MEDCO In the News
For two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 16 & 23, MEDCO served alongside Hearts & Hammers to repair a house in Dallas. Participants replaced sliding windows, doors and a ramp as well as painted the exterior of the house and undertook hours of yard work, complete with a few run-ins with some poison ivy!
Hearts & Hammers is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex.
MEDCO would like to recognize Gail Dillard for her outstanding work in spearheading MEDCO’s involvement, as well as Louis Schindler who serves on the Board for Hearts & Hammers and oversees the work on numerous houses. In addition, MEDCO would like to thank numerous employees and their family members for volunteering their time and efforts in this project. MEDCO was also joined by six student volunteers from Texas A&M Commerce.
A very big thank you to everyone who was involved in this project!
Several MEDCO Construction employees and their families participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Dallas on September 9th. The purpose of this event was to raise funds and awareness in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Participants, including William Machado, Chris Robinson, Jay Wester, Niki Atherton, Lynne Meers, Louis Schindler, Denward Freeman, and family members, walked 3.5 miles in the heart of downtown Dallas. This event further proved MEDCO's core value of integrity which includes "...seeking to better the communities in which we live and work". Thank you to everyone who donated and participated!
Josh Grizzle has been recognized by his peers at MEDCO Construction as “Employee of the Month” for August. Here are excerpts from the nomination forms:
“Your leadership, expertise and work ethic have resulted in the success of an extremely difficult project." - Gail Maxwell.
“As the millwork project manager for the Complex Multi-phase, Multi-building Cardiovascular Operating Room project, I can personally attest to how much work was needed coordinating the special needs of the hospital over the length of the two and a half year project. I can’t think of a time when Josh ever let me down getting me information I needed or coordinating something for me.” – Tonya Davenport
Great job, Josh! And thank you!
Lake Pointe Church recognized the upcoming construction of the new Forney campus with a ceremonial ground breaking on Sunday morning, August 27th. Members and guests enjoyed music, prayer, special words, and fellowship while savoring treats from food trucks. This campus currently meets in a school and members looks forward to having their own facility. Construction is scheduled to start on October 1st. Andy Kelley, Senior Project Manager, and Eric Tolar, Superintendent, will lead this twelve month project for MEDCO Construction while working with our valued subcontractors and suppliers as well as Beck Architecture and the corresponding engineering firms. We at MEDCO are thankful for Lake Pointe Church’s continued trust and confidence in the expertise and services we provide.
MEDCO Construction joined many on Thursday, August 24, 2017 to celebrate the completion of the new larger Emergency Department at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, a $15 million construction project that doubles the size of the previous Emergency Department and includes two trauma rooms, four triage rooms, 34 treatment rooms, an imaging area, and shell space to add four more exams rooms and one additional trauma room if needed. A new all-weather heated helipad sits directly on top of the new emergency department and allows a patient to be taken to a trauma room on the ground floor in less than two minutes. We at MEDCO Construction thank Baylor Scott & White Health for trusting us with this project.
Congratulations to Aaron Autin, Project Manager, Leo Romero, Superintendent, and the other MEDCO associates working on this project. (See photo.) We at MEDCO also congratulate the subcontractors and suppliers who made this project as success as well as CBRE, HKS, Inc., WSP+CCRD, RLG, and Kimley-Horn.
This project is a success for many reasons including the fact that there was not a single lost time injury during the 16 months of construction for MEDCO Construction or the subcontractors working on the project site.
MECO Construction congratulates Chase Shimek for being confirmed for the position of Chair-Elect for 2018 for the TEXO Young Constructors Council (YCC). YCC is a group of construction industry professionals in the DFW Metroplex under the age of 40 who come together to learn about the industry, develop leadership skills, network, build relationships, and benefit from one another. Congratulations Chase! We are proud of you!
Michael Brezik has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for July. "Michael has worked tirelessly over the past month to make sure his Baylor Plano ICU Renovation job was completed on time and under budget for the owner. I have observed him spend many late nights at the job trailer ensuring that every loose end for his job is tied up and he is prepared to tackle the upcoming days challenges. He has displayed an exceptional composure when working with delays, always remembering to represent MEDCO's professionalism and commitment to safety and respect on the jobsite. His relentless dedication to MEDCO excellence not only on this ICU job but also on Plano tickets as well has made him an invaluable asset for MEDCO as we spearhead the workload at the Plano Campus." Congratulations! And thank you Michael!
Safety is MEDCO Construction's first core value. Therefore, we want to recognize the following MEDCO Construction personnel who attended the AGC/TEXO "Focus Four Training" on August 2, 2017. This was an all-day class covering the OSHA Top Four Construction Hazards. This training helps individuals identify, prevent, and correct issues on job sites in their leadership roles at MEDCO. Join us in congratulating these men for the course completion. They all received a certificate. 1. Luis Guel - Service Group 2. Miguel Arellano - Lake Pointe Medical Project 3. Jerson Machado - Communications 4. Rogelio Ybarra - Mechanical 5. Eleuterio Rivera - Sustaita - Mechanical 6. Jaime Flores - Electrical 7. Henry Montiel - Electrical 8. Angel Machado - Communications 9. Jesus Herrera - Electrical
10. Jorge Sanchez - Electrical 11. Dagoberto Esquivel - Electrical 12. Joe Lopez - Plano 13. Pedro Maldonado - Plano
MEDCO Construction enjoyed having several college interns work for us this summer. This year we also welcomed Karrington Bradley, a high school intern through the Dallas Mayor's Intern Fellows program. We thank all of our interns for their contributions and share a note from Karrington. "Being able to work at MEDCO Construction for the past eight weeks has been a huge reward. The internship has been fun and I always stay busy. I’ve met great people who love what they do. In all this time, I feel not like an intern, but a part of the MEDCO family. I currently work as a marketing intern at the company’s Crutcher Street office. This position has allowed me to gain real-world experience in communications, marketing, construction and more. MEDCO and my supervisor, Lynne Meers, have revived my love of learning and given me just about everything I could hope for in an internship. Not every intern can say that about their experience. I’ve grown to love MEDCO as a company. I give a big thank you to everyone who has helped me this summer and an honorary mention to Denward Freeman for graciously accepting me to the company." ---Karrington Bradley Photo from the annual Mayor's Intern Fellows Program Luncheon. Karrington's Mom, Karen Bradley, joined us.
