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Institutional | POETTKER CONSTRUCTION – WATTERSON TOWERS RENOVATIONS
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COMMUNICATION IS KEY TO NOT INTERRUPTING STUDENTS DURING THE RENOVATION OF A 28-STORY RESIDENCE HALL. BY JIM HARRIS
iving one of the world’s tallest university residence halls a new look inside and out without closing the facility is no easy task. The $15 million renovation of the 28-story Watterson Towers complex on the Illinois State University campus in Normal requires tight deadlines and complex scheduling on the part of the Construction Manager Poettker Construction Company of Breese, Ill. The company and its team of specialty and trade contractors are more than up to the task, according to project manager Travis Pruett. “Every day is a different challenge,” says Pruett. ”For me, the key is improving communications to achieve each of our goals and make the personal connections needed to create an exceptional team. We have a really good relationship with all the contractors on this project. Some have worked with us for several years.” Construction began in May 2010 and will conclude in August 2012. Each tower contains five sections consisting of five floors known as “houses.” Renovation is being done one or two houses at a time. The renovation of two houses was completed in December 2010. “We have to turn these over and let kids live there as scheduled,” Pruett says. “The completion date cannot change. We have to work around existing occupants and other work going on in the building that we’re not directly involved with.” “To do this, we have to have good communication between all parties, and we’ve had that.”
In addition to forming successful relationships, another major value Poettker Construction prides itself on is improving the quality of life in the communities it works in, the company says. “We like to stay involved in our city and in our region and to educate young adults on career options in the construction industry,” it adds. Poettker Construction staff members are involved in a number of organizations and initiatives including the St. Louis Association of General Contractors, the St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association, the Community Link Board, the Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council, the East St. Louis Economic Development Committee, the Breese, Ill., Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 252.
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Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
DZSP 21 LLC
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Construction Today - March 2011