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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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Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center

Marks-Landau Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Landau Building Company, is pleased to announce the completion of the $23.1 million Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center in Wheeling, WV.

The new 106,330 SF, three-story nursing facility replaces the smaller care center that was adjacent to the hospital.  The building consists of 144 private resident rooms, country kitchens with restaurant-style dining areas on each floor, family/patient lounge areas with televisions and fireplaces, chapel, activity rooms, therapy gym, bathing spa, clinical support spaces, hair salon, and a commercial kitchen that supplies the building’s food service venues. Because of its location on the hilltop behind the hospital, many rooms offer beautiful views of the West Virginia mountains.

One of the main design goals was to create a more residential atmosphere that would make occupants feel more at home. The owner was extremely pleased with how the design and construction goals came together and has already received multiple compliments on the facility.

Residents were welcomed on Friday, July 27th.

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Intern – Derek Miller

Thank you to our summer intern Derek Miller for all of his hard work!

Derek joined Landau this summer as a project engineer to begin learning the ropes of construction. Derek is studying Civil Engineering and will be entering his junior year at Pitt.

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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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