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Summer 2015

Butz Corporate Center Acquires Additional Tenant

The Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown, PA has acquired an additional tenant who occupies a total of 6,000 square-feet of office space on the third floor of the Phase II addition.

The company, MillerSearles LLC, is a full-service, certified public accounting and advisory services firm which has been established and headquartered in the Lehigh Valley for more than 40 years.

"Our driving goal for moving into the heart of Allentown was to participate in the city's revitalization, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of being part of the district's ever-growing business community." said Matt Searles, Managing Partner at MillerSearles LLC. "As a tenant in The Butz Corporate Center, we are pleased to associate ourselves with a landlord who is extremely accommodating to its tenants and to be centrally located in the business district." Read the full press release.

Moravian Village and Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Complete New Bistro

Construction recently reached completion on the new Bistro and Healthcare Delivery Kitchen at Moravian Village in Bethlehem, PA. Alvin H. Butz, Inc., a Butz Family Company, was the construction manager on the project. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today to commemorate the opening of the bistro.

The bistro, named The Upper Deck, is the second phase of a three-phase expansion at Moravian Village. Phase I was a Gallery connecting the apartment building to the Healthcare Center. Phase III will include a performing arts center.

"We are very excited to be opening The Upper Deck dining venue, featuring a variety of healthy gourmet options to our residents, their families and guests. Equally, if not more impressive, is the state-of-the-art production kitchen that is designed to provide health and healing to the residents of our healthcare center through nutrition." said David Roth, CEO. "We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the project and are thankful to the team at Butz who made sure all of our project goals were met. They were always attentive to our residents and made sure the project was not an inconvenience to them at any time."

The new venue is designed to accommodate approximately 50 people, including ADA and wheelchair components. It will offer a non-formal dining atmosphere and will be available to all Moravian Village residents and their guests. Once the performing arts center is completed, the venue will also be used as the receiving area for various events. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes New Accessible Trail for Hawk Mountain

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed the first phase of a new accessible trail for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA. The budget on the project was $540,000. It is the first accessible trail in 81 years at Hawk Mountain.

"We couldn't be more pleased with Butz' professionalism, thoroughness, flexibility, and ability to grasp hold of our vision and truly become our partner in the success of this project," said Craig George, Director of Advancement at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. "We had very strict guidelines regarding protection of the environment, and they took our mandates throughout the whole process chain to include each and every contractor and subcontractor. They held our interests in very high regard, and treated our organization and our project with the utmost respect. Butz also was the epitome of construction management, costing out and budgeting for us with precision, and in fact, we are going to come in under budget thanks to their vision and oversight." Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Breaks Ground on Office Building in Allentown, its Third Redevelopment Project Since 2006

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. marked the celebration of another redevelopment project in downtown Allentown today with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase III of the Butz Corporate Center located at Ninth and Hamilton Streets. The firm has been headquartered in Allentown since 2006, when it moved its offices from South Whitehall Township to the struggling downtown with hopes of encouraging additional developers to do the same. In 2013, it expanded the original Butz Corporate Center and has successfully leased 95% of the building with only 5,000 square feet of retail space available on the first floor.

Phase III will include 60,000 square feet of class-A office space on seven floors and one level of parking with 43 parking spaces. United Fiber and Data's Regional Sales Headquarters will move its offices from the current Butz Corporate Center to Phase III, occupying one floor. The remaining 52,000 square feet of office space is available for lease. Nancy Unangst with Keller Williams is the leasing agent.

"Our firm and the Butz family are overwhelmed with the progress and revitalization taking place in downtown Allentown thanks to the Neighborhood Improvement Zone and investment from other private developers like City Center and The Waterfront," says Greg L. Butz, president and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "We never dreamed there would be this much progress in Allentown when we moved our headquarters here 10 years ago; it has been an amazing adventure and we're so proud to play a part in its continued growth." Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 400 Contractors and Top 100 CM-at-Risk Firms in 2015

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) Top 400 Contractors List and Top 100 CM-at-Risk Firms in 2015. This year, the firm ranked #219 on the Top 400 Contractors list, showing remarkable consistency after having ranked #209 last year. They also ranked #99 on the Top 100 CM-at-Risk list. The Butz Family of Companies is the only firm headquartered in the Lehigh Valley to be ranked on either list.

"I am very proud of the unwavering commitment to excellence that each and every one of our employees has to our clients and the quality of our work," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. "It is this commitment that helps us establish and maintain repeat business with clients who prioritize working with a partner focused on their best interests and overall success." Read the full press release.

Spring 2015

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Receives CMAA Award for PPL Center

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. received the 2015 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award for their work in Private Sector Projects over $100 million.

Butz was awarded the honor for the construction management of the $182 million PPL Center in Allentown, PA. Completed in September 2014, the center and ice hockey arena has quickly become an iconic symbol for the revitalization of Allentown.

"Despite numerous challenges, our team was able to successfully deliver to the City of Allentown an ice hockey arena and entertainment venue that is befitting of the new and exciting era the city is currently enjoying," said Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Awarded Renovations for New Allentown School District High School

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., part of The Butz Family of Companies, was recently awarded renovations to a new high school for the Allentown School District in Allentown, PA.

The new high school is a partnership between the school district and Building 21, an organization that partners with communities and school districts to design, open and operate new high schools.

"Our priority first and foremost is to continuously find ways to improve the quality of education that our students receive," said Chip Linehan, Co-Founder of Building 21. "Given Butz' extensive track record with schools and educational facilities, we felt they were the CM best equipped to carry out these renovations and help us realize that goal."

The $1,500,000 project will be broken down into two phases and involves 35,000 square-feet of renovations to the existing building, which is located at 265 Lehigh Street. It will initially house 150 9th graders before gradually increasing capacity to 600 students over a four-year period. Read the full press release.

Winter 2014/2015

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Holds Annual Subcontractors Award Luncheon

On Monday, February 16, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. held its nineteenth annual Subcontractors Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Program. The luncheon is Butz' way of acknowledging the quality of the subcontractors and suppliers they worked with in 2014 and thanking them for playing a pivotal role in helping the company maintain its status as the region’s top construction management firm.

"Our pursuit of excellence on all of our projects is only possible through the strong efforts made by the subcontractors and suppliers who work with us," says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "Our reputation as a regional leader in the construction management industry is as much a reflection on them as it is on us."

