Work Begins On SVEC’s $16M Headquarters 


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

Harman Awarded as County Approves $4.4M For Park


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.


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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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 Member Spotlight – David Hughes

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

David Hughes

This month the spotlight falls on David Hughes – Staff Estimator at Harman Construction.  David has been with Harman Construction for the past 11 years.

What is your role at Harman?

I am one the staff estimators and work in the pre-construction department here at Harman.  As part of my job I get to work with a great team of designers, estimators and sales associates.  We work together on the overall project, proposal and pricing for the client.

How did you become an estimator with Harman? 

I attended West Virginia University and originally wanted to work with wildlife and fisheries.  But it’s a crowded profession. After college I started working at a building supply center and learned a lot about the construction industry during that time.  I then came to Harman as a junior estimator and have slowly grown from there to now being a part of the main estimating team.

What has been one of your favorite projects with Harman? Why?

As an estimator I have the privilege of seeing a lot of the new cutting edge technology as it comes into the market.  The Ice skating rink in Bridgewater, VA really embodied some different and innovative design and technology.  I also enjoyed the challenge of seeing the Falls Church hotel in Downtown Falls Church take shape and come to a completed project.  As well as the new cottages at the VA Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.  There is always something different and unique about each project.

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

I really enjoy working with the design team and watching our clients vision come to a beautiful finished product.   I also appreciate the values that Harman, as a company and it’s team members display.  They really value their team members as well as the clients we work for.  And I think it shows in the frequent repeat business we experience.  Clients are treated well, respectfully and we truly help bring their vision for their project to life.

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

I enjoy playing in the adult soccer league as well as watching my own two daughters play soccer and helping to coach their teams.  I also really love history, particularly the Colonial Era & the French and Indian War period.  I used to participate in Living History events with my Dad and then early in my marriage, my wife and I enjoyed participating in the living history events as well.

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

I really credit both of my grandfathers and my parents for helping to instill the value of hard work, treating people well and serving others.  As a kid I loved being a part of the Boy Scouts as well as my church youth group.  I believe that all those experiences help me in my job today.

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

Harman’s Commitment to Help Preserve the Chesapeake Bay

When driving by a Harman Construction site, you would not typically think about how work on that site impacts the Chesapeake Bay.  However, protection of the Bay and its tributaries is a huge part of every Harman Construction project.

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was enacted to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and other waters of the state through the effective use of land management and planning.  At Harman Construction, we are committed to maintaining the quality of our state waters.

On a construction site, the two primary factors impacting water quality are stormwater management and erosion/sediment control. Stormwater runoff from construction sites occurs as a result of precipitation events such as rain water and melted snow.  The goal of stormwater management is to prevent runoff from leaving a construction site and ultimately reaching the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Stormwater ManagementPoorly managed stormwater can cause erosion, flooding, and depositing excess nutrients, sediments, and other contaminates into rivers and streams.  Properly managed stormwater can recharge groundwater and protect adjacent lands from erosion, flooding, and pollutants.

Methods used on a typical Harman site to manage stormwater include erosion/silt fencing, storm drain inlet protection, wash racks at job site entrances, sediment ponds, water diversion dikes/ditches, and gravel construction roads.

Problems associated with construction activities like soil erosion, water pollution, flooding, stream channel damage, slope failures, and damage to adjacent downstream properties are minimized with the implementation of effective erosion/sediment control measures.

Harman’s project superintendent is responsible for the management of erosion and sediment control on each job site.  To ensure effective oversight of water quality measures, Harman’s site superintendent performs daily site inspections to monitor compliance with the project’s storm water management plan.

Healthy state and local economies and a healthy Chesapeake Bay are integrally related; balanced economic development and water quality protection are not mutually exclusive.  At Harman Construction we are committed to our role in the protection of the Chesapeake Bay and the quality of our water supply.

– Gary McBride

LEED AP BD+C, Director of Operations

Team Member Spotlight – John Bazan

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

This month the spotlight falls on John Bazan – Safety Director at Harman Construction.  

John Bazan - Safety Director

John Bazan – Safety Director

How long have you been with Harman and what role do you serve?

I have been with Harman Construction for the last ten years and serve as the Safety Director.  My role is to make sure our men and sub-contractors are staying safe on all of our job sites.  I also manage a safety team that consists of our job superintendents.  They help me make sure we are staying safe and abiding by current OSHA rules and regulations.   

What have you come to appreciate/value about working on the team at Harman? 

I really appreciate how well the guys on the field work together.  They understand what it takes to get the job done and they really come together as a team.  Having team players who are open to one another’s ideas and to the ebb and flow of the job is important. They really mesh together well and it makes a huge difference on each job.

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

I think the missions trip I took to Haiti, leading a team and working with many different people helps me in my day to day work.  When you spend time working with people in a mission setting, you learn about teamwork and meshing together to complete a common task or goal.  I also think I’m a rather personable person and they say I can talk to anyone.  That comes in handy when working with our clients and Harman team members.

Why do you think potential clients should consider working with Harman? 

We work hard to give the best quality product and job to each of our customers.  The end result matters and it’s important that we arrive at the completion of a project safely for our staff and clients.

Outside of Harman, what other things do you enjoy in your down-time.

I love to spend time with my wife.  We enjoy camping together and I love to ride my motorcycle.  We also love spending time with our boys when they come into town.

To read John’s full bio or to contact him – Click Here.

The Association of General Contractors and Why We are Members

I have always told my children to be careful who you hang out with because your peers can be a good influence or a bad one.

This is good advice for all of us and we have followed that advice here at Harman.  Harman Construction Inc. has been a proud member of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) for nearly 30 years.

The (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters.

Assosiated General Contractor logo

We believe the AGC makes us stronger in many ways:

  1. Networking – The ability to network with and learn from the best of the construction industry keeps us sharp and gives us a resource to bounce strategies and ideas off of.
  2. Training – Top rate instructional seminars and workshops are scheduled to keep our team up to date on trends in the industry and to give us tools to do our jobs better.
  3. Advocacy – together we can make our voice heard at the national and state level of government.  Laws are often made by well meaning (sometimes) politicians who simply do not understand the issues that we face in our industry.  It is critical that we do our part to support our industry and make our voice heard.
  4. Workforce development – Finding well qualified workers for the construction industry is likely the greatest challenge we face.  As our workforce has aged we have found that younger workers are often not choosing our industry.  The AGC is working tirelessly to get the word out and train our future workforce.  Often middle school and high school students are encouraged to go to college even when it may not be the right fit for the student.  There are many well-paying and rewarding careers in construction that require a college degree and many that do not.  Working with the AGC we can match these young people with a construction career that is right for them.
  5. Service – AGC members give back to their communities through charity and service projects.  The local Valley chapter has sponsored a blood drive in recent years that has contributed on average of 75-100 units of blood each year.

The friendships I have made in my years of serving the AGC in various roles have been fantastic and have made me a better person and professional.

I would encourage each of you to get engaged with and contribute to the associations and peer groups in your work place or areas of interest.  You will be part of making a difference in people lives and contributing to the building of better places to live and work.

~Wayne Witmer

President & COO – Harman Construction, Inc.