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Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. "Unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires, and it's easy to understand why," said Red Cross preparedness expert Heidi Taylor. "People can easily become distracted and lose track of what's happening in the kitchen when they are enjoying spending time with family and friends."


To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross suggests the following tips:

  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking

  • Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking

  • Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen

  • Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times

  • Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents

  • After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished

Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Thanksgiving is high time for cooking related burns. Minor burns can be treated easily if you remember to save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing.


Courtesy American Red Cross

Donley’s Concrete Group is excited to be receiving the Carolinas Chapter ABC Eagle Award (Excellence in Construction) for Duke Cameron Parking Deck.  The project won in the category for concrete projects over $10M. The Excellence in Construction Awards celebration honors Carolinas members’ most innovative and high quality construction projects, and safety programs. 

The Duke Cameron parking garage, designed by Walker Parking, the engineer of record, created a very challenging 2,000 car structural concrete parking structure. The 775,000 sq. ft. structure was completed in 12 months. The aggressive schedule proved challenging with the design requiring very strenuous specification requirements, calling for very specific quality control measures start to finish to produce the desired finished product for Duke University. A separate QA/QC person was hired to be at the site full time to test every truck for the deck pours at the end of the pump, correct and timely installation of reinforcement and post tensioned cables and double check the reinforcing subcontractor’s daily installations.

The 12 month schedule was challenging, but Donley’s Concrete Group’s daily planning and first run study reviews became the key to the safety, scheduling and success of this project. Through use of maturity meter testing for in place concrete strength and visual planning tools for daily tasks, the team was able to use their valuable time in the most productive way possible.

Another obvious challenge of the project was working on this massive structure within a fully operating campus. The overall logistics of the site, schedules, deliveries and safety became paramount with students and faculty constantly moving around the construction site in close proximity. The solution to working on a fully operating campus was to implement night concrete pours. A large majority of the concrete that was placed on the parking decks was placed at night, with concrete pours between 500 to 600 cubic yards per placement and taking 8 hours to place.

With the many challenges faced in the beginning, Donley's utilized scheduling tools to manage the team and complete construction. Which in the end, helped Donley's team finished the job three weeks ahead of schedule.

Richmond – Donley’s announced today that Clay Haselden has joined its concrete division, enhancing the organization’s concrete services growth in Virginia. Haselden brings a wealth of experience within the concrete construction industry, having spent more than 30 years managing projects in Virginia and the Southeast. In his role as Senior Project Manager, he will oversee project work and help lead the growth of the organization’s concrete division in Virginia.


While primarily known for its Construction Management and Design Build Parking Deck services in the Mid-Atlantic, Donley’s Concrete Group’s (DCG) work in Ohio and the Carolinas has resulted in the firm being named to the top 20 concrete contractors nationally in the recently released Engineering News-Record annual listing of specialty contractors. DCG is currently completing the concrete work at VCU Health’s Community Memorial Hospital Replacement project in South Hill, Virginia.


Kurt Weinfurther, leader of Donley’s Mid-Atlantic office, stated, “Clay’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge will be key to our growth in Virginia. Hiring someone of his tenure in the industry is a sign of our commitment to becoming a leading concrete service provider in Virginia. As our repeat business in construction management and design build with organizations across the state has confirmed, we are focused on delivering high quality solutions with genuine people. We are fortunate that we were able to find someone of Clay’s caliber to fulfill this role.” 

Oatey celebrated the grand opening of its new 47,000 sq. ft. building last week. The building designed by Vocon and built by Donley’s Inc. was designed to foster collaboration, efficiency and innovation. The project came in on time and on budget, the four most prized words regarding construction. However, the grand opening was not the only event to be celebrated, it also happens to be their 100th year in business which coincides with our 75th year. Gary Oatey, executive chairman reflected on the opening and their 100th year, “this really is Believeland. Oatey stops to honor the past, build on its strengths and pave the road to the future looking forward to the next 100 years of innovation and progress.” Congrats Oatey!

Summa Health has hired Donley’s and Shook Construction, a joint venture, to provide construction management services for the new bed tower for Summa Health’s Akron City Hospital.

The scope of the project, part of Summa’s recently announced $350 million facility plan, includes the construction of a new six-story, 331,000-square-foot west bed tower. The new tower will serve as the hospital’s new main entrance and will house two 36-bed medical/surgical units with all private rooms, a breast center, eight new operating rooms, 65 same-day surgery rooms and a women’s health center that includes a 36-bed post-partum unit.

Read more about this project and our joint venture here:

MetroHealth opens new Health & Surgery Center to service southern Cuyahoga county. Donley’s engaged as construction manager at risk and began construction May 12 2015. The project had its fair share of challenges: environmental issues around wetland location and bat roosting, the site location overlapping two municipalities, and a very aggressive schedule. These challenges were met with progressive collaboration from MetroHealth, Signet Development, CBLH, and Pespectus teams, as well as Brecksville and Broadview heights municipalities, RTA, and ODOT. The building was constructed in less than 12 months which required a strong commitment of team and purpose. “This was a real public-private partnership - and that’s what it took to make this project a reality.” Check out more from the article featured in Properties Magazine's Octobers Issue

Congratulations to Terry Donley!

Congratulations Terry Donley on your induction to the CEA Hall of Fame and recognition with The Guardian Award!  This honor celebrates Terry’s contribution to the construction industry and CEA.

Right after, graduating from Miami University, Terry went to work for Donley’s Construction as a carpenter, then worked his way through a variety of field positions, gaining a thorough understanding of the business. After a lifelong involvement with the company, at age 37, Terry became company president in 1968.

After 28 years as president, Terry became chairman of Donley’s in 1996. He has been a CEA board member for more than 30 years, including four as president (1998-2002). He served as president of both the Carpenter Contractors Association and the Concrete Contractors Association, and regularly took a lead role in bargaining with the Carpenters, Cement Masons and laborers.

Today, at 87 years of age, his passion for work and people are reflected in the way he still likes to get out in the field to both connect with customers and staff and check on the progress of the jobs. He has long understood, practiced and preached that building and maintaining a healthy relationship with labor Is essential to good construction and good business, and at the end of the day he knows and acts on the principle that ''the relationship is more Important than the deal".