Below is a list of the award recipients:

Administrator's Award - Janet Fenstermaker (Metro Design Center)
Special Recognition - ASL Refrigeration, Inc.
Outstanding Field Person - Clayton "Archie" Swoyer (S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.)
Outstanding Feat - Penn State Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Lifetime Service Award - Robert Warko (The Warko Group)
Supplier of the Year - Hilti, Inc.
Subcontractor of the Year - Eshbach Brothers, L.P.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Continues Construction of New Moravian Village Bistro

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is well on its way toward completing the new Bistro and Healthcare Delivery Kitchen for Moravian Village in Bethlehem, PA.

The new bistro, which is designed to accommodate approximately 50 people, will offer a non-formal dining atmosphere and will be available to all Moravian Village residents. The kitchen is designed to serve all healthcare center residents, whether they prefer to dine in their rooms or in the dining rooms. The service-style meal delivery will serve:

  • Personal Care Residents
  • Apartment Residents
  • Cottage Residents
Read more information on the project.

Fall 2014

Butz Family of Companies Earns Spot on ENR's Top Contractors in General Building List

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) 2014 Top 400 Sourcebook list of the Top Contractors in General Building for their work on sports-related construction projects. They placed sixth on the list.

The construction management entity also ranked #209 on ENR's list of the Top 400 Contractors and #84 on the Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms in 2014.

"In addition to our expertise in the education, healthcare, parking garages and corporate office markets, this ranking demonstrates we can effectively translate construction management experience and knowledge across a multitude of fields including the sports industry," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies.

ENR uses construction revenue from the previous year as its primary grading criteria, making this list a showcase of only the best and most sought-after construction management firms. The Butz Family of Companies earned their spot on this list primarily due to their work on the new PPL Center in Allentown, PA and PNC Field in Moosic, PA. Read the full press release.

Butz Corporate Center Acquires Additional Tenants

The Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown has acquired two additional tenants who will occupy a total of 8,000 square-feet of office space on the fourth floor of the Phase II addition.

The companies, Specialized Career Search and United Employment Group, are separately owned by two brothers: Larry Stauffer and Michael Stauffer, respectively.

"With both of our companies continuing to expand and grow, it felt natural to relocate to Allentown, a city we grew up in that is also currently enjoying a period of revitalization and growth," said Larry. "The Butz Corporate Center is right in the heart of that revitalization, and we are eager to become a part of it." Read the full press release.

Butz Corporate Center Welcomes New Tenant, TransAmerican Office Furniture

TransAmerican Office Furniture Inc., one of the region's leading office furniture retailers, recently moved into the Butz Corporate Center in Allentown, PA. TransAmerican hosted an open house on Thursday, September 25th to commemorate their new office location and introduce local businesses to their wares. See related LVB.com article here.

Summer 2014

PPL Center

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed construction of the new PPL Center located in Allentown, PA.  The $182,000,000 multi-use facility consists of an ice hockey arena, hotel, office and two parking facilities on two city blocks in center city.

Home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the arena will host ice hockey games as well as concerts, family shows, trade shows and other events.  In order to complete the entire project in time for the start of the 2014 hockey season, Butz needed to stick to a tight schedule which required careful phasing.

The project presented the unique challenge of having to construct an ice hockey arena in the middle of a tight urban environment.  Traffic flow and construction site access had to be carefully scheduled, communicated and managed with multiple parties to maintain safe access to the site for workers as well as materials. The safety of the community surrounding the arena was also of utmost importance.

Additional challenges in the project included site work and installing the 1,689 micropiles that reinforce the foundation of the arena. The project also included the preservation and underpinning of the Dime Savings Bank building which is on the National Register of Historic Places and shoring of the Farr Lofts building.

One of the most significant feats on the project occurred with the installation of the trusses that hold the roof of the arena. The 7 trusses for the rooftop system are over 236 feet long and 24 feet tall. All were assembled on site and placed into position by two cranes.  The largest truss weighed over 300 tons. It took 46 hours to install.

In celebration of the official opening of the PPL Center, Butz took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 10.

Click here for more information on the project.

Thomas E. Donley Achieves Certified Professional Services Marketer Designation

Tom Donley, Business Development Manager for The Butz Family of Companies, recently earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer.

Tom has more than 30 years of business development experience working primarily in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. As Business Development Manager for The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Shoemaker Construction Co. and Alexander Building Construction Co., Tom develops and maintains relationships with key decision makers at leading colleges and universities, hospitals and health systems, corporations and large not-for-profit organizations. A native of Allentown, Tom lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he served as CEO of the York County Chamber of Commerce from 1987 - 2011. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Breaks Ground for New Bistro, Kitchen at Moravian Village


Pictured from left to right: Kristel Seagreaves, Administrator, Richard Siter, Project Manager; David Roth, Executive Director and CEO at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., a Butz Family Company, recently broke ground on a new Bistro and Healthcare Delivery Kitchen for Moravian Village. The bistro and kitchen are part of a larger project which includes a new performing arts center.

The bistro, which has yet to be named, is designed to accommodate approximately 50 people, including ADA and wheelchair occupants.

"This is an important step forward in the life of the Moravian Village of Bethlehem," said Dave Roth, Executive Director at Moravian Village. "The new commercial kitchen will allow us to better serve our highly acclaimed rehab care/wound center/cardiac wing and other areas of our health center. The bistro will provide a new and interesting dining experience for our independent living residents."

The new venue will offer a non-formal dining atmosphere and will be available to all Moravian Village residents and their guests. Once the performing arts center is completed, the venue will also be used as the receiving area for various events. Read the full press release.

Butz Corporate Center Promotes Office Space, Launches New Website

The Butz Corporate Center, owned by the Butz Family and constructed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc., has launched a new website promoting available office space. Potential tenants can access the site at www.butzcorporatecenter.com.

The website showcases the different office space available on each floor of the building, located at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown. Viewers can also watch video testimonials from current tenants.

"The end goal is to continue to attract businesses in hopes of further revitalizing center city Allentown," said Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

The new website was created by Digital Feast, a media production company located on the 5th floor of the Butz Corporate Center. Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 100 Construction Management Firms in 2014

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms in 2014. This year, the firm ranked #84 and was the only Pennsylvania-based firm to earn a spot on the list.

The construction management entity also ranked #209 on ENR's list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2014.

"These rankings speak volumes about our reputation as one of the highest quality, professionally-staffed construction management firms not only in Pennsylvania, but nationally as well," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies. Read the full press release.

Spring 2014

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 400 Contractors in 2014


The map above shows the counties in which The Butz Family of Companies managed projects in 2013.

