Krusinski Construction is pleased to announce that Vice President Jennifer Patton, Project Engineer Pablo Aquino, and Project Manager Ryan Lehman have earned their Health Care Construction Certificates from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) adding to the company’s list of seven total. ASHE certification demonstrates knowledge and understanding of best construction practices to protect patients from potentially life-threatening irritants and contaminants during active construction projects.
The Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago awarded Krusinski Construction the 2016 Outstanding General Contractor of the Year award at their 22nd Annual Awards & GC Recognition Evening.
Krusinski Construction is proud to be the recipient of this award and especially to be recognized by the subcontractors and ASA affiliates. We could not accomplish what we do if it wasn’t for your loyalty and commitment.
Krusinski Construction Company is proud to be partnering with DCT Industrial for their first project together at 1400 W. 44th Street, Chicago, IL. This ground-up 166,549 square-foot speculative warehouse facility with a 32-foot clear height is located on a brownfield redevelopment site in the Stockyards neighborhood. The existing building at this location was demolished directly by DCT Industrial in early 2016 clearing the way for this new development.
The existing soil conditions will require Krusinski Construction to use dynamic compaction on the majority of the site in order to obtain the required soil strength. In addition, this rear loading building will be equipped with dedicated trailer parking and a secure truck court. It will also include 36 exterior dock doors, two drive-in doors, and parking for up to 40 cars. Krusinski Construction is excited to be teaming up with civil engineers, Kimley-Horn, and Cornerstone Architects.
“We’re off to a great start to 2016 with several outstanding projects,” said Jeffrey J. Krusinski, Executive Vice President of Krusinski Construction Company. “From the very moment we learn of a project, our team is diligent in our approach while providing our clients exceptional service and value.”
President and COO, Jerry R. Krusinski, is proud to announce the recent promotion of Richard J. Drews.
Richard J. Drews started with Krusinski Construction in 2003 as a carpenter. With his skill set and experience he was quickly promoted to project superintendent, then to senior project superintendent, and as of February of 2016 serves as Krusinski Construction’s General Superintendent / Corporate Safety Officer.
With over 22 years in the construction industry, Drews’ experience includes a variety of commercial and industrial construction as well as several heavy manufacturing projects for some of Krusinski’s largest clients. As General Superintendent, some of his responsibilities will include on-site safety, scheduling trades, quality control and value engineering on the design and formation of projects.
Congratulations to Justin Risetter on becoming LEED AP BD+C certified. Justin is the 7th Krusinski team member to gain certification which will continue to improve the company’s professional development within the field of green building and expand our job performance.
By Jerry Krusinski, President & COO
The e-commerce market is growing steadily based on consumer demand and this leads to opportunities in the construction industry. These high velocity facilities require several hundred employees which necessitates the unique programming demands such as heavy power and cooling requirements, car parking ratios, semi-trailer parking and segregated passenger vehicles and truck dock areas.
Similar to how consumers have come to expect overnight or same-day service, e-commerce development demands comparable delivery of their construction schedules. What makes these schedules so challenging are the facility requirements. Examples of the scope include multiple electrical services, air conditioned environments, overall site and building security and accommodations for several hundred employees working in a multi-shift operation.
Krusinski Construction Company has comprehensive experience with internet-based retailer buildings and most recently completed a 475,000 square-foot complex build-out and renovation. Originally allotted a challenging 20 weeks to complete the construction, the tenant compressed the schedule by an additional 8 weeks during construction in order to respond to market demands.
Another unique and challenging aspect for our team was having to work simultaneously with the tenant’s material handling contractor. Typically, material handling assemblies begin installation toward the end of the project. However, we worked side by side with the contractor in order to meet the very tight deadlines. Concurrently, we integrated the required utilities such as power, lighting, data and fire protection as conveyor systems were installed.
Throughout the 12 weeks of this project, Krusinski Construction peaked with as many as 200 tradespeople on any given day. Due to the manpower demand, it was not unusual to have multiple subs within the same trade on-site. As an example, there were numerous demolition, concrete and electrical firms working side by side. This expands the requirement for an on-site project team that included superintendents, project engineers, and project management to coordinate safety, quality control, construction sequence and logistics. The teams’ effective use of technology allowed for the critical communication and immediate response and direction necessary.
The success of these types of projects requires an experienced construction team that integrates collaboration between the local governing agencies, utility companies, architect, engineers, developer, owner and building trade teams.
Krusinski Construction Company’s 43 years of industrial knowledge and experience combined with our exceptional reputation have resulted in lasting mutually rewarding alliances with clients. Everyone in the organization – from senior managers to field employees – puts clients’ interests first while maintaining the highest quality and safest working environment. They create and nurture trusted partnerships with local and national clients, working with them during the early phases of a project by providing preliminary budgeting, scheduling and other preconstruction services.
This dedication and commitment to core values prompts clients to continue putting their trust in Krusinski Construction, as demonstrated by the firm’s repeat business level and strong referrals.
A special thank you to Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine for publishing this article in their November 2015 Issue. You can read this and more by clicking here.
From leading safety orientations to making sure workers are wearing their personal protective equipment, Senior Project Superintendent Rick Drews monitors all things safety on the job site. With his recent completion of the Construction Safety Council’s 145-hour safety administrator course, he’s better equipped than ever to maintain Krusinski Construction’s rigorous safety standards.
“Having this level of knowledge, I feel like I can see even more on the job site and help more,” he says. “It will benefit the company and our clients in the long run.”
A 12-year veteran of the company, Drews joined Krusinski Construction as a carpenter before being promoted to project superintendent and then senior project superintendent. When the company offered its senior superintendents the chance to take the safety administrator course last fall, Drews volunteered right away.
“I jumped at the opportunity,” he says. “You can never have enough knowledge about safety.”
He spent every Tuesday and Thursday night in the classroom for six months before graduating from the course in May. The topics covered included fall protection, electrical safety, excavation, confined space entry and first aid, and featured guests who demonstrated safety techniques, such as proper harness use. While much of the course was a refresher, Drews says, he learned new things, as well.
“Electrical and excavation are two big ones on the job site, so it was good to learn more about those,” he says. “Every single class was a good class.”
Drews’ 25 classmates ranged from fellow superintendents to laborers to people making a career change. Having the opportunity to network with them and the instructors was an added bonus.
“One of the teachers was from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), so now I can contact him if I need to,” Drews says. “It was a great network of people.”
As senior project superintendent, Drews’ safety-related responsibilities include documentation on the sites, ensuring new employees are trained in safety techniques, and monitoring the sites daily to maintain a safe environment. Krusinski Construction and its employees hold a strong commitment to safety, and it shows, with a low EMR of 0.85. The biggest reason for Krusinski Construction’s focus on safety, though, is its people.
“Everyone on our site deserves to work an honest eight hours and make it home to their families in the same condition as they arrived to work,” Drews says.