Veteran Nancy Bowers Shares Her Thoughts

Harman employee and Veteran, Nancy Bowers, shares her thoughts on Veterans Day.

Harman’s Signature Aviation Project

The hangar door frames are being installed at the Signature Aviation project at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Project completion is scheduled for early December.

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Thank You Harman Veterans!

We would like to thank the Harman veterans for their service to our country.  If you see these folks let them know how much you appreciate their service.
 
Nancy Bowers………Army
LB Crofford…………..Army
Terry Dillinger……….Active Duty – Army
Scott McConnell……Air force and Army National Guard
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Work Begins On SVEC’s $16M Headquarters 

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VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record

PUBLICATION: Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA)

SECTION: Harrisonburg
DATE: October 30, 2016
HARRISONBURG — Work has begun on the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s new, $16 million headquarters just north of Mount Crawford.
A building permit application filed with Rockingham County on Oct. 13 indicates Harman Construction is to be paid that amount to put up a three-story steel, pre-engineered building and a one-story steel, pre-engineered garage at 70 Oakwood Drive. The co-op paid $735,000 for 18 acres just off South Valley Pike in April.Michael Hastings, SVEC‘s president and CEO, said site work began at the location on Oct. 9, and the project is slated for completion in the spring of 2018.The new building will consolidate operations at two SVEC locations — its headquarters on Dinkel Avenue in Mount Crawford and a customer service, warehouse, vehicle maintenance and field operations office on West Mosby Road on Dayton’s eastern edge. Those structures have about 65,000 square feet under roof.Hastings said the new building will be about 90,000 square feet and features drive-through lanes and service kiosks at which co-op members can make payments. It also will have a meeting room; the headquarters built for co-op use in 1991 doesn’t, and large meetings must be held off-site.The electric cooperative’s 2010 acquisition of part of Allegheny Power’s Virginia territory made the need for new offices inevitable, he said. The co-op more than doubled in size, extra staff had to be hired to take care of new members, and expansion at the current site wasn’t an option because land wasn’t available.”We’ve got people in closets, we doubled-up offices, and we modified the meeting rooms we had for cubicles,” Hastings said. “We’ve exceeded our capacity here at the headquarters office.”Right-Sized GarageHastings declined to divulge the total amount SVEC is expected to spend on the construction of and move to the new headquarters because bidding on some aspects of the project is ongoing.Part of the cost, however, will be offset by the sale of its current headquarters to Blue Ridge Christian School for $3.4 million. The Dayton office to be closed, which has several buildings on 8.1 acres, is on the market for $1.75 million.Because of the traffic SVEC‘s move will bring to the area, Hastings said it will pay to have a right-turn lane installed off southbound South Valley Pike onto Oakwood and a stoplight installed at the South Valley Pike-Cecil Wampler Road intersection.The move to a new facility is being made now to take advantage of historically low interest rates and a somewhat sluggish construction market, said Hastings. SVEC‘s board of directors spent two years weighing options before unanimously deciding a new office was best, and they are in financial position to take on the debt.The building is being constructed with space for new staff members and can accommodate an expansion, Hastings said, though no major growth is anticipated. It also will allow greater privacy for members to meet with co-op staff and improve member services.The new garage will house trucks too large to fit inside existing buildings in Dayton.Said Hastings: “We’ll be able to take better care of the equipment we have.”Contact Vic Bradshaw at 574-6279 or vbradshaw@dnronline.com

Harman Awarded as County Approves $4.4M For Park

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NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
PUBLICATION: Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA)

SECTION: Harrisonburg

DATE: October 26, 2016
HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County has signed off on $4.4 million worth of work at Albert Long Park.
The Board of Supervisors approved several proposals Wednesday for the first phase of construction at the park, which will be on 64 acres east of Harrisonburg off U.S. 33.Supervisors Pablo Cuevas, Michael Breeden, Bill Kyger, Rick Chandler and Fred Eberly voted to approve the proposals.Discussion of the first phase heated up after Mount Crawford-based Partners Excavating submitted an unsolicited proposal in August for the remaining earth work at the park.No one responded when the county sought competing bids through the end of September.The park is expected to cost $22 million and have four multiuse fields, two baseball and two softball fields, three playgrounds, four open-air shelters, a splash pad, amphitheater, walking trails and an indoor recreation center.The $2.2 million Partners proposal approved Wednesday was one of several bids submitted for the first phase of construction, which includes the multiuse fields, baseball and softball fields, underground electric and all earth and road work.The county also awarded a $688,000 contract for Harman Construction Inc. of Harrisonburg for two buildings — a press box with bathrooms and concession stands for the baseball fields and a separate building with bathrooms for the multiuse fields.Broadway-based Trumbo Electric was awarded a $570,500 contract for the electric work.Musco Sports Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa, was awarded a $410,000 contract for the light posts. Not all of the posts for the park will be constructed until the entire park is built.Premier Field Development of Snohomish, Wash., was awarded a $338,000 contract for the fields.Weaver Irrigation + Landscapes of Harrisonburg was awarded a $139,000 contract for irrigation work.The county hopes to finish phase one by the end of 2017. Work could start early next year. It’s unclear when the entire project would be finished because the remaining elements will be constructed as funding is available.The county also set aside $1 million for relocating gravesites found at the park, rock excavation and sanitary sewer installation.Work was halted in 2015 when crews found four headstones near an old fence at the center of the park. An archaeological crew was called in and identified 38 possible grave sites after removing a foot of topsoil where the markers were found and in two other areas that could contain graves, based on historical records and statements from residents.On Monday, County Attorney Tom Miller said, a Rockingham County Circuit Court judge approved exhuming any remains found at the site. The county plans to create a memorial at the location.

