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VELOSANO IS LATIN FOR "SWIFT CURE"
Sometimes it can sound like a broken record, but at Donley’s, people really do come first.  As we celebrate our 75th year in business, we are reminded of all the great individuals and families that have impacted the success of our business.  Over the years, we have witnessed many members of our extended Donley’s family greatly affected by cancer.  To lose a loved one, friend, neighbor, coworker to cancer is devastating. Precious lives end all too soon to this disease, and often medical professionals have little control over the cancer progression.
 
In Northeast Ohio, we are fortunate to be home to The Cleveland Clinic which is ranked one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation. This summer, Donley’s will be participating as a Pedal Partner for the second year in the VeloSano Bike Race, held July 29-31, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.  VeloSano is an annual fundraising race where proceeds are raised for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. Unfortunately, cancer cases increase each year, and in some way or another, have impacted most of us.
 
As part of our year-long 75th anniversary celebration, we have decided to dedicate the month of July to community service. Please help support our VeloSano team, as a rider or volunteer.  Please take a moment, visit the Velosano website to learn more about this event.
 
We are excited about the opportunity to grow our team— called CASE HEC— and its impact on this great cause. Check out the link to our team page here.
  

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
1. Rider- choose one of the five races, and commit to fundraising and biking in that particular race.
2. Virtual Rider- the “No Bike Required” way to fundraise(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
3. Race Volunteer- hundreds of volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event(may be a great option for those who don’t wish to ride)
 
Statistics from last year’s event can be found in the 2015 Annual Report (annual report.pdf). Further information on this year’s ride is found in Race Choices (facts.pdf).

We hope you’ll join us in the fight against cancer!


Utilize Donley's 75 years of concrete experience to build your next parking deck.

Our construction services include construction management, design/build, IPD, and general contracting delivery systems. 

Donley's Concrete Group's self-performance maximizes control over safety, quality, schedule, and cost. 

Donley's Restoration Group provides ongoing maintenance, repair, and retrofit solutions for parking deck structures.

Let Donley's Parking Deck Planner help you determine the cost of your deck. This interactive tool will help you define exactly what is needed for your new parking facility, including:
  • General requirements (number of spaces, number of floors, size of site)
  • Structural systems (precast, cast-in-place, steel)
  • Architectural (brick finish, formalizer, etc)
  • Site challenges
To request a password to our Parking Deck Planner tool, please contact Jeff Dentzer at jdentzer@donleyinc.com.
Due to the building boom of the 60’s and 70’s in downtown areas, many office buildings and parking structures are nearing or have passed 50 years of use.  As these facilities age, concrete is one area in particular that can be susceptible  to structure and aesthetic damage due to wear and tear of operations. Since the 1990’s Donley’s Restoration Group has been focused on assisting building owners assess these issues and develop and implement plans restore these facilities.

Structural concrete repair is a dynamic process by which deteriorated elements of a structure--such as a parking deck-- are removed and new materials are integrated into the existing structure to form a restored structure capable of withstanding the elements. The final result is a beautiful and smooth surface which will last for years, without the expenses associated with a complete tear-down and rebuild.


Donley’s Restoration Group (DRG) specializes in the latest state-of-the-art structural repair solutions that will maintain the structural viability of your concrete structures. What sets DRG apart from our competition is our quality, workmanship, and technology.  Concrete is at the core Donley’s business and has been since its founding in 1941.  The organization has perfected its operation over the past 75 years. We know what products work best in different environments, how to apply them, and what it takes to maintain them. We are a licensed applicator for all of our protective and preventative maintenance products. This expertise ensures that not only will the correct products be used in their intended application, but they will also be installed correctly.


To learn more about Donley’s restoration services, please visit our project gallery to view some of our recently completed projects:
Rockwell Avenue Garage Restoration (before and after shown above)

Reflecting The Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) commitment to sustainability, the soon-to-be-completed Parking Garage 2 is the first project in the country to submit an application to the newly established Green Parking Council to be recognized for its sustainable design, technology, construction, and management. 

