Solid production continues over the last few days for KPH Construction in Kenosha. With the holiday weekend looming and hunting season in full swing, crews remain strong and work fastidiously and furiously to emplace the interior slab-on-grade concrete and binder course for the new Sheriff’s garage. With pavement in place, follow-on trades will be able to work quickly to establish interior services to the new building. KPH remains on pace to open the garage by December.
On the day before Thanksgiving, KPH Construction set the final window sashes at Washington High School along historic Sherman Boulevard. KPH partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools for six months on the nearly $1million historic restoration project. The effort kicked off in June 2017 and included complete restoration of 168 windows over four stories.
Built in 1912, and home to now more than 1,000 students and staff, Washington High School boasts a beautifully ornate façade that serves as the face of the Sherman Park community. But after 100 years of weathering, the building required restoration of its original wood windows that garnish the east elevation.
Despite inclement weather, laborious abatement of years of hazardous materials, and various logistical challenges, KPH was able to work with MPS and Washington High School to safely and successfully execute its work while the school remained occupied and classes in session. The project is currently on budget and on schedule, slated for completion in December, so that windows are ready for Wisconsin’s cold winter and generations of students to come.
Neither early snow nor frigid Wisconsin temperatures could not stop KPH Construction crews from completing installation of the last of the roof panels on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Garage on this week. The 16,000-square foot pre-engineered building will provide amenities to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, their deputies and vehicles. The project is on schedule and slated for completion by December of 2017.
Scenes of a bustling police department proliferate movies and TV shows and are common to all of us, but actually managing a major construction project while officers continue to work is quite another.
Such was the case when KPH Construction managed renovation of the entire 4th floor of the Police Administration Building in downtown Milwaukee. The project included new offices for Police Chiefs, new open offices for detectives and officers, new interrogation and questioning rooms, a new evidence packaging and drying area, and several new conference rooms. The project involved extensive electrical and data upgrades, a completely new HVAC system, integration into the building automation system, new energy-efficient windows and upgraded termal insulation of the exterior walls.
From complete demolish and environmental abatement to finish carpentry, millwork and furniture installation, KPH managed all facets of the project.
“The main challenge was coordination of materials and manpower in a crowded downtown location. There was little room for material storage within the 10-story building which was fully operational during construction,” said Keith Harenda. “Our crew also encountered unforeseen asbestos which they are trained to do. This required partial and even full shut down of the project to properly remediate.”
In order to avoid significant delays, KPH coordinated phasing to keep the project on track.
“We’re proud of the work completed that few people see but in a building that is so vital to keeping our community safe,” added Harenda.
For the past year, we at KPH Construction and KPH Environmental have worked with state legislators to clarify rules regarding lead paint while maintaining safety for homeowners. This issue affects all owners, contractors and consultants in Wisconsin that work on properties with where lead paint may be present. In December, Assembly Bill 257 / Senate Bill 178 were signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.
The law was initiated after KPH was wrongly cited for non-compliance during work on General Mitchell Airport’s Noise Management Program. Rather than pay a small $1,500 fine, KPH steadfastly worked to change the law so we and all contractors who work in the State of Wisconsin could continue to follow clear guidelines by the Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) Division of Public Health. The matter now clarifies DHS’s Lead and Asbestos Section to allow a partial inspection not require testing for lead paint when a home is already undergoing lead paint abatement renovation using the highest level of lead safe protocols.
“This is a huge victory for our company, the industry and homeowners alike,” said Keith P. Harenda. “We sought clarity from the DHS during the early stages of the Noise Management Program and at that time the agency specified that if one were to assume all materials were lead containing and work was conducted in a lead safe manner, no testing was required. KPH followed lead safe renovation procedures in all cases, regardless of the whether lead paint was present.”
Because KPH worked throughout the multi-year project to ensure that homeowners were not exposed to hazards, including lead, we vowed to fight the citations and work with members of the Wisconsin legislature to help draft changes to the State of Wisconsin statutes.
“While we could have simply paid a small fine, we chose to protect our good name and reputation and eliminate future confusion in the interest of all contractors that work in the area of environmental testing and abatement,” said Keith.
