Donley’s Heats Up in the North Carolina Market

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.

Link Apartments® Calyx 

Construction Manager: Samet Corporation

Project Size: 130,000 SQFT

Concrete: 6,416 CY

Status: In-Progress

Searstone Phase II

Construction Manager: Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Project Size: 261,000 SQFT

Concrete: 12,392 CY

Status: In-Progress

400 Hillsborough

Construction Manager: Barnhill Contracting Company

Project Size: 715,000 SQFT

Concrete: 28,000 CY

Status: In-Progress

Platform

Construction Manager: Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Project Size: 252,701 SQFT

Concrete: 25,000 CY

Status: In-Progress

The Acorn

Construction Manager: Williams Realty & Building Company

Project Size: 108,500 SQFT

Concrete: 5,500 CY

Status: In-Progress

May 2022 Promotions at Donley’s

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.

Will’s projects include: The Yield, Northwest Water Treatment Plant, Fresenius Kabi Plant Expansion, Merck Wilson, Merck Durham, and Sanderson Farms.


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.

Dylan’s projects include The Cooper Charleston Waterfront Hotel and the University of South Carolina Campus Village.

Spring Leads to New Growth in South Carolina Market

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. 

The Cooper

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.

March 2022 Service Awards

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!

Congratulations!

National Intern Day 2021

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.

Growth in Pennsylvania

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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.

The Assembly

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.

The Assembly project in December 2020

The Assembly

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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