Schimenti Wins Prestigious Build New York Award For FreshDirect Campus
Schimenti Construction Names Industry Veteran to Executive Vice President Position
Schimenti Pitches In to Create New Boys & Girls Club Teen Center
Schimenti Constructs Brooklyn’s Very First Primark Store
Schimenti Construction Marks 2018 Safety Week with Communication, Events, an Art Contest—and a New Safety Logo
Behind the Employee: Natascia Orru
Schimenti Construction Named to ENR 2018 Top 400 Contractors
2018 Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award.
Schimenti Construction is extremely honored to have been awarded a 27th annual Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award at the Associated General Contractors of New York State’s annual award ceremony on April 27th. Company president Matthew Schimenti accepted the honor, which recognizes the entire construction team—owner, architect, engineer, subcontractors, suppliers and craftspeople—that contributed to the success of the FreshDirect Campus in the South Bronx.
FreshDirect, an online grocer that delivers fresh food from locally sourced suppliers, hired Schimenti to construct a state-of-the-art 650,000-SF fulfillment center and corporate office on a twelve-acre site in Harlem River Yards. The completed FreshDirect Campus includes a 575,000-SF manufacturing facility, 75,000 SF of corporate office space, 38 loading dock bays, a conveyor belt system that runs more than nine miles and a refrigeration system with more than thirteen miles of piping. Work began in December 2014 and was completed in September 2017. By managing the project with value in mind, Schimenti saved FreshDirect approximately $15 million.
Not only was the project technically complex and dauntingly large in scale, but the site presented numerous safety and logistical issues, such as the presence of CSX freight train tracks just twenty feet away. Schimenti overcame these complications with creative accommodations, such as hiring a third-party safety manager, coordinating work with nearby property owners, creating separate access points for union and non-union workers, and using a flagman to signal approaching train traffic.
The Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award highlights the positive impact of construction in New York State and emphasizes the team effort needed to make a project happen. Specifically, the award jury rewards excellence in project management, responsiveness to client needs, innovation in construction techniques, the conquering of unique circumstances, exceptional service to the industry and project workers, excellence in safety, and contribution to the community. As the AGS of NYS describes it, “Since its inception, the Build New York Award winners have symbolized the best of construction projects in the state.”
“The FreshDirect Campus fulfillment center and corporate headquarters embodies those attributes and more. Not only is it a success for Schimenti Construction and FreshDirect, but it's a success for the South Bronx and all the people who rely on food delivered from FreshDirect,” explained Brendan Manning, AGC of NYS's Vice President of Education and Environment.
“A project of this scope and complexity simply could not have been done without a start-to-finish dedication to collaboration, coordination and communication,” said Matthew Schimenti. “Congratulations to the entire FreshDirect Campus team on receiving such a well-earned and prestigious industry award!”
Schimenti Construction has announced the hiring of retail construction veteran Ray Catlin who will serve as the company’s Executive Vice President.
Catlin brings over 23 years of experience in the construction trades to his new role with Schimenti Construction.
Most recently, he held the role of Executive Vice President with an industry leading firm, building a regional office and leading a team of over 100 people in the Dallas market. Prior to that, he was lead point with that firm’s growth strategy in Sacramento, CA, helping grow that market.
Catlin is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer and recently obtained his MBA from Texas Christian University.
“Ray will become a key driver of the continued execution of the 2018-2022 SCC STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN” said company President, Matthew Schimenti.
On May 11, a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia celebrated the re-opening of the Teen Center within the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in Manhattan. The remodeled room is a bright and energetic place for youth to do homework, connect with friends and participate in activities and volunteerism. The space, which boasts new lighting and a wireless music system, is furnished with study tables, gaming stations, large-screen TVs, a new kitchen and multiple games such as Pop-a-Shot and table hockey. Schimenti Construction is proud to have partnered on this pro bono project with the PitCCh In Foundation, the Good Tidings Foundation and Core Media Systems.
Schimenti team members who contributed to the remodel were Efrain Alarcon, Pablo Arias, Keith Ferrante, Ziggy Jankowski, Brett Perch, Anthony Loguercio, Alex Vengerovskiy and Augustus Yankey. Further resources and time were donated by Schimenti subcontractors: Sullivan Construction, Thistle Painting, Pride Flooring, Primo Plumbing, Patriot Electric, JL HVAC, Cleaning Contractors Corp., Tri-State Dismantling and PR Stone.
Larry Harper, the founder of the Good Tidings Foundation, described the experience of working with Schimenti Construction by saying, “The Good Tidings Foundation has built more than 180 facilities over the past 24 years, benefitting underserved youth across the country. We work with dozens of contractors, but Schimenti is at the top of our list. They provide the highest level of quality, while leveraging their relationships to benefit our charity. I can’t wait to work with Joe, Anthony and Todd again soon!”
Since 1884, the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has provided life-changing recreational and vocational programs to thousands of young people every year from New York City’s most under-resourced communities. The PitCCh In Foundation was created in 2008 by CC and Amber Sabathia to help young people be successful in school and on the field. For more than twenty years, the Good Tidings Foundation has supported programs that promote arts, education, athletics and the dreams of youth.
Schimenti Construction recently completed its first store for Primark, an Irish-based discount fashion retailer. Located in the Kings Plaza Shopping Center at 5100 Kings Plaza in Brooklyn, the 80,000-square-foot space is a fit-out of three floors formerly occupied by Sears. The design features custom metal panel storefronts at the five entrances, a spotlighted metal panel façade sign band and escalators with full-height glass partitions.
