In nine short months, Renier Construction delivered a 7,414 square foot complete renovation and expansion for Germain Mazda on Morse Road. The facility, constructed by Renier in 2012, was updated and expanded to improve customer and associate experience while bringing the facility up to current brand image standards.
The transformation includes a massive nine-screen video monitor presenting the brand’s vehicles and features. The black, white, and wood interior renovations produce a modern industrial-chic look, while additionally being highlighted by large high-resolution backlit graphics.
There were some challenges that the team was able to overcome throughout this project. First, the team initiated and completed construction while the dealership was fully operational. Germain’s management and all members of the team were incredibly patient with the process and helpful throughout. Known for “business as usual” even during construction, Renier broke the construction up into four phases to ensure the daily business was impacted as little as possible for the Mazda team and their customers.
Second, the workable area of the job site was fairly small – especially when it came to maneuvering large construction equipment, teams of trade contractors, customers, and inventory. The team was able to showcase their ability to be nimble and extremely flexible for the sake of our customers’ business.
And finally, it’s worth noting that Renier finished this project during a worldwide pandemic (COVID-19). While following Federal, State, and CDC recommendations and guidelines, Renier was able to quickly adjust and meet the needs of their client and their client’s project. Again, delivering a project On-time. On-budget. Safe. Even during a Pandemic. #Integrity.
You can see additional photos of the space here.
Renier broke ground on a new dealership for Capital Kia on Morse Road in Quarter 2 of 2020. This is the seventh dealership for Capital Kia owner and founder of Great Lakes Auto Group, Joey Huang. Huang also owns six additional Ohio-based dealerships which are made up of Hyundai, Honda, Chevrolet, Buick GMC, and Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, and Ram brands. General Manager at Capital Kia is Paul Santone.
“I am very happy to be building a beautiful dealership with Renier Construction. This is our first dealership in Columbus and we look forward to growing here in Central Ohio. I’ve had so many great memories in this city, including my time at The Ohio State University for my undergraduate and dental school years,” said Huang.
Located at 3445 Morse Rd., the new dealership includes a beautiful new 24,078 sq. ft. showroom with a 2nd-floor mezzanine. The site had an existing building that was converted into a well-functioning 13,510 sq. ft. service center, complete with 18 lifts, a car wash, and a parts department.
In eight short months, amid a pandemic, the Renier Design-Build team delivered a brand-compliant dealership with an efficient flow for traffic throughout the facility and optimized parking outside of the structure. In addition to the pandemic, the site presented additional unique challenges. Situated on a 100-year flood plain, the location was in desperate need of a sound underground stormwater storage solution. Additionally, municipal sewer and water service were not a current amenity and were required in order for the Capital Kia team to occupy the facility.
The facility shares its entrance with the recently completed Germain Lexus Service Center. Due to the increased traffic that Capital Kia will bring to the area, a new traffic signal will be installed. A welcome addition to the residents north of this new intersection servicing Trindel Way.
“Renier Construction is proud of the completed Capital KIA project for the Great Lakes Auto Group as the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Huang Family and many more projects in the future,” said Neal Bronder, President of Renier Construction.
Remember how we mentioned that this was all happening amid a pandemic? Getting permits, service, and certifications to continue work – as well as inspections and approvals to occupy the facility – was due to the hard work and persistence of the Renier team and their respected relationships within the community and industry. Just another project where Renier showcased their ability to construct a sound facility through some of the most unique – never been experienced before – situations. #Integrity
We'll have formal photos of the finished space come spring!
Until then, read more about the project on our social media pages! (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)
|Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Headquarters Facility |
You might have seen that Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL), announced plans to expand its Indiana operations. They are establishing their global headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana. We are really excited to share that we will be their Construction Manager, serving as their agent, and in charge of both design as well as the construction of the new facility. We have partnered with Architectural Alliance who will serve as the architect of record for the build.
“Based on my previous experiences in working with Renier, they were the perfect fit for this project. I had really enjoyed working with their design-build team on the Lexus dealership and then again with my shop in Hilliard, Ohio. The way that they do business matches the full ownership group’s expectations - selecting them was a non-negotiable for me,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of RLL. “It’s also incredibly fulfilling to see this project come to life. Bill Heifner and I have been working to bring this project to life since the 90’s.”
