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Lewis Promoted to Vice President of Hybrid Construction

Garrett Lewis promoted to vice president of hybrid construction

New Position Signifies Growth of Hybrid Construction at Reynolds Harrisburg, PA – In recognition of his contributions to Reynolds’ growth and success, Garrett Lewis has been promoted to vice president of hybrid construction. In this newly created position, he will strengthen the company’s delivery of hybrid construction to Pennsylvania public agencies. Working with company executives, Lewis will enhance continuity and communication among Reynolds’ divisions and develop product deliverables that result in real construction savings for public agency clients, such as school districts. “Garrett’s vision and agility have been instrumental in Reynolds’ growth in hybrid construction, and we welcome him to our leadership team, where he’ll have a more direct impact on shaping our strategies,” said David Angle, chief executive officer of Reynolds. “Garrett’s hard work and dedication have raised the bar and improved performance across the company.” Lewis joined Reynolds in 2015 in a business development role with grant writing, policy and legislative affairs, and sales and marketing duties. He was influential in the development and refinement of hybrid construction methodology, including the use of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act in combination with design-bid-build construction to accomplish public school renovation programs. In 2017, he transitioned to an account/project executive role, […]

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Shippensburg Area School District: Energy Conservation Success Story

Shippensburg Area School District gymnasium lighting

Background Shippensburg Area School District (SASD) is a mid-sized, suburban school district that straddles Franklin and Cumberland Counties in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania. Encompassing approximately 129 square miles, it serves approximately 3,200 students in grades K-12. Today, the district’s six buildings’ operating systems hum with efficiency and SASD is the poster child for energy conservation program success. But that wasn’t the case almost a decade ago. In 2010, bogged down by supersized utility bills and inefficient energy practices, the district sought to enact a guaranteed energy savings project to bring their energy costs under control. Their goals were to minimize the effects of the impending electrical deregulation by substantially reducing electrical usage, improve systems efficiency district-wide, extend the life of their existing infrastructure, and implement a comprehensive energy project. Under Reynolds Energy Services’ guidance, the district implemented a conservation program, but just as importantly educated faculty, staff, and students on the value and benefit of energy conservation efforts for long-term success and sustainability. Project Overview Working with the school board and administration, Reynolds developed and constructed a guaranteed energy savings project at all district buildings, which included the high school, middle school, intermediate school, two elementary schools, and […]

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Employee Spotlight: Dan Nadolny

Dan Nadolny Reynolds Energy Services Performance Assurance Manager

Meet Dan Nadolny, PE, CEM, CMVP, LEED AP Describe what you do for Reynolds Energy Services. I’m the Performance Assurance Manager, which means that I manage projects in the performance stage, create measurement and verification (M&V) plans, and support project development to ensure that overall project performance is of the highest quality. In other words, from the beginning of the project development through performance, I am engaged in providing a quality product for our clients. How does your behind-the-scenes job play a role in maintaining good customer relationships? I discuss projects with clients through phone calls, emails, and on-site meetings to help ensure overall satisfaction post-construction. I also provide quarterly updates for their review. How have Reynolds’ energy services evolved since you started working here? Since I began here in 2010, we’ve grown substantially from a few projects totaling less than $300,000 a year in annual guarantees, to now over a dozen projects in performance and over $1 million in annual guarantees being tracked.  What is an accomplishment you’ve had at Reynolds that you’re most proud of and why? The initial M&V department and performance tracking consisted of 1 or 2 reports and no standardized templates. Since 2012, I have taken […]

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Organization’s Carbon Footprint

Five Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Tips for Reducing Environmental Impact Organizations regionally, nationally, and globally are reducing their environmental impact by decreasing waste; switching to renewable energy sources; and becoming more eco-responsible in their respective industries. Companies in the food and beverage and travel and tourism industries, for example, are pledging to ditch plastic straws or switch to 100% bio-degradable materials for serveware and drink ware. Grocers across the country are making the commitment to phase out plastic bags and asking customers to bring reusable totes and bags for their groceries. Some organizations have completely moved to 100% renewable energy to power their facilities. Ways to Reduce Environmental Impact in Construction The construction and building industry is no different, making strategic and thoughtful changes to building practices to help reduce the impact new construction and renovation has on the environment. Organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have committed to helping transform how buildings are designed and constructed by benchmarking energy usage and developing the green building rating system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), creating incentives for organizations to build eco-friendly structures. Reynolds, a leader in sustainable commercial building practices and a certified energy services company, works with owners in industries […]

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Hard-Hatted Women: Recognizing Women in Construction

Women serve many roles at Reynolds

An Interview with Four Women from Reynolds According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represent almost half of total employees across all industries, but only about 10 percent of the construction workforce. At Reynolds, where the percentage of the female workforce is double the national average at 20 percent, we are proud to recognize the women that form the backbone of our company. Already possessing industry-critical skills and expertise, such as leadership, management, strategy, business, sales, and marketing, women are a natural fit for a wide range of construction roles. Women at Reynolds are project managers, engineers, marketers, accountants, project coordinators, human relations professionals, restoration technicians, and more. We asked four women to describe their roles in the construction industry and how the industry has influenced their careers.   Shawna Strine Role: Project Manager Years with Reynolds: 18   Roshelle Fennell, CDT Role: Senior Project Manager Years with Reynolds: 6   Erin Kelly Role: Energy Engineer Years with Reynolds: 1   Karla Villamizar, CEM Role: Project Development Engineer Years with Reynolds: 1   Why did you choose a career in construction? Shawna: I started with Reynolds as a receptionist and decided to learn more about Reynolds and construction. Therefore, […]

