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New Hires

Landau Building Company would like to welcome Selma Voljevica  as our newest Project Engineer. Selma  graduated from Penn State University in 201Selma BW for website2 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!

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Southern Tier Brewery Coming to Pittsburgh

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.

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Point Park University New Media Center

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.

 

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Christ Church Fox Chapel

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 Christ Church-2modeling 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 aIMG_7034nd 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.

 

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The Paul Slowik Memorial Shoot

2015 LBC Shoot35This past June, we lost a talented architect and dear friend, Paul Slowik, to cancer.  He ran a successful architectural firm, Paul Slowik & Associates, and he was an active member of the Passavant Hospital Foundation.  Paul’s father actually designed the original Passavant Hospital building in 1964, so the Foundation was close to his heart.  Paul was Chairperson of the Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Awards, which honors the individuals who make Passavant Hospital grow and thrive.  This year we decided to make our annual customer appreciation shoot the Paul Slowik Memorial Shoot, partnering with the Passavant Hospital Foundation to transform it into a charity event.  We worked closely with Paul’s wife, Joyce, every step of the way.  Paul and Joyce’s family came into town specially for the event, including son Bill and his wife Barb, daughter Stefany and her fiancee Broox, and even Bill’s in-laws and childhood friend Mike Taylor.

Our event was graciously sponsored by MedExpress, UPMC, Heritage Valley Health Systems, Architectural Innovations, E.A. Fischione Instruments, Radelet McCarthy Polletta, Blackhawk Neff,2015 LBC Shoot20 FMRW, North Park Lounge, Steve and Mary Bishop, and Joyce Slowik and friends.  We are so grateful to have had their support.  Joyce collected donations from businesses for the silent auction, which resulted in some great prizes, and many of our subcontractors/fellow industry members donated gift cards and other gifts for the silent auction and the raffle.  Some of the silent auction prizes included Paul’s Jaeger machine, Pirates tickets, one night hotel stay with restaurant gift cards and an assortment of Paul’s “favorite things”.   The Passavant Hospital Foundation handled the monetary transactions and ran the 50/50 at the door, which was a hit.  At 11:30 a.m, we served our annual Oktoberfest themed lunch and Vice President Steve Bishop thanked everyone for their support and attendance.  Steve was a good friend of Paul and spoke about him as a friend, as a professional, and as a man.  “Paul – an infectiously positive person who touched our lives through his 2015 LBC Shoot28art, his ‘architecture,’ his humor, his humility, and his smile.  Always an upbeat person, never a dull moment, and a true friend.  We will always miss you.”

Because of everyone’s generosity and hard work, we were able to raise  $18,500 for the Passavant Hospital Foundation.  Landau Building Company, represented by Jeff Landau, Sharon Landau, and Steve Bishop, presented the check at the Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Gala on October 8th.  Paul Slowik was honored this year for his contributions over the years and for his dedication to the 2015 LBC Shoot39Foundation.

 

     Check out more photos from the shoot on our Facebook page                                       

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Five Generations in Pittsburgh Construction

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Landau Building Company was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times as an outstanding family business in the Pittsburgh construction industry.  The article, “Helping Pittsburgh take shape for 125 years,” by Tim Schooley, covers Landau’s family history in the Pittsburgh region, from Henrich Landau in 1879 to the current Landaus in the business – Tom, Jeff, Sharon, and Jen.  When approached by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Landau was humbled and proud of the business and reputation they’ve worked hard to build and maintain.  MBA Director of Industry Relations Jon O’Brien kindly remarked in the article, “They have one of the most friendly and energetic offices.  And it’s a very close-knit group that they have working together.  They have a good thing going.”

Schooley’s article highlighted the family and business timeline. Landau has a long history in the construction industry of Pittsburgh, beginning with Henrich and his sons in the late 1800s.  His three sons, Jacob, Fred, and Albert, formalized the family’s work and incorporated it as Landau Brothers Construction Company, with Jacob as the first president.  The company continued to grow and secured its place as a respectable member of the construction region, as demonstrated through long ties with the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania.  As mentioned in a previous news post, CEO Tom Landau discovered the original 1922 MBA charter certificate from the MBA, as his family has also been active on the MBA board for generations.  “It shows you how much influence of how much of a long-standing relationship they have with us that they could hold on to important documents like that,” O’Brien said to Schooley.  When Tom’s father Roy was president, Landau was known mainly for retail building, like Kroger, A&P, and Shop ‘N Save; before that, his grandfather focused on interior build-outs for offices.  More recently, as Landau grew under Tom and Jeff’s presidencies, the company developed a solid reputation for work in healthcare and higher education, as well as commercial and community buildings.

