Leader Spotlight: Miles-McClellan Construction project executive Kevin Joseph Reflects on the Positive Impact of Successful Renovation

Renovating Spaces and Transforming Communities – An Interview with Miles-McClellan Construction project executive Kevin Joseph

Change is good.

Many people will hear that phrase on numerous occasions throughout their lifetime. At Miles-McClellan Construction, we have seen the power of change firsthand through renovation projects that not only transform facilities and structures, but the communities that they call home. We not only change spaces, we change communities.

While change is good, it can also be challenging. Construction renovation projects require a talented team and smart construction solutions to successfully execute in a way that satisfies the client and contributes to impactful growth for the community. In this interview with Kevin Joseph, Miles-McClellan Construction project executive, learn about his unique experiences with renovation projects, particularly renovation projects in occupied facilities, and why he believes construction renovation is a powerful tool that not only creates safer, more beautiful spaces, but uplifts the spirit of a community.

Q: Why do you like working on renovations that take place in occupied facilities?

A: We appreciate working on renovations in occupied facilities because it presents unique challenges that test our problem-solving and project management skills. It’s satisfying to deliver successful projects while minimizing disruptions for the occupants. Additionally, the positive impact on these spaces, whether it’s creating a better work environment or improving a facility’s functionality, is highly rewarding.

Q: What do you and your team bring to the table when working in occupied facilities?

A: Our team brings a unique blend of expertise, adaptability and a good sense of humor to the table when it comes to renovations in occupied facilities. We thrive on challenges and are the go-to problem-solving partners. We understand the need for minimal disruption and are adept at keeping the atmosphere light and positive during the process.

Q: Can you provide an example of “how you saved the day” for a renovation and work project in an occupied facility?

A: One of our clients received a large, heavy delivery late on a Friday afternoon. They had no way to unload it or move the shipment into the building. Our on-site team was able to pull together labor from our other nearby sites to take care of the issue. This not only alleviated our client’s immediate concern but also showcased our ability to think on our feet and provide timely solutions, even in unexpected circumstances.

Q: Do you have specific advice for renovation clients?

A: Clearly define your goals, set a realistic budget and provide open communication. The reality of renovation projects is that unforeseen issues will happen. Working together, we can navigate the process more effectively and ensure a positive outcome for the job.

Is it time for impactful renovation in your community? Under the guidance of leaders such as Kevin Joseph and his dedicated team, construction renovation is not only good, but life changing. Contact us today and let’s make sure your next renovation project is a success.

Leader Spotlight: The Impact of Building Community Success

Franklin Park Conservatory

“There is Always a Way.” – An Interview with Miles-McClellan Construction’s Vice President, Craig Richards

Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear badges and stethoscopes, and on our team, hard hats.

But often, everyday heroes are working hard behind the scenes, striving to make a difference in the community by creating spaces that provide a safe haven for those who need a voice, an advocate and support.

Miles-McClellan Construction is honored that we have been able to help these unsung heroes and their organizations build excellence by improving the spaces in their communities. In this interview with Craig Richards, an MM Vice President, he sheds light on his experience working with non-profit organizations throughout his career, how open communication is key to a successful collaboration and why working with non-profit organizations to build excellence is incredibly rewarding.

Q: What experience do you have working with non-profits?

A: Most recent non-profit clients include the Franklin Park Conservatory, Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp., Franklin County Landbank (COCIC), The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church.

Q: Is there a certain type of non-profit client you work best with?

A: We always look for a client that is team oriented. The last few years have been tough on the construction industry with the pandemic, which then led to inflation, rising interest rates, material supply chain issues and labor shortages. Despite all of the negativity and rising construction costs, our non-profit clients continued to keep a positive attitude and never lost focus of their mission to improve communities. In lieu of pointing fingers when budgets and schedules were threatened, the teams worked together to find a way to achieve the goal. That is the type of client we look for, regardless of the client’s industry.

Q: Why do you like working with non-profits?

A: Non-profit client missions align with Miles-McClellan Construction’s. Miles-McClellan Construction’s mission is building leaders and long-term relationships, and non-profits missions are typically about building/improving communities. Building relationships and communities go hand in hand in my opinion, which makes Miles-McClellan Construction a good fit.

Q: What do you and your team bring to the table – why would non-profits want to work with you?

A: Miles-McClellan Construction is flexible, collaborative, and transparent which fosters an environment of trust. You will never hear Miles-McClellan Construction place blame on other team members or deflect responsibility. We want to be their partner, and strive to be the easy button.

Q: Do you have an example of “how you saved the day” for a non-profit?

