LANDAU BUILDING COMPANY
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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.
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. 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 investment and development company headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.
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!
On Friday, September 23rd, Landau held its 12th annual Customer Appreciation Shoot at Millvale Sportsman Club. All of the proceeds from the donations, silent auction, raffle tickets, and 50/50 benefited the Passavant Hospital Foundation. We had some great items for the raffle and silent auction items, like Steelers and Penguins tickets, golf outings, a coffee basket, wine basket, and gift cards. We seem to be blessed with beautiful weather every year (knock on wood!), with clear skies and warm sunshine for our guests. Check out more pictures on our Facebook page. Waterfall Catering from the Carpenters Training Center provided a delicious Oktoberfest buffet lunch, including a Bavarian bratwurst bar, wienerschnitzel, potato pancakes, and warm pretzel basket with dipping mustard. Every year our guests can enter in a friendly competition, and this year’s winners are: First Place: Scott Hazlett from DRS Architects, Second Place: Bill Paul of Deckman Company, Third Place: Fritz Baehr, F.J. Baehr Architects. A big thank you to the Passavant Hospital Foundation for helping us again this year with the raffles, 50/50, and silent auction coordination. Another thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations:
A.J. Vater Allegheny Country Club
Arrow Electric Atlas Wholesale Supply
Blackhawk Neff Blumling & Gusky, LLP
Bruin Roofing Carl Taylor & Sons
CEC Construction Tool Supply
Dan Taylor Interiors Davis-Fetch Corporation
DeWalt FMRW Engineering
Ida Yeager Sales Kevin Cotchen
J.A. Sauer Paul Lumber
Passavant Hospital Foundation Phoenix Roofing
Golf is a favorite outing among various leaders and professionals, a way to relax, have fun, and network. Landau superintendent Emory Lukacs was finishing up the last touches on renovations to the fitness and Pro Shop at Allegheny Country Club when none other than former President George W. Bush arrived for a day of golf! That’s right, the former president of the United States visited the historic country club – and therefore our job site!
Construction at St. Margaret Hospital, located on Freeport Road, is progressing quickly! Landau was hired for the Emergency Generator #1 Installation Project, which should be finished next month. A crane was needed onsite to lift the generator and supporting equipment to the roof and to the wall opening for installation. It can be a long process, especially with the rainstorm that hit the second day, but our team didn’t let their spirits drop or their work suffer. Superintendent Jeff Bono couldn’t say enough how proud he is of all the workers on the job and that the work ethic of his men is outstanding. Great job, guys!
Landau Building Company would like to welcome Selma Voljevica as our newest Project Engineer. Selma graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and minor in Energy Engineering. Her responsibilities as project engineer include preparing schedules, managing submittals, assisting the project manager, and coordinating with the superintendent. Selma enjoys running, biking, hiking, and DIY projects in her free time, and we’re glad to have her!
We have exciting news! Landau Building Company was selected to build Southern Tier Brewery’s new Brew Pub and outdoor Bier Garden on the North Shore! Its location between PNC Park and Heinz Field makes it perfect for game days, so be sure to check it out later this summer! North Shore has rapidly become a major hot spot in Pittsburgh, and Landau is excited to be part of its growth. Fukui Architects is the architect on this project.
The brew pub and beer garden will feature a full menu as well exclusive and classic Southern Tier brews. Construction will begin in May and will finish by August 2016.
Landau Building Company was awarded Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation, located on the corner of Wood Street and Third Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. This 4,000 SF center will include television and broadcast studios, a multimedia newsroom, a photo studio, transformation presentation space, and gallery space. The center will have floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a digital ticker reminiscent of a New York City-style media hub. Pittsburgh-based GBBN Architects are the designers.
The students of the School of Communications will be offered hands-on experience and collaboration with professors. They will also have the opportunity to work with industry professionals to become leaders in media innovation.
The new center is made possible in part by a grant from the Allegheny Foundation and sponsored by Trib Total Media. Richard Scaife, late owner of Trib Total Media, was committed to journalism’s role in society and wanted to find a way to build journalism through education, according to Matt Groll, who succeeded Scaife’s place as chairman of the Allegheny Foundation. To read Point Park University’s press release, click here. Anticipated completion is set for June 2016.
Landau recently completed renovations to Christ Church Fox Chapel, transforming a confined, narrow space into an open and inviting community area. Christ Church Fox Chapel was previously the Gould family mansion and was converted into a church during the 1940s. Therefore, the overall goal was to maintain the traditional architecture, like modeling the doors and columns after the original design. Superintendent Jeff Miazgowicz spent extra time crafting new paneling for the columns himself, knowing how important it was to the church. The original parlors were converted into one large social area, complete with piano and electric fireplace. A men’s restroom, which was previously located in the adjacent building, was created from an old office and closet space, and the ladies room was updated as well. The walls were given a fresh coat of paint, and gray slate tile replaced the warped hardwood. Coincidently, the original blueprints from the 1940’s called for gray slate flooring, so it was extra special to the church that they could afford it now. The back walkway and terrace were rebuilt to level out the ground and to make those doors handicap-accessible. The space is completely transformed, creating new energy and optimism, and we couldn’t be more proud of our work here. A special thank you to Courtney Myhrum, a church member who volunteered her time as project manager for the church. We enjoyed working with Courtney, Reverend Alex Shuttleworth, and everyone at Christ Church, and we hope to work with them again in the future.
TribLive published a great article about this project, which you can read here.