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Employee Spotlight: Don Holstein

Donald Holstein

Employee Spotlight: Don Holstein Describe what you do at Reynolds Restoration Services. As the branch manager at the King of Prussia office, I guide quality control of the office’s work, from initial emergency response to project closeout. How long have you worked in the restoration services industry? For more than 20 years. October is Fire Prevention Month. What are some of your favorite fire prevention tips? Fire safety starts with you. Get out, stay out, and know two ways out. What is an accomplishment at RRS that you’re most proud of and why? Handling being emergency services manager and branch manager at the same time while moving our branch in a positive, forward direction. What is your favorite thing about working for RRS? I appreciate the family atmosphere and the people I work with. What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? In the restoration industry, there are so many challenges that it always keeps us on our toes and keeps things interesting. What is something that people would be surprised to know about you? I have been a volunteer fireman since I was 14 years old. What are some side projects or hobbies you have outside […]

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Five Steps to Do After a House Fire

Navigating the Road to Recovery Fire can be one of the most devasting and traumatic experiences for homeowners. In a matter of minutes – or even seconds – property and belongings can be damaged, and oftentimes homeowners are at a loss for how to start the daunting task of clean up and restoration. At Reynold Restoration Services, we have more than a decade of experience helping homeowners recover after a fire. From working with insurance adjusters to delicately restoring family heirlooms, our team of restoration specialists is ready to help, providing comfort along the way. Five Steps After a Fire If you’ve experienced a fire in your home, it’s important to take these five steps as you and your family begin the rebuilding process: Once the fire is extinguished, call a restoration company like Reynolds Restoration Services. Restoration professionals can help you through the recovery process and can suggest next steps based on the severity of the fire. Reynolds Restoration Services is available 24/7 to respond. For safety reasons, only enter the home with the Fire Marshall or Reynolds Restoration Services until the property is cleared for entrance. Contact your insurance company, get a claim number and a possible day […]

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The Future Looks Bright: Three Reasons to Choose Solar Energy

solar panel installation

There are many reasons, both economic and environmental, businesses and organizations may choose to convert to solar powered energy. Whether the goal is to reduce utility expenses, or to help the environment, now is an opportune time to explore solar energy for Pennsylvania businesses and organizations. Federal and state regulations, as well as the reduction in up-front investments costs, have created a clear path to move to solar more easily than in years past. At Reynolds, our team of energy engineers offers three economic reasons for businesses to move to solar energy: 1. Solar Panel Costs Have Decreased Significantly While solar power was discovered in 1839 by physicist Edmond Becquerel, it wasn’t until 1954 the first practical solar cell was invented by Bell Labs. Even then, the cells were not very efficient, operating at just 2% efficiency and costing $1,785/watt (of rated capacity). Over the next several decades, technology improved, creating a means for businesses to convert to solar energy. Today, commercially produced solar cells can be produced and installed for under $3/watt and operate between 19% and 23% efficiency. Solar technology has improved exponentially in the last decade, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, costs for solar […]

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The Hybrid Construction Solution

Pennsylvania public K-12 districts are tasked with delivering programs that fulfill the goals set forth in their mission statements, such as educational excellence, student success, and community involvement. At Reynolds, we understand the opportunities but also the challenges created when undertaking such critical and important missions. Districts are faced with constraints of reduced state aid (such as PlanCon funding) and increased public sensitivity to local taxation. This fiscal environment can present revenue challenges, even for the best administrators and school boards, who are tasked with managing the delicate balance between operational and capital needs. As schools’ opportunities and challenges have evolved, so has the Pennsylvania public school construction industry’s responsibility to deliver the high-quality experience and demanding expectations of students and communities. The Evolution of Public School Construction In 1994, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling allowed the delivery of agency construction management services on public school construction projects that are required by statute to utilize a multi-separate prime design/bid/build model, where the agency is the general contractor. While there are aspects of the current statute framework that are beneficial (e.g., competitive bidding), it often puts school districts in an unenviable position of legal liability management, change order exposure, and project […]

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Employee Spotlight: Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis promoted to vice president of hybrid construction

Get to know Garrett Lewis, Reynolds’ Vice President of Hybrid Construction Describe your roles at Reynolds, culminating in your current role as Vice President of Hybrid Construction. My roles at Reynolds have been primarily sales and client management related and managing legislative and government affairs. I joined Reynolds in 2015 in a business development role and during that time was influential in the development and refinement of hybrid construction methodology. In 2017, I transitioned to an account/project executive role, working to develop and support project delivery for more than $100 million of public K-23 school design and construction projects. Today, as VP of Hybrid Construction, my responsibility is rolling out deliverables, such as the Enhanced District Options Study (EDOS) and Long-Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) plan, which has provided me with the opportunity to work more closely with our operations staff. What do you want educators to know about hybrid construction? Hybrid construction is where districts can best minimize risk exposure, ensure project quality, and deliver best value. What is an accomplishment at Reynolds you’re most proud of and why? The successful rollout of the EDOS deliverable. The EDOS has changed how we develop projects from beginning to end. It’s also […]

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Building the Future: Inspiring the Next Generation of Construction Professionals through Education

