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2019 Customer Appreciation Shoot

The annual Landau Building Company Customer Appreciation Shoot was held on Friday, September 20th. For the 15th year in a row, we had sunny, beautiful weather and a great turnout. The Oktoberfest lunch was a hit, thanks to Waterfall Catering. This year we were able to raise $2,345 for the Passavant Hospital Foundation. We are lucky each year to receive very generous donations from our subcontractors, including: Architectural Interior Products, Automated Entrance Systems, Construction Tool Service, Blumling & Gusky, Carl Taylor & Sons, EHD, PPG Paints, Ida Yeager Sales, Chapman Corporation, Fallon Electric, Dan Taylor Interiors, Infinity Electric, DeWalt, Miller Information Systems, McKamish, Paul Lumber & Supply Company, Triad Engineering, DeFinis Mechanical Contractors, AIS, and Ruthrauff Sauer.

Check out some of photos below and our our Facebook page, including a guest appearance from our resident T-Rex and Superman, selling those 50/50 tickets hard!

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New Hires: Brian Kessler and Brad Knapik

Landau would like to welcome Brian Kessler as Project Engineer and Brad Knapik as Project Manager!

Brian Kessler has worked as a site manager/project manager for over 20 years, mainly on projects such as schools and steel mills. He served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps and is a Desert Storm veteran. Brian is a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Marine Corps Legion. Brian is from the North Hills area and has two kids. In his spare time, he enjoys shooting sports and everything and anything that has to do with cars.

Brad Knapik previously worked for Landau Building Company for 10 years. He worked his way from being a Project Engineer to a Project Manager, having been involved in some of Landau’s largest projects at the time, before switching to an engineering firm near his home in Grove City. In his spare time, Brad enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his wife and 2 boys.

Welcome, guys!

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WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Dedication

On Wednesday, May 16th, a dedication ceremony was held for the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Center for Innovation, located in Morgantown, WV. The institute was founded by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia senator 1985 – 2015, who was one of the speakers to perform the dedication, which was also the commencement of the inaugural WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Summit. Other speakers at the dedication included E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University; Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and CEO of West Virginia University Health System; Ali Rezai, M.D., Executive Chair, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute; and Clay Marsh, M.D., Vice President and Executive Dean of WVU Health Sciences.

Landau Building Company’s team completed an addition to the atrium of the RNI Center for Innovation and other interior renovations, working hard to meet the dedication ceremony deadline.  It took a heroic effort from all involved to make this happen, eliminating five weeks from the construction schedule to be ready for this event.

The renovations, which prepared for the arrival of Dr. Ali Rezai, a world-renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon, included 1,448 SF on the first floor, 2,331 SF on the second floor, and 3,527 SF on the third floor. The scope of work included the Human Performance Research Center, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, floatation recovery rooms, cryostimulation therapy room, light therapy rooms, a mind gym that uses Virtual Reality for research, and sleep pods to study Circadiam rhythm and sleep.  The LIFU MRI suite allows transcranial magnetic stimulation that is being used to treat disorders ranging from Opioid addiction to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  The building addition houses a grand entrance with a 30’ mural entitled “The Boundless Brain” created by Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards, which is a hyperdetailed representation of a quarter million neurons of a sagittal slice of the human brain.

WVU Medicine created a great video highlighting the institute’s story, which you can watch here.

 

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Building Excellence Awards Winners!

Landau is thrilled to announce two wins for the 2018 Master Builders’ Association Building Excellence Awards! Southern Tier Brewing Company – Pittsburgh won Best in Interior Craftsmanship, and East Liberty Presbyterian Church “Building Our Future” Renovations won for Renovation Construction Under $5 Million. Southern Tier has become a popular spot on the North Shore, and East Liberty Presbyterian Church is a staple in the East Liberty Community. Landau is proud to have contributed to their success, and we are proud to be recognized for our hard work in making their dreams come true.

The 2018 Master Builder Association (MBA) awards were presented at the 2019 Evening of Excellence at the Heinz Field East Club on Thursday, February 28th.

