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2015 Quarter 2

ON THE

level


Russell is a professional services

firm with 100+ full-time employees,

providing Construction, Planning

and Program Management, Property

Management, and Real Estate

Development services across the

Midwest. Since its inception in 1983,

Russell has completed more than $1

billion in projects across 30 states and

Canada.

MANAGING EDITOR

Erin Wyant

CREATIVE DIRECTION

Logan Nolin

EDITORIAL TEAM

Bethany Diedrich, Logan Nolin,

Erin Wyant

CONTRIBUTORS

Michelle Baumann, Steve Baumann,

Mason Bishop, Lucas Boyle,

James Creath, Mike Doucette,

Alper Guder, Chris Krieg, Jill Niebuhr,

Logan Nolin

ON THE LEVEL

On The Level is a quarterly magazine

issued by Russell.

Copyright 2015 by Russell.

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table of contents

executive note: a glass half full. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 2

hamilton schools wrapping up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 3

quincy high school is getting an upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pages 3-4

building for the future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .page 2

novelty iron (almost) works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

#shoutout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

new faces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

summer interns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

you rock! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

davenport turns up the heat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

blank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

i.t. with m.b.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

a new home for osf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

executives: they’re just like us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page

better safe than sorry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page



27 th ANNUAL

CHARITY

GOLF

OUTING

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!

WHEN

Monday, September 14, 2015

WHERE

Crow Valley Golf Club

CHARITY


A GLASS HALF FULL

article by chris krieg

I have two quotes that I have had posted at my desk

at work for over ten years. The first is from Joe Weider

whom many consider the father of body building.

“Strive for excellence, exceed yourself, love your

friend, speak the truth, practice fidelity and honor your

father and mother. These principles will help you to

master yourself, make you strong, give you hope and

put you on the path to greatness.” The second is from

Richard M. DeVos one of the founders of Amway. “The

easiest thing to find on God’s green earth is someone

to tell you all the things you cannot do.”

When I came to Russell on May 26th I made the

decision to only put one of the quotes up. It is

easy these days to find a nay sayer. There is always

someone to say the owner isn’t reasonable, the sub

didn’t do what they were supposed to, we didn’t

submit the right price for the project, the schedule was

too short, and the list goes on.

When I decided to take the leap and leave my known

working world of over 14 years there were nay sayers

but the interesting thing is many of the strongest

questions of me changing jobs were from within me.

I have always been a glass half full type of person for

most of my life. I have had to be. My life, like many

others, has had its share of disappointment and bad

events but I always seem to come out the other side

with a better perspective and attitude on life.

I showed up on May 26th and figured out over the next

couple of weeks that I needed to meet and engage

with more than 80 new people, learn about 43 active

projects, lend help where I could on 28+ projects

we are actively trying to secure, move my family, say

goodbye to friends of 10 years and learn a new town.

My glass half full was teetering on 1/3 full. But based

on past disappointment and the type of person I am I

knew I had two choices, think of the negative of lots of

work, sweat and goodbyes or the positives of getting

to know a great new work environment, conquering

new challenges and the opportunity to make even

more friends.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the full half of the glass

but it has served me well throughout my life and I

encourage each of you to approach the upcoming

months and years of growth, changes and the

occasional ‘organized’ chaos with an open mind and

optimistic attitude that the end result will be better

than the starting point. I also encourage each of

you to think about your personal and professional

lives and determine if maybe a little glass half full

mentality might make life and work a little better. I’ll

leave you with one other quote that I have always

liked from Richard M. DeVos, he said, “Life... It tends

to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our

expectations.” Choose your outlook wisely and know

there is always someone at Russell that is there for

support.

Life...It tends to respond to

our outlook, to shape itself

to meet our expectations.

— Richard M. DeVos


HAMILTON

SCHOOLS

WRAPPING UP

article by lucas boyle

The renovation and addition to

Hamilton Elementary School

in Moline, Illinois is in the final

stages of construction. This unique

building is looking more complete

every day, with a heavy push on

installing the remaining tile and

other interior finishes.

The project team of Tom Fennelly,

Kathy Collins, Chad White, Cole

Jordan, Brian Olson, and Lucas

Boyle are working hard to bring

the project to a close in time for

the new school year to commence.

