A.L. Huber News:
June 25, 2016 – Westport Presbyterian Church celebrates reopening more than four years after devastating fire
The Kansas City Star – by Lynn Horsley
For the congregation of Westport Presbyterian Church, the past four and a half years have often felt kind of like wandering in the wilderness as they tried to recover from a devastating fire.
But as people streamed into the church on Saturday for a celebratory reopening — featuring saxophone music in the sanctuary, English folk dancing in the basement and refreshments in the fellowship hall — all the hardship appeared to have been worth it.
Now, people said, the church has emerged as a lesson in faith, answered prayers and rebirth.
“It’s been a journey from trauma to wonder,” said the Rev. Scott Myers, pastor of the church for the past 22 years, who nearly despaired after the fire broke out Dec. 29, 2011. It destroyed much of the church that had stood at 201 Westport Road since 1904…BNIM Architects and A.L. Huber general contractor were hired for the project, which cost an estimated $11 million, mostly paid for by insurance.
The blaze affected three buildings that make up the church.
The fire and several feet of water from the firefighters’ hoses heavily damaged the main building, which included the sanctuary, chapel, second floor and basement.
The stone work remained intact and was incorporated in the redesign. But modern codes required that a steel frame be built inside to support the flooring and walls.
The new sanctuary is a modern church “delicately inserted into the historic stone walls,” said BNIM architect Erik Heitman. One emphasis was sustainable and environmentally progressive design.
Pinewood and all but one of the church’s dozens of gorgeous stained glass windows were spared and creatively reused in the new building, which has a new entryway much closer to Westport Road.
The second building, grafted onto the church’s east side in 1916, was destroyed and had to be completely reconstructed. It has a new storefront that is much more welcoming and accessible to Westport Road than before and is available for use by community and neighborhood groups…
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article85978252.html
Read the entire story here: Westport Presbyterian Church KC Star 6.25.16
April 15, 2016 – VQ WindJet 5 Update
In 2009, A.L. Huber General Contractor developed a program to become a beta site to test and demonstrate alternative-energy technologies to the Kansas City community. Along with our partner, VQ Wind, we planned a temporary wind turbine installation, demonstration, and monitoring program.
For over 5 years, our team compiled valuable data of the distributed wind energy’s performance. This data has been used by the manufacturer as well as the Mechanical Engineering Department at Inha University (Incheon, South Korea) to optimize the design, components and performance of their systems. Coincidentally, key changes were made in sizing, materials, additions of a hydraulic braking system and a tilt-up tower for future applications. These improvements were a direct result of the installation and operation of the turbine at our site. Our installation, use and monitoring of this turbine has been a major component of their “proof of concept,” and has advanced the future of distributed energy. A.L. Huber also was able to utilize the power generated from the turbine in our building operations, reducing our usage from the utility. Additionally, one of the key goals of the wind turbine demonstration was to raise awareness to the Kansas City community the possibility of utilizing distributed wind energy. That said, after a very successful program, the VQ WindJet testing is complete, and we will be dismantling the wind turbine in the near future.
The VQ WindJet 5 wind turbine is one component of A.L. Huber’s large-scale demonstration project coined “Renewable Energy Demonstration Initiative” (REDI), which has been extremely effective. The REDI project includes a 5kW wind turbine, 24 photo-voltaic panels on the south side of the building, a reclaimed wooden sun screen to reduce the building’s heat load, a green screen on the east side to absorb carbon dioxide emissions and create shading, installation of solatubes to bring natural light into the building, various energy saving enhancements on the interior of the building, and an “Energy Center” demonstration and education center that showcases the equipment and monitoring systems with real-time data.
Elements of the REDI project will remain intact and functioning (solar panels, green screen, solatubes, etc.) The dismantled wind turbine components will be donated and recycled. The pole and foundation will be retained for the next future demonstration purposes.
REDI project goals: “To educate the public about sustainable development and alternative energy alternatives, to test and improve these ‘green’ technologies, and to implement new sustainable technologies in the Kansas City metropolitan area.”
For more information please contact:
A.L. Huber General Contractor: Augie Huber (913)341-4880 or Andy Huber (913)341-4880
VQ Wind: Tom Sabourin (650)996-9709
February, 2016 – Our Team is Expanding!
A.L. Huber is excited to announce that we have expanded our leadership team. As Kansas City’s construction leader, we promise to continue our steadfast commitment to integrity, quality and giving back to the community. The future is bright at A.L. Huber!
Principals from left to right: Andy Huber, Joe Huber, Phil Thomas, Randy Huber, Mary Keitel, Augie Huber, Keith Dorrian
October, 2015 – Modern Builder articles focus on two of A.L. Huber’s projects including the Orangutan Exhibit at the KC Zoo and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium.
Keith Dorrian Named Senior Vice President and Partner
A.L. Huber General Contractor is pleased to announce that Keith Dorrian has been elevated to Senior Vice President and Partner with the firm. Dorrian, a Senior Project Manager, has been with A.L. Huber since 1997.
In his new role, Dorrian will be responsible for developing new business opportunities, cultivating existing client relations, overseeing construction operations, and leading the internal professional development program at A.L. Huber.