Baylor Scott & White Health along with the Dallas Cowboys hosted a Topping Off event on July 18, 2017 for the Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star. MEDCO associates along with nearly 300 construction workers joined the celebration. The construction workers received a standing ovation for their work. The audience also applauded when the safety record and focus was noted from the podium. Comments were made by several dignitaries including Lavone Arthur, Chief Integration Officer, Jim Hinton, CEO, and Jim Turner, Board Chair from BSWH; Jeff Cheney, Frisco’s Mayor; and Jerry Jones and Jerry Jones, Jr. with the Dallas Cowboys. Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO stated, “MEDCO is honored to partner with the Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Scott & White Health on this project. In addition, we value our relationship with our subcontractor partners and acknowledge the expertise and commitment to excellence they bring to our projects.”
Several MEDCO associates joined many others on June 26th at the 20th Annual Young Life Golf Classic to support Rockwall County Young Life. The big winners were the kids in Young Life! We at MEDCO are thankful for this organization and the opportunity to support them again this year. Special thanks goes to Sue Almond, Daniele Stroud, and the many volunteers who gave their time and energy to make the tournament a success. We also thank all those who supported Rockwall Young Life by playing golf, providing a prize for the raffle drawing, and/or by giving a donation. Young Life introduces youth to the message of Jesus Christ by earning the right to be heard through relationships.
Samuel Linan has been recognized by his peers as “Employee of the Month” for June. Fellow associates stated, “Samuel has made himself available as a Superintendent Helper, Project Administrator, and a Project Manager. He has gone over and above his duties. We at Plano Heart Hospital appreciate all he is doing for the team. Samuel steps up to the plate and works anytime we need him. He also takes on multiple roles to keep everything going, consistently going above and beyond to accommodate the client's needs. He consistently addresses subcontractor concerns quickly and effectively.” Great job Samuel! Thank you!
We at MEDCO are excited to be participating in the Dallas Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program this summer. See below to learn more. We’re glad she is here along with our college interns this summer. My name is Karrington Bradley. The Dallas Mayor’s Intern program is a curriculum to help Dallas ISD upcoming juniors and seniors get a competitive edge in the working world. In the summer of 2016, 385 student interns were hired from 47 different schools with 240 companies and non-profits. The program offers 8 hours of work-readiness training, 4+ hours towards volunteer work, and leadership development training. I’m very grateful to be working here and I’m so excited to get to know everyone!
MEDCO employees, retirees, and family members gathered for the annual picnic on Sat, June 10th. This year we called it a "Family Cookout" since some of our team prepared the meat. The day was filled with fellowship, kiddie train rides, face painting, Kona ice truck treats, a kids' fishing tournament, volleyball, safety awards, and a great meal blessed with prayer. This annual event is a day to relax and celebrate the MEDCO team members and the family members that support us as we fulfill the MEDCO mission to "Provide expertise. Invest in people. Build relationships."
At MEDCO "Integrity" includes seeking to better the communities in which we live and work. Earlier this year Jay Wester, Sr PM, spoke about career choices for Texas A&M Commerce Student Construction Association (SCA). SCA will be led by Chris Blair this coming year. Chris worked for MEDCO as an intern and now works on a part time basis. Congratulations Chris on being President! Jay returned to A&M Commerce to observe the Senior Capstone presentations (photo). Jay also serves on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for the Construction Engineering School. Thank you, Jay, for serving in the community!
MEDCO Construction is honored to receive three awards at the recent American Subcontractor Association of North Texas Annual Awards Dinner. We congratulates the specific project teams as well as thank the subcontractors and supplier community for their contributions and partnership with MEDCO on all of our projects. We appreciate you! *Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology - Aaron Autin, PM & David Kelly, Sup. *Chase Oaks Sloan Creek - Jim Terhune, SPM & Todd Wilson, Sup. *Safety Award, Division II
Steve Sagraves has been recognized by his peers as “Employee of the Month” for May. A peer shared the following, "Steve has presented unwavering professionalism and dedication to the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (BUMC) campus. He manages the Service Group and constantly helps other teams with his knowledge of the campus and relationships with Owners and their representatives. Gail Maxwell has entrusted Steve with the duty of tracking all BUMC tickets, even those outside of his normal carpentry scope." Way to go Steve! And thank you!
44 years ago on June 6, 1973, Louis Schindler started his career with Baylor Medical Center’s Construction Company, Gaston Construction, which became MEDCO Construction in 1984. Louis started as a carpenter, worked his way through college, and then became a carpenter foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, and then Vice President of MEDCO Construction. Louis is a skillful manager with the ability to actually construct the work he manages. Louis has been a leader and a contributor to the construction industry. We are proud of Louis and we appreciate his expertise, his commitment to excellence, and his 44 years of contributions.
We're excited to share that our email domain is now @MEDCOconstruction.com. Email addresses will follow the format of First.Last@MEDCOconstruction.com. (There will be a few exceptions depending on the person's name.)
Chris and Denise Robinson, Brian Bolden, and Aaron Clayton participated in the Chase the Mission 5K and Fun Run to support Youth Mission trips for Chase Oaks Church. Chase Oaks Church chose MEDCO Construction over ten years ago to build two new buildings on their new campus. Today, we are partnering with the church on a satellite campus that will be our fifth project with them. We value our relationship with Chase Oaks and are thankful they trust MEDCO to build the buildings where they share the love of Jesus.
