The “Tink” Takes the Gold

Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale University Center (The “Tink”)  has received LEED Gold certification, well exceeding the project’s minimum requirement of LEED Silver. Congratulations to the project architect, Perkins+Will and Donley’s construction management team led by project executive, Greg Consolo, for their efforts and handwork to reach this achievement!  

To earn LEED Gold certification, the Tinkham Veale University Center had to earn between 60 and 79 points under the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building rating system. LEED components include a live, green roof, FSC certified wood panels, recycled carpet tiles, recycled glass terrazzo floor, structural steel with recycled content, chilled beam cooling system, radiant heat flooring system, double glass curtainwall with passive air system, and an automated, solar-intelligent shade system.  You can read more details about Donley’s work on the Tink project here.

Experience this extraordinary building first-hand by holding your next event there. Visit the Tinkham Veale website to learn more.  

Time to Set the Foundation Wall Forms at UVA’s ERC

The tower crane is now in place at the University of Virginia’s Education Resource Center (ERC) project in Charlottesville as crews start to set the lower level foundation wall forms. A joint venture between Donley’s and McCarthy, the ERC project site is nestled between the Lee Street Parking Garage, the main entrance to the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center and an active railroad line. 

A Bit of Chemistry to Ensure Safety

Lemons are great in ice tea but not so great when they accidentally come in contact with your skin or eyes.  Lemon juice has a ph level of 2.4.  This is why it can burn when you come in contact with it.  pH is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. 

Last week, I explained some of the hazards of portland cement and the caustic nature of this white powder.  When mixed with moisture, portland cement becomes highly caustic (pH > 12).
It is important to know the pH of substances because they may be corrosive or react with incompatible materials. For example acids and bases should not be stored or used near each other as their accidental combination could generate a huge amount of heat and energy, possibly resulting in an explosion.  pH is also important to know in case you spill the material on your skin or in eyes. 
The pH values of some common substances are given in the table below.


Typical pH


Typical pH


Typical pH

Stomach acid (gastric juices)




Pure water




Baking soda


Lemon juice


Household ammonia




Household bleach




Portland Cement

12 – 13

The pH scale is logarithmic. That means each change of one in pH value is 10 times more acidic. Therefore, a substance with a pH of 2 is 1000 times more acidic than one with a pH of 5!

Flying First Beam at Duke University Parking Deck

There was quite a bit of activity last Friday at the Duke University Cameron Boulevard Parking Deck. Thanks to a tremendous effort, the team placed the SOG, flew the first beam and pumped cy shear wall all at the same time. 

Donley’s Concrete Crews See The Sky As The Limit

Currently at 334’ above Lakeside Avenue, Donley’s concrete crews will pull the core at the downtown Cleveland Hilton Hotel project for the last time on Saturday. They will finish 355’ above Lakeside with one more lift in each core. 

Pictured here are team members Steve Pruchniki, Jeff Heinz, Jordan Lance, Matt Prez, Bruno Carrion and Mario Ezzo (laborer). 
Congratulations to the entire team on an amazing job! 

Making Contact…the Caustic Power of Portland Cement

any given day, there are numerous ways that we can come in contact with site particles.  Whether through the air or from direct contact, these materials can be very dangerous.  Today I share some of the hazards of portland cement and the caustic nature of this white powder.

mixed with water, or when in contact with moisture such as in eyes or on skin,
portland cement becomes highly caustic (pH > 12) and will damage or burn (as
severely as third-degree) the eyes or skin.


  • Exposure to airborne dust may cause
    immediate or delayed irritation or inflammation of the cornea.
  • Eye contact by larger amounts of dry
    powder or splashes of wet portland cement may cause effects ranging from
    moderate eye irritation to chemical burns and blindness.




  • When engaged in activities where portland
    cement dust or wet portland cement or concrete could cement products could
    contact the eye, wear goggles or safety glasses with side-shields.
  • In extremely dusty environments and
    unpredictable environments, wear unvented or indirectly vented goggles to avoid
    eye irritation or injury.
  • Contact lenses should not be worn when
    working with portland cement or wet portland cement products.



Seek medical attention immediately and flush eye thoroughly with water.
Continue flushing eye for at least 15 minutes, including under lid, to remove
all particles.

Oatey Co. Holds Groundbreaking for New Corporate Headquarters

On July 9, Oatey Co., a Cleveland-based manufacturer and
distributor of plumbing and related products, held a groundbreaking to
celebrate the construction commencement of their new corporate headquarters.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Armond Budish
were in attendance and both thanked Oatey for their commitment to

Photo courtesy of City of Cleveland Photographic Bureau.

Donley’s, has been hired as the Construction Manager at Risk
for the project and is teamed with Vocon, the Project Architect.  The project is slated to be completed in Fall
2016 in time for Oatey to celebrate their 100th anniversary in high style.

The new building is located on Emerald Parkway Drive  on a beautiful 7 acre site bordering the
Cleveland Metroparks and overlooking the Rocky River Valley.  Oatey’s 2-story, 43,500 sq. ft. facility will
consolidate corporate staff from three separate locations into one fostering
greater collaboration and communication among team members.   It will also feature an outdoor terrace,
multiple cafes, a fitness center, collaborative conference spaces and a R&D

Breaking Ground at Legacy Village’s Hyatt Place Hotel

On June 29 First Interstate Properties hosted a groundbreaking to celebrate the construction of Legacy Village’s new $25M Hyatt Place Hotel and parking deck. Donley’s will be serving as the Construction Manager on the project as well as self-performing the concrete placement. 

Located on the north side of the Legacy Village complex, the new hotel and parking deck will bring additional amenities to Lyndhurst residents and Legacy Village patrons alike and will be completed in spring 2016—just in time for the Republican National Convention. The scope of work includes 135 hotel rooms, meeting facilities, kitchen and dining facilities, an exercise area, an indoor pool, and a five-level parking deck to accommodate 355 vehicles.
Teaming with First Interstate Properties are Donley’s, Perspectus Architecture and DESMAN Associates. Our staff includes Greg Consolo, Project Executive; Jay Waddell, Senior Project Manager; Pat Canada Project Manager; Jeff Vavrek, Project Superintendent; and Don Landis, Project Engineer.