Articles by: Kristyn Smith
As Donley’s heats up for summer, we wanted to share our current projects that are continuing our growth in the North Carolina market in 2022.
Construction Manager: Samet Corporation
Project Size: 130,000 SQFT
Concrete: 6,416 CY
Construction Manager: Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Project Size: 261,000 SQFT
Concrete: 12,392 CY
Construction Manager: Barnhill Contracting Company
Project Size: 715,000 SQFT
Concrete: 28,000 CY
Construction Manager: Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Project Size: 252,701 SQFT
Concrete: 25,000 CY
Construction Manager: Williams Realty & Building Company
Project Size: 108,500 SQFT
Concrete: 5,500 CY
Congratulations to Josh Wilder, Will Wilder, John Vallos, and Dylan Skipper on their promotions!
Donley’s would not be where it is today without team members like Josh, Will, John, and Dylan. Thank you for going above and beyond every day, and congrats on your well-deserved promotion!
Josh has been promoted to Senior Project Manager! Josh began his career in construction in 2009 doing surveying work. In 2016, Josh joined Donley’s Concrete Group as an Estimator and served as an Estimator/Project Manager in a dual capacity. By 2018, Josh had transitioned to a full-time Project Manager.
Notable projects that Josh has worked on include: Searstone Retirement Community, Northwest Water Treatment Plant, Link Apartments® Calyx, Fresenius Kabi Plant Expansion, Seqirus Plant Expansion, Durham Police Headquarters, and JMH Hotel.
Will has been promoted to Project Manager! Will is an East Carolina University graduate, and he joined Donley’s as a Project Engineer in June 2019. By October of 2021, Will was promoted to Project Superintendent.
John has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager! After graduating from The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering, John began his career at Donley’s as a Project Engineer in 2021.
John has worked on 40 Line Street and North Charleston Coliseum Suite Renovation.
Dylan has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager! He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2020 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduation, he began his career as a full-time Mechanical Engineer. In March 2021, Dylan joined Donley’s as a Project Engineer.
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!