Come out and join many from MEDCO Construction on June 26th at Buffalo Creek Golf Club for the 20th Annual Young Life Golf Classic and take part in making a difference in the lives of teens. It's a 4-person scramble with morning and afternoon tee times. Contact Daniele Stroud for a registration form or for any questions (214-820-6298/Daniele.Stroud@BSWHealth.org). Young Life introduces youth to the message of Christ by earning the right to be heard through relationships.
Tanya Fuller has been recognized by her peers as "Employee of the Month" for February. Tanya assumed the role of Payroll Manager in August 2016 and has done a great job! While Tanya was navigating the learning curve, she continued to do some of the functions of her former position. In her new role she was introduced to a new software system; she responded to the IRS moving the filing date deadlines up; and she handled a system malfunction causing the W-2's to not print correctly. Through all of that, Tanya kept a positive attitude and persevered. She did what was necessary to not miss any federal deadlines and ultimately all of us MEDCO employees were paid on time! Thank you Tanya!
The Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth won first place in this year’s TEXO Distinguished Building Awards competition in the Interior Finish-Out 2 ($500 K - 2 M) category. Congratulations to the MEDCO Team led by Aaron Autin, Project Manager, and David Kelly, Superintendent! Great job!
Earlier this week, twelve MEDCO associates gave their time to serve lunch to homeless men and women at the Cornerstone Community Kitchen. The participants included Angela Allen, Jolie Key, Dylan Thorwaldson, Denward Freeman, Amy Roberts, Louis Schindler, David Coatney, Joey Spencer, Steve Sagraves, Greg Matthews, Jesus Carmona, and Preston Prine. MEDCO is blessed with associates who are generous in the giving of their time and funds to various needs.
Baylor Scott & White Health leaders joined Pflugerville city officials Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction on a new medical center set to open in 2018. http://bit.ly/2kcOeAo
On February 8, 2017 MEDCO Construction joined leaders from Baylor Scott & White Health and Pflugerville city officials to break ground and celebrate the start of construction on a new medical center that will serve the medical and wellness needs of Pflugerville, a growing community north of Austin. Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO, stated, “MEDCO Construction appreciates the continued trust from Baylor Scott & White Health to provide the construction expertise as the system expands to serve the needs of growing communities.”
Denward Freeman stated, "Mike Shipley, the first employee that Baylor hired to create the construction group and eventually MEDCO Construction, landed a big one! We owe a lot to Mike. He set a standard of excellence that allowed us to pursue our vision of being the most respected and sought after construction company whose culture, quality, and customer care are unsurpassed in the industry. Mike exhibited a strong commitment to safety, lead with integrity, required service excellence, empowered our people, and demanded continuous improvement. Mike is enjoying retirement."
On February 7, 2017 MEDCO Construction celebrated reaching 900 days without a lost time accident! And as of today, we are at 909 days without a lost time accident. Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO, stated, “This is a significant achievement since we have 275 employees doing electrical, mechanical, carpentry, millwork, and construction management. Our people are working at risk every day with a commitment to our first core value, which is Safety. Specifically, we commit to the safest work site possible for the protection of employees, project team members, and customers. We want everyone to go home every day safe, sound, and injury free.” Steve Eppler, MEDCO’s Safety Director, regularly sends messages, walks job sites, leads meetings, empowers fellow associates, communicates “near misses”, and provides resources to keep safety at the forefront of each person’s mind. Steve maintains, “It is important that we do not take the 900+ days of safety for granted. MEDCO must take one day at a time with the same attentiveness and diligence to make choices that minimize risk and lead to another day without a lost time accident.” Join us as we celebrate this achievement! And join us as we maintain our focus on Safety!
Click below to access the Healthcare Design Magazine website and see a project MEDCO Construction completed last year. It is the Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Unit at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. This unit provides cancer care specifically for patients between the ages of 15 and 40. This is the first unit of this kind in the U.S. Congratulations to Aaron Autin, Project Manager, and David Kelly, Superintendent, who led this project for MEDCO!
MEDCO's mission is to “Provide expertise. Invest in people. Build relationships.” The depth of this expertise while working in a busy operating health care facility was emphasized on Jan. 11 when MEDCO received TDSHS approval on the final phase of the multi-phase, multi-floor $51 million renovation of the Cardiovascular Surgery area at Baylor University Medical Center. This project delivered 73 new ICU patient rooms in 3 different areas of 2 of the 5 hospitals on the campus. Congratulations to Josh Grizzle, PM, Shawn Gibson, Superintendent, and the rest of the team!
Derrick Armstrong has been recognized by his peers as “Employee of the Month” for December. In addition, he was recognized by CBRE for going above and beyond to address an HVAC issue for the facilities' staff at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano. Derrick always exhibits a positive, get-it-done attitude and works extremely well with all other construction trades. He is very knowledgeable in his role, a good leader to his team, and a pleasure to work with. He is committed to performing his tasks just as he says he will - without fail. He very much walks the talk of quality and service to the customer. Way to go Derrick!
Andy Clark, MEDCO Millwork Field Superintendent, has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for November. Andy does an excellent job representing every department of MEDCO. When he steps onto a jobsite, he takes ownership. He is always looking ahead for potential issues and concerns with all of the trades as it relates to Millwork. Andy is also the first to volunteer to help out when workloads become too heavy. He exemplifies what it means to be a true team player! Way to go, Andy!