A: Unfortunately, we are not superheroes, therefore I can’t say we have ever truly saved the day. However, we recently had a project where the HVAC equipment was delayed approximately six months and was going to prevent the client from occupying their new building ahead of their current lease expiring. The design and construction team were able to come up with a temporary heating and cooling system until the HAVC equipment finally arrived, and was able to get the client in their new building two weeks ahead of schedule with a temporary occupancy. This was definitely not an ideal situation, but we saved the day by providing a temporary solution.

Q: Is there any specific advice you have for non-profits?

A: Invite your construction manager into the process as early as possible, and challenge them to think outside the box when times get tough. There is always a way!

How can we help the non-profit heroes in your community? Under the supervision of leaders such as Craig and our hardworking team, Miles-McClellan Construction has helped improve communities and make them a safer space for residents. If you are a non-profit with a building project, contact us today and let’s work together to make an impact.

Miles-McClellan Construction vice president Brad Bloomberg LEED AP Helps Improve Safety at Columbus City Schools With HVAC Renovation

HVAC Renovation

When many think of construction projects, they immediately envision work that involves creating or updating the aesthetic aspects of a facility. At Miles-McClellan Construction, however, some of our most rewarding construction projects involve renovating critical components of a space that cannot necessarily be appreciated at first glance. When performing a design build of HVAC systems, it is crucial the various HVAC components and coordination of materials are timed correctly to ensure a successful installation. For our work with Columbus City Schools, under the direction of Miles-McClellan Construction vice president and project lead Brad Bloomberg LEED AP, improving HVAC systems has been an important part of building success and creating a safer space for students and the community.

In 2021, Miles-McClellan Construction was hired by Columbus City Schools to replace the HVAC systems and make electrical upgrades at Brookhaven High School and Dominion Middle School in an effort to improve the learning environment at both buildings. In addition to HVAC system upgrades, Miles-McClellan Construction was also given the task of making interior repairs, envelope repairs and site improvements in accordance with the design criteria. With the leadership of Brad and a strong IMMPact team, this project was completed on time and under the allocated budget.

“I enjoy how the construction industry always brings new challenges and creates new opportunities with each project to bid and builds.”

– Brad Bloomberg LEED AP, Miles-McClellan Construction vice president

In 2022, Columbus City Schools hired Miles-McClellan Construction to make HVAC and electrical upgrades at Valleyview Elementary School, Westgate Elementary School and West Broad Elementary School. Matt and his team realized that these projects required the replacement of the HVAC systems, new electrical service and both structural and architectural elements to support the new systems. All team members worked strategically to make sure all of the design, build and necessary components were in place, resulting in this project being completed on-time and without issues. These projects also minimized environmental hazards and supported student health. Projects such as this are not only fulfilling but continue our mission of building excellence in the community.

Strong leaders such as Brad and a talented, dedicated team make Miles-McClellan Construction the construction company that can do it all. From reviving the look of physical structures to improving the behind-the-scenes systems that keep the citizens of our community safe and healthy, we build success from start to finish.

We are up to the challenge of ensuring every construction project is a success! Contact us today and meet Brad and more faces behind the spaces that make an impact in the community!

Miles-McClellan Construction Builds Vital Retail and Dining Experiences for Charlotte, North Carolina Communities

 

No industry was affected more by the global pandemic than the restaurant and retail industries, but both industries are on the rebound. In fact, earlier this year these industries were predicted to grow between 6 and 8 percent by the end of this year. And with the remarkable population growth, the retail establishments and restaurants are thriving in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Miles-McClellan is proud to be a part of that growth with our retail and restaurant partners who are an integral part of Charlotte’s growth.

Here are some of Miles-McClellan’s commercial construction projects that help make North Carolina a great place to live, work and play.

Festive Food & Music

Loretta’s is a high-volume restaurant with private function space serving French, Creole, and southern cuisine, featuring live jazz, neo soul and gospel music.

Miles-McClellan managed the demolition of the original building to construct a 7,500-SF back-to-shell space as well as finishing the beautiful, fun space with upscale VIP areas, liquor lockers and a custom bar.

Head to Beatties Ford Road

As part of a community revitalization of an area rich in history but in need of change, Miles-McClellan was hired to help redevelop a neighborhood block to include shopping, banking, dining and more. Miles-McClellan managed the renovation of the existing retail space at 2020 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte including renovation to the shell of the building and finishing out one of the tenant spaces for a juice bar. In addition, Miles-McClellan served as the general contractor for the renovation of an existing building for the new 1,600-SF BW Sweets and for the renovation of existing space for Mackins Bridal Boutique, both across the street from the 2020 Beatties Ford Road project.

Tacos, Anyone?