Construction began in December 2017 and encompassed a three-floor retail fit-out with one additional floor of back of house, totalling four floors. The project was completed in April 2018 in the face of numerous challenges, many of which stemmed from the Primark fit-out being part of a larger mall expansion project that included a remodel of the exterior, façade and common areas, as well as three other retail fit-outs. The concurrent construction posed major issues, due to the need to coordinate with the landlord’s work, which ran behind schedule. Among the obstacles were a late handover of the space, the discovery of construction-related damage to the space that required re-work, and the landlord’s failure to accurately lay out the lease line and to obtain timely FDNY approvals. Key components, such as the storefront panels and rooftop HVAC units, required substantial lead times. Due to the exterior work, the Schimenti Construction team had limited access to the site and, for the last three weeks, no access at all to freight elevators.
“In spite of our best efforts, dealing with so many challenges ultimately delayed the Primark opening date,” said project team member Jesse Bochichio. “Because of the late handover, we compressed our original 22-week schedule to 17 weeks, and even within that tight schedule, we accommodated more than $1 million in design changes.” Other key members of the Schimenti Construction project team were Matt Fiore, Michael Georgakis, Nicola DeGirolamo and Diego Munoz.
Primark offers clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids, as well as beauty products and home décor. The retailer operates 352 stores in eleven countries. This is the ninth Primark U.S. location and the second in New York.
SAFETY & COMPLIANCE
Exemplifying Schimenti Construction’s ongoing dedication to work safety, the company whole-heartedly participated in the construction industry’s Safety Week, which took place May 7-11. With the Power of Safe Choices as the week’s overall theme, we encouraged all our employees to look out for one another and ensure that what we do today will lead to a better tomorrow—for all workers. One of the highlights of Safety Week was the unveiling of Schimenti’s new safety logo: “Think Safe, Work Safe, Live Safe.” During the same week, OSHA was promoting their annual campaign for a “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction”. With a lot of effort, events and coordination from top management, marketing and safety, Schimenti participated in both aspects of these awareness raising campaigns with much success.
“While Schimenti puts a strong and consistent emphasis on worksite safety throughout the year, Safety Week is a great opportunity to highlight specific safety issues and to reinforce for all our workers and subs how important it is to make safe choices every day,” said Tom Madden, Schimenti Construction’s Corporate Safety Director.
Each day, we posted content on social media channels to inform and encourage our employees and industry contacts about a safety issue, and to deepen the conversation about workplace safety. Throughout the week, we also sent a daily safety email to our employees and subcontractors that expanded on the day’s theme.
Also during SafetyWeek, we made a strong commitment from our top management team with their interaction and promotion of Safety on active project sites. We had 9 members of our top management team perform Safety Stand-Downs on 12 of our active projects. At these Stand-Downs, we stopped all work, gathered every employee on the project and communicated an important message of why safety is so important and that the people working on our projects are our greatest assets.
New this year was an Art Safety contest for the children and grandchildren of Schimenti employees. We asked our employees to talk with their families about why working safely is so important. Kids could then send in drawings, paintings, collages or digital creations that illustrate job site safety and why it matters. Two grand prizes were awarded (one each for kindergarten–second grade and third–sixth grade) and every entrant received an iTunes gift card. The winning artwork was displayed on banners at all our job sites.
Safety Week is coordinated by the Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) CEO Forum, which together comprise more than 80 national and global construction firms.
During Safety Week (May 7-11) Schimenti Construction launched its new safety logo. The logo was printed on banners, buttons, t-shirts, polo shirts and other items, and will appear on the company’s website and in communications going forward.
“Merely creating a logo does not automatically improve our safety record, of course, but we absolutely believe that this logo affirms the importance we place on safety,” said Corporate Safety Director Tom Madden. “We want safety to be at the top of every Schimenti worker’s mind, every day, on every job site. By putting a visual reminder front and center, this logo gets us closer to achieving that goal.”
BEHIND THE EMPLOYEE
Talent Acquisition Specialist
We are happy to introduce Natascia Orru, our new talent acquisition specialist at our Ridgefield, Connecticut headquarters, who focuses on sourcing and recruiting candidates for positions at all of our offices.
Natascia brings more than eight years of combined experience in recruiting and human resource generalist roles, including a number of years in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. She worked most recently at ACS System Associates in Mt. Vernon, where she managed to double the staff in less than a year. Natascia has also spent a number of years in the financial services industry at organizations that include Quorum Federal Credit Union and Northwestern Mutual. While at Randstad Professionals, an accounting and finance staffing firm, Natascia ranked in the top 10% for placements.
Natascia earned a bachelors degree in Business Management and Human Resources from Mercy College and is a Notary Public.
Outside of the office, Natascia enjoys cooking, pilates, reading and for several years (before a recent move), she volunteered at Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Center in Ossining, NY, running weekly activities for a group of two dozen children with disabilities, and organizing the Home’s annual toy drive and holiday party.
Retail construction specialists move up in annual ranking.
Schimenti Construction has been named to the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 2018 Top 400 Contractors Report.
The annual ENR list reflects the top construction contractors based on revenue generated during the previous year. Schimenti Construction appears on the list at number 299, up from 323 in 2017.
“We are proud to consistently rank as one of the leaders of the New York City construction industry,” said company president Matthew Schimenti. “Our growth is a reflection of character of the people that we have throughout our organization.”
According to ENR, it was another year of growth for the construction trades.
The Top 400, as a group, generated a record $373.98 billion in contracting revenue in 2017, an increase of 2.1% from 2016’s $366.41 billion.
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