ConTech Celebrates 20 Years

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ConTech-171 - CopyConTech celebrated our twenty year milestone with a fabulous private party at the House of Blues. We wanted to say thank you to our clients, co-workers and vendors,  who have made the past twenty years so gratifying. It was a fun- filled gathering of about three hundred folks enjoying good food, open bar and a great Blues band concert. Presentations were made honoring five men who have been long time friends and advocates for ConTech. They are John Warm of Cemex, Robert Fitzpatrick of United Engineering, Jeff and John Jennings from Jack Jennings and Sons, and Robert Finfrock,CEO of Finfrock Industries. Each one has been a great help help to us in our growth and success.  We are fortunate to have been surrounded by such respected and distiguished men.  Congratulations to them and to all of the ConTech employees who take immense pride in their work every single day.

The unexpected high point of the night was when Alan Haughey surprised his wife Joan by asking her to re-new their wedding vows in front of the crowd in honor of their thirty fifth wedding anniversary. It was an emotional moment for everyone there.

The evening was made possible by the help of co-sponsors Cemex, Coastal Construction Products, United Rentals, Stahl and Associates Insurance, and HD Supply/White Cap.  We Thank them all for their support for the party and for all their help through the past twenty years. We look forward to working with everyone for years to come.

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ConTech’s $6.5 Million Restoration Wins 2011 ICRI Project of the Year Award

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Royal Floridian Resort

We are proud to announce that ConTech was honored with the “Project of the Year” Award for our $6.5 million restoration of the Royal Floridian Resort.  The award was presented by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) at their annual convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ICRI, with over 2,000 restoration industry leaders from around the world, conducts the awards program each year to honor and recognize outstanding projects in the concrete repair industry. Entries are received from around the world for ten separate categories. One project is named Project of the Year.

Projects are judged based on the uniqueness, use of state-of-the-art methods, use of materials, functionality, value engineering, and aesthetics.

Previous Project of the Year winners include the Pentagon and the Ohio State Buckeyes Football Stadium.

The Royal Floridian Restoration Project was entered in the High Rise category, and surpassed all entrants in all categories to be named 2011 Project of the Year. To see the project under construction, play the video below. To read more about the project, click on this link to the cover story in Concrete Repair Bulletin magazine.

 

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ConTech Restoration Featured in ARDA’s Developments Magazine

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ConTech Restoration attended the ARDA Annual Convention, where founder Alan Haughey was interviewed for Developments magazine. In an article entitled “The Re-making of an Industry,” Haughey shares his strategy for adapting to changes in the construction industry. Timeshare restoration was an existing line of business for ConTech prior to the economic downturn. When new construction starts declined, Haughey decided to focus his business strategy on serving the restoration needs of timeshare owners. To read the Developments article, please click here http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ygs/g20046arda_nxtbook/#/38/OnePage

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ConTech invited by BASF to participate in Restoration Round Table

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Restoration Experts Create a Voice for Aging Structures

Group to address challenges to reusing existing buildings

Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 22, 2011 – Restoration industry leaders from across the United States and Canada met in Minneapolis on June 7-8 to discuss the state of restoration and its place in sustainable development.  The Restoration Round Table was held at the W Hotel in the historic Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis.  A diverse group of attendees included design professionals, restoration contractors, preservationist, building owners and product manufacturers.

Organizations represented:

Atlas Supply Company – Seattle, WA

BASF Corporation – Minneapolis, MN

Buildings Consultant Group – Minneapolis, MN

Clark Engineering – Minneapolis, MN

Coastal Construction Products – Orlando, FL

ConTech Construction – Orlando, FL

Crosier Kilgour Partners – Winnipeg, MB

Facility Engineering Associates – Fairfax, VA

Georgia Construction Products – Atlanta, GA

HHCC Inc – Austin, TX

Jaster-Quintanilla – Dallas, TX

Karins Engineering Group – Sarasota, FL

Meyer Borgman Johnson – Minneapolis, MN

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota – St. Paul, MN

Spiegel Zamecnik & Shah – New Haven, CT

State Farm Insurance – Bloomington, IL

Structural Group – Baltimore, MD

Sutton Kennerly & Associates – Birmingham, AL

The George D Alan Company – Dallas, TX

Walker Restoration Consultants – Denver, CO

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associatte – Austin, TX

The purpose of the meeting was to bring industry thought leaders together to discuss the state of the industry.  The maintenance and reuse of existing buildings are often overlooked or undervalued when compared to today’s sustainable alternatives.  The meeting was facilitated around a set of big questions that were passionately discussed and debated.  Some of the topics discussed were:

  • Why is the restoration on buildings important?
  • What are the things our industry can agree upon?
  • What is holding the industry back?
  • Who has a stake in the reuse of existing buildings?
  • What could a group of like minded people do to get more buildings restored?

At the conclusion of the meeting, the group agreed on the importance of proving and promoting the value of restoration.  There was also agreement that this is a complex task that requires more effort, more resources and more insight.  This group plans to reconvene in the fall of 2011 to formalize their goals, objectives and organizational structure.

“To make a real difference in restoration, we need involvement from all the stakeholders.  We must energize more people.” Bryan Wood – Sutton Kennerly & Associates

Restoration and building reuse is about vitality, renewal and sustainability.  Buildings are “shovel ready” projects that create local jobs.  Renewed buildings lead to safe, stable neighborhoods and increased property values.  It is a responsible use of resources and inherently sustainable.  Building restoration is an opportunity for all of us to make an impact in our communities and cities.