Located in Rockville, Maryland, the 5-level, 700 space, precast concrete parking structure occupies a strategic corner of the USG campus and, as such, has been carefully placed on this constrained site so that it allows a significant foreground towards the prominent intersection, while using a portion of the existing campus entrance for the vehicular entrance to the first level. The siting also provides ample room along the southern and northern façades for site improvements and landscaping.


Sustainable features include:*
  • Photo voltaic panels mounted on the roof of the garage will generate onsite renewable energy
  • LED lighting with occupancy sensors will be utilized to conserve energy
  • 85% of construction waste will be recycled or reused in the garage
  • 75% of construction materials--along with a large portion of the labor force--will be sourced regionally, saving on fuel emissions
  • 5 stormwater management facilities surround the garage to treat storm runoff
  • Covered bike racks and a bike self-serve station will be included in the facility
  • Fuel efficient vehicle and carpooling spaces will be available to promote ecofriendliness
  • Facilities Management will proactively maintain the structure once construction is complete.

Donley’s is serving USG as the Design/Builder, working with Ayers Saint Gross (architect) and Walker Parking Consultants (structural engineer and parking consultant). The project is right on schedule to open in March 2016.

*To learn more about USG's Parking Garage 2 sustainable features, please visit USG's website.
The last beam has been placed during a topping out ceremony for the University of Virginia Health System Education Resource Center (ERC).



This project is a 45,900 sq. ft. multi-functional facility and will house a new outpatient imaging center, pharmacy, office, and simulation suite for medical procedure training. 

Nestled between the Lee Street Parking Garage and the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, the ERC will mimic the material palette used for the surrounding buildings, featuring an extensive glass façade, as well as a green roof with terrace access. 

Designed by CO Architects and Train & Partners Architects, this project is seeking LEED Silver certification.

Serving as our joint-venture partner on this project is Mccarthy Building Companies.

In recent years women have more than proven they can drive changes in construction—which is why Constructech magazine has just announced the winners of their first annual Women in Construction award program. The award recognizes women showing leadership through: 1) involvement with technology within the construction industry, 2) contribution to helping their company grow and progress via the use of cutting edge-edge solutions, 3) influence in the growth of technology within the overall construction industry, 4) inspiration for other women in industry, technology, or her local community. 
 
Two Donley’s team members: Katie Robbins, Finance Director and Courtney Moore, Project Manager were selected as winners of the award.
 

Katie joined the Donley's team in 2011 serving as its Financial Planning and Analysis Manager. In April 2015, Katie was promoted to Finance Director and is now responsible for financial planning analysis, budgeting, forecasting and cash management, as well as strategic planning.  Additionally, Katie oversees the ConstructAssure subcontractor default insurance program and works closely with Donley's Chief Financial Officer to manage the Contractor Controlled Insurance Program and other Risk Management programs.
 
As a self-described "Process Junkie" Katie starts every project with three questions: 1. How can I make this process better? 2. How can I make this process faster? 3. How can I make the results more meaningful?
 
By looking at each project from this unique perspective, Katie has been able to extract data in ways that allow Donley's leadership to better understand what the data means which ultimately leads to better business decisions. One such area  that has seen significant growth is job-cost reporting. Advocating the use of the SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) platform, Katie, working side-by-side with IT, demonstrated  to Donley's leadership the power of the service. Today, Donley's is able to conduct up-to-the-minute job reports measuring productivity, quality and cost as well as monitor business cash flow.
 
Another area of data analysis and review that Katie has developed has been Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reporting. One of the first projects Katie was tasked with, she mined and analyzed all available data to come up with appropriate indicators to measure  company performance. Today, KPIs measure Safety, Quality, Schedule and Cost across all jobs and is now a standard in Donley’s process library.  Donley’s ownership utilizes the KPIs to identify challenges and to plan for the future.
 