Hurricane Matthew Haiti Fundraiser

Harman is supporting and encouraging people of the Shenandoah Valley to grab a meal next Tuesday night, October 25 at A Bowl of Good (5-9 p.m.) to help those who are suffering in Haiti.

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Sponsoring JMU Athletics

Harman Construction Inc is a proud sponsor of JMU Athletics. Keep an eye out for our commercial that will be playing in the Club Level of Bridgeforth Stadium during all JMU football home games.

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Learn what the core of Harman Construction is all about!

Team Spotlight – Dustin Harper

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we highlight one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Dustin Harper

This month the spotlight falls on Dustin Harper – Senior Project Manager 

Dustin came to Harman in June of 2015 and works as a Senior Project Manger, handling scheduling, budgeting, contract management, field coordination with job supervisors and working directly with the clients through the project experience.  Prior to his work at Harman he worked for a top three, national construction company that helped renovate homes for soldiers on various military bases around the United States.

What have been some of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?

One of the first big projects I worked on for Harman was the Plow & Hearth project.  It wasn’t your typical commercial build, but was a multi-use site with warehouse and office space and had some really cool industrial design features throughout.

What have you come to appreciate and value about working with the team at Harman?

I really appreciate the people at Harman.  Despite the typical stresses, deadlines and issues that come with any job the Harman team works well together to overcome the challenges that come.  I know that if I need to work through an issue or a problem I can go to the team and have a real conversation and work to come up with a solution.

What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?

From an early age I worked in my family’s business.  I learned a lot about working as a team and working with the customer.  I learned that relationship building is vital to fostering a good relationship with customers and co-workers alike and that it is key to working through problems.  I also learned the value of hard work and how to lead by example to those around me.

Outside your Harman work, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time?

I love spending time with my family, playing soccer at EMU with my son, time spent outdoors hiking and mountain biking.

To read Dustin Harper’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here

Team Spotlight – Wayne Witmer

Here at Harman we are privileged to have such a great team of people working for our clients. Once a month we highlight one of our team members so that you can get to know them a little bit better.

Wayne Witmer

This month the spotlight falls on Wayne Witmer – President and COO –    Wayne Witmer has been with Harman Construction for the past 26 years.  He provides day to day support and leadership to the overall teams at Harman Construction as well providing needed resource so that each team has what they need to be effective for each and every client Harman serves.

What have been some of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?

One of my favorites would have to be the various projects for Eastern Mennonite University.  They are an excellent organization to work with from start to finish, which makes for a wonderful and solid partnership through each project we work on together.  Of particular interest for me was the building and completion of the University Commons.

Another project that I really enjoyed was the RMH Cancer Center and Medical Office Building in Harrisonburg.  Not only  was it a large project with an an aggressive schedule, but being able to work and support an organization that is doing so many great things in and for our community has been wonderful.

What have you come to appreciate and value about working with the team at Harman?

Each team member brings strengths to the table.  Those strengths help to balance out the team as a whole.  Here at Harman our people are a wonderful mix of visionaries, dreamers and detailed oriented personalities.  Mixing all those strengths really helps our teams bring the very best to the table for our clients day in and day out.  They are an outstanding group of folks that value team over personal goals and it shows in how well our teams work together here at Harman.

What other life experience have you had that helps you in your job today?

I come from a large family where we had to learn to work together and have a mutual give and take in our relationships, both in day to day life as well as in the family business that has spanned the last 75 years.  My dad is a wonderful role model, teaching us how to treat others, how to be strong in our faith and how to run a strong business together.

Outside your Harman work, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time?

I love being involved in my kids activities and in various roles and connections with my church family.  I also enjoy travel, golf, music, history and Cleveland sports teams.

To read Wayne Witmer’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here