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., earned an improved ranking on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2014. This year, the firm ranked #209, besting last year's ranking of #270. It is the third straight year in which the parent company has improved its ranking and remains the only firm headquartered in the Lehigh Valley to ever be ranked.

The construction management entity enjoyed a 42% increase in total revenue from 2012, marking this the fourth year that they have enjoyed such an increase.

Through building strong relationships with repeat clients and committing ourselves to delivering superior construction management services, The Butz Family of Companies has proven resilient despite recent economic struggles," says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of the Butz Family of Companies.

ENR uses construction revenue from the previous year as its primary grading criteria, making the Top 400 list a showcase of only the best and most profitable construction management and general contracting firms.

In 2013, the Butz Family of Companies oversaw more than 45 construction projects. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Renovations to Easton Hospital

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., part of The Butz Family of Companies, recently completed renovations to Easton Hospital's Emergency Department in Easton, PA. The renovations provided both aesthetic and practical upgrades for doctors, nurses and patients.

Totaling close to $1,200,000, the 16,000 square feet worth of renovations included upgrades to the floors, ceilings, walls and lighting. New sprinklers were also installed to roughly 2/3 of the department.

"Butz was not only able to complete the original project faster than anticipated, but also use savings realized from that project to provide additional work for us," said Terri Martis, Director, Facilities Management at Easton Hospital. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Lobby Renovations for Lehigh Valley Health Network

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. recently completed renovations to the Medical Imaging Lobby at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.

The lobby renovations and expansion added additional space, creating a more comfortable atmosphere while making it easier for patients and visitors to enter the building and find their destination within the hospital.

The multi-phased lobby renovations consisted of:

  • 806 sq. ft. of additional space
  • 2,500 sq. ft. of significant renovations
  • 4,000 sq. ft. of upgrades to the walls, floors and ceiling
  • New 4,600 sf. ft. canopy to replace the existing 1,800 sq. ft. canopy

All areas surrounding construction were occupied and fully functional during the renovations. The project also required strict compliance with Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) class 3 guidelines. Read the full press release.

Allentown: A New Beginning

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is proud to be a part of the revitalization occurring in downtown Allentown. Check out this video highlighting all of the wonderful projects contributing to Allentown's growth and success: "Allentown: A New Beginning" Produced By: Digital Feast in association with the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. View video.

Eat, Meet and Greet Construction Trades Information Fair hosted by Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Lehigh Valley Union Building and Construction Trades Council, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. and PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., in cooperation with the Lehigh Valley Union Building and Construction Trades Council, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc., and PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley, announces an EAT, MEET AND GREET CONSTRUCTION TRADES INFORMATION FAIR on April 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley, 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA 18109.

The Eat, Meet and Greet Construction Trades Information Fair will provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet with local representatives of the Lehigh Valley Union Building and Construction Trades Council to learn about apprenticeships, training and much more. Workshops on opportunities within the trades, resumé preparation, job-search techniques, interviewing skills, career pathways, and job and labor market data will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Attendees will learn about jobs similar to opportunities at PPL Center and other construction projects leading to career pathways in highly-skilled, high-wage jobs throughout Pennsylvania. PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley's Career Resource Center will be open and staffed for registration on JobGatewaySM, Pennsylvania's on-line job matching system.

The event provides an opportunity to get your foot in the door of apprenticeship programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers in construction. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Another Milestone at the PPL Center Construction Project

On Friday, April 11th, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. held a press event to celebrate the concrete pouring of the ice floor for the new PPL Center hockey arena in center city Allentown. The event marked a milestone in the construction of the arena, which will be completed in time for the start of the Lehigh Valley Phantom's 2014 season. Below are additional facts about the project.

Under the Floor

  • 5 tons rebar
  • 20,000 sf of wire mesh
  • 12 miles of refrigerant pipes
  • 4" rigid insulation
  • 8" sand with heating pipe embedded in it
  • 12" structural concrete slab
  • Approximately 150 piles beneath foundation
Pouring the Floor
  • Approximately 315 cubic yards of concrete (over 30 concrete trucks!)
  • Poured monolithically (no joints)
  • Pumped in
  • Approximately 16 concrete finishers working on the floor
  • Poured by DJ Rossetti, Inc. from Malta, NY
  • Finished with laser guided machinery
  • Super flat imperative for ice
Completed Floor
  • 17,000 sf ice floor
  • 200' long x 85' wide x 6" deep (NHL Rink size)
  • 6000 pounds square inch
  • Over 100 inserts in the floor for circus, tennis, volleyball, goal nets, etc.

Winter 2013/2014

Allentown Parking Authority Approves Land Sale of Farr Lot to 8th Street LLC

The Allentown Parking Authority voted to approve the sale of the Farr Lot property at 8th and Hamilton Streets in Allentown, PA to 8th Street, LLC. 8th Street LLC is a partnership of Think Loud Development, LLC and GSE Realty, comprised of Butz family members.

Think Loud Development submitted a proposal to the Allentown Parking Authority in October 2013 in partnership with Alvin H. Butz, Inc. The proposed project will include a six-level, 60,000 square foot office/retail facility with a 6,200 square foot restaurant projected for the first level, a 7,800 square foot private VIP lounge projected for the second level, and 7,800 square feet of Class-A office space projected for each of the third through sixth levels. Additionally, the venue will include a three-level, 35,000 square foot club. A pedestrian plaza at the north end of the site will connect North 8th Street to North Lumber Street and provide access from the Arena to the Spiral Parking Deck entrance located on North Lumber Street. The pedestrian plaza will also provide entrances to the restaurant, office/retail lobby and concert venue. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Awarded Construction of New Hawk Mountain Amphitheater


Rendering of the Hawk Mountain Amphitheater

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. was recently awarded the construction of a new amphitheater for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA. The project will include a new outdoor classroom as well as an extensive ADA trail that leads from the new amphitheater to the existing Visiting Center.

The new construction project is Phase II of Hawk Mountain's "School in the Clouds" Campaign. This portion of work is estimated to cost $2 million for both the walkway and amphitheater, and includes funds for a maintenance endowment.

"We felt that Alvin H. Butz, Inc. was the right construction manager to help us realize the second phase of our four-phase plan to improve Hawk Mountain and better educate the region on the importance of conserving birds of prey," said Jerry Regan, President of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Read the full press release.

Butz Corporate Center Acquires Additional Tenants

The Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown has acquired multiple tenants over the past few months. Each of the new tenants are occupying space in the building's Phase II addition.