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2018 MBA Building Awards Finalists

Landau Building Company has two project finalists for the 2018 MBA (Master Builders Association) Building Excellence Awards this year! Southern Tier Brewing Company – Pittsburgh is a finalist for Best in Interior Craftsmanship, and East Liberty Presbyterian Church – “Building Our Future” renovations is a finalist for Renovation Construction Under $5 Million. Southern Tier and East Liberty Presbyterian Church are well-known throughout the Pittsburgh community, and we are proud to showcase our contributions on both projects.

All of the award winners and finalists will be announced at the MBA Evening of Excellence on February 28th, 2019 at the Heinz Field East Club. The Evening of Excellence is one of the biggest nights in our region for the construction industry, celebrating everyone’s skills and hard work throughout the year.

Southern Tier Brewing Company-Pittsburgh

East Liberty Presbyterian Church

 

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New Hire: Noel Rangel

Landau welcomes Noel Rangel as Project Engineer!

Noel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in  Civil Engineering, and he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Noel has experience working as a Resident Project Representative for a civil engineering firm and interned for an international steel piling supplier.

In his spare time, Noel enjoys running, reading, hiking, camping, and cooking.

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Honored at the 2018 Passavant Hospital Foundation Gala

Landau Building Company was among those honored at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy of Caring Gala. The Foundation recognized Landau’s contributions over the past 28 years, totaling to $51,600.

Landau has been proud to be affiliated with the Foundation and is humbled by the recognition. The gala was truly a wonderful night, especially hearing about the contributions made by the other honorees, including doctors, nurses, and affiliated individuals.

In attendance was past president Roy Landau, who assumed leadership in the 1970’s and first established relations with the Foundation, as well as current president and Roy’s son Jeff Landau, who continues to support the Foundation.

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“Building Our Future” -East Liberty Presbyterian Church

Landau Building Company is pleased to announce the completion of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church renovations. The church is a defining landmark in the East Liberty community, and we are proud to have worked on such a beautiful and historic structure.

The project encompassed seven floors of the church, focusing on the “health” of the building – lowering energy usage and increasing indoor air quality. Over 40% of the project was mechanical/electrical upgrades to accommodate these improvements and reduced the Energy Use Intensity from 83.6 to 58.6. Improving the indoor air quality was incorporated for the health of the church employees suffering from asthma. Landau worked closely with Craig Stevenson of the AUROS Group for this portion, who was hired for his expertise in deep green services.

The remaining scope of work included relocation and renovation of offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces, as well as renovations of select restrooms and a remodeled dance studio. The Whitfield Street entrance was remodeled for better handicap accessibility, including a new ADA ramp and new glass entrances were installed on the southwest side of the church.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church was planning these renovations for years, calling it “Building Our Future” renovations. At the conclusion of the project, the church celebrated  during  Sunday worship service  and hosted a grand opening of the renovated spaces, including guided tours and speakers for each area and refreshments on every floor.

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New Hire: Lindsey Grasinger

Landau would like to welcome Lindsey Grasinger as Project Engineer. Lindsey graduated from Penn State Harrisburg with a B.S. in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology. She grew up flipping houses with her parents and enjoys crafting, gardening, and baking in her spare time. Lindsey is also getting married in December, and we wish her the best!

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2018 Customer Appreciation Event

On Friday, September 21st, Landau held its annual Customer Appreciation Shoot at Millvale Sportsmen’s Club. We were lucky with beautiful weather again and had a great time with everyone who attended.

A special thank you to AG Mauro Company, Allen & Shariff, Blumling & Gusky, Carl Taylor & Sons, Construction Tool Services, DeWalt Service Center, Fallon Electric, Hanlon Electric, Paul Lumber & Supply, RAM Acoustical Corporation, Seubert & Associates, and Triad Engineering, all of whom donated great raffle prizes to our event. All proceeds from the raffle and the 50/50 benefited the Passavant Hospital Foundation.

More pictures from the shoot can be found here.  

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