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Project Spotlight: Armstrong Junior/Senior High School

Armstrong Junior/Senior High School in Armstrong School District

Project Spotlight: Armstrong Junior/Senior High School Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania, the 270,658-square-foot Armstrong Junior/Senior High School (AJSHS) is the largest school in Armstrong School District. The facility is the culmination of years of community debate, the topic of which is familiar to districts whose population is waning and student base is shrinking: how can our aging facilities best serve our students now and in the future? Exploring Options After exploring additions and renovations options for several outdated schools, the answer for Armstrong School District was to consolidate three schools into one new facility for up to 1,750 students in grades 7 to 12. The $47.6 million building is a symbol of stability and new beginnings for a region that has experienced the shutdown of major industries, population decline, and school closures. When the region was at its peak in the 1970s, there were seven high schools in the district. By the time AJSHS was built in 2015, two of the three remaining high schools in the district were shuttered and its students were consolidated under one roof at the centrally located new school. Reynolds performed program management services while the district was debating […]

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Reynolds Restoration Services Promotes Herrington

Reynolds Restoration Services promotes Curtis Herrington to emergency services field supervisor

Elkridge, MD — Reynolds Restoration Services has promoted Curtis Herrington to emergency services field supervisor. In his new role, Herrington will oversee all emergency service projects in the Baltimore/Metro D.C. service area and will bridge gaps between field and administrative staff to ensure quality and client satisfaction. “Since joining Reynolds last year, Curtis has demonstrated a commitment to customer service and attention to detail,” said Anthony Worrall, president of Reynolds Restoration Services. “This promotion acknowledges his hard work, growth mindset, and positive attitude.” Herrington began his career with Reynolds in 2018 as a restoration technician. He has four years of crew leader experience within the restoration industry for commercial mitigation and large loss. About Reynolds Restoration Services Reynolds Restoration Services is the premier disaster restoration and reconstruction company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, 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 12 years of experience in the emergency restoration industry, Reynolds Restoration Services is a division of Reynolds, a full-service building solutions provider offering construction, construction management, energy, and commissioning and engineering services. For more information, visit www.ReynoldsSolutions.com.

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How Do Preconstruction Services Add Value to a Project?

Phoenixville Middle School

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: The Value of a Preconstruction Team When it comes to ‘a penny saved is a penny earned,’ preconstruction teams know that savings uncovered with skilled estimating and bidding services can be worth their weight in gold. That’s why Reynolds’ preconstruction team, with 240 years of combined experience, scours procurement options, drawings, plans and schedules to uncover ways to put money back into school districts’ pockets, saving up to millions of dollars and putting funds back in budgets for projects that had previously been bumped from the “must do” list. Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) experienced the value of Reynolds’ preconstruction services team during the construction of the new Phoenixville Area Middle School and District Administration Office (DAO), when Reynolds’ preconstruction solutions provided the district with enough cost reductions to fund turf athletic fields, tackling site and schedule challenges along the way. Solving Challenges When PASD was first provided with the lowest conceptual estimate of over $70 million for project costs by a competing firm for both the middle school and administrative offices, it looked as though the idea of turf athletic fields would have to be placed on the back burner to devote […]

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Employee Spotlight: Todd Buzard

Todd Buzard

Meet Todd Buzard, Vice President of Preconstruction Services Q: What is your position at Reynolds and what do you do? A: I am the Vice President of Preconstruction Services. I oversee a department of six that puts together detailed estimates and preliminary designs to control construction costs. Q: How long have you worked at Reynolds? A: I’ve been with Reynolds since its inception in 1994, so I’ll be celebrating my 25-year “Reynolds-versary” this year along with the company. Q: How has the industry changed since you first started? A: Technology has changed everything. When I started, there were no personal computers, company issued cell phones, or email. There was a single huge IBM main frame computer located across the street and you had a computer terminal at your desk. When you wanted to print an estimate, you had to go across the street to get the printout. Q: What is an accomplishment at Reynolds you’re most proud of and why? A: Being a part of the team that built the Bedford Springs Resort was a huge accomplishment. It’s a beautiful, iconic resort with historical significance, but it almost wasn’t restored to its former glory because of bumps along the way. […]

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Value Engineering: How to Reduce Costs without Sacrificing Project Vision

Value engineering

Why VE Is Integral in Construction Projects At Reynolds, we understand vision and design often drive a project, particularly for school districts and other organizations who want to increase comfort and improve aesthetics in new and renovated buildings. New trends in design, combined with the integration of technology into buildings and advances in building materials, though, can sometimes add to overall costs and expenses, putting projects over budget. This can often lead to frustration and anxiety for owners, as they may feel they have to sacrifice their vision and reduce the scope of the project in order to complete a project on-budget (and even on-time). Rather than immediately scaling back on scope and building program, or reactively cutting costs that may impact the overall value and the architect’s Design Intent, Reynolds works with our clients and design team partners to identify ways to achieve project success without sacrificing the project vision through a process called Value Engineering. What Is Value Engineering? Value Engineering, or VE, is a method of evaluating the components of a construction project to identify ways to provide for the intended design, use (program)– or vision – by using alternative materials and systems to reduce the overall […]

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