Articles by: Jeff Anderle
Donley’s April 2022 Service Awards: Jeff Doskocz, Charles Bluhm, Andrew Peyton, and Dustin Allen
Congratulations to Jeff and Charles on their 15-year and Andrew and Dustin on their 5-year work anniversary! Jeff, Charles, and Dustin are a Concrete Finisher, VDC Engineer III, and Laborer, respectively, at our Cleveland location and Andrew is VDC Engineer IV at our Charleston location. The work you all have done does not go unnoticed and we appreciate everything you’ve accomplished at Donley’s. We are proud to share your service with us and look forward to more great years together!
As Donley’s springs into 2022, we wanted to share our recently completed and in-progress projects that are continuing our growth in the South Carolina market.
University of South Carolina Campus Village
Construction Manager: Juneau Construction Company
Donley’s has recently completed its work for Juneau Construction Company at the University of South Carolina Campus Village in Columbia, South Carolina. The Campus Village project is multi-phased development that will offer students a unique living-learning experience and it is the largest project in the university’s history.
Phase I begins with the razing of two mid-century housing structures and two surface parking lots; making way for more than 1,800 beds of student housing, 315,000 square feet of new surface and structured parking, a campus safety office, as well as a new dining facility with over 3,000 seats.
Donley’s scope of work in this phase included the cast-in-place concrete scope for buildings 2, 3, and 4. We completed 61,000 square feet of SOG; 58,000 square feet of heavy podium slabs with drop heads and 1,300 large embeds; 900 linear feet of 14’ foundation and shear walls and placed over 7,100 cubic yards of concrete over 3 separate buildings.
Construction Manager: BL Harbert
Donley’s is currently working with BL Harbert on The Cooper Waterfront Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Located on the Charleston peninsula, The Cooper Hotel will be a six-story, 225-key, 288,000-square-foot hotel featuring a ballroom, conference space, service kitchen, a restaurant, 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space on Concord Street, rooftop lounge, elevated pool, and sea-wall, plus views of the harbor and downtown skyline. For decades, the site was the location of the State Ports Authority headquarters.
Donley’s scope of work on The Cooper includes the use of 14,000 cubic yards of concrete, 18” structural slab on grade, 3 levels of post-tensioned concrete frame, and 4 levels of slab on metal deck. In addition, full-height cast-in-place cores for stairs and elevators.
Click here to view a 360° drone video of the project.
LC Line Street
Construction Manager: Lifestyle Communities
Donley’s is currently working with Lifestyle Communities on developing LC Line Street, a new apartment community, in downtown Charleston. LC Line Street is a multi-phased development with the goal to complement the upper peninsula’s architectural character and cultural feel by highlighting both the original use of the land and current structures as well as the way the future community will build on that history.
Donley’s is working on Phase I of the development. The first phase will include 293 apartment units and 22,000 square feet of community space, including a restaurant with a “community-inspired” menu that will be open to the public, a gym, a coffee shop, and a pool.
Donley’s is providing the structural concrete structure for the project which consists of nine stories of apartments and community space wrapped around seven stories of parking structure. The structure goes two stories below the existing grade which is 3’ below sea level.
Click here to view a drone video of the project.
Congratulations to Jason Edgar on his promotion to Vice President of Preconstruction!
Jason graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1997. He joined Donley’s as an Estimator in 2011, having 14 years of estimating experience in the concrete construction industry under his belt. Then in 2015, Jason was promoted to Chief Estimator, providing oversight to all preconstruction in the Carolina’s. This was followed by another promotion to Director of Preconstruction as Jason and his team continue to manage all preconstruction services throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Jason’s leadership has played a very important role in the growth and success of Donley’s over the years. Jason and his team are constantly pushing the envelope of standardization, efficiency, and continuous improvement throughout the preconstruction process.
Donley’s March 2022 Service Awards: Dino Iachino, Heric Cortez, Osmin Lemus, and Colin Tudor
Congratulations to Dino on his 30-year work anniversary and Heric, Osmin, and Colin on their 5-year work anniversary! Dino is a Service Department Manager at our Cleveland location and Colin is a Senior Project Engineer in our Apex location. Heric and Osmin are Foreman III and Carpenter, respectively, in our Richmond location as well. The work you all have done does not go unnoticed and we appreciate everything you’ve accomplished at Donley’s. We are proud to share your service with us and look forward to more great years together!
Donley’s February 2022 Service Awards: Mike Dudsak, Rene Flores, Robert Hanchey, and Jose Delcid Amaya
Congratulations to Mike on his 10-year work anniversary and Rene, Robert, and Jose on their 5-year work anniversary! Mike is a Foreman at our Cleveland location and Jose is a Forman II in our Richmond location. Rene and Robert are both Project Superintendents in our Richmond location as well. The work you all do does not go unnoticed and we appreciate everything you’ve accomplished at Donley’s. We are proud to share your service with us and look forward to more great years together!
Please join us in congratulating Josh Morris on his promotion to Operations Manager in our Virginia market.