Finally, Katie developed a Weekly Executive Dashboard to monitor billings, retainage, outstanding receivables and job cost variances. This snapshot report identifies financial target areas Donley’s leadership indicated they wanted to review each week. This snapshot report has been instrumental in raising awareness of how cash flows and how the organization operates.
 
Courtney began her construction career in 2004 as a senior project engineer with a construction firm in Santa Monica, California. In 2009, she accepted a position as project manager for a Northeast Ohio-based construction manager specializing in higher education and healthcare projects. Since joining Donley’s as a project manager in 2011, Courtney has worked on high-profile projects for the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.
 
Courtney's philosophy regarding technology is to embrace its use in order to standardize and streamline processes to improve the client's experience with the project. She shares this philosophy by serving as a member of Donley's Technology and Process Improvement Committee. This committee is focused on investigating new construction-related hardware and software in order to provide new resources to employees to make task-management easier and to stay one step ahead of the competition.
 
Through the use of online, virtual meeting software (e.g., Blue Jeans and GoToMeeting) Courtney has been influential in opening the channels of collaboration between Donley's regional and corporate offices in order to standardize many corporate procedures. This collaboration has ultimately led to the standardization of client care provided throughout the organization.
 
Courtney openly shares her knowledge of Viewpoint by assisting/training project engineers and other project managers on ViewPoint's ERM modules such as cost accounting, subcontracts, and RFI submittals. In addition, Courtney brings this knowledge to the subcontractor community. Courtney explains, "Every day there is some level of training within the subcontractor community to get them up to speed on the software we [Donley's] use." Web-based applications such as Submittal Exchange, PlanGrid, Newforma are all utilized by Donley's and make document processes/exchange easier, but require that all team members--including subcontractors--understand the applications. Courtney works with each subcontractor to ensure they are adequately trained.
 
We are proud of the recognition that Katie and Courtney have received.  At Donley’s,  genuine people providing innovative solutions in support of our clients’ vision, budget, and schedule is part of our work.
 
The full list of 2015 Women in Construction winners can also be found in the Sept/Oct issue of Constructech magazine. The issues are available in print or by downloading the Constructech app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
 
Constructech magazine is where construction and technology converge. The publication influences construction professionals to unleash the business value of technology. constructech.com
This award recognizes companies with a broad use of technology in order to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives. The results must be measurable and driven from effective, innovative use of technology. Donley’s was recognized, in part,  for use of technology in the on-boarding of new employees, use of competency-based training, a recent launch of "Project Management Community" for the construction management business unit, as well as use of the new online performance management module.
 
Special thanks to Cheryl Brant, Director Human Resources (shown here holding the award) for leading the charge to develop and foster a culture of learning throughout the organization. Thanks also to Rachel Moviel, Executive Assistant for such efficient behind-the-scenes administration of the program.
What makes The University of Mary Washington’s Campus Center Atrium Smoke Control System noteworthy is that the Fire Alarm/Atrium Smoke Control System was demonstrated to ‘Operate As Intended’ on Virginia's Bureau of Capital Outlay Management's (BCOM’s) initial visit to observe the system. This is a first in BCOM observation history! It took a well-coordinated and concerted effort by UMW, Donley’s, StantecColonial WebbConvergint TechnologiesM.C.Dean, and Bala Consulting Engineers to reach this achievement.


A technically sophisticated system, the Atrium Smoke Control System is integrated with the Campus Center’s architectural, fire protection system, and mechanical system components.  Due to the complexity in integrating these numerous components together, multiple tests and adjustments are typically required in order to demonstrate that the Fire Alarm System/Atrium Smoke Control System “Operates As Intended.”  In addition, there is a specific order, known as Sequence of Operations, that must occur for the system to be considered “Operational as Intended.”

The new University of Mary Washington’s Campus Center is being touted as the “living room” of the campus. Located along College Avenue on the Fredericksburg main campus, the building features a three-story atrium with a sculptural monumental three-story stair, a working fireplace, a ball room, dining center, student organization offices, and plenty of meeting spaces for students to gather and relax.