New tenants include:

  • Ruckus
  • United Fiber & Data
  • Digital Feast, Inc.
  • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
  • Seven Points Consulting
  • Edge Business Solutions
Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Holds Annual Subcontractors Award Luncheon

On Thursday, February 20, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. held its eighteenth annual Subcontractors Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Program. The luncheon is Butz' way of acknowledging the quality of the subcontractors and suppliers they've worked with in 2013 and thanking them for their role in helping the company maintain its status as an industry leader.

"This year's recipients exemplify the commitment, experience and willingness to collaborate that we strive for on each of our construction projects," says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "The quality of their work and services go a long way toward allowing us to achieve total client satisfaction."

Below is a list of the award recipients:

Outstanding Feat - Tri-City Erectors, Inc.
Outstanding Field Person - David Tirpak (Orlando Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors, Inc.)
Administrator's Award - Tina Mills (Duggan & Marcon, Inc.)
Lifetime Service Award - James Eshbach (Eshbach Bros, Inc.)
Supplier of the Year - DVL Group, Inc.
Special Recognition - James Pudleiner (Alfred Benesch & Co.)
Subcontractor of the Year - Panzitta Enterprises, Inc.

Fall 2013

William Allen Construction Company Makes Plans for New Bus Shelter

The William Allen Construction Company, a student-run organization that combines education and career development, is fronting the effort to create a new bus shelter on Turner Street for William Allen High School. Having already raised $45,000 for the $50,000 project, the club is well on its way toward getting approval from the school board and hopes to begin construction of the 40-feet-long shelter as soon as this school year. Throughout the entire process, student members of the club have sought advice from mentors at Alvin H. Butz, Inc. on how to successfully carry out the project.

In 1999, Lee Butz - current Chairman of The Butz Family of Companies - conceived and organized the William Allen Construction Company. Over the past 16 years, the high school club has taken the lead on many projects, including renovations to the school's auditorium, entrance hallway, directional signs and outside banners as well as installation of a digital school sign. Read the lehighvalleylive.com article.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Addition, Renovations for Allentown School District

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. recently completed an addition and renovations to Allentown School District's William Penn School at 4th and Allen Streets in Allentown, PA.

The newly renovated William Penn School is an alternative school supporting students who need additional support both academically and socially.

"The Butz project team was instrumental in helping us reach our goals on this project," said Robert Sperling, Director of Facilities Services for the Allentown School District. "Despite challenges throughout the project, they were able to deliver exceptional results." Read the full press release.

Summer 2013

Butz Family of Companies Hires New Employee, Improves Technology Capabilities

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., has hired Steve Kneski as a Virtual Design & Construction Modeler. Kneski will be responsible for using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other technologies to help provide current and potential clients with more detailed representations of their projects.

"Steve's hiring comes at a time where our companies are looking toward the future and how the latest technologies can help them better meet the needs of their clients," said Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of The Butz Family of Companies.

Kneski's responsibilities include creating 3D renderings for use on current and potential projects, and using animations to show how buildings will be constructed and how they will follow the project schedule. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Managing Construction Project for Follett Corporation

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is currently underway on a construction project for Follett® Corporation's facility located at 801 Church Lane in Easton, PA.

The project includes renovations to the existing facility as well as a 25,000 square-foot expansion. The expansion ensures that Follett Corporation - a Lehigh Valley-based manufacturer of ice storage and transport systems, ice and water dispensers, ice and beverage dispensers, Chewblet® ice machines, and medical-grade refrigerators and freezers - will not only retain its 300+ current employees, but will add 50 new jobs within the next three years. Read the full press release.

New Restaurant Opening in Butz Corporate Center

Billy Kounoupis, owner of Billy's Downtown Diner in Bethlehem, PA, and Alvin H. Butz, Inc. announced the opening of a new restaurant in Allentown. Billy's Downtown Diner will open in the former Sangria Restaurant space in September after minor renovations.

Kounoupis has been the chef, owner and operator of the award-winning Billy's Downtown Diner on East Broad Street in Bethlehem since 2000. The Diner has become a regional hotspot with a cult-like following - including patrons from outside the Lehigh Valley - due to its personal attention, great service, and delicious food.

"We always wanted to start a location in Allentown," says Kounoupis. "We just needed the right location and opportunity. We are really excited about being in the Butz building - it's a beautiful building that suits our needs and will allow us to expand our capacity. We feel our brand will complement the other great restaurants already here."

Billy's Allentown location will feature the same unique brand - Not Your Ordinary Diner - serving "classic fare with a flair" for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Kounoupis hopes to expand service to dinner in the very near future. The downtown Allentown location will also have the capacity to host business banquets, meetings and events. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Begins Renovations for Lehighton Fire Station

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. recently began construction on an expansion and renovations to the Lehighton Fire Station in Lehighton, PA. The project, which primarily features a two-story addition to the existing fire station, was initiated in order to support improved fire response in a growing community.

Lehighton Borough Council and the Lehighton Fire Department have spent many years planning for a new fire station. After careful consideration by the building committee of the Fire Department, the current fire station location was chosen as it provides the most efficient response to a high fire load area downtown and has direct access to main thoroughfares.

The project is progressing under the direction of Borough Manager Nicole Beckett and Fire Department Chairperson Steve Ebbert. With grants from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and the Local Share Gaming Funds, the project has become a reality. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Two LEED® Gold Certified Facilities for Allentown School District

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. completed two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certified buildings for the Allentown School District, Allentown, PA.

"We were thrilled to learn that both the William Allen High School Clifford S. Bartholomew building and Ramos Elementary School were awarded LEED Gold certification," says Robert Sperling, Director of Facilities Services at Allentown School District. "These projects are great examples to the students and the community of the District's commitment to sustainability."


Ramos Elementary School

William Allen High School

The William Allen High School Clifford S. Bartholomew building is a state-of-the-art, three-story facility hosting the ninth grade students. The facility features more than 84,000 SF of classroom and administration space, a two-story cafeteria and a media center.

Ramos Elementary School located adjacent to Jackson Elementary School, is a new 85,000 SF school which houses 750 students. It is organized into three distinct masses, with each mass composed of multiple "learning communities" for each grade level. It is the third facility in the Allentown School District to achieve LEED Gold certification. Read the full press release.

Butz Family of Companies Ranks Among Top 400 Contractors in 2013

The Butz Family of Companies earned themselves a spot on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in 2013. This year, the firm ranked #270, besting last year's ranking of #273. Butz remains the only locally-owned firm to be consistently ranked as a Top 400 Contractor.