While the unique shape of

the building provides many

challenges, the excellent teamwork

and communication by the team

has kept the project running

smoothly. The two-story classroom

ring and “Learning Stair” area

cutting-edge and impressive, sure

to excite the new students arriving

in August. The large curved curtain wall on the exterior has already grabbed the attention of all those who drive by.

Even the recent rain and storms have been unable to dampen the positive attitude surrounding this building as it

cruises towards the finish line.

The image below features the “Learning Stairs” area that is nearly completed. This same area was featured in 2014’s

3rd Quarterly On the Level back when it was merely structural steel.


QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL IS GETTING AN UPGRADE

article by lucas boyle

The drive down to Quincy, Illinois is starting to become a common occurrence for Steve Baumann and Chad

White. These two have been spending time getting acquainted with local subcontractors and residents of the town

they might soon be working with. On the horizon is a remodel and addition to Quincy Senior High School. Steve

and Chad will be joined by a familiar project team including Kathy Collins, Cole Jordan, and Brian Olson.

As autumn approaches, the project will speed up. Bid Package 1 is completed and Bid Package 2 (consisting of

earthwork and structural steel) will be issued in late July. Bid Package 3 for asbestos abatement will be completed

by mid-August 2015 with the remaining scope of work (Bid Package 4) scheduled to follow.

This project includes renovations to five existing regions of the high school, as well as an addition to the laboratory

oriented classrooms and a new freshman building. Along with this, additions and modifications to the current

driveways and parking lot will commence. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2016.


BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

article by alper guder

Recent investigations confirm that Silas Willard

Elementary School was founded more than 100

years ago by Silas Willard himself. Prior to our

demolition, the building itself was a potential

historical building candidate. The cost fo the

new facility is $16 million, which is built on

73,000 square feet. Initially, there was debate

over whether the school should be rebuilt or

remodeled. Thanks to our estimating group, it

turned out to be far more feasible to construct a

brand new school.

The new building consists of a cafeteria,

gymnasium, music / art room, and 33

classrooms. Over the next four months,

masonry, glazing, roofing, and interior

decorations will make up the majority of the

work.

Construction is estimated to be completed in

early 2016. Though the rain and severe winter

impeded progress of the exterior work, we have

already gotten half-way through the scope of

work, including:

• Footing and Foundations

• Steel Structure Erection

• Precast Wall Installation

• Plumbing Work Completion

• Decking and Detailing Finalization

• Implementation Divison 3 (concrete)

• Framing

To view the progress that is being made at

Galesburg High School, check out the LIVE

webcam:

http://50.200.60.154/


NOVELTY IRON (ALMOST) WORKS

article by james creath

As the team nears Phase I completion at Novelty Iron Works, a few loose ends have yet to be resolved, putting the

construction on hold. While on hold, Russell continues to work with the owner and architect groups in an effort to

finalize Phase II documents, complete revisions to the Parking Lot layout, and establish a final Market Place design

with a master tenant.

Prior to the suspension of work, the masonry and concrete crews were moving along well together and nearing

completion of the building’s East facade; while Russell carpenters made the final push to help turn Washington

Street over to the City of Dubuque. The city was very excited about the effort to reopen Washington Street, as

public access had been closed off for nearly two years.

With 40 of the 76 Phase I units rented out at Novelty Iron Works, the team hopes this added traffic will trigger

additional interest in the available commercial and residential spaces.

...a few loose ends have yet to be resolved,

putting the construction on hold.


congratulations to the happy couple...

Rob and Amber Conrad were married on Friday,

May 8, 2015.

FORCE TO BE BRECKAN’d WITH

Breckan John Kendall was born Saturday, April 18,

2015 at 3:10 PM.

WELL HELLO, THERE

Scarlet Jane Seden was born Wednesday, April, 22,

2015 at 3:08 PM.


new FA

WELCOME TO THE TEAM

article by jill niebuhr

I have two quotes that I have had posted at my desk

at work for over ten years. The first is from Joe Weider

whom many consider the father of body building.

“Strive for excellence, exceed yourself, love your

friend, speak the truth, practice fidelity and honor your

father and mother. These principles will help you to

master yourself, make you strong, give you hope and

put you on the path to greatness.” The second is from

Richard M. DeVos one of the founders of Amway. “The

easiest thing to find on God’s green earth is someone

to tell you all the things you cannot do.”

When I came to Russell on May 26th I made the

decision to only put one of the quotes up. It is

easy these days to find a nay sayer. There is always

someone to say the owner isn’t reasonable, the sub

didn’t do what they were supposed to, we didn’t

submit the right price for the project, the schedule was

too short, and the list goes on.