A big "Thank you!" goes out to Erica Shepherd for organizing the opportunity for MEDCO associates to give at Christmas. We join Erica in thanking and recognizing all who gave. Erica stated, "You did it again! The Adopt A Family 2016 program was a big success! On behalf of the children and administrators at Gray Elementary, I extend a huge THANK YOU to all donated toys, bikes, clothes, gift cards, groceries and prayer! Time is a precious commodity. I cannot express how much I appreciate everyone's willingness to help! The donation of time can sometimes have more value than a donation of money."
I would like to share with you a success for our Company based on your SAFETY RECORD and Accomplishments from 2014 - 2016. We submitted an application / presentation for the 18th annual TEXO Construction Safety Excellence Award in mid-December 2016 and we have received notification that we are the winners of the local TEXO CSEA Competition! Our entry has now been submitted at the National AGC Level. Congratulations to the whole MEDCO Team! We appreciate your commitment to Safety every day and we strive to go one day at a time to keep everyone safe and going home to their families at the end of every day. Keep up the good work and share this accomplishment with your teams and thank each one of them. As of today MEDCO has gone 852 days without a lost time accident. Focus carefully on your task in a safe manner and do not let the holiday distractions get you while at work or driving. We want everyone to get to their destination safely and enjoy the Christmas holidays with your family and friends. Thank you for looking out for each other!
• Our Confined Space Safety Process kept some teams safe in Plano – monitors going off showing low levels of oxygen! Evacuated immediately. Standby rescue team was there. Researching to find the source before we commence the work again.
• Highways are dangerous – be alert! – I had a concrete truck in front of me yesterday dump his load of concrete on the highway by accident. It was a very dangerous, tense moment as wet concrete/rocks splattered my vehicle along with the other vehicles in lanes next to me.
• Follow the safety protocol and policies – they are in place to keep people safe.
December 19, 2016
Mr. Denward Freeman
4005 Crutcher Street, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75246
Congratulations! MEDCO Construction has been selected the winner in TEXO’s Eighteenth Annual Construction Safety Excellence Competition's. Attached you will find any notes and or comments that the judges made during your presentation last Thursday.
Your entry has been forwarded to The National AGC office in Arlington, VA, for competition on the national level. During its January 2017 meeting an initial review panel consisting of members of the National AGC Safety and Health Committee will review all of the nominees’ written applications submitted by the Chapters. From the written applications the review work group will select three (3) entries from each category as the finalists for the Construction Safety Excellence Awards. AGC of America will then invite the finalists to make a live presentation, of no longer than 5 minutes, to a panel of independent judges (not drawn from member firms) during the 2017 AGC Convention in Las Vegas, NV. The judges will then make the final selections, based on the written submissions and live presentations.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award winners in each category will be presented at the Annual Convention in Las Vegas (March 7–9, 2017) during the Willis Towers Watson Safety Awards Breakfast.
TEXO will honor local winners during the Construction Safety Professionals Day in November and also at the annual Holiday Gala next December. Your company will be presented with a plaque recognizing your achievement at the local level.
Congratulations again on your outstanding accomplishment. If you have questions, please contact me at TEXO’s Dallas office 972/647-0697.
Vice President of Safety
Cc: Steve Eppler
Join MEDCO Construction in congratulating Jose (Pancho) Basurto, Foreman/Carpenter, for being recognized by his peers as MEDCO’s 2016 Employee of the Year. At the presentation of the award Denward Freeman, President, acknowledged that Jose is very dependable and possesses strong craftsmanship skills. Recently, Jose was given a last minute assignment at one of MEDCO’s project sites in Austin, Texas, which is outside of Jose’s normal territory. Jose readily went to the site and completed the task with excellence. Congratulations on earning Employee of the Year, Jose! We are proud of you!
Congratulations to Jay Wester, Senior Project Manager, and Doug Freeman, Superintendent, who led the MEDCO team during the construction of the Physician Office Building 2 on the Baylor Scott & White McKinney campus. Congratulations extends to all at MEDCO Construction who worked on this project as well as to our subcontractor partners, HDR, CBRE, and Duke Realty. We are thankful to have been chosen again by Duke Realty as well as thankful for the opportunity to work with all of the stakeholders on this project.
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MEDCO Construction won first place in the 2016 TEXO Distinguished Building Awards competition in the Health Care 2 ($10 - $30M) category for the Complex 53 Bed ICU Renovation at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Projects were evaluated based on difficulty in construction, unusual construction techniques, final appearance and quality of the finished product, timeliness of completion, and safety. The award was presented at the TEXO Holiday & Awards Gala. Congratulations to the project team!
Safety is the first core value at MEDCO Construction. We commit to the safest work site possible for the protection of employees, project team members, and customers. As of December 8, 2016, we worked 839 days without a lost time accident. Even as we recognize 800+ days, we remain diligent to be safe today, tomorrow, and every day in the future. Here are photos of us wearing shirts we were given upon reaching 800 days without a lost time accident.
The Baylor Scott & White Health Sports Therapy & Research at The Star project was awarded Outstanding Real Estate Project at D CEO's annual awards ceremony on December 1, 2016. LaVone Arthur, Chief Integration Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, accepted the award and recognized The Dallas Cowboys, Perkins+Will, CBRE, and MEDCO Construction. We at MEDCO Construction are thankful to be a part of the team on this iconic project.
MEDCO partnered with HDR to compete in the Bark + Build dog house competition and won the Enviro Dog Award. Bark + Build is a program organized by TEXO and AIA Dallas to benefit SPCA of Texas. The dog houses are on display at North Park Center from November 14 - December 5. The MEDCO/HDR dog house was a team effort from start to finish with MEDCO's involvement spearheaded by Keiana Mitchell and Ben Lancaster. Many from MEDCO helped. Congratulations to the MECO/HDR team for winning the Enviro Dog Award! And thank you for the time and energy you gave to this community project.