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New Amway Arena Photos

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Check out the new photos of the concrete pour at the Amway Arena in the Flickr gallery to the right. They give a great insight into this interesting pour. Notice the mirror-like reflection off the floor on the first photos.

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New Amway Arena Floor Poured By ConTech and Superior Concrete

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Finishing Concrete at Amway Arena

Finishing Concrete at Amway Arena

The new ice floor was poured on February 26th starting at 4AM.  The
floor is 8″ thick and 18,000 square feet.  Just pouring took seven
hours, and the crew of twenty men poured a total of 420 cubic yards of
concrete.  The finishing crew worked all day and into the evening to
polish the floor to an almost mirror-like surface.

We were working directly for Cimco Refrigeration, a firm that
specializes in ice floors, installing over 4,500 ice floors world-wide.
They are the official floor installer for the National Hockey League.
Check them out at http://www.cimcorefrigeration.com/icesports.asp. They
were heavily involved in the Vancouver Olympic Games venues.

The Orlando Events Center Slab is resting on two layers of insulation
covered by 10 inches of sand.  This keeps the ground under the slab from
freezing.  Miles of refrigeration piping is embedded in the slab we
poured to freeze the water to transform the concrete into an ice rink.
We had to take extreme care not to puncture any of the plastic pipes
while pouring.

This was one of the most interesting projects we have been a part of,
and we are proud to have been chosen to pour the new floor for the
Orlando Magic.  Cimco representatives said this was one of very best
floors they have had installed.  Congratulations to all of our team
members.

 

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First Pour at Royal Floridian Resort

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ConTech made the first pour on balconies on Friday Feb.5th at the Royal Floridian.  After one month of constant demolition and destruction, the re-building process has begun right on schedule.  The milesone of the first pour was welcome by all.  The new fire risers were also being installed on the West side of the building.  The site is still a beehive of activity with the sandblasters busy removing rust and scale from the balcony rebar, while ConTech was performing the detail chipping at the interior of the units and around the columns.  Carpenters are already setting the shoring and formwork for the third floor balconies on the North half of the building.  Despite unusually cold and wet weather, progress is extremely fast. 

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Award-winning Manhattan Director George Billard Begins Filming ConTech’s Work at Royal Floridian

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Alan Interview with George Billard

We are excited to have award-winning director George Billard document the largest project ConTech Restoration has ever done. Mr. Billard flew in from Manhattan for the first shoot Jan. 3-5. George interviewed Alan Haughey, owner of ConTech Restoration, about saltwater corrosion of the balconies. This necessitates removing and replacing all the oceanfront balconies at the 143 unit Royal Floridian Resort.

Mr. Billard returns to Ormond Jan. 13-14 to film the demolition kickoff. Ormond Beach Mayor Fred Costello will attend. You can check out footage by director George Billard at www.planetbillard.com.

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DIRECTOR GEORGE BILLARD TO FILM RESTORATION OF ROYAL FLORIDIAN

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ORMOND BEACH, FL. (January 7, 2010) – Orlando, FL based Contech Construction announced today that award winning director George Billard will film the nine month construction project at the Royal Floridian resort beginning in January. The final film will provide viewers with an in-depth look at one of the largest construction projects in the Ormond Beach/ Daytona Beach area this year.

 

“We are going to give everyone an inside look at the world of construction and a very big project that’s happening in their area” said Alan Haughey, Vice President of Contech Construction, “we hope people will come away with a sense of who the people are that are dedicated to delivering the best work in our industry.”

 

The project will be tracked with short videos posted to Contech’s website http://www.contechrestoration.com/ and other online destinations. Documentary filmmaker George Billard will direct the project over a nine month period. “Our goal is to tell an entertaining story as we track the progress of the construction.” said Mr. Billard, “what’s most interesting about this particular construction job is the level of collaboration that’s required between many partners and suppliers – that will be a key part of the story we tell.”

 

Contech will oversee all elements of the restoration which will add to the beauty of the Royal Floridian, one of the area’s finest properties. Spinnaker Resorts owns the Royal Floridian in addition to other timeshare properties in Florida, South Carolina, and Missouri.

 

Additional marketing partners involved in the project will include RSC Equipment Rental, Cemex for concrete, EFCO for innovative window receptor systems, and BASF for a number of products including sealants and coatings. (RSC person, title) commented on the unique initiative, “We’re very excited to be a part of this innovative marketing effort. Many contractors and project managers today are almost solely focused on price; we believe we offer superior value in the form of superior products and service and the way we collaborate. This is what we think viewers will learn from seeing us in action on a job.”

 

Alan Haughey said, “The more partners that we can showcase in this film, the stronger our story becomes. The whole point is that when you have a solid team of people who work great together it shows in the results.”

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ConTech Receives ABC Eagle Award at Banquet

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Contech-Construction-Award-Winner The Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet was held at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate Nov. 14th. It was a a capacity crowd of the best construction talent in Orlando. ConTech Construction was presented with the Eagle Award for best concrete project under $1 million for their work on the City of Winter Garden City Hall. Project GC Clancy & Theys also won an Eagle and a nomination for Project of the Year for their work. Aaron Reedy and Fermin Velez were the Contech Superintendents on the Project. Fermin couldn’t attend the ceremony, so Aaron Reedy accepted on behalf of the company. Emily Haughey, Marketing Manager, and Alan Haughey, owner of ConTech accompanied Aaron on stage. Thank you and congratulations to the entire ConTech team who worked on the Winter Garden City Hall project. The beautifully detailed concrete is a lasting tribute to the pride and craftsmanship shown by all of the men who worked on the project.
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