The construction industry is booming now, and with it there is a shortage of workers in the construction trades as well construction professional positions. This shortage can have a negative impact on the quality, cost, and duration of building projects. One way to combat this situation is to engage the generation that will greatly influence the industry’s success: high school students on the cusp of making career decisions. That was the impetus behind the development of Reynolds’ student education program, which uses active school construction projects as the centerpiece of its educational component. Last year, Reynolds introduced the program to three Pennsylvania school districts where Reynolds is managing new construction or addition/renovation projects: Altoona Area (new high school), Peters Township (new high school), and Cornwall-Lebanon (elementary school addition/renovation). Sessions at several other districts with active projects are planned in upcoming months. The sessions consist of a presentation followed by a tour of the project in construction. Some of the elements included in the sessions are: Introduction to the Design/Construction Industry – Although building construction is a large sector of the construction industry, there are many other sectors to consider, such as bridge and highway, industrial, and residential. Students review the […]

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Friday Night Brights – Lighting Your Stadium to Improve Efficiency and the Spectator Experience

Mt. Pleasant football stadium lighting project

The smell of leaves. The sound of the referee’s whistle. The sight of your school’s football team…cast in shadows and uneven lighting. Don’t let a low-quality lighting system ruin the fun fall tradition of Friday night lights! If your school district’s Friday night football games are being played under the same lighting system that was there when the stadium was installed 10 or more years ago, it’s time to consider a system replacement. An old and inefficient lighting system may not just be robbing spectators of a nicely lit game experience; it could also be robbing your budget of unnecessarily high utility and maintenance monies. Mt. Pleasant Area School District offers an example of a lighting replacement project that quickly provided a healthy return on investment. The district kicked off its project in June 2018 with the goal of lighting the first home football game on August 31. The work included replacing the high mast lights and running new power and control wiring from the stadium’s main distribution panel to the new poles. The new Musco Lighting system included glare-free LED lights and digital lighting controls with smart phone application usability. Most importantly, energy use has been reduced by 48 […]

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Employee Spotlight: Jimmie Ponzo

Jimmie Ponzo

Meet Jimmie Ponzo, the on-site construction manager at the Union Canal Elementary School renovation project who never misses a chance to interact with students. Describe what you do at Reynolds. I’m currently working as an on-site construction manager at the Union Canal Elementary School renovation project. Some of my daily duties consist of documentation, conducting meetings, safety checks, quality assurance, and cost control. How long have you worked in the construction industry? I’ve been in the industry for 19 years. I graduated in 2000 with an associate degree in carpentry from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. What is an accomplishment at Reynolds you’re most proud of and why? I would have to say the Mechanicsburg Harley Davidson dealership renovation project. They were a great client to work for and I enjoyed seeing how much the employees loved the new layout and finishes. How do you get involved with the schools you work in? I ALWAYS make myself available for school functions, such as morning announcements and school skits, as well as greeting students at the bus loop at least once a week. I also make time for project tours and educating high school students who are interested in construction. Who […]

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Reynolds Restoration Services Launches PREP Program

Harrisburg, PA – Reynolds Restoration Services, a disaster restoration and reconstruction company, is proud to announce the launch of the Proactive Restoration and Emergency Planning Program, or PREP, for businesses in the region. PREP is designed to help businesses prepare to respond to an emergency or disaster related to flood, fire, storm or other related incidents and events. “We know that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen following a disaster, and of those businesses that do reopen, 25 percent will shut their doors within two years. The PREP Program is designed to help businesses proactively prepare for a disaster or emergency, minimizing their risk and downtime,” says Anthony Worrall, president of Reynolds Restoration Services. “Our goal is to help businesses be ready to respond to events from the smallest emergency to the largest disaster.” As part of the PREP Program, a Commercial Restoration Specialist will work with a business owner to review and finalize their emergency response procedures and protocols, ensuring a proper emergency and disaster plan is ready and in place. The no-cost program documents emergency procedures in a centralized location and is accessible to facilities and maintenance teams and business leadership utilizing cloud-based software. Other features of […]

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Reynolds Restoration Services Promotes Holstein

Donald Holstein

King of Prussia, PA – Reynolds Restoration Services, a disaster restoration and reconstruction company, has promoted Donald Holstein to branch manager of its King of Prussia, PA, location. In his new role, Holstein will guide quality control of the branch, from initial emergency response to reconstruction to project closeout. “In his four years with Reynolds Restoration Services, Don’s knowledge of emergency services and dedication to Reynolds have helped create a family atmosphere in the office that contributes to a higher quality of work from our staff,” said Anthony Worrall, president of Reynolds Restoration Services. “Don has big goals to grow and further develop his team and enhance the quality of our customer service.” Holstein, who previously served as Project Manager/Estimator and Emergency Services Manager, has 19 years of experience in restoration and is certified as a Water Damage Restoration Technician by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). About Reynolds Restoration Services Reynolds Restoration Services is the premier disaster restoration and reconstruction company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C. and Maryland service areas. Our qualified and dedicated staff are always on call to respond to fire, smoke, water, mold, and wind damage. With over 14 years of […]

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