When Ohio-based Condado Tacos made its North Carolina debut in Charlotte, Miles-McClellan was there to complete a 4,600-SF interior build out for the restaurant in an existing multi-story building. The work included interior finishes, non-bearing demising walls, ceilings, lighting, food service equipment and exterior changes, including new patio railing and the addition of a new overhead door within the existing storefront opening.

Discover Charlotte’s New Man Cave and Add Some Joy to Your Home

Miles-McClellan is excited to be a part of bringing a luxury furniture design showroom and a new home décor stall retailer to Charlotte. The Miles-McClellan team managed a 7,600-SF retail interior build out for Amodernary Furniture Design at SouthPark and an 88,000-SF renovation for Southern Lion in the Carolina Place Mall, which will feature vender stalls offering furniture, home décor, accessories, art and clothing, a café, meeting spaces and a “man cave” complete with TVs and lounge chairs.

Retail and restaurants have always played vital roles in the business, social, economic and artistic soul of a thriving society. Miles-McClellan takes great pride in building success by building thriving communities. Contact us today to bring great dining and shopping experiences to your community. We build success by Building Excellence!

Miles-McClellan Construction Builds New Heart Of Ohio Family Health Facility, Enhancing and Expanding Access to Quality Health Care for All

Heart of Ohio Family Health center

Heart of Ohio Family Health (HOFH) has been working in communities throughout central Ohio since 2003 ensuring that all residents, regardless of their education, age, race, ethnicity or income, have access to affordable, reliable health care. In 2017, the City of Whitehall donated three acres of land to HOFH with a mission to help transform Whitehall by building a one-stop health care shop for the entire community.

In 2019, Miles-McClellan Construction joined the mission when it broke ground on the new James B. Feibel Health Center which replaced HOFH’s previous Whitehall location and doubled its capacity.

The new 21,500 SF center, HOFH’s fifth facility in central Ohio, not only allows Heart of Ohio Family Health to serve more patients but also to offer new services with a laboratory, a community room, and enhanced prenatal services, as well as an in-house pharmacy, dentistry and more.

HOFH Chief Operations Officer, Yammah Morgan, said it was a pleasure working with Miles-McClellan Construction. “Their proactive engagement with our administration assured efficient planning and execution of the onsite, project development and engineering aspects and helped the project stay on schedule during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and through a difficult winter.”

The medical office building incudes nine obstetrical and prenatal rooms, 16 medical and behavioral health exam rooms, and patient care rooms allowing HOFH to provide much-needed health services to the community including family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, dietetics and nutrition.

“This inviting and state-of-the-art center serves as the realization of our mission to provide high-quality, holistic and compassionate care to meet the health care needs of everyone in our diverse community, one heart at a time,” said Morgan.

The center is named after James B. Feibel, a founding board member of Heart of Ohio Family Health who passed away in 2018. He was known for being an outstanding community leader and an advocate for the underserved.

MMC receiving award

HOFH recognized Miles-McClellan Construction with a 2022 Giving Hearts Award at this year’s Giving Hearts Celebration. “We were honored to recognize Miles-McClellan Construction for enhancing the access to quality healthcare for generations to come,” said HOFH CEO Dr. Buhari Mohammed, “and to acknowledge their comprehension of our aspirations and their dedication to make it become a reality.”

Miles-McClellan is proud to help this remarkable organization serve more patients and enhance the local community with affordable, reliable healthcare.

It takes a village to build a healthy community, and at Miles-McClellan, we take great pride in being part of the villages we serve. Contact us to enhance your community. We build success by Building Excellence!

Miles-McClellan Construction Helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Advance City’s Sustainability Goals with New LEED-Certified Station

CMPD University City Division facility

When the city of Charlotte, NC set out to replace its leased University City Division Police Department building with a permanent facility, they did so with a goal to enhance the quality of life for Charlotte residents and department employees and to meet the city’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Reducing environmental stress and improving employee safety and wellbeing were priorities for CMPD. The CMPD University City Division relied on the experts at Miles-McClellan Construction to deliver sustainable solutions that would help them earn LEED certification at their new space.

LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability, achievement and leadership, and LEED-certified buildings save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people. To achieve LEED certification, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality.

Miles-McClellan got to work building the 16,000-square-foot, two-story police station implementing green construction processes and sustainable features including UV solar panels, underground rainwater management, high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling systems, advanced thermal and moisture protection on the building envelope, construction waste diversion from landfills and the use of recycled materials for construction.

In addition, the new police station encourages green initiatives with access to transit, bicycle facilities, green vehicle parking, electric vehicle charging stations, a green cleaning and integrated pest management policy, an optimized mechanical system for energy performance, low emitting materials, interior lighting controls and low-flow water fixtures.

