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FROM STEEL TO PLASTICS – LAUNCHING A NEW ERA IN MANUFACTURING

The Shell Petrochemical Plant, known to many as the “Cracker Plant” continues to be the catalyst for growth, job creation and job training in the region. As the Pittsburgh economy has grown and expanded beyond steel industry, will the cracker plant and the plastics manufacturers that use those byproducts become the next revolution of manufacturing in the region? How will the region continue to position itself to meet the demands of the trades? Workforce development is a key component of that success. Exploration of the trades must be discussed and explored with students as early as middle school. We may… Continue reading

CAVCON BECOMES AN APPROVED VARCO PRUDEN BUILDER

CAVCON continues to seek efficiencies in construction and recently became an approved Varco Pruden builder.  With a focus on our design build services, clients can save time and money.  In recent blogs we have talked about modular office building and their efficiencies, and now through our relationship with Varco Pruden, CAVCON has added steel system construction to our capabilities. “With approximately 1,000 approved Varco Pruden builders throughout the US and Canada, general contractors are carefully vetted.  Varco Pruden looks for quality contractors with an outstanding reputation in design/build for commercial applications”, states Jim Peckham, Manager of Marketing… Continue reading

STATE OF THE MON VALLEY – by Christopher Whitlatch

The “Mon” is the “river that built the world.” I have heard that statement many times, since I took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Mon Valley Alliance, a community development nonprofit organization, in September of 2016. The statement is true. Steel, glass and other materials and products manufactured in the Mon Valley were shipped around the world and are in everything from the Golden Gate Bridge to Chrysler cars to your kitchen. With the closing of the steel mills and the subsequent population collapse, the story of decline has also been well documented. Today, what we… Continue reading

BRIDGEWATER CROSSING SET TO MEET HOUSING DEMAND IN BEAVER COUNTY

Following the announcement of Shell petrochemical plant, there will be many construction projects that occur in Beaver and the surrounding counties.  CAVCON is managing one of the first ancillary construction projects; the construction of Bridgewater Crossing, a 3 building apartment complex featuring over 255,000 square feet. For over 30 years, CAVCON, a full-service, merit shop general contractor, has worked with a variety construction projects offering a complete turnkey approach from pre-construction design to general construction build and completion delivery services.  As a single source solution for our clients, we take a project from inception through construction management and… Continue reading

CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVES STRIP MALL CONSTRUCTION – INDIANA GATEWAY PLAZA

Bob Musser isn’t your typical property developer. In fact, quite the contrary, he owns a number of retail Verizon stores, but found a gap in service locations for the residents of Indiana, PA. Wanting to better serve his customers, he began looking for property to build a new store. Working in tandem with three organizations in Indiana, Center for Economic Opportunity (Indiana County’s office of development and planning), Indiana County Chamber and Downtown Indiana, Inc. as well as Elizabeth Hutton, Associate Broker, Kuzneski & Lockard Inc., Musser began looking for a suitable location before selecting the site at 4th and… Continue reading

THE ART OF REPURPOSING OLD BUILDINGS

Did you ever hear the saying out with the old and in with the new?  That applies to repurposing older buildings to bring life and new business into an old, existing structure.  Often owners may struggle with whether to start from scratch or try to remodel.  In the scheme of things if a building is structurally sound, the roof and the outside skin can be updated and changed.  That’s the value of working with a design/build construction firm.  At CAVCON, we look at a structure and give our clients the most cost effective and best… Continue reading

FUSTING CENTRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

In collaboration with Craig H. Fusting, President and CEO of Dedicated Nursing Associates (DNA), and architect Michael Bliss of Kudravy Architects, CAVCON broke ground on Fusting Centre, the firm’s corporate headquarters in mid-June.  The project will feature a new three story professional office building located on Rt. 22 near Delmont. According to architect Michael Bliss, Mr. Fusting’s vision and intention from conception was to create an office building that not only had curb appeal but also displayed the strength and growth of Dedicated Nursing Associates (DNA). Glass and light were very important to the design. Craig thought it… Continue reading

AN UNDERSEA ADVENTURE AWAITS

There aren’t many people who say they enjoy going to the dentist. But, one dentist wanted to change that perception for her young patients. Dr. Beatriz De La Roche of Tender Care Pediatric Dentistry wanted to make a difference to the children who enter the doors to her pediatric dental practice by providing a positive atmosphere. Her vision was to create a place where kids could come, play and have fun at the dentist. Child-friendly diversions like 3D murals and the latest video games help kids look forward to dental visits. Even the dental rooms provide a different atmosphere such… Continue reading

BUILDING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

In 2010 Baby Boomers made up more than 50% of the workforce. By the year 2020 the Baby Boomers will be outnumbered by Millennials. With this shift, we have begun to see a change in the workspace in which employees like to work. Companies who seek out today’s top talent, particularly in the tech industry are shifting their culture and workplace environment. Millennials are characterized as being highly tech savvy, engaged and social. These characteristics lend them being more productive when they are able to change their workplace setting, allowing them to work in groups and be more social. Café’s,… Continue reading

BUILD QUICKER – OPEN SOONER – MAKE MORE MONEY!

Project: Williams Scotsman Corporate Headquarters Location: Baltimore, MD, Use: Administrative Size: 70,080 square feet, Start to Finish: Nine months image credit: Williams Scotsman What if you knew your building project timeline could be cut in half, your costs for construction were less, and you were able to open for business sooner with incoming revenue?  To top it all off, sustainability and LEED were incorporated into the project. Modular space solutions are more than box like structures, they can be custom built to allow unmatched flexibility and adaptability, proving that form need not be sacrificed for function. Custom interior finishes… Continue reading