Simon Martinez has been recognized by his peers as “Employee of the Month” for October. He has served in MEDCO's Service Department for 15 years and is very dedicated to MEDCO. Simon is called upon at any time to go to numerous job sites and given many different tasks to finish a job in a timely manner. He goes out of his way to get to any site and will be there to complete the job to standard. Simon will not take a short cut to finish something faster. Superintendents rely on Simon for all equipment operator jobs and during the ground breaking and clean up. Simon is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction. Way to go Simon!
On October 19 MEDCO joined Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth to celebrate the Topping Out of the $14M renovation & expansion to the emergency department. this 42,000 SF project includes the addition of 2 trauma treatment rooms, 32 treatment rooms, 4 triage room, and a new imaging area. Aaron Autin & Leo Romero are leading this project. MEDCO is thankful for the opportunity to continue to provide our construction expertise to Baylor Scott & White Health as well as for the opportunity to work with CBRE, HKS, RLG, Kimley Horn, WSP/ccrd, and our subcontractor partners.
Joey Spencer has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for September. Joey, who serves as Warehouse Coordinator, is a tremendous asset to MEDCO. The initiative he takes in making warehouse processes easier and smoother (i.e. gas receipts, material receivers, deliveries) is very much appreciated. He is very committed to his role. As he operates under immense pressure, his work is always completed to a very high standard. Way to go Joey!
On two Saturdays, Sept. 10 and Sept.17, MEDCO Construction associates, family members, and friends gave their time, once again, to serve with Hearts and Hammers. The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex. Hearts and Hammers accomplishes its mission by recruiting volunteers to work on a specific project day. Thank you to Gail Dillard who gives so much time and energy to coordinate all of the details. Thank you, as well, to all the many others who participated for MEDCO.
David Schober has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for August. David was recognized for his outstanding commitment to customer service exemplified by his "Do whatever it takes" attitude. David strives for success everyday not just for himself but for his entire department. In addition, David is attending Electrical Level 2 classes as CEF (Construction education Foundation) in order to obtain the knowledge that will increase his success in the future. Way to go David!
MEDCO Construction is ranked #63 on the current ENR Top 100 Contractors list for Texas & Louisiana. We thank our clients who choose us for their projects! And we thank the subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, and consultants who join us in the construction of our projects.
Tim Odom has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for July. Tim was recognized for his attention to detail, driven character, and commitment to getting the job done. Tim is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction. Way to go Tim!
We are at once delighted and disheartened to announce Deborah Kerhli's retirement. Her last day is July 28, 2016. Deborah joined MEDCO Construction on October 21, 1985 and has been a tremendous employee. She is gifted with coordinating our employees’ benefits and payroll. In her role as Payroll Supervisor, Deborah works to ensure everyone gets paid in a correct and timely manner. Because of Deborah’s hard work, close attention to detail and solving any payroll or benefits issue; she was chosen Employee of the Year in 2008. Deborah’s retirement is our loss, but well-deserved. We all wish Deborah the very best.
Steve Bustamante has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for June. Steve was recognized for his leadership, commitment to customer service, and getting the job done. There have been many occasions in which a project has thrown a curve ball, and Steve always meets the challenge with a positive attitude. Steve is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction. Way to go Steve!
MEDCO Construction was recognized today for exceeding our March of Dimes fundraising goal. We thank all who contributed to MEDCO achieving 131% of our 2016 goal and exceeding the 2015 results by 251%. Doug Lawson, President of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, took a few minutes to compliment and thank MEDCO. The luncheon focused on the success of Baylor's fund raising efforts for the March of Dimes 2016 campaign which raised over $116,000, exceeding the system's goal of $100,000. Thank you to all who gave!
Several MEDCO associates enjoyed playing golf on June 20th at the 19th Annual Young Life Golf Classic to support Rockwall County Young Life. The big winners were the kids in Young Life! We are thankful for this organization and the opportunity to support them again this year. We are also thankful for all of our friends who joined us! Young Life introduces youth to the message of Christ by earning the right to be heard through relationships.
MEDCO Construction associates and their families gathered for fun, laughter, fishing, games, and great BBQ on June 11, 2016. This year some of the MEDCO associates prepared the tasty BBQ and others served it. Steve Eppler recognized MEDCO's strong safety record and emphasized the need to stay focused on safety. It was a great day!
MEDCO Construction won 3 awards at the ASA North Texas "Victory Lane of Champions" Awards Dinner on June 9, 2016. Congratulations to those at MEDCO Construction as well as to our subcontractor partners who contributed to the success of these projects. We are very thankful for the strong subcontractor community. Platinum Winner Canine Companions for Independence $2-$20 Million category Gold Winner Complex 53 ICU Bed Renovation at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas $20-$40 Million category Gold Winner Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Marble Falls $40+Million category.
MEDCO Construction joined the June 15 ceremony to break ground for the new Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research facility at The Star. Jim Terhune, Sr. Project Manager, and Ronnie Robertson, Superintendent, are leading this $87 million project for MEDCO Construction which includes a 300,000 SF medical office building and a 6 story parking garage with 1,068 spaces. The building will include an ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic imaging, a sports performance program, an urgent care centerm, outpatient rehabilitation, a brain injury program, a pharmacy, and a research center.
MEDCO Construction is thankful to have been chosen by Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (OCBF) to construct the expansion to the church's worship center. This addition will serve as a conference center. MEDCO joined the celebration at the Ground Breaking ceremony on Saturday, June 4. Alan Davis, Senior Project Manager, is leading this project along with Daniel Lloyd, Project Aministrator. GP Howard, VP Estimating, and Michael White, Estimator, provided the preconstruction services collaborating with OCBF and TGS Architects. Join us in celebrating this exciting time with Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship!
Ryan Bunch has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for May. Ryan was recognized for his high energy, ambition, gifted ability, and willingness to mentor and help everyone. He's known to seek out new challenges and take on work that he does not have to do. Ryan is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction. Way to go Ryan!!!