The health and safety of CMPD employees was crucial in the design of the police station as well. Not only does the building provide enhanced indoor air quality and access to health and fitness, but reinforced concrete walls, insulating concrete forms, structural steel, steel joists and metal deck roof framing offer a solid, efficient and safe structure for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “The place is literally bulletproof,” said Steve Parsons, Miles-McClellan’s director of field operations.

The project received LEED Gold certification and is projected to have total energy cost savings that will be greater than 59%, resulting in an economic benefit to the city and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — and the Miles-McClellan Construction project came in on budget with zero safety violations.

“Our newly certified LEED facilities will accommodate the current and future needs of CMPD and further advance the city’s sustainability goals,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “These achievements mean we truly are setting the example for a low-carbon and resilient future while increasing the quality of life for all Charlotte residents.”

Miles-McClellan is proud of our work leading this environmentally friendly initiative. With every project, we are on a mission to improve communities and the lives of the residents that reside in them.

CMPD University City Division facility interior

“It’s critical for CMPD to be on the cutting edge when it comes to our facilities. Employee wellness is a CORE 4 strategic priority for the department. Our state-of-the-art LEED-certified facilities feature healthy and cost-saving green technology to make sure we’re providing the best possible workplaces for our employees.”

– CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings

How can we help you protect the environment and the residents in your community? Contact Miles-McClellan Construction to learn more about LEED-approved design features and let’s work together to build excellence on your next project!

We build success by Building Excellence!

Miles-McClellan Helps Columbus City Schools Reorganize and Repurpose to Combat Overcrowding, Safety Concerns and Aging Buildings

In 2019, more than 630 children were attending Dominion Middle School, which was built to house 409 students, and the popularity of the high-achieving school suggested a future of rapid growth. At the same time, there was an aging high school in the area that could handle the growth but needed major renovations.

That is when Columbus City Schools (CCS) hired Miles-McClellan as the design/build contractor for the building envelope project of the former North High School. The historically registered building opened its doors in 1924. The design/build team was tasked with making the building safe and dry for students and staff, while preserving the building’s beauty, character and history.

former North High School

The project replaced the roofing, windows, skylight systems and completed masonry restoration. Each component of this project came with its challenges. The existing windows were installed in plaster containing asbestos that had to be removed, the roofing and masonry work had to be coordinated and, of course, the labor shortage and strict timeline to make sure kids could start school as scheduled in the fall played a role. But this project had the additional challenge of working with the Historical Preservation Committee to ensure all design, materials and construction techniques were approved during the design/pre-construction phase.

One of the historical requirements was to mimic the original historic sightlines of the original windows. After a great deal of preparation work, multiple manufacturer bids and an extensive review of three products to make sure they fit the design and performance specification, the Historical Preservation Committee was pleased, and the approval process went smoothly.

With a highly scrutinized budget by nature of working with a public school system, Miles-McClellan delivered a dry, safer school $19,637 under budget. In a 2020 interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Dominion Middle School Principal Dorothy Flanagan said, “We couldn’t have asked for a smoother process from district leadership and our design and construction team.”

Overall, Miles-McClellan has managed 11 projects to improve the safety and learning environment for CCS, including one current project to replace the HVAC systems in Valleyview Elementary, Westgate Elementary and West Broad Elementary schools.

Other HVAC upgrades, electrical upgrades and facilities renovations include Brookhaven High School, which now houses the Columbus North International High School, and the former Dominion Middle School, which is now the New World Language Middle School.

Safer schools are a priority for Columbus City Schools and Miles-McClellan. We are proud to have helped CCS provide more secure entrances to 10 district school buildings — adding new security checkpoints in five schools and upgrading security vestibules at another five schools. The work included demolition, casework, aluminum storefronts, wood doors, hollow metal frames, door hardware, drywall, painting, HVAC and electrical.

“The team at Miles-McClellan not only produce good work, they are very personable, responsive and organized. They have a great system in place to manage projects and they have helped Columbus City Schools make our schools better and safer for our students.”
-Columbus City Schools Facilities Rep

We build success by Building Excellence! We take pride in our people, and we take pride in our work. Contact Miles-McClellan Construction to put that pride to work on your next project.

Miles-McClellan Helps North Carolina Town Navigate Rapid Growth Enhancing Peace of Mind and Recreational Opportunities

Mooresville, NC

The Town of Mooresville, NC has more than doubled over the last 20 years. The population has grown from 32,711 in 2010 to 50,193 in the last decade alone, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. With this rapid growth, the city had to expand its services protect and improve the lives of its citizens.

