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  • April 19, 2018 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Phil Rudolph Jr., vice president of new business development for Rudolph Libbe Group, has been honored with a 2018 College Alumni Award from Bowling Green State University.

     

    Rudolph was recognized as a 1991 graduate of the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.

     

    BGSU’s distinguished alumni are selected based on professional achievements, leadership and community involvement.

     

    Rudolph Libbe Group

    The Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG) is a one-stop provider of construction and facility services that range from site selection and construction to energy solutions and ongoing facility management. The full-service contractor, comprised of Rudolph Libbe Inc., GEM Inc., GEM Energy, Lehman Daman and Rudolph Libbe Properties, is focused on ensuring our customers’ success. The Rudolph Libbe Group is headquartered in Toledo with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Lima, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; and Detroit, Michigan areas.

     

    Markets served include automotive, chemical, food processing, healthcare, industrial/manufacturing, institutional, metals, power/petrochemical, refining, educational, commercial/retail, hospitality/recreation and warehouse/distribution. For additional information, visit RLGbuilds.com and @RLGbuilds.


  • March 22, 2018 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has been named 2017 “Law Firm of the Year” from the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio. Dinsmore was recognized for its contribution and service to the community. 

    Dinsmore partner Susan Zaunbrecher is on PBPO’s board of directors and associate Corey Asay is secretary of its young professional’s board, Grow PBPO.

    “Being recognized as the firm of the year is an honor, as well as a testament to the hard work and community involvement of Dinsmore’s attorneys,” said Zaunbrecher. “The Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio is truly making a difference in our community, and our state, and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization.”


  • March 05, 2018 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rudolph Libbe Group has been honored with a Construction Risk Partners Build America Award for its work on the ProMedica headquarters in downtown Toledo. The award, presented by the Associated General Contractors of America, recognized the ProMedica project as one of the best construction projects of 2017 and the best building renovation project valued between $10 million and $99 million.

  • February 13, 2018 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc., of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has received Varco Pruden’s 2018 Best-in-Class Hall of Fame Award in the Warehouse Category for Principle Business Enterprises’ 47,000-square-foot warehouse, constructed in 2017.

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc. was general contractor/construction manager and GEM Inc., also of the Rudolph Libbe Group, erected the Varco Pruden pre-engineered steel building. MacPherson Architects, Inc. designed the Principal Business Enterprises warehouse project.

     

    Rudolph Libbe also received 2018 Hall of Fame awards for the Buck & Knobby Equipment Company dealership in Holland, Ohio and the Yark BMW showroom in west Toledo.  

     

    Buck & Knobby Equipment Co.

    In 2016, Buck & Knobby Equipment Co. built its first Ohio dealership in Holland, marking a return to the Toledo area more than 30 years after relocating its headquarters to Ottawa Lake, Michigan. The 6,000-square-foot JCB dealership includes a showroom, sales and administrative offices, parts department and six-bay service shop.

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc. was design-build contractor. Rudolph Libbe and GEM Inc. craftspeople performed site work, concrete, masonry, carpentry and erected the Varco Pruden pre-engineered steel building. Vetter Design Group served as architect. Constructionwas completed within six months in 2016.

     

    Buck & Knobby’s new location rents and sells JCB backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, excavators, telehandlers, skid steers and compact track loaders.

     

    Yark BMW

    The Rudolph Libbe Group constructed a new 33,815-square-foot BMW dealership for Yark Automotive Group in Sylvania Township. The building included a new showroom, sales department, offices, service area, parts mezzanine, car wash and a parking lot. The finished facility is unique, with one half a conventional steel all-glass showroom, and the other half a Varco-Pruden pre-engineered steel building that houses the service area. The showroom required underground ductwork to accommodate BMW’s desire for the highest ceilings possible. Yark BMW hosted its grand opening in March 2017.

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc. performed site work, concrete, masonry and carpentry, and GEM Inc. installed the building’s mechanical systems.

     

    Varco Pruden Buildings' Hall of Fame recognizes top projects by contractors that display innovation and excellence through the integration of Varco Pruden building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use and design.  

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc.

    Rudolph Libbe Inc. (RLI) offers a complete range of project delivery methods including general contracting, design/build and construction management. Based in Toledo, Ohio for more than 60 years, RLI is the region’s largest direct employer of skilled construction craftspeople. Markets served include automotive, commercial/retail, educational, food processing, government/institutional, healthcare, hospitality/recreation, industrial/manufacturing, metals, power/petrochemical and warehouse/distribution.

     

    RLI is part of the Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG), a one-stop provider of construction services that range from site selection and financing to ongoing facility management. The full-service contractor, comprised of RLI, GEM Inc., GEM Energy, Lehman Daman and Rudolph Libbe Properties, operates as one team. RLG is headquartered in Toledo with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Lima, Ohio; Ithaca, New York and Plymouth, Michigan. For additional information, visit RLGBuilds.com and @RLGbuilds.

     

    About Varco Pruden Buildings

    Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, Varco Pruden provides innovative steel building solutions worldwide for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. The company markets its products through a network of more than 1,000 authorized builders within the United States and Canada who combine their construction expertise with Varco Pruden's resources to deliver projects that meet customers' specific needs, on time and budget.


  • February 02, 2018 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that Greenville City School’s new 194,086 SF school building project has achieved LEED Gold certification. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sets standards for building construction and operation that will have the least negative impact on the environment and the greatest benefit to the community and the building occupants. LEED certified buildings save money for not only the school district, but also the taxpayers through the numerous environmental and energy efficiencies incorporated into the building design and construction. 