Bobby Rahal has worked with Renier for over 30 years. Together, with John Higgins, they built Lexus of Dayton in 1991.
“It’s an honor to continue to serve Rahal and the RLL team,” said Bill Heifner, Founder and Chairman of Renier Construction. “It will be extremely satisfying for me personally and professionally to see this project through as Bobby and I have worked and reworked plans for this location for many years. We’ve had a good relationship and have worked on multiple projects together over the last 30 years.”
The 100,000 square-foot facility, which will occupy 13 acres southeast of the downtown area, will allow RLL to consolidate its existing operations in Brownsburg, as well as its operations in Ohio. The new building will feature office and event space as well as automotive R&D and light manufacturing operations to support the dynamic functions of RLL’s racing teams. The project will commence the first quarter of 2021 and is expected to be fully operational by spring 2022.
We will keep you updated on our progress! For now, here are a few photos from our virtual team meetings via Zoom! You can see the group talking through renderings and other aspects of the build. Just another way we’ve kept work flowing during this pandemic!
True to 2020 form, we all had to be flexible when it came to our plans! We originally planned to host a groundbreaking ceremony on October 20th for our Horsepower Farms project, new storage condominiums in Powell. However, Mother Nature had other plans. Instead of rain boots and winter coats we opted to reschedule the event for the 22nd and wound up with a sunny, 80-degree day that required light shirts and sunglasses!
The groundbreaking ceremony was for the staff, friends, media, and future condo owners of Horsepower Farms and was to celebrate the kickoff of construction for the new local business on Home Road.
Located just to the west of Liberty High School in the city of Powell, the storage facility will total over 60,000 square feet and feature a clubhouse for its members. Condo owners have the ability to purchase up to four contiguous, deeded condos to create a truly customized climate-controlled space to meet their individual storage needs. From storing collector cars, trucks, and motorcycles, to RV’s and other recreational vehicles, at Horsepower Farms -- there really is space for it all.
Horsepower Farms is the vision of local business owner, Chip Vance. Through his specialty dealership and repair shop, Auto Assets, Vance saw the need for storage options not only for his clients but for those that live outside of the Delaware County region. Through Renier’s design-build process, Architectural Alliance designed the condo community, bringing Vance’s vision to life. The campus is scheduled for completion by June 2021 and is intended to serve those with a passion for cars with an added social benefit to be with like-minded, local enthusiasts.
This will be Vance’s second project with Renier Construction. Vance says, “We were extremely pleased with the process and final product when Renier built Auto Assets. When I had this vision for Horsepower Farms, I didn’t think twice about partnering with Renier again to execute and bring this project to life for me.”
“Renier is pleased to be working with Chip again and be a part of the design & development of this remarkable facility,” said Bill Heifner, Founder of Renier Construction. “We’re excited to break ground and bring Chip’s vision to life.”
You can see additional photos from the groundbreaking ceremony here.
Here are the most recent project shots!
|Renier Interviews and Gifts Donation to AngelWorks|
Ringing in 2021, right! December 31, 2020, some of the leadership team for Renier Construction, presented a $10,000 donation to Ellie Hite, Founder and Director of AngelWorks. Founder Bill Heifner, CFO Rob Gibbs, and Renier employees & AngelWorks Board Members Dave Gawel, and Kim Teetzel presented the monetary gift on behalf of Renier, their employees, and their clients. AngelWorks is a 100% volunteer, public non-profit organization. They are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer by connecting with and assisting families in their time of need. Renier is pleased to support, and have their team serve on the board of, such an inspiring local organization.
Take a look at the video below to learn a bit more about some of the great things AngelWorks does during the holiday season.
If you'd like to find out more about AngelWorks, please visit their website or reach out to a member of the Renier team!https://www.myangelworks.org/
Remembering Greatness and Honoring our Family
The Renier Family suffered a great loss in January. Thomas “Tom” Arthur Rose, age 70, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Our hearts are heavy with grief for Tom's family. We all will miss him terribly.