Here's a friendly reminder to invite you to join many from MEDCO Construction in supporting Young Life at the 19th Annual Young Life Golf Classic. It's a 4-person scramble with morning and afternoon tee times. For more information, contact Daniele Stroud at 214-820-6298 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Young Life introduces youth to the message of Christ by earning the right to be heard through relationships.
On May 4, 2016 MEDCO Construction joined thousands of employers nationwide participating in the 3rd annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls established by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2014. A leader at each MEDCO Construction job site and home office led the Stand-Down discussion with MEDCO associates as well as our subcontractor partners. At this same meeting, MEDCO took time to celebrate accomplishing 621 days without a lost time injury for MEDCO associates and 365 days without a lost time injury for the more than 350 subcontractors working on MEDCO job sites. Safety is MEDCO's first core value.
Many MEDCO associates focus on making good healthy living choices by participating in the Thrive Wellness Program. On Saturday, April 30, 2015 some joined Baylor Scott & White Health at the Annual Thrive 5K Fun Walk/Run. Among the group were Aaron Clayton, Daniele Stroud, Angela Allen, James Meyer, Niki Atherton, and Jolie Key.
As MEDCO Construction grows and serves our clients, we continue to build our relationships with our existing subcontractors partners as well as meet new specialty contractors and suppliers. To that end, Michael White, Michael Scaggs, Zach Harkless, Chris Robinson, Louis Schindler, and Denward Freeman represented MEDCO Construction at the Blue Book Showcase at Globe Life Stadium on May 5. They met with various vendors and subcontractors and talked about MEDCO Construction's work with Baylor Scott & White Healthcare as well as our scope of work with churches and other health care owners.
Leo Romero has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for April. Leo was recognized for his leadership, attention to detail, driven character, and commitment to getting the job done at Cath Lab project and now at the Rehabilitation project at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine. Leo is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction. Way to go Leo!
Hope Clinic of Garland hosted the 2nd Annual Wheels of Hope Car Show on April 23rd. Louis Schindler drove his restored 1949 Cadillac to the event and won 1st place. Others from MEDCO attended the event to support Hope Clinic and to admire the car Louis has restored over the last several months. Great job Louis! And for a great organization! Proceeds from this event allows Hope Clinic to extend that joy by providing primary healthcare and resources to the underserved/uninsured population of Garland.
The mission at MEDCO Construction is: Provide expertise. Invest in people. Build relationships. Here is how we are doing this in Waxahachie with St. Joseph Catholic church. Thank you to Father Moreno, the Dallas Diocese, and the church committee for choosing MEDCO for your new sanctuary. And thank you to all at MEDCO who are making this project a success!
Did you see MEDCO Construction supporting March of Dimes by walking in March for Babies at White Rock Lake two Saturdays ago? Thank you to those who walked: Angela Allen, Minerva Diaz & family, Aaron & Tina Clayton, Arlen Jensen & family, Daniele Stroud & family, Denward & Suggie Freeman, & Lynne Meers. Thank you as well to all of the MEDCO associates who gave. We reached 126% of our fund raising goal! Join us next year!
Doug Greathouse, Safety Supervisor, has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for March. Doug has been teaching First Aid and CPR classes for MEDCO Employees. Many came to the class dreading the time that it takes, and most leave with a good attitude and with appreciation that they've been given the opportunity to take the class. Doug stated that he loves teacing and he loves helping people be better and safer MEDCO is very fortunate to have someone of his caliber on our team! Way to go, Doug!
Congratulations to the following employees who were recently recognized for their many years of service and dedication to MEDCO Construction! We are blessed to work with them. 30 years of service – Cindy Clemens - Fernando Neri 25 years of service - Jerry Cook - Jesse Garcia - Shawn Gibson - Luis Guel - Eduardo Moreno - Ted Powell - Bent Staalsen 20 years of service - Jose Burgos - Robert Drew - Collin Johnson - Gary Jones - Abraham Ocampo - Alejandro Puga - Jader Rodriguez
MEDCO won 1st place in the 2016 TEXO Distinguished Building Awards competition - Healthcare 2 ($10 - $30M) category for the Complex 53 Bed ICU Renovation at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. In preparation for adding 5 Cardiovascular Operating Rooms (CVOR's), MEDCO managed a multi-phase interior renovation project that included renovating areas to accommodate 53 new Intesive Care Unit (ICU) patient rooms and performing over 200 MEP system shut downs in 24 areas of 5 different buildings on the fully functioning hospital campus. Congratulations to all who contributed to the success!
MEDCO shares an announcement from GFF about the Sloan Creek campus project we both completed. We appreciate Chase Oaks trusting us with their construction needs and the collaboration with GFF.---Chase Oaks Church recently opened a new campus located in Fairview, Texas to accommodate their growing congregation and presence in the North Dallas Area. The new 36,000 square foot building is located on a heavily wooded site and is strategically positioned along a creek to take advantage of the views. The building is compsed of 4 major areas: a kid zone, nursery/administration, worship and youth.
On March 3, MEDCO Constuction joined the celebration to break ground for the new Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center-Round Rock. This 4-story, 100,000 SF facility will include a designation Cancer Center on the first floor and specialty services on the upper floors including bone & joint services and neurology. Brian Bolden, Project Manager, and Bob Guill, Superintendent, are leading this $29 million project for MEDCO along with Nicholas Stanley, Walker Youngblood, Nicholas Morrow, and Debbie Jackson. Construction is scheduled to start in Mid-April.
Come out and join many from MEDCO Construction on June 20th at Buffalo Creek Golf Club for the 19th Annual Young Life Golf Classic and take part in making a difference in the lives of teens. It's a 4-person scramble with morning and afternoon tee times. For more information, contact Daniele Stroud at 214-820-6298 / email@example.com.