ENR uses construction revenue from the previous year as its primary grading criteria, making the Top 400 list a showcase of only the best and most profitable construction management and general contracting firms. The construction management entity, which consists of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., enjoyed a 6.6% increase in total revenue from 2011, marking this the third year that they have enjoyed such an increase. Read the full press release.

Spring 2013

 

Butz Partners with OSHA on Allentown Arena Project

In an effort to provide a safer work environment for the Allentown Arena Project, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has teamed up with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in their Strategic Partnership Program. As part of this partnership, both Butz and OSHA will keep safety at the forefront of their priorities as construction continues on the new arena located in downtown Allentown. Ultimately, the collaboration will aid in reducing or eliminating any accidents that may occur at the arena site.

As part of the agreement, OSHA will work in unison with Butz as they perform mandatory inspections and reviews. This partnership, which became official on June 3rd, marks the first time in the history of the company that Butz will be directly involved in a partnership with OSHA.

Butz Corporate Center Cuts the Ribbon on Phase 2 Expansion

The Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown officially cut the ribbon today on the Phase 2 expansion at First Monday. Attendees of First Monday were the first to get a glimpse of the new tenant spaces for StoudtPoole PLLC and United Fiber & Data, who have offices on the second floor.

Owners of The Deli Plaza 2, Mike Eleshaky and Mohamed Mansour, will be opening Veeny Pizza this summer on the first floor of the expanded building where the celebration took place.

Butz Corporate Center Phase 2 is the first building among several ongoing office projects, to be completed in the Neighborhood Improvement Zone. "This expansion demonstrates our company's and my family's deep commitment to the success of downtown Allentown," says Greg L. Butz, president & CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "We are extremely excited to celebrate our expansion with the Allentown First Monday attendees." First Monday is held monthly at different companies in Allentown and coordinated by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Read the full press release.

Wendy Body Honored at the First Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence Awards Ceremony

Wendy Body, Senior Project Manager at Alvin H. Butz, Inc., was honored as one of the Lehigh Valley's most influential women in business at an awards ceremony held May 6 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Twenty-eight women representing various industries received awards for their leadership and influence in the community. This first time Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence luncheon was attended by over 400 people. Read the LVB.com article.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Announces New Tenant and Expansion in Allentown

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. announces new developments, partnerships and technology that will further drive the economic and urban revitalization efforts in downtown Allentown.

As part of a recently solidified joint venture partnership between Butz, Think Loud Development and United Fiber & Data (UFD), UFD will officially call downtown Allentown "home" to their new regional Sales Headquarters.

UFD will occupy 10,000 square feet of a new, 10-story mixed-use building at the Butz Corporate Center (BCC Phase 3) with 3 levels of parking, 4 levels of office space and 3 levels of apartments/condominiums on the upper floors. In the interim, UFD will be occupying space on the second floor of Phase 2 of the Butz Corporate Center.

In addition to UFD's space, there will be approximately 30,000 square feet of office space available for lease. Phase 3 of the BCC is anticipated to create approximately 150 new jobs in the city. Phase 1 brought 200 jobs to downtown, and the nearly complete Phase 2 is anticipated to bring 150 jobs. The firm intends to break ground by spring 2014 with completion scheduled for spring 2015 when UFD will move from Phase 2 to their permanent headquarters in the addition. Alvin H. Butz, Inc. will construct the third phase of the building, and Roberson Butz Architects will design it. Read the full press release.

Butz Corporate Center Announces Two Tenants for Phase 2 Addition

The Butz Corporate Center at Ninth and Hamilton Streets in Allentown announces the first two tenants who will occupy office space in the new, 50,000 square foot addition.

StoudtPoole PLLC will be the first tenant moving into the new addition in the next few weeks as the building nears final completion. StoudtPoole's new 1,000 sq. ft. office located on the second floor in the addition was designed by Roberson Butz Architects and will include two private offices, a common work area and conference room. "Greg Butz encouraged our firm to locate to center city and we are confident that it is the best strategic decision we could have made," says Mike Stoudt, principal of StoudtPoole PLLC. "We are excited about the city's revitalization and couldn't be any happier with the move." Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz Holds Annual Subcontractors Award Luncheon

On Tuesday, March 5, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. held its seventeenth annual Subcontractors Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Program. The luncheon is the Company's way of acknowledging the quality of the subcontractors and suppliers they've worked with in 2012 and thanking them for playing a pivotal role in helping the company maintain its status as one of the region's top construction management firms.

"Each year, we like to recognize those contractors, tradespeople and construction suppliers that aided us in our pursuit of providing high-quality construction management services to Allentown and the surrounding region," says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

Below is a list of the award recipients:

Outstanding Feat - H.T. Lyons, Inc.
Outstanding Field Person - Ronald Lascala (Eshbach Brothers, Inc.)
Administrator's Award - Karen Gallagher (Charles Dectis Painting, Inc.)
Lifetime Service Award - John Borchers (Hutt's Glass Co., Inc.)
Supplier of the Year - Berks Products Corporation
Special Recognition - Richard Shepherd, Jr. (The Shepherd Agency LLC)
Subcontractor of the Year - Orlando Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Lee Butz and Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Receive Labor Partnership Award

Lee Butz, Chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc., and Alvin H. Butz, Inc. were the recipients of the Labor Partnership Award presented at the Lehigh Valley Labor Council's 52nd Awards Dinner held April 20th at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.

Over 300 people attended the event, including State Representatives Ryan Mackenzie and Daniel McNeill, City of Allentown Mayor, Ed Pawlowski, and representatives from multiple businesses, non-profits, and labor. Read the full press release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Awarded Multiple Renovation Projects for Parkland School District

Parkland School District has selected Alvin H. Butz, Inc. as the construction manager for multiple renovation projects slated for the district over the next 30 months. The school district will be spending over $20 million on renovations, upgrades and maintenance on a dozen buildings throughout the district. Read the full Parkland School District press release.

Progress Continues at the Downtown Allentown Arena Site

Progress at the Allentown Arena site continues as the first steel beams are set. After months of underground work, the community has visible proof of the structure taking shape.
Read the LVB.com article.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes Framework at LVHN - Medical Imaging of Lehigh Valley Lobby

A milestone was recently reached in the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network - Medical Imaging of Lehigh Valley Lobby Renovation project as Butz and LVHN personnel participated in a traditional topping off ceremony. Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is the construction manager on the project.

Read the article on LVB.com.