When I decided to take the leap and leave my known

working world of over 14 years there were nay sayers

but the interesting thing is many of the strongest

questions of me changing jobs were from within me.

I have always been a glass half full type of person for

most of my life. I have had to be. My life, like many

others, has had its share of disappointment and bad

events but I always seem to come out the other side

with a better perspective and attitude on life.

I showed up on May 26th and figured out over the next

couple of weeks that I needed to meet and engage

with more than 80 new people, learn about 43 active

projects, lend help where I could on 28+ projects

we are actively trying to secure, move my family, say

goodbye to friends of 10 years and learn a new town.

My glass half full was teetering on 1/3 full. But based

on past disappointment and the type of person I am I

knew I had two choices, think of the negative of lots of

work, sweat and goodbyes or the positives of getting

to know a great new work environment, conquering

new challenges and the opportunity to make even

more friends.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the full half of the glass

but it has served me well throughout my life and I

encourage each of you to approach the upcoming

months and years of growth, changes and the

occasional ‘organized’ chaos with an open mind and

optimistic attitude that the end result will be better

than the starting point. I also encourage each of

you to think about your personal and professional

lives and determine if maybe a little glass half full

mentality might make life and work a little better. I’ll

leave you with one other quote that I have always

liked from Richard M. DeVos, he said, “Life... It tends

to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our

expectations.” Choose your outlook wisely and know

there is always someone at Russell that is there for

support.


CES

I showed up on May 26th and figured out over the next

couple of weeks that I needed to meet and engage

with more than 80 new people, learn about 43 active

projects, lend help where I could on 28+ projects

we are actively trying to secure, move my family, say

goodbye to friends of 10 years and learn a new town.

My glass half full was teetering on 1/3 full. But based

on past disappointment and the type of person I am I

knew I had two choices, think of the negative of lots of

work, sweat and goodbyes or the positives of getting

to know a great new work environment, conquering

new challenges and the opportunity to make even

more friends.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the full half of the glass

but it has served me well throughout my life and I

encourage each of you to approach the upcoming

months and years of growth, changes and the

occasional ‘organized’ chaos with an open mind and

optimistic attitude that the end result will be better

than the starting point. I also encourage each of

you to think about your personal and professional

lives and determine if maybe a little glass half full

mentality might make life and work a little better. I’ll

leave you with one other quote that I have always

liked from Richard M. DeVos, he said, “Life... It tends

to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our

expectations.” Choose your outlook wisely and know

there is always someone at Russell that is there for

support.

I showed up on May 26th and figured out over the next

couple of weeks that I needed to meet and engage

with more than 80 new people, learn about 43 active

projects, lend help where I could on 28+ projects

we are actively trying to secure, move my family, say

goodbye to friends of 10 years and learn a new town.

My glass half full was teetering on 1/3 full. But based

on past disappointment and the type of person I am I

knew I had two choices, think of the negative of lots of

work, sweat and goodbyes or the positives of getting

to know a great new work environment, conquering

new challenges and the opportunity to make even

more friends.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the full half of the glass

but it has served me well throughout my life and I

encourage each of you to approach the upcoming

months and years of growth, changes and the

occasional ‘organized’ chaos with an open mind and

optimistic attitude that the end result will be better

than the starting point. I also encourage each of

you to think about your personal and professional

lives and determine if maybe a little glass half full

mentality might make life and work a little better. I’ll

leave you with one other quote that I have always

liked from Richard M. DeVos, he said, “Life... It tends

to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our

expectations.” Choose your outlook wisely and know

there is always someone at Russell that is there for

support.


SUMMER INTERNS

article by logan nolin

Summer is FINALLY here - along with our stellar

summer interns! For the next couple months, we

have the opportunity to host four Project Engineering

interns.

Avid runner and disk golfer ALEC JENSEN joins us

from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa where

he is double majoring in Business Administration:

Construction Management & Finance (with a minor

in Economics). Alec previously interned for a general

contractor in northeast Iowa as a superintendent

intern. Throughout his time at Russell, Alec will be

learning the ins and outs of various preconstruction

projects. Alec was born on the 4th of July and until

five years of age, believed the 4th of July parade and

fireworks were to celebrate his birth. He received a

crushing blow when he learned these activities were,

in fact, not for his personal enjoyment. Alec refused to

attend any 4th of July festivities the following year.

