Bishop, Steve Bishop

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