Tom was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and grew up in Columbus. He completed a four year Carpenter Apprenticeship Program following high school and began his lifelong career and passion in commercial construction. He was a long time member of Carpenter’s Local 200 (an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters). He was employed by Renier Construction for the past 10 years as a Senior Construction Superintendent. His passion for building contributed to the ever-changing landscape of Columbus, Ohio and throughout the U.S. Tom loved to sing and play guitar, especially Country music. He loved OSU Football, playing golf, fishing, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
A member of our team (Rick Lewis, General Superintendent) put together some thoughts about Tom, the way he worked, and what it is like to be a Superintendent:
The loss of a friend is never realized until it is too late to tell him or her how you do feel. My friend was Tom Rose, we all worked with him for years. And thinking back, I never knew anyone that could not work with him or had any problems that could not be resolved with Tom.
Very few of us knew what his life as a Superintendent was like. You see, the life of a Superintendent has meaning and Integrity. Supers spend most of their time alone on an island - he is in command of that island. He takes a lot of pride in his work because he owns it, if anyone makes a comment whether it be good or bad, it reflects on the Super. He is there in the winter, getting snowed on or working in freezing rain trying to get something accomplished before it is too late as he slips on the ice and hits the ground. He is out there in the scorching sun and dust blowing up his nose until he can't breathe.
He checks the site one more time on his way out. As he feels his feet just will not walk any further, he stops to deal with a problem that the excavator has and says the grades are wrong and will not work. "What else could go wrong?" he thinks as his phone rings. The framer says that the details will not work as the architect’s drawings say they will. Oh and one more thing, the owner wants to move the schedule up to get in earlier and there is no time to make up.
This is just one day in the life of a Superintendent. Getting up to do this day in and day out. Why? Because it is his life and he is proud of what he has achieved.
We will never forget the greatness that Tom brought to our team, our projects, and our lives.
We hope you saw our earlier announcement: In case you haven’t, we are pleased to announce that Karl Hasenstab, joined the Renier team as Vice President of Operations and is working in the Columbus office headquarters. Responsible for Renier’s construction team, Karl’s focus is overseeing the day-to-day operations, including project safety, schedule, quality, and budget management throughout the design-build construction process.
“Karl worked at Renier as a project manager from July of 1992 to July of 1997. During those 7 years, he was an integral part of our construction team. We are excited to welcome him back as a member of the Renier family and a key player of the leadership team,” says Bill Heifner, Founder, and President of Renier Construction
Prior to rejoining Renier, Karl worked for Continental Building Company on numerous projects throughout the Central Ohio region. A graduate of the University of Akron, he is also a member of BX of Central Ohio, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and HOPE Works. He currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio, with his wife and two teenage children.
We hope you’ll join us in welcoming our newest Team Renier member, Rodney Shank! Rodney joined the Team recently as a Project Superintendent and is currently working on the Horsepower Farms project in Powell, OH.
Rodney has an extensive background in the construction industry covering over 32 years of project work throughout the United States, including work on both new and renovations of retail, industrial, and medical facilities. His focus will be on maintaining construction schedules, reviewing and updating construction documents as needed, preserving client relations, and last but not least, maintaining a safe and OSHA compliant job site.
Rodney has numerous construction industry certifications including OSHA 500, 40 Hour OSHA, Confined Space Awareness, OSHA Hazardous Materials Awareness, Lock-out/Tag-out Emergency Medical Response, CPR, and OSHA EM-385 USACE. Rodney is also a certified trainer for the American Red Cross – and a member of the Elizabeth Avenue Volunteer Fire Department.
When not onsite at a job location, he spends time at his home in Lafayette, IN with his wife Lisa, and their children and grandchildren. He also enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and is a member of the Harley Davidson – Hog Chapter, as well as the American Legion & Fraternal Order of Eagles.
|HorsePower Farms Groundbreaking Opening Remarks|
Watch Renier's Neal Bronder kick-off the official start of the project and Chip share his gratitude with attendees - closing remarks are delivered by the City of Powell's Jon Bennehoof.