LUCAS BOYLE is currently attending Iowa State

University and is majoring in Construction Engineering.

Previously, Lucas interned with two Eastern Iowa

industrial electrical contractors. Lucas currently serves

as Captain of Iowa State’s Ultimate Frisbee Club.

While with Russell, Lucas will be working on Hamilton

Elementary in Moline, Illinois and Quincy High School

in Quincy, Illinois. When Lucas is not studying or

working, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, singing

karaoke in local hotspot known as “his car”, and

watching WWE on television. One of Lucas’ fondest

childhood memories is accidentally giving himself a

concussion after spinning in a circle and bumping into

another person during his 8th Grade Halloween school

dance.

When not traveling the globe, ALPER GUDER attends

Purdue University where he is pursuing his Master’s

in Construction Engineering and Management. Alper

received his Bachelor’s in Construction Engineering

from National Taiwan University of Science &

Technology, Taipei. Before joining our intern program,

Alper interned as a Site and Project Engineer intern

for a firm in Istanbul, Turkey and as a Project Manager

intern for a construction contractor in Taiwan. Alper will

be working on the Galesburg Silas Willard project this

summer. Alper enjoys swimming, weightlifting, hiking,

and is fluent in English, Chinese, and Turkish. While in

Taiwan, Alper won the Nationwide Chinese Speech

Contest.

MASON BISHOP attends Iowa State University where

he is studying Construction Engineering. This is his

first internship and we are excited to have him here!

While with Russell, Mason will be working on the OSF

St. Mary Clinic Remodel in Galesburg, Illinois. When he

is not chilling in the new cafe, Mason enjoys shredding

the guitar, fishing, swimming, and hiking!


You freaking rock.

ANGELAbagby

COLEjordan

JENbelby

MARYkilburg

STEVEbaumann

BETHANYdiedrich

DANsanchez

KATHYcollins

ROBconrad


DAVENPORT TURNS UP THE

HEAT

article by steve baumann

It has been a VERY busy summer of school work in

the Davenport School District!

Fillmore Elementary

Fillmore Elementary School is receiving a new

classroom addition, with the majority of the building

seeing renovations and upgrades.

Wood Intermediate

Wood Intermediate School is receiving a new

gymnasium and cafeteria additions AND major

mechanical upgrades and renovations. If you can

visualize an ant farm of trade workers...that is pretty

much what it looks like on a daily basis. Our Field

Supervisors Jerry Smith and Mark Kroeger are doing

a great job of ensuring safety on both sites. Senior

Project Manager Steve Brandt is the lead for both

projects and is being supported by Ed O’Conner as

Project Engineer.

Central High School

Central High School was recently successfully bid

and is under way with construction activities. Central

will be receiving new auditorium and pool additions,

as well as several areas of renovation throughout the

building. The project team conssits of Dave Swanson

as Field Supervisor, Brian Hedgren as Senior Project

Manager, and Darrin Pearsall as Project Engineer.


EXECUTIVE REPORT

article by jim russell

The drive down to Quincy, Illinois is starting to become a common occurrence for Steve Baumann and Chad

White. These two have been spending time getting acquainted with local subcontractors and residents of the town

they might soon be working with. On the horizon is a remodel and addition to Quincy Senior High School. Steve

and Chad will be joined by a familiar project team including Kathy Collins, Cole Jordan, and Brian Olson.

As autumn approaches, the project will speed up. Bid Package 1 is completed and Bid Package 2 (consisting of

earthwork and structural steel) will be issued in late July. Bid Package 3 for asbestos abatement will be completed

by mid-August 2015 with the remaining scope of work (Bid Package 4) scheduled to follow.

This project includes renovations to five existing regions of the high school, as well as an addition to the laboratory

oriented classrooms and a new freshman building. Along with this, additions and modifications to the current

driveways and parking lot will commence. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2016.


I.T. with M.b.

article by michelle baumann

Safe Computing

Don’t be tricked into giving away confidential

information:

• Don’t respond to emails or phone calls requesting

confidential company information

• Always keep in mind: bad guys are successful

because they are convincing

• Recent news stories out of Canada reported

scammers were tricking people into giving away

information with fake tech support calls claiming

to help

Meraki

If you have an iPad, then you’ve been asked to install

Meraki on the device. Want to know why? This software

helps in managing inventory as well as giving IT the

capability of pushing paid apps to users. It also allows

for remote wiping, locking, unlocking, and changing

the passcode.