View WFMZ-TV 69 News coverage.

View The Morning Call coverage and photo gallery.

Read the Lehigh Valley Live.com article.

Read the Salisbury Patch coverage.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Announces Two New Hires

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. recently hired Matthew Mengel and James Messick as Project Managers.

Mengel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Technology and Management from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He has more than six years of construction industry experience. His strengths include a thorough knowledge of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems.

Messick earned his Architectural degree from Temple University and Masters in Construction Management from Drexel University. He is also LEED© AP BD+C certified, and has documented six LEED certified projects.

In their role as Project Managers, Mengel and Messick oversee and manage all phases of a construction project from preconstruction to completion including the development of a project schedule, construction plan, and project phasing. During construction, they are responsible for managing and directing the work of the specialty contractors and personnel. Read the full Press Release.

Winter 2012-2013

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is Named a 2013 Top Workplace

The Morning Call recently published "The Morning Call Top Workplaces", a list of the best places to work in the Lehigh Valley. Thirty companies were selected for the Top Workplaces award. Alvin H. Butz, Inc. was selected as a top workplace in the "50-124 Employees" category.

The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon direct feedback from employees. This is the first time Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has participated.

 

The Butz Family of Companies Hires Virtual Construction Coordinator / Project Engineer

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., has hired Daniel Weiger as a Virtual Construction Coordinator and Project Engineer. In his role as Virtual Construction Coordinator, Weiger will train and educate employees of The Butz Family of Companies on the emerging trends and management techniques associated with Project Level Building Information Modeling (BIM). As Project Engineer, Weiger is responsible for checking, tracking and monitoring shop drawings and submittals, tracking RFI's, updating construction schedules and facilitating trade contractor coordination meetings. Read the full Press Release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Completes LEED® Gold Certified Facility for Penn State University, Berks Campus

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. completed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certified building at The Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus. This is the first LEED Gold certified building on any of Penn State's Commonwealth campuses.

At more than 60,000 square feet, the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building is currently the largest building on campus. It houses nine classrooms, nine computer labs and fifty faculty offices to go along with an assortment of new, cutting-edge technologies.

The Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building is one in a long list of projects managed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc. that has received LEED certification. Butz worked with the architects, RMJM Hillier, to achieve LEED Gold for this project. Read the full Press Release.

Butz Family of Companies' Employee Recognized by ENR Mid-Atlantic as Top 20 Under 40 for 2013

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., announces the recent recognition of Christopher Magent, PhD, LEED AP, as one of the region's "Top 20 Under 40" for 2013 by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic.

ENR's competition recognizes young construction professionals who represent the "Best-of-the-Best" in their industry and who have made a positive impact exhibiting such qualities as leadership, career progress and community involvement.

Magent currently serves as Business Development and Strategic Initiatives Director for The Butz Family of Companies as well as General Manager of Alexander Building Construction Co.’s State College office.

"Over the past few years, Chris has shown remarkable dedication and an unwavering willingness to ensure that the Butz Family of Companies maintains their status as industry leaders," says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "He has proven to be an invaluable asset to our companies and is very deserving of this honor." Read the full Press Release.

Greg Butz to Receive 2013 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Award

Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., has been selected as the community recipient of The Da Vinci Science Center's 2013 Hall of Fame Award. Greg will receive the Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award, an award presented to a community leader who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to the mission of the Da Vinci Science Center. Read the full Da Vinci Science Center Press Release.      View the Da Vinci Science Center video.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Announces Four New Hires

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has hired four new employees who will be directly involved in the ongoing Allentown Hockey Arena construction project.

"The hiring of these four employees represents the growth that our company has been fortunate to realize as a result of the arena project," says Greg Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "It is a welcome sight to see that the Allentown Arena is already generating new jobs within the community." Read the full Press Release.

Congratulations to Penn State Berks on Winning COAA Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. would like to congratulate Penn State Berks for being awarded a Silver Medal from the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) in its Project Leadership Award Program for the University's recently constructed Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The award is recognition of Berks' steady leadership and a testament to the detailed scheduling that led to the building's completion three months ahead of schedule and under budget. Butz is proud to have collaborated with the University in successfully constructing a building of such high quality.

Fall 2012

 

Greg L. Butz Recognized in Lehigh Valley Business Power Book 2012

Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc, was recently recognized as on of the most influential people in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Read about Greg and other Lehigh Valley leaders in the Lehigh Valley Business Power Book 2012.

 

 

 

Lee A. Butz Honored at 2012 Business of the Year Awards Dinner

Lee A. Butz, Chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc., was one of four local business leaders recognized at the 2012 Business of the Year awards dinner held at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Lehigh Valley Business hosted the event which announced the Hall of Fame honorees along with the Business of the Year finalists. Read the full online article.

 

Lee A. Butz Launches Guest Lecture Series at Lehigh University

Lee A. Butz, Chairman of Butz Enterprises, Inc., launched a 15-session Guest Lecture Series at Lehigh University. Construction management students at Mr. Butz's alma mater and other professionals will benefit from the experience of key project members from Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and other local experts. Read the special feature from Lehigh University's Civil and Environmental Engineering Newsletter.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Penn State Berks Campus, and RMJM Hillier Awarded Construction Management Association of America National Project of the Year Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Penn State Berks Campus, and RMJM Hillier received the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Project of the Year Award in the Higher Education Project Under $20 million category for the construction of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building.

"We couldn't be more satisfied with the quality of work that went into constructing the Gaige Building," says Kim Berry, COO of Penn State Berks. "Receiving a national award such as this is no small feat, and every member of the project team should be honored to receive it." Read the full Press Release.

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Awarded Renovation Project at Moravian College

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has been selected as Construction Manager to renovate Moravian College's Collier Hall of Science. Built in 1971, the Collier Hall of Science houses a combination of classrooms for students and research laboratory space for students and professors.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has an extended history of providing exceptional service to Moravian College. Recent Moravian College projects managed by Butz include environmental repairs to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery and construction of the Pricilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. Read the full Press Release.

Summer 2012

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University, and RMJM Hillier Receive CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University - Berks Campus, and RMJM Hillier received Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award in the Higher Education Project Under $20 million category for the construction of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. Read the full Press Release.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Employee Honored at Award Ceremony

Ray Federici, an employee of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. who worked on the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital expansion in 1983, was one of this year’s recipients of the Raker Memorial Award for his continued support of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.  The award, which is named after Good Shepherd’s founding family, was presented Thursday, June 14 during a ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown.