Young Life introduces youth to the message of Christ by earning the right to be heard through relationships.
David Aguilar has been recognized by his peers as Employee of the Month for February, David was recognized for his leadership, attention to detail, driven character, and commitment to getting the job done at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Garland for MEDCO's Service Group. David is a very valuable asset to MEDCO Construction! Way to go, David!
On February 28th, Chase Oaks Church opened their Sloan Creek Campus in Fairview. We at MEDCO Construction are thankful Chase Oaks chose to partner with us again on this ground-up new building. Congratulations to Jim Terhune, Todd Wilson, Nick Coussoulis, Gail Brightwell, and our Estimating group on a job well done! Join the celebration with Chase Oaks this Sunday at either the 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service. The address is 611 East Stacy Road, Fairview, TX 75069.
Christopher Blair has worked as an intern with MEDCO Construction for the past two years and was recently accepted into the African American Male Mentorship Program at Texas A&M University Commerce. AAMMP is part of the Minority Males Matter Initiative that assists African American & Latino males and is a highly sought after community. Christopher's discipline is seen not only while working with MEDCO but also in the time and energy he gives to studying. Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO, stated, "I am very proud of Christopher and appreciate his contributions to the MEDCO team!"
Todd Wilson has been recognized by his peers as "Employee of the Month" for January. Todd was recognized for
his leadership, attention to detail, driven character, and commitment to getting the job done at Chase Oaks Church, Sloan Creek campus in Fairview. Todd is a very valuable asset to MEDCO. Way to go, Todd!
Elias Barajas was recognized by his peers as “Employee of the Month” for December because of his service, professionalism, collaboration, and leadership. An example of Elias' leadership was exhibited recently when there was a water leak in one of the ICU rooms on the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas campus. The hospital notified us of the leak and requested we work as quickly as possible to resolve the issue because they were at capacity in all ICU rooms and needed a bed. Elias worked alongsid
Hope Clinic in Garland - Ribbon Cutting
MEDCO Construction joined the celebration at Hope Clinic in Garland today during the clinic's ribbon cutting and open house of their new facility. Jenny Williams, Executive Director, shared that for every $1 given to Hope Clinic, $6 of health care is provided. In addition, Jenny spoke about the spiritual care given as the clinic shares the love of Jesus Christ as they partner with the community to provide primary healthcare and resources for healthy living to the underserved population. Hope Clinic's newest partners in providing this care are the North Texas Food Bank, Lake Pointe Church Mobile Dental Unit, and Abilene Christian University.
Denward Freeman expressed appreciation for the opportunity to provide the construction services for the new clinic and recognized the many subcontractors and suppliers who contributed to the success of the project.
Ed Seghers, Board Chair, thanked Jason Pruitt, Superintendent. Kent Metzger, Project Manager, was also recognized.
It was a celebration and a time of giving thanks to the Lord.
MEDCO Construction L.L.C. wins four TEXO Awards
MEDCO Construction L.L.C. wins four TEXO Awards
On December 18, 2014 at the TEXO Distinguished Awards Dinner, MEDCO was presented with the following four awards.
First Place Building Award in Health Care Category 1 (Projects $0 - $10 Million) for the Specialty Operating Room at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton
First Place Building Award in Health Care Category 3 (Projects over $30 Million) for the New Patient Bed Tower and Expansion at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
Construction Safety Excellence Award for 450,001 – 650,000 man hours worked without a lost time accident
Vision Award – This award recognizes the general contracting firm that used the greatest number of TEXO member specialty contractors and industry members on a project entered into the Building Awards competition. MEDCO earned this award by utilizing 45 TEXO member companies on the New Patient Bed Tower and Expansion project at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.
Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO, stated “I am very proud of the commitment of MEDCO associates to quality, safety, and our construction community that led to the achievement of these awards. I am thankful to work with these great people and in this industry with so many friends.”
David Williams, Senior Project Manager, shared the following:
The Texas Department of State Health Services was on site yesterday to review the new Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waxahachie for licensure. The inspector was on site at 8:00 AM and left at 5:30 PM. We tested every system and reviewed every room of the hospital. Our building and design performed with excellence. Our inspector was very complimentary of our facility and the quality of work that was evident as we walked.
Thank You to all that have contributed to this success, and please pass this appreciation and congratulations onto the tradesmen that have labored countless hours to make this happen! We can all be proud of having built a facility that will improve and save lives in this region for years to come!
MEDCO recognized with a Solomon Award
On October 1, 2014 MEDCO Construction was recognized at the WFX National Conference with a Solomon Award for earning the Best Construction Management Renovation project for the expansion project at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas.
“We are greatly honored for this national recognition.” states Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO Construction. “I appreciate the leadership, time, and energy given by Jim Terhune, Senior Project Manager, and Doug Freeman, Superintendent.” We also appreciate our relationship with Chase Oaks Church and that we can partner with them as they grow.
The expansion included a 14,000 square foot addition to the existing building (Phase 1) and an interior renovation of the existing auditorium (Phase 2) for a total of 31,158 square feet. New construction and renovation included adding stadium style seating that increased capacity from 1,100 to 1,800 guests.
MEDCO constructed a 180’ x 40’ weather tight temporary wall that separated new construction from the existing worship area that allowed Chase Oaks to remain occupied and operational for Friday night and Sunday services throughout the entire 18 month schedule. Chase Oaks utilized this wall as a back drop for services during Phase 1.
Usually held at North Park mall, our TEXO YCC group worked with the committee to have the location displayed this year at the State Fair of Texas in the Science Building. The event consisted of 26 different Architecture and Engineering firms coming together to use our knowledge of construction to give back to the community through an innovative canned food drive effort. Each team designed and built structures out of canned food representing something familiar to Texas. After the structures are judged for numerous awards and allowed to stay on display for the duration of the fair, the cans are broken down and delivered to the North Texas Food Bank to help alleviate the on-going poverty issues of North East Texas.