Help Desk

Need IT’s help? Simply send an email to helpdesk@

russellco.com with as much detailed information

regarding your issue as possible. Screen shots are very

helpful as well. If you have an error message, please

send a screen shot of the message. The snipping tool

is very useful for taking screen shots. It is located in

Start, Programs, Accessories, Snipping Tool.

• Keep on guard and report any suspicious activity

to IT

Want to know more? See the “IT Corner” of the Intranet

for a list of safe computing tips.

Invoice Router

Did you know you can approve invoices via the

Web...anytime / anywhere? Simply go to https://vcm.

russellco.com/ConstructionImaging/ and log in with

your Invoice Router username and password.

Need additional instructions? See the Resource Center

on Box for detailed instructions.


A NEW HOME FOR OSF

article by mason bishop

This summer, I have been assisting with the OSF Galesburg Clinic Remodel. In multiple phases ,we will demolish

and renovate the interior of this 50,000+ square foot clinic. This includes everything from new partitions and

doors, paint, trim, and casework, to MEP infrastructure, and skylights that will bring natural light into both levels.

There will also be a freight elevator constructed with a new vestibule at the eastern entrance. The building will

receive a new canopy at the front entrance, replacing the old canopy.

Some challenges of this project will be keeping the clinic operational and working around its day to day

operations. When the renovations are complete, the building will contain thirty additional exam rooms, enabling

the clinic to accommodate more patients at any given time.

As one of the largest care centers in Galesburg, this project will affect many residents in the area and will provide

a more updated and modern facility to receive treatment. This project will create a comfortable and admirable

second home to the hardworking doctors and staff who currently occupy the clinic and serve the Galesburg

community.

MONMOUTH COLLEGE: PI BETA PHI SORORITY HOUSE UPDATE


They pitch in when needed

EXECUTIVES:

they’re just like us!

They buy online in bulk!

They take #selfies

Vice President, John Daly stocks up Toilet Paper whilst

perusing his go-to, walmart.com!

Sometimes they need a boost

Chief Executive Officer, Jim Russell displays

his tech-prowess, perfecting his selfie game in the

mailroom.

Senior Vice President, Scott Ward knows the

importance of being a team player.

If only Vice President, David Smith were a little taller.

Thank goodness for step ladders!


BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

article by mike doucette

The other day, I was the person in Gary Larson’s

cartoon. Leaving a building, I found myself pulling on

a door that clearly said, “PUSH.” It wasn’t enough for

me to pull on the door once, but I pulled THREE times

expecting it to open! After the third pull, Einstein’s

definition of insanity crept into my head:

“Doing the same thing over and over again and

expecting different results.”

I stopped the insanity and pushed the door open. I

sheepishly glanced around to see if anyone saw my

mistake. I noticed a few people smirking. “Oh well”, I

thought. “Suck it up, buttercup. And pay attention next

time.” Later that day, I took the opportunity to reflect

on the dynamics of what had happened earlier.

As humans, we are going to make mistakes, but the

real question is, “How do you handle yourself after

you make a mistake?” Many times we look over our

shoulder and hope no one saw us. When errors occur

without an incident or accident (no matter how small

or seemingly idiotic) we call them “Near Misses.” This is

valuable information to capture from employees.

Getting to the bottom of that question means

reflecting inward on how you handl yourself AFTER

you’ve made a mistake. The natural human reaction

is to look over our shoulder and hope no one saw us.

This buries potentially valuable information that might

keep someone else from BEING buried.

The natural human reaction

is to look over our shoulder

and hope no one saw us.

The hallmark of high performing organizations is

creating a culture where employees feel comfortable

coming forward and speaking freely of “Near Misses.”

Coming forward means pushing through those

feelings of “I feel like an idiot for having done this.” On

the flip side, if you are the person being confessed to,

it is very important to react in such a manner that does

not make someone “feel like an idiot” for speaking up.

Metaphorically speaking, we all have pushed on a

door that said pull and hoped no one saw us. Growing

as a leader means personally pushing through feelings

of inadequacy and sharing mistakes in hopes of

helping others to prevent future mistakes.

Employees are not unique to making mistake. The

real issue is this: how often is the same mistake being

made, but no one is talking about it?

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