“We are honored to have Keith become a member of the executive management team,” said August L. Huber III (Augie), CEO of A.L. Huber. “He is an outstanding project leader and has an excellent reputation with our clients, staff and industry partners. We couldn’t be more excited for the future of A.L. Huber with Keith on our team.”
Dorrian has been integral in the company’s growth and repeat business. Dorrian recently managed the highly anticipated Orangutan Canopy and Exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo, which opened on May 22.
“I look forward to my new role and continuing to grow my career at A.L. Huber,” said Dorrian. “I am grateful for the past two decades and am excited with the opportunity in front of me. A.L. Huber has an excellent team in place – our future couldn’t be brighter.”
In addition to his updated responsibilities, Dorrian will continue to provide project management services to his clients.
Dorrian has been with A.L. Huber since graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from University of Central Missouri in 1997. He and his wife Erin have two children.
A.L. Huber General Contractor Wins Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award
A.L. Huber General Contractor of Overland Park, KS, was selected as this year’s Third Place winner in the Building Division’s Under 100,000 Work Hour Category because of its exceptional leadership in safety. The company presented outstanding guidance in safety and occupation health management, risk control, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation.
Thirty-seven firms were named the nation’s safest construction companies in 2014 by the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC, which oversees the Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, selected the winners after dozens of firms made presentations about their safety programs during the Annual Convention.
“We are honored to have been awarded the Construction Safety Excellence Award,” said August L. Huber, III, CEO. “Our team is diligent about safety – from those on the project jobsite to the office staff, safety is a constant focus. This award goes to our superintendents and staff that make us one of the safest contractors in the United States.”
2014 Chairman Phillip W. Thomas Reflects on His Year as Chairman of the Board for The Builders’ Association
Modern Builder, December 2014
“When I began as Chairman, I set a goal of increasing member engagement so more of our members would be active in making our Association and industry better. Providing an opportunity to build relationships is one of the ways the Association helps members grow…”
I Wish to Have a Treehouse
Wish child, Esperanza “Rayna”, has been battling Osteosarcoma which is a type of cancer that starts in the bones. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of cancer that develops in the bone. Along with Roseman Architects, A.L. Huber provided project management and labor to build this amazing young lady a very cool treehouse through the Make A Wish Foundation. Generous donations were delivered to the backyard and many hands made for a successful weekend.
2014 Chairman Phillip W. Thomas Brings a Positive Outlook to The Builders’ Association
Modern Builder, March 2014
Phil Thomas, our new Chairman, is known for his positive outlook and enthusiasm. “I’m passionate about construction and what I do for a living; it is not just a job but a big part of my life. I try to really engage in what I’m doing at the time…”
A.L. Huber Safety Program and Project Manager Recognized by The Builders’ Association
A.L. Huber General Contractor was awarded First Place in the General Contractor Division 50,001-150,000 work hours by The Builders’ Association for their annual Safety Excellence Awards.
The Builders’ Association, Missouri Department of Labor Standards, Kansas Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Kansas City Area Office selected Brian Thomas, A.L. Huber project manager, as the Safety Professional of the Year. A panel of five judges selected the winners.
In addition to his role as project manager, Thomas also serves as Safety Director for A.L. Huber. He has been with the company since 1996, starting as a carpenter and working his way to project manager.
“This recognition is due to our concerted efforts as a team. Both of the safety awards that our company received this week are because each and every one of us has an unwavering commitment to clean safe job sites and safe work practices by everyone who sets foot on those sites,” said Thomas. “At the end of the day the bottom line is that we are in one of the most dangerous occupations and it is very important that everyone goes home safely to their families at night.”
A.L. Huber’s Safety Program has been recognized by several organizations as being a leader in the construction industry. This includes membership in the 2013 Build Safe Partnership Program through The Builders’ Association and OSHA, in which safety programs are rigorously evaluated.
Unity Tower – Restoration Project Wins Two Preservation Awards
-2013 Preservation Award by Historic Kansas City “Excellence” Best Adaptive Re-Use
-2014 Preserve Missouri Award by Missouri Preservation
“For more than 80 years, the Tower at Unity Village has graced the skyline southeast of Kansas City with its iconic presence, earning a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tower was originally conceived by Rickert Fillmore as a structure that would provide a much-needed water reservoir while reflecting the beauty of Italian Renaissance architecture.
Using sustainable practices and appropriate preservation techniques, Unity Tower was restored to a new use as the Awaken Whole Life Center. Repurposing the interior required a creative design approach, which resulted in many unique spaces to promote the healing mission of the center. The exterior masonry was expertly repaired and restored. New materials patched into areas of significant deteriorations were selected to match the historic fabric. Important life safety improvements were integrated into the project, including restoration of the historic water tank and modernization of the elevator.
FOX 4 Pay It Foward Rewards A.L. Huber Superintendent on Jobsite for Good Deed
A.L. Huber superintendent Stuart Ollinger jumped in when he saw a teen in need. Stuart, along with his coworkers at A.L. Huber, bought bows, sold bows and donated to BELLA’S BOWS over the Christmas holiday to help Kendra fund her upcoming surgery. Kendra, a local teen who was involved ina severe accident in which several surgeries were necessary, began making bows to help raise money for her medical care. Kendra nominated A.L. Huber for the “Pay it Forward” awaerd in which Fox 4 News surprised Stuart at his jobsite. A.L. Hbuer thanks Stuart and the many team members who give back to those in need.