Spring 2012

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Breaks Ground for Corporate Headquarters Expansion in
Downtown Allentown

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. broke ground today on the 50,000 SF, Class-A Office and Retail Expansion located at 824 and 830 Hamilton Street. The expansion is Phase II of the Butz Corporate Center project and is expected to bring another 150 jobs to downtown Allentown.  The Phase I, 74,000 SF Butz Corporate Center has already brought approximately 200 jobs to the City since it opened in 2006.  Read the full Press Release.

 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. to Renovate PNC Field in Lackawanna County

Reconstruction activities include demolishing the existing upper deck and rebuilding it to feature suite and club level seating.  The lower section seating bowl will remain.  Six concession stands, restrooms, locker rooms and administrative areas will be upgraded to ADA compliancy and state-of-the-art facilities.  The renovations will include over 90,000 square feet of building space.  Field renovations will consist of new dugouts, lighting, scoreboard, warning track and outfield. The renovated stadium will have a 10,000-fan capacity including tiered picnic areas, lawn seating, kids zone for families, and will feature a 360-degree walk around concourse. Design for the stadium is being done by Ewing Cole.  Read the full Press Release.


Winter 2011/2012

 

AHB Subcontractors Appreciation Luncheon

In February, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. hosted its 16th Annual Subcontractors Appreciation Awards Luncheon to honor the best contractors, tradespeople and suppliers with whom Butz worked in 2011.  Receiving awards in seven categories were: 

  • Subcontractor of the Year:  Duggan & Marcon, Inc.
  • Supplier of the Year:  Berks Products Corporation
  • Lifetime Service:  Thomas Reilly (H.T. Lyons, Inc.)
  • Outstanding Feat:  H. T. Lyons, Inc.
  • Outstanding Field Person:  Michael Carroll (Duggan & Marcon, Inc.)
  • Special Recognition:  Jay Rader (Contractors Equipment, Inc.)
  • Administrators’ Award:  Linda Angstadt (The Warko Group)

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. congratulates all of the award winners. We look forward to continuing these strong and successful relationships.

New Positions Announced for the Butz Family of Companies

The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., announces two new positions in a coordinated effort to improve strategic initiatives and business development efforts in core markets. Read the full Press Release

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Muhlenberg College and Bruner/Cott and Associates, Inc. receive Construction Management Association of America National Project Achievement Award.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Muhlenberg College and Bruner/Cott and Associates, Inc. received the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Project Achievement award in the Buildings, Renovation/Modernization project with a Constructed Value Greater than $15 million category for the renovation and additions to the Seegers Union during the CMAA’s National Conference and Trade Show Recognition Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC on November 8, 2011. Alvin H. Butz, Inc. served as the Construction Manager of the project which was designed by Bruner/Cott and Associates, Inc. Read the full Press Release

Fall 2011

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Announces Expansion of their Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Allentown. 

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. announced plans to expand their corporate headquarters located at 840 Hamilton Street with the purchase of the property located adjacent to their property at 824 and 830 Hamilton Street. The Butz family purchased the property to the east, and will build a 6-story, 50,000 square foot expansion that will include retail space on the first floor and Class A office space on the other five floors. The building will be designed by Roberson Butz Architects and built by Alvin H. Butz Inc. The firm intends to break ground by summer 2012 and plans to have space available for lease in early 2013. Read the full Press Release

SteelStacks and Spillman Farmer Architects featured in Architect magazine

The recently completed ArtsQuest Center @ SteelStacks, designed by Spillman Farmer Architects, was featured in the September 2011 issue of Architect.  Construction was managed by Alvin H. Butz, Inc.’s team including Senior Project Manager, John Szalachowski; Senior Manager – MEP Services, Larry McCabe; Project Manager, Ed Dreisbach; Assistant Project Manager, Melanie Fluck; and Superintendent, John Baer. “Standing in the shadow of the derelict mills, the centerpiece of the new cultural complex is the just-completed ArtsQuest Center, a $17.4 million performance venue designed by Spillman as a paean to Bethlehem’s past, and the firm’s. The four-story, 67,000-square-foot facility is a simple rectangular volume, simply expressed in a hybrid steel-and-concrete frame. Yet within that outline, along with a program of bars, cafés, movie theaters, and stages, the architects have packed a subtle historical polemic.” Architect September 2011.  Read the full Architect article on SteelStacks.

 

Summer 2011

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. completes LEED® Gold certified building at Lehigh University

Lehigh University teamed Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as architect with Alvin H. Butz, Inc. as the construction manager for the 135,000 square foot multi-disciplinary S.T.E.P.S. (Science, Technology, Environment, Policy & Society) building. Lehigh University, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and Alvin H. Butz worked together to incorporate aspects of the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED framework into the building, paying close attention to issues of energy conservation, water conservation, resource management, indoor air quality, and site issues such as open space and heat islands effects. The S.T.E.P.S. building is the first LEED®-certified facility on Lehigh University’s campus.  It is the 10th LEED Certified project in the Butz portfolio; and an additional 7 projects are currently pending certification. Read more about the S.T.E.P.S. project.

Butz to Build Sands Event Center Core and Shell

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has been chosen by Sands Casino Resort – Bethlehem to build the Sands Event Center. Construction is scheduled to begin in September. Butz will be responsible for building the core and shell which will include the entire structure of the building, as well as the roof and exterior surfaces.  It will also include mechanical and electrical systems for the building and public bathrooms.  Read more.

 

Butz Enterprises Hires Virtual Construction Coordinator and Project Engineer

Butz Enterprises Inc., consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., has hired Larry Warner as a Virtual Construction Coordinator and Project Engineer.  In his role as Virtual Construction Coordinator, Warner will help to train and educate employees of the Butz Enterprise Companies on the emerging trends and management techniques associated with Project Level Building Information Modeling (BIM). Read more.

ENR Ranks Butz Enterprises in Top 400 Contractors

Butz Enterprises Inc., consisting of Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Alexander Building Construction Co. and Shoemaker Construction Co., is once again among the Top 400 Contractors in the U.S. positioned at number 369 for 2010, as ranked and published by Engineering News-Record magazine (ENR).  ENR is a construction industry trade magazine published by McGraw-Hill Inc. of New York. The Top 400 list includes construction management and general contracting firms. Read more.