After being granted $46.5 million in limited obligation bonds from The Local Government Commission to improve public safety and services, the Town of Mooresville contracted Miles-McClellan to design and build a new $3.5 million fire station and training center. Fire Station No. 6 is 13,000 square feet and will feature two engine bays, locker rooms, sleep quarters, administrative offices, a full kitchen, conference space and an outdoor patio.

Although the project is progressing nicely today (check out the progress on our live webcam), it did not come without challenges. The fire station was scheduled to be presented to the Board in March of 2020, but the North Carolina government locked down due to COVID-19, and Mooresville halted spending on all new projects. The Fire House 6 project was delayed until February 2021. During the delay, many material shortages and price increases occurred in the construction industry, but with the collective hard work of Miles-McClellan, the design team and the Town of Mooresville, Miles-McClellan was able to deliver the same product at a similar price and construction continues to move forward.

In addition to Fire Station No. 6, Miles-McClellan has worked with the town to enhance cultural and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of Mooresville. The company was awarded the $3 million Selma Burke Center Renovation, which was a high priority project for Mooresville’s Parks and Recreation Department. The renovation consisted of some “tricky elements,” according to Chris Wyckoff, Mooresville’s facilities and construction manager, like combining existing structures into one elemental structure. Miles-McClellan also managed the site work (landscape, furnishings and signage), renovations to the existing gymnasium with new basketball courts, a new playground and picnic shelter and a new 8,000 square foot, prefabricated multi-purpose building with classrooms.

“Their ability to work with our needs and sub-contractors, as well as control a project through difficult weather was spot-on,” says Wyckoff.

Miles-McClellan also managed the town’s Art Depot renovation, a historic building dating back to the 1970s, bringing the facility up to ADA standards and allowing the Art Guild to utilize their warehouse areas, featuring open beams and heavy barn doors, in a way previously not possible.

Miles-McClellan projects don’t just enhance the lives of the two-legged residents of Mooresville, they also help some 4-legged residents with the development of The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park in Cornelius Park. The dog park is dedicated to a fallen K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty. Wyckoff says the work on the dog park “led to a great moment of healing and happiness for the town, the family and the police department.”

“Working with Miles-McClellan on Fire Station No. 6 has been a great team experience all the way through design and now well into construction. They have demonstrated their ability to perform on previous projects and have continued to deliver. It is great working with a contractor who you can trust also wants to be a steward of tax-payer dollars and do right for all stake-holders.”
Christopher Wyckoff
Facilities & Construction Director
The Town of Mooresville

Miles-McClellan Turns Buildings into Art for Franklin Park Conservatory

If you’ve been to Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, you have seen firsthand how nature meets art through their displays of beautiful flowers, plants and organic landscapes, enhanced with real pieces of art. But did you notice how the buildings themselves fit into those landscapes and how, through lighting and innovative architectural design, they have become an art exhibit of their own?

With the Conservatory’s vision to restore the vitality, grandeur and beauty of Franklin Park while retaining its original charm and character, Miles-McClellan Construction has managed a variety of projects for The Conservatory, including the expansion of the John F. Wolfe Palm House, a registered Historical Place. As part of a four-phase, two-year expansion campaign, Miles-McClellan completed the expansion of The Palm House by building two 5,000 square foot additions that flank the building’s existing corridor, one designed for special events and the other for administrative offices. The versatility and creativity of the design added 10,000 square feet of flexible space for open air gardens, water features and elegant gatherings, while conquering the roadblocks that come with historical renovations.

In addition to the expansion of The Palm House, Miles-McClellan oversaw the construction of the Bride’s Garden, community gardens with education pavilion, and LIGHT RAMIENT II, an inspiring light display which illuminates The Palm House and was designed by internationally renowned, award-winning artist James Turrell.

Franklin Park Conservatory before and after

In 2015, as classes, programs and community outreach increased for the Conservatory, a new space was needed, so the organization relocated an historic barn’s timber frame, which was set to be dismantled, from northern Ohio to its campus. Miles-McClellan took on the transformation of the Wells Barn, which is not only a piece of history, but a construction marvel filled with engineering innovation, including a basement with classroom space, an elevator, a large event space, a commercial kitchen, and a bar.

“The project was completed on time and on budget, which is critical for a non-profit organization, in large part due to Miles-McClellan’s commitment to problem solving, open communication and outstanding project planning and budgeting.”

Garry Clarke, Vice President of Planning
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Building Excellence takes teamwork and Miles-McClellan would like to thank its architecture, engineering and landscape partners, and the Franklin Park Conservatory, for helping to create these amazing spaces.