Excellent teamwork and fast decision-making enabled Krusinski Construction Company to complete a manufacturing and office complex for SK Hand Tool in record time.
Krusinski Construction Company’s lightning-fast completion of a new manufacturing and office complex in Sycamore, Ill., is a testament to the value of long-standing relationships among trusted business partners.
IDEAL Industries’ acquisition of toolmaker SK Hand Tool Corp. required that Krusinski build a 130,000-square-foot facility in record time. For a project that would have normally required 32 weeks, Krusinski needed only 16 weeks.
Trusted working relationships with partners were the key to Krusinski’s success. The company called upon Julius Kwasek of Kwasek Architects in Inverness, Ill., a firm it has worked with for more than 30 years. Krusinski knew that Kwasek would complete the design and drawings quickly.
“He takes every project to a personal level,” says Andy Johnson, senior project manager at Krusinski. “That really meshes well with the passion of Krusinski’s team members.”
Quick decisions were crucial to the endeavor’s success. Krusinski developed a floor plan with IDEAL and Kwasek within three days of the project’s award. The complete design and site plan were approved just five days later. The budget and permits and subcontractors’ assignments were finished in five weeks, much less than the typical 12-week process.
“A lot of credit goes to IDEAL for making fast decisions,” Johnson says. “Timely responses from Sycamore’s city manager and from DeKalb County officials were also instrumental in helping us mobilize so quickly.”
Of the four construction firms Dave Juday, IDEAL’s chairman of the board, considered for the project, only Krusinski guaranteed completing the manufacturing portion by Christmas. Juday knew it was going to be difficult to achieve, but believed in Krusinski and Kwasek.
During construction, Juday says, Project Superintendent Rick Drews was an integral part of the quick turnaround, working hard on site every day to get the job done.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” Juday says. “From the start, it was clear that Krusinski and Kwasek worked well together. It was a wonderful experience to see everyone so engaged and enthusiastic about working on this project and meeting the deadline.”
The project’s biggest challenge was getting crews and materials to the site swiftly without sacrificing safety or quality. Workers had to move some 10,000 truckloads of soil to the site before building the foundation, for example. They managed the task in seven days. At times, more than 100 workers were on site.
Krusinski’s logistical skills shined. It even planned the delivery of materials down to the hour, careful not to disrupt construction that had already begun. Krusinski’s long-term relationships with trusted subcontractors and suppliers were vital to meeting tight deadlines. For example, one vendor fabricated the precast in six weeks, half the time it usually takes. Krusinski was also able to get steel for the project in half the normal time.
In all, Krusinski was able to construct a manufacturing facility in 12 weeks and an adjoining office complex in another four weeks. It even considered the future growth of SK Hand Tool, planning an additional 100,000-square-foot expansion.
“Everyone went above and beyond,” Johnson says. “The project is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished through excellent business relationships, personal commitment and quality work.”