Josh joined Donley’s full-time in 2015 after completing four co-op assignments over a two-year period. He started as a Project Engineer, and quickly moved through the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent positions before taking on his current role as Project Manager.
Over the last two years, Josh has taken on additional responsibilities because of his particular interest in the “field” side of the construction business. He has worked on the allocation of manpower as well as supporting and managing our place and finish operations.
As we continue to grow the business, we are committed to creating opportunities for the growth and development of all team members. Congratulations Josh!
We recently held our annual Donley’s retiree luncheon. Many of our former employees that have retired over the years were able to come and attend the luncheon. It was held at our Cleveland office so that retirees were able to see how much things have changed over the years and visit with former co-workers as well. It is always great to see smiling familiar faces! Pictured below are some of the retirees with our current Donley’s employees.
We had a slideshow showing our retirees recent and current projects that Donley’s has been working on. The slideshow also introduced new retirees and remembered and honored those who have passed. The luncheon, with a Thanksgiving theme, was catered with delicious food and desserts for our retirees to enjoy. Our CEO, Mac Donley, spoke to the retirees about our growing company and shared how thankful he was to have them back at Donley’s for the day.
Prior to leaving, retirees received a Donley’s gift bag featuring our very own Donley’s beer and a special 80th anniversary Donley’s Carhartt jacket. It was our way of showing them how much they are appreciated.
Donley’s, started in 1941, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. To help commemorate this important anniversary, we threw a party at our newly renovated Cleveland office.
The party, with over 100 attendees, was a clambake and barbecue held on our brand-new patio and outdoor area. We had a game area featuring custom Donley’s cornhole boards and a giant Jenga game for guest to enjoy. We ate delicious appetizers, clams, and brisket.
Throughout the night, we shared conversation while sipping on our specially made Donley’s beer for the celebration. Some of our very own staff brewed and bottled Donley’s beer for the occasion. The beers were named “Donley’s Post Tension Ale” and “Donley’s Farm 1916 Oktoberfest.” Pictured below is the brewing of our beers and the final product at the anniversary party.
At the celebration, we honored Dave Bednar (pictured far left) with a special video from all of his co-workers. Dave is retiring this year after working with Donley’s for 36 years. We also honored our CEO, Mac Donley (pictured right), with a video of his employees and his family thanking him and congratulating him on his 40 years with Donley’s.
We had a great time gathering with familiar faces and celebrating 80 years together. Thank you to everyone throughout our amazing 80 years who has supported us and worked with us to make this all possible.
We are excited to continue growing.
Happy 80th Anniversary Donley’s!
As Donley’s celebrates National Intern Day, we wanted to share a profile of our summer 2021 co-op interns.
On July 29th, Donley’s celebrated National Intern Day. It’s a holiday that was created in 2017 by WayUp, a platform that connects early-career candidates to employers. National Intern Day recognizes the future leaders by “bringing attention to the challenges that entry-level candidates face in the workforce. National Intern Day is meant to show companies that investing in a diverse internship program is an investment in the future of their company,” according to WayUp.
This summer, Donley’s hired 11 interns across our Northeast Ohio, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic locations. Donley’s has a wide variety of co-op opportunities available, including those in engineering, concrete management (concrete management majors= concrete operations intern) , marketing, human resources, information technology, accounting/finance, and legal/risk management. Let’s meet some of our interns below.
Meet our Interns
This is Evan Measures, a civil engineering major at West Virginia University. Evan is working on the Darden Inn project at the University of Virginia, which you can find more details on here (draft). He says that a skill he improved on the most is reading drawings and relating them to field work, inspections, and RFI requests. Evan’s favorite part of the co-op is “working with the crews, the FE’s, and the PE because I am learning a lot of skills for all sides of the job.”
Pictured center we have Taeyon Coleman, a civil engineering major at Old Dominion University. He is working on the Scott’s Addition project in Richmond. Taeyon says, “one thing I have learned is what goes into getting ready for a pour and all of the moving pieces, working on a common goal making sure everything is in place and ready for the concretes arrival.” His favorite part of being a Donley’s intern is, “the culture and the attitude. There is a family and friendly culture here and it seems like everyone also has the “let’s go after it” mindset which makes the jobs fun and rewarding.”
Next we have Zack Manti, who has been interning with Donley’s IT department in Cleveland for almost 2 years. Zack is enrolled in Coursera, Google’s online certification program. His current projects include imaging laptops, mobile device management, Verizon account management and helping with office renovations. Something he has learned is how to image (reset) a laptop clean so that someone else can use it for future use. Zack’s favorite part of being a Donley’s intern is, “my co-workers. They’re always helping me with different projects and troubles that I’m working on.”
This is Marisa Apelons, a marketing and public administration double major at Miami University of Ohio. She is a marketing intern at the Cleveland office and is responsible for creating the Donley’s social media posts, among other tasks. She has learned how to “apply the marketing and business skills I learned in school to real-life situations.” Marisa’s favorite part of being an intern at Donley’s is, “using my creativity to develop social media posts and produce other marketing content. It’s interesting to see what types of content our followers enjoy engaging with.”