    Shook Touchstone, a long-time construction management joint venture between Lima-based, Touchstone CPM and Dayton-based Shook Construction, was the construction manager for the $46 million new building project. Shook Touchstone has performed over $1 billion in PK-12 construction work since its inception in 2007. Partnering with Shook Touchstone for the Greenville City Schools building project was Minster based architectural firm, Garmann/Miller Architects. “We are proud to have been the construction manager for Greenville’s new school uilding project and achieving LEED Gold certification,” said Nate Neuenschwander, President of Touchstone CPM, “Achieving this certification is a testament to our industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”


    LEED certification is determined by a point system, with points given for each environmentally sound construction or operational process. Achieving LEED certification requires the project design team and construction manager work to maximize the number of beneficial environmental and energy efficiency techniques incorporated into the design and construction of the project.

    About Touchstone CPM
    Touchstone CPM was founded in 2003 and is a professional construction planning and management firm based in Lima, Ohio. Having completed over $1.3 billion in public building projects, Touchstone CPM, a subsidiary of Tuttle Services, Inc., specializes in utilizing various project delivery methods and disciplines of construction management. Operating on a philosophy based on professional ethics and high standards, Touchstone CPM is driven to provide successful projects that include value-added intangibles, which foster long-term relationships. For more information, visit www.touchstonecpm.com.

    About Shook Construction Co.
    Founded in 1926, Shook Construction Co. provides construction expertise that spans the industry in size and scope. With an average revenue of $200 million, the company focuses its work in five market sectors: education, healthcare, industrial, mission critical (data centers), and water resources. Engineering News-Record ranks Shook as one of the nation’s “Top 400 Contractors.” With 250 employees, Shook serves clients in 13 states from its offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio;
    Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

  • February 02, 2018 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rudolph Libbe Group awarded U.S. steel industry’s
    top design award
    for ProMedica headquarters


    The Rudolph Libbe Group has received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for its work on the ProMedica headquarters in downtown Toledo. 

    The award was presented as part of AISC’s 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. The IDEAS2 award is the highest honor presented by the U.S. structural steel industry.

     

    Rudolph Libbe Inc. served as construction manager and GEM Inc. performed structural steel work for the ProMedica Steam Plant and Junction Building. The project included extensive renovations of the 78,465-square-foot Steam Plant, which was constructed in 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project created a contemporary, four-story office building inside the Steam Plant’s single-story, structurally delicate shell. 

      

    The IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S.  

     

    About Rudolph Libbe Group

    The Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG) is a one-stop provider of construction services that range from site selection and financing to ongoing facility management. The full-service contractor, comprised of Rudolph Libbe Inc., GEM Inc., GEM Energy, Lehman Daman and Rudolph Libbe Properties, operates as one team. RLG is headquartered in Toledo with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Lima, Ohio; Ithaca, New York; and Plymouth, Michigan. Markets served include automotive, chemical, food processing, healthcare, industrial/manufacturing, institutional, metals, power/petrochemical, refining, educational, commercial/retail, hospitality/recreation and warehouse/distribution. For additional information, visit RLGBuilds.com and @RLGbuilds.

     

    About the American Institute of Steel Construction

    The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.


  • January 10, 2018 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cincinnati Children’s / UC Health Proton Therapy Center was named by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as the best new construction project valued between $10 million and $99 million and built in the U.S. within the last year. Project team representatives from Messer Construction Co. and Linbeck Group, the joint venture design-build contractor team on the project, and Cincinnati Children’s and UC Health attended a luncheon event on March 8 to accept the 2017 Alliant Build America Award, which took place during the AGC’s 98th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The awards event honors the nation’s most significant new and renovation construction projects that complete each year, and is considered throughout the industry as the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S. This marks the second consecutive year a construction project lead by Messer has earned a Build America Award; in 2016 it was for Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Sciences Pavilion.


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  • November 14, 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New 2017 AIA Contracts Released

    Every 10 years, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated based on industry trends and important court decisions. Learn more and download samples of the 2017 owner/contractor agreements.


  • November 08, 2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • November 07, 2017 8:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio is pleased to announce the recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement:  Kurt Schmitt of Dublin, Ohio.

    “Kurt has been a strong advocate for AGC and Ohio’s construction industry,” says Rich Hobbs, AGC of Ohio Executive Vice President. “His head-on approach to challenging situations and willingness to take on complicated issues has benefited contractors in Ohio and nationwide.”

    Schmitt, chairman of Lincoln Construction in Columbus, has been involved in AGC of Ohio for 35 years. He is a past president of the association, and was chair of its Legislative Committee Chair for many years.  He also served over 15 years as the contractor member on the Ohio Board of Building Standards. His company was one of the first to sponsor a scholarship for students pursuing construction careers under the auspices of the AGC of Ohio Education Foundation.

    Nationally, Schmitt has participated in several AGC of America committees and has been engaged on Congressional legislative efforts.  For many years he served on the national association’s Board of Directors, including a term on its Executive Committee.  He is now considered an AGC of America Lifetime Director. 

    Locally, Kurt is a past president and active member of Central Ohio AGC. He is also a construction arbitrator and member of the American Arbitration Association.

    Schmitt was presented the Pinnacle Award on the evening of November 3 during AGC of Ohio’s 26th annual Build Ohio Celebration at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center.  When describing the award, Hobbs says: “The Pinnacle Award honors those that have played an instrumental role in AGC of Ohio, even after holding a direct leadership position. Kurt was president of AGC of Ohio in 1990, and continues to remain actively involved in the association. He regularly attends meetings and is quick to provide feedback on legislative issues.”

    According to Hobbs, “the Pinnacle Award is not something AGC gives freely. It takes special person to remain dedicated to an organization after the accolades that come with a high-profile position subside.” Schmitt is only the fourth person to receive the award since its creation in 2006. 

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