The current generation of Landaus in the business are siblings: Tom, CEO and past president; Jeff, President; and Sharon, Marketing Director who is also a trained architect.  Joining them is Tom’s daughter-in-law Jen, a Project Manager who has also worked in various positions throughout the company.  Like any small, family-run business, Landau has struggled to balance family ownership with bringing in outside talent, but, as Jen reasoned in the article, being a family-run business is what resonates with the employees. Whatever the case, Landau is proud to be recognized for its family values and growing success throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Check out the full article at the Pittsburgh Business Times website: http://bit.ly/1cApKgu
Or visit the “History” section under the “About Us” tab to see our company timeline

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New Hire – Mike Bartoldi

Landau Building Company would liMike--2ke to welcome back Mike Bartoldi as Project Engineer.  Mike worked for Landau from 2012-2014, and he is returning to our team.  He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology.  His responsibilities as a project engineer include submittals, scheduling, and coordination with project managers and superintendents.

 

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Attic Discovery

Landau’s CEO and former MBA president Tom Landau recently made an interesting discovery while cleaning out his attic. Tom came across the MBA’s original Association of General Contractors (AGC) charter certificate from 1922. The Landaus have been members of the MBA for many years, and several individuals have served as president. During the January 16th MBA Regular Membership Business Meeting, Tom returned the certificate to the MBA, giving a special presentation about the discovery and revealing another great piece of history as well. In addition to the charter, Tom found a photograph from the very first AGC national convention. The picture shows attendees and spouses on the White House lawn, with President Calvin Coolidge standing front and center!

According to MBA meeting minutes, Jacob Landau, Tom’s great-grandfather and former member of the MBA Board of Directors, attended the first AGC national convention and reported back that it was a great event. At this convention, he attended a seminar devoted to the need to repeal the multiple prime delivery system law, which was in effect in every state across the country.  The mention of this seminar being held almost a hundred years ago is quite ironic given that the MBA participated in a seminar on this exact topic in 2015.

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UHC Ribbon Cutting

Jeff Landau & UHC COO Michael Tillman compressedMarks-Landau Construction recently completed United Hospital Center’s Bruce Carter United Orthopaedic and Spine Center. The $15 million dollar project encompasses 57,000 SF and was completed in less than twelve months. Marks-Landau president Jeff Landau presented UHC CEO Michael Tillman with a customized plaque to commemorate the event at the ribbon cutting ceremony held on April 2nd.

The new Center combines the Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Pain Management, Spine Care, and Rehabilitation departments into one main building, which allows for better communication between departments and specialists. It also includes two hundred rooms and a therapy pool. United Hospital Center requested that the new building match the existing hospital facade, so careful attention to detail was required when selecting the brick. Mock-ups of the facade were fashioned and approved by the owners. The HVAC system was highly specialized, and a new program was written in order for it to operate successfully. Project Manager Jeremy Bowlby and Project Engineer Doug Brenneman worked closely with architects Gresham, Smith & Partners and UHC to complete a beautiful project under budget and on time. Recently, Marks-Landau was awarded additional work at UHC and will renovate the Physician’s Office Building fourth floor.

 


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And the Winner Is…

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We have some exciting news to share!

Landau Building Company is the winner of two crystals from the 2014 MBA Building Excellence Awards!  This is the first time Landau has taken home two awards in one year, and we couldn’t be more  proud of our team.  The Jefferson Oncology and Women’s Health Centers won for Best Project over $10 million, and the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers won for Best Project under $10 million.  Project Manager Skylar Van Soest and Superintendent  Keith Kalmbach, who worked on both projects, accepted the awards on Landau’s behalf, along with architect David Wells from Radelet McCarthy Polletta and representatives from the owners. Our other superintendents on the job were Emory Lukacs, Dave Prata, Jonathan Muzina, and Larry Massung.

_DSC0302 (2) The Evening of Excellence is one of the biggest construction industry events of the year, and it did not disappoint.  More than 1,000 professionals  attended the event at Heinz Field to honor or be honored by the MBA.  The Trib Total Media wrote a great article about the event, featuring the “big winners” of the night.  You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/1wEIcyc.Wells, Mathie, VanSoest

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2014 MBA Awards.  It is always very competitive. Everyone deserves to be recognized for their hard work and the quality of projects produced. For more photos, check out our Facebook album: http://on.fb.me/18WxffO
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