Trey Stewart is a civil engineering major at Clemson University. He’s working on the Morrison Yard Apartments project and the 40 Line Street project (draft). During his internship at Donley’s, Trey has learned that “communicating clearly and efficiently is an important skill. Take the time upfront to present information as clearly as possible.” His favorite part is getting to work with people of different backgrounds! From craft labor, to officemates, to owners and developers.
As a construction management major at East Carolina University, Erik Lujan is working on the 301 Hillsborough project and the Seaboard Station project. This his second internship with Donley’s, and as a concrete operations intern he has learned the importance of punch list in the closing stages of a job site and how key it is to ending a job. Erik’s favorite part of his co-op has been being able to help finish up 301 Hillsborough. “I think it is something great to learn and will definitely help me in the future,” he says.
Cooper Ross is an IT intern, entering his senior year at DePaul University in Chicago. He is x year intern at Donley’s, working at the Cleveland office. Cooper has learned how to “strategically problem solve and resolve any given technology related issue within a timely manner so that we can ensure all Donley’s employees can be as productive as possible in doing their jobs.” His favorite part of being a Donley’s intern has been “getting the chance to be involved and hands-on with almost all facets and aspects of our department as well as other departments in the company.”
Colby Polkabla attends Kent State University and studies construction management. He is currently working on the Waterford Bluffs project and at the Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland. Colby’s favorite part of his co-op experience is that “the people I’ve met have been fantastic. Everyone I’ve worked with is more than happy to share what they know and truly want me to gain as much knowledge as I can from this experience.” He’s learned how “dynamic the construction industry is. The job and it’s plan change on a daily basis due to a variety of factors and being adaptable is a must have skill in this industry.”
Austin Newman is a construction management major at East Carolina University. As a concrete operations intern, Austin works on the Seaboard Station project in Raleigh. He has learned the in and outs of the TITAN formwork system and how to calculate and check column heights in PlanGrid. Austin’s favorite part of being an intern at Donley’s is how friendly everyone is and how much they can teach you if you just ask questions.
Ruben Flores is an IT intern at the Raleigh office. He attends Campbell University and has learned the importance of having an updated and strong security, as well as gaining the knowledge to assist/fix various problems in regards to technology.
As Donley’s celebrates its 80th year of providing concrete services, we wanted to share a few of our recent projects marking the growth in the Pennsylvania market.
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Company
Donley’s recently completed its work for Turner Construction on The Assembly Project at 5051 Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh. The Assembly will pioneer Pittsburgh’s newest high-tech developments in cancer biomedical research and commercialization, anchored by the University of Pittsburgh. Donley’s provided concrete services for the new 5.5-story below grade parking garage and podium slab, including a lower floor addition to the existing building.
The location of the Assembly project with respect to adjacent structures presented unique logistical challenges that the team was able to overcome through extensive planning and coordination efforts with Turner’s operations team. An earth retention system consisting of steel soldier piles with wood lagging and tie-backs extends more than 50′ below street level to create the west and south boundaries of the project. At the same time, the existing century-old Ford Building intersects the new underground garage along its north side.
Donley’s engineering team utilized state-of-the-art laser scanning technology to map out conflicts between the as-built earth retention system and the proposed structural concrete framing of the garage. Detailed drawings and reports were then provided to the design team in advance of garage framing, resulting in design modifications of the garage to accommodate the as-built conditions without any delay to the project’s schedule.
Working closely with Turner, Donley’s delivered the project safely and successfully on time over an aggressive 10-month schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connection at South Side
Construction Manager: TWG Construction
Donley’s also recently completed our work for TWG on Connection at South Side Apartments in Pittsburgh. South Side Flats is one of two neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh’s dynamic South Side. The primarily residential neighborhood is located at the base of Mount Washington, South Side’s enormous hill. We are providing concrete services for the residential podium. The site is a 123-acre riverfront development with a 142,750 square foot podium (2-level) structure and 6,800 cubic yards of concrete.
This mixed-use project includes residential and commercial space, a marina, a riverfront park, and 5 miles of new multi-use trails.
Glasshouse at Station Square
Construction Manager: Rycon Construction
Donley’s work for Rycon Construction on The Glasshouse was recently featured in Breaking Ground Magazine. Glasshouse is located on the former site of Pittsburgh’s historic glass-making factories, on the bank of the Monongahela River, overlooking the city’s central business district. Our scope included structural excavation, foundations, basement walls, core walls, slab on grade, and podium deck slabs.
The community provides 319 residential units, including studio, one, one den and two-bedroom apartments, ranging in size between 665 and 1,200 square feet. Ground-floor retail and 335 indoor parking spaces broaden the variety of facilities on the property. Read more about Glasshouse here.
Read the Breaking Ground Magazine Feature here on page 35.
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