As you can tell by the pictures, our team decided to keep true to the theme of “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and we constructed a Texas flag consisting of approximately 3900 cans provided for by all of our companies.
MEDCO Construction serves with Hearts and Hammers
MEDCO Construction associates, family members, and friends are serving with Hearts and Hammers. The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex. Hearts and Hammers accomplishes its mission by recruiting volunteers to work on a specific project day.
Thank you to Gail Dillard, Kenny McDowell, Pedro, Martin, AG Tyree, Jolie Key, George Key, Minerva Diaz, Marco Diaz, Uriel Diaz, Jennifer (Friend of Minerva’s kids), Bent Staalsen, Angelina Cooper, Chase Shimek, Amy Roberts, Alana Roberts, David Hudson, Rebekah Secrist, Gabriel Beltran, Christian Meza, Jose Meza, Jose Alvarez, Mia Morris, Kelsey James, Matt Maloney, Michael Scaggs, Daniel Harris, Jill Harris, and Alex Grant
Ground Breaking for Hope Clinic of Garland
MEDCO Construction joined Hope Clinic of Garland at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for what will be their new facility, the former Temple Baptist Church in Garland. Hope Clinic will occupy a two story wing in the former church. MEDCO Construction assisted in the preconstruction phase and will now manage the reconstruction of the church into a medical clinic. The new clinic will double the space currently used by Hope Clinic who sees over 5,000 patient visits per year.
Hope Clinic of Garland exists to share the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with the community to provide primary healthcare and resources for healthy living to the underserved population. http://www.hopeclinic-garland.org/
Canine Companions for Independence BSWH Kinkeade Campus
MEDCO Construction is honored to be assisting in the planning of the Canine Companions for Independence Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus. At the ceremonial ground breaking four teams (three adults and one child, each with their new four-legged companion) graduated from the first training class offered in Texas by Canine Companion for Independence. The training was held in a temporary space on the Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas campus.
TEXO Construction Superstar for August
Congratulations to Miguel Arellano for being selected the TEXO Construction Superstar for August. Miguel a great example of the dedicated employees we have at MEDCO Construction.
Way to go Miguel! Here is what Miguel's Supervisor says about him, “Miguel is the “GO-TO-GUY” if you want something done. His professionalism and eagerness to serve always makes him a standout. He is extremely safety conscience and looks out for the welfare of his co-workers or anyone under his supervision. He is proactive with his assignments and identifies concerns and problem areas for the benefit of everyone; and works diligently to bring them to a successful conclusion”
#64 - ENR Top 100 Contractors List for Texas & Louisiana
MEDCO is proud to be ranked #64 in the ENR Top 100 Contractors list for Texas & Louisiana as well as to be ranked among the ENR Top 400 Contractors nationwide at #395.
Grand Opening - Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Mansfield
Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Mansfield celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on July 17th. MEDCO joined the community, health care leaders and clinical staff at the celebration. We congratulate Don Reed, Senior Project Manager, Sam Hanson, Superintendent, and your team for the expertise you provided in the construction of this facility.
Baylor McKinney - Expanded and Renovated Emergency Department
The MEDCO Construction team joined Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on July 1 at the Open House for the Expanded and Renovated Emergency Department. MEDCO coordinated the two phase schedule, so that the project finished one month early. Congratulations to Kolby May, Ronnie Robertson, Chase Pritchard, Brandon Lynch, and Bob Guill who all had a hand in making this success!
National Safety Excellence Award
MEDCO Construction wins top National Safety Excellence Award
MEDCO finished new Bed Tower at Baylor Regional Medical Center at GrapevineIn November 2011 MEDCO assembled a team at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine to build a new 167,000 square foot, four-story Bed Tower. The team worked diligently since that time not only on the bed tower but also moving and reconfiguring many areas within the operating hospital. During the first of May 2013, the Bed Tower project passed TDH Inspection allowing the owner to begin seeing patients in mid June. Denward Freeman, President of MEDCO congratulated the team and stated, “MEDCO Construction can be proud of this contribution to Grapevine and the surrounding areas and the patients we will serve.”
MEDCO Construction builds in Waxahachie
In August 2012 MEDCO Construction began demolishing Saint-Gobain glass manufacturing plant on the northeast corner of I-35E and Highway 287. And earlier this month Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie hosted the Groundbreaking and Blessing for the new 302,000 square foot location.
MEDCO Achieves 1100 Days
The count began in November 2009, and as of November 15, 2012 MEDCO Construction achieved 3 years without a lost time injury! We share this accomplishment since construction is one of the most dangerous jobs. In addition, MEDCO is unique as a general contractor because 60% of our work hours are by tradespersons. Our internal mechanical, plumbing, electrical, communications, millwork, general carpentry, and service departments employ more than 145 people.
MEDCO Achieves 1001 Days
MEDCO Projects featured in two current publications.
Three of MEDCO’s projects are highlighted in two current publications, including one with national distribution. See the links below.
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2011 Outstanding Construction Award
Baylor South Central Utility Plant earned first place in the 2011 AGC Texas Building Branch Outstanding Construction Award for the IW2 Industrial / Warehouse 2 (over $5 M) category. Projects were judged by a distinguished six member panel of professionals involved in the construction of projects throughout Texas. This two-story, $30 million project includes:
Fred Bigler Retires!
Today, May 4, 2012, after 16 years at MEDCO, Fred Bigler retires. To celebrate this special event, he wanted to meet for lunch with his closest co-workers/friends at Bakers Ribs. In addition to this group of friends, Fred’s wife was able to be a part of this happy occasion.
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