Allentown School District Phase 1 Facilities Improvements Complete

Phase I facilities improvements are now complete for the Allentown School District.  The first phase of construction consisted of renovations, additions and improvements to six schools in the District, South Mountain Middle School (119,700 SF), Trexler Middle School (117,227 SF), Roosevelt Elementary School (57,700 SF), Dieruff High School (237,500 SF), Ramos Elementary School (85,000 SF) and William Allen High School (447,147 SF).  Roosevelt Elementary School recently received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-Certification.  LEED certification is pending for Ramos Elementary School and William Allen High School.

Butz Managing Lehigh University's Rauch Business Center Upgrades

In May 2011, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. began HVAC upgrades to Lehigh University’s 120,000 SF Rauch Business Center facility.  The project involves new piping and ductwork, upgrading the current 2-pipe distribution system, adding 5 new dedicated outside air handling units, and removing and replacing ceilings to accommodate new ductwork.  Construction will be completed over two summers. 

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem's Retail Fit-out

Construction is underway for the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem’s retail fit-out.  The project which began in March 2011 and includes vanilla box fit-out of 200,000 SF of retail space at the casino resort will be completed in September 2011.  There are approximately 30 retail spaces available. 

Construction Complete at PBS 39

Construction is complete at PBS 39’s Public Media and Education Center at Steelstacks.  The 29,000 SF center includes two television studios featuring state-of-the-art high definition production and broadcast equipment, a green screen, an HD master control broadcast booth and office space to accommodate future staff expansion.  The project will seek LEED certification.

 

Spring 2011

Gaige Building Nears Completion at Penn State Berks

Construction is nearing completion at the newly named Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building at Penn State Berks (read more on the new building at bctv.org). Architects RMJM Hillier designed the facility, and Alvin H. Butz is the Construction Manager. The Gaige Building will be the largest academic facility at Penn State Berks at more than 60,000 square feet, and will house 24 classrooms and labs, 50 faculty offices, a commercial kitchen, café and retail space. The new facility will also house the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement, the Learning Factory, and the Emerging Technologies and Business Intelligence Laboratory helping to make the campus a greater leader for growth and innovation. The building incorporates many sustainable strategies and will be submitted for LEED-Gold certification.

Alvin H. Butz Celebrates Groundbreaking at DeSales University for Gambet Center

DeSales University broke ground on June 10, 2011 for the Gambet Center for Business and Health Care Education. Alvin H. Butz will manage the construction of the building designed by Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects. The Gambet Center will become the home for the business department, the nursing department, and the physician assistant program. The building will feature 4 smart classrooms, IT and telecommunication infrastructure, a seminar classroom and a specialized business classroom that will include an electronic ticker tape and simulated trader stations as well as classrooms for nursing and physician assistant students, and simulation laboratories for adults, children, and birthing shared by both programs. In addition to the technological advances in the learning spaces, the Gambet Center will seek LEED-Silver certification for its sustainability advances.

 

Alvin H. Butz wins CMAA Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Muhlenberg College and Bruner/Cott Associates, Inc. received the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter's Project of the Year award in the Higher Education Project under $20 Million category for the renovation and additions to the Seegers Union during the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of CMAA's Annual Award Banquet at the Union League in Philadelphia on June 9, 2011. Read more about the project.

Emeril’s Italian Restaurant Opens in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

Construction on Emeril’s Italian Restaurant in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem was completed in April.  The 6,584 SF restaurant will be Emeril’s third dining venue located within the Casino.  The restaurant includes an open wood oven and charcuterie station in a Tuscan, bistro-style setting. Old barn wood was purchased, deconstructed and remilled with the help of a local firm, Artisan, and used to construct and accent the new restaurant.

Construction Completed at ArtsQuest’s New Center for Performing Arts at Steelstacks

Construction is complete for ArtsQuest’s new center for performing arts at Steelstacks.  The new facility includes two cinemas, a 600-seat Musikfest Café live music venue and the “Blast Furnace Room,” a 4,000 SF multipurpose gathering space.  The north wall of the three-story building is glass, allowing visitors to view the Bethlehem Steel furnaces.  Every exposed steel beam is painted the International Orange – the same color used to paint the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built from steel produced by those furnaces. 

Fall/Winter 2010

Construction at Allentown Art Museum 50% Complete

Construction is 50% complete on Allentown Art Museum’s Expansion and modernization project.  The expansion will create two additions totaling 7,900 SF.  Included in the front addition will be an expanded storefront and relocated main entrance, a new main lobby, museum store and a café overlooking the Allentown Arts Park.  The rear addition will provide two new galleries, an additional classroom and a new loading dock/service entrance.  Renovations and upgrades are planned for the existing galleries and restrooms as well as elevator relocations and upgrading of mechanical and lighting systems.

Groundbreaking at Community Services for Children Inc.’s New Development Center

Butz broke ground in October 2010 on Community Services for Children Inc.’s new Early Head Start Infant, Toddler and Family Development Center.  The one-story, 12,000 SF building will include five classrooms, therapy rooms, mental health related rooms, a meeting room and a parent-child greeting room. Plans also include a kitchen, laundry & utility facilities, offices and an indoor play area. 

Construction Underway at Pennsylvania State University’s Berks Campus

Construction is underway for the Pennsylvania State University’s Berks Campus 62,000 SF new classroom / lab building.  The building is designed utilizing a two and three-story layout.  It will house 24 classrooms and labs, 50 faculty offices, a commercial kitchen, café and retail space.  The project is targeting a LEED-Gold certification and completion is scheduled for July 2011.

Butz managing Lehigh Heavy Forge’s Steelton Plant Expansion

Butz has been selected to manage the construction of Lehigh Heavy Forge’s Steelton Plant Expansion.  The 13,000 SF expansion will provide additional capacity to manufacture ingots for drive shafts.

 

 

Spring/Summer 2010

Butz ranked among ENR’s Top 400 Contractors

Engineering News Record (ENR) ranked Butz Enterprises, Inc. among the top 400 contractors in 2010, at number 338.  The top 400 list includes construction management and general contracting firms.

 

Geisinger Health Systems Project Honored with 2010 Vista Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. was recently honored with a 2010 Vista Award by The American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).  The award, in the category of new construction, recognizes Butz, Geisinger Health Systems and the architectural firm Francis Cauffman for the design and construction of the Critical Care Building at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA. (Click here for a full press release.)

Butz and Sands Bethlehem Gaming, LLC recipients of a CMAA Regional Project of the Year Award

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Sands Bethlehem Gaming, LLC are the recipients of a Construction Management Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year Award for the construction of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.  The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem project won the award in the Private Sector Project over $100 million category.  (Click here for a full press release.)

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