The public affairs effort was lead by Kert Harenda, Ken Harenda and Dean Jacobsen all of KPH Environmental. Ken added, “As an employer and a trainer in lead safe renovation certifications, KPH is committed to thoroughly understanding and following state and federal laws related to our work in this area. We’re pleased that DHS and our elected officials took the time to understand the need for clarity to change this law.”
KPH Construction recently completed the Media Center at New Berlin Eisenhower High School. The project is part of KPH’s Owner’s Representative contract for the School District of New Berlin to manage up to $3 million in general facilities and $7 million of energy projects.
The Media Center completely upgraded the high school’s much-used library to offer functional work spaces, modern media stations with easy access to AV equipment and private desk areas all in an effort to meet the needs of today’s mobile and highly connected students. KPH’s work included painting, hardware and door frames, contemporary carpeting, bathroom accessories and improved lighting. Now complete, the new Media Center gives Eisenhower one of the finest facilities for its students.
Next up is KPH’s work for New Berlin West High School. As part of the contract, KPH will remodel the school’s Café, Library and Rotunda, from demolition, plumbing, mechanicals, and electrical, to new construction, finishes and appliances. For the new IT Help area, KPH will redesign and remodel the IT Offices and IT Storage.
As an alum of New Berlin Eisenhower, KPH owner and CEO Keith Harenda is particularly proud of the work his company is doing. “It feels great to improve the schools that gave me a good start in life.”
YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US IN WISCONSIN DELLS FOR AN
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 // 6-7 p.m.
The night before the annual Wisconsin Asbestos Seminar
Glacier Canyon Lodge & Conference Center
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(The Canyon Ridge Taproom, located on level 1 of the main lobby building.)
Offering an open bar and pizzas
Open to consultants, abatement contractors, training professionals, facility managers, demolition contractors and other asbestos-related professionals looking to build relationships within the industry.
If you own a small business in construction or related industries, this event can help you grow. Join us, in partnership with ECBI and The Daily Reporter, on November 12, from 7:30 a.m.-noon to discuss a host of beneficial topics from guest speakers.
To register here or call Jenny Byington at 414.225.1803.
Registration and continental breakfast
Effectively using LinkedIn to Promote your Business
Presented by Wayne Dein of Sandler Training
The Top 50 Construction Apps
Presented by Joe Yovino, Editor of The Daily Reporter
Financing Your Business
Presented by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
Teaming 101: Growing Business through Partnerships
Presented by the Wisconsin Procurement, ECBI and KPH Construction
WWBIC Conference Room
1533 N Rivercenter Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212
$25 per person
includes continental breakfast
To register here or call Jenny Byington at 414.225.1803.
After more than a year of work by KPH Environmental completing demolition and removing asbestos from the downtown Milwaukee Police Administration Building, our construction crews will take on significant renovations. The scope includes structural, architectural, plumbing, fire protection, HVAC and electrical work as well as a new Direct Digital Control system extended to the building’s automation system and new surveillance cameras in this high-security building. We’re honored to continue our work for the Milwaukee Police Department and contribute the the safety and security of our community.
The Village of Greendale has entrusted KPH Construction to construct Phase II of the community’s Cultural Center in the historic downtown. The Cultural Center, affectionately known as The Hose Tower, is an iconic building constructed in 1939 as an Annex to the original fire station to dry their hoses and provide additional storage.
Today, our team of experienced professionals is conducting an interior and exterior renovation of the 2,028 sf building to serve as a modern Cultural Center for the many needs of the community, its businesses and residents.
All part of KPH Education Division’s commitment to restoring, rebuilding and modernizing our schools and community resources.
The 2015 Wisconsin Asbestos Seminar will be on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells. This year’s theme, “Back to the Basics” will be an invaluable refresher on many of the core components of asbestos management that are critically important to safe, compliant, and cost-effective asbestos abatement projects.
Whether you are an established industry professional or new to the asbestos industry, this seminar is a “can’t miss” event. Any asbestos abatement project, large or small, must comply with numerous Federal, State, and local laws and regulations that deal with construction, health, safety, and environmental standards. Failure to comply with any of these rules can cause job delays, fines and increased costs, health, safety, and environmental hazards, or a complete project shut down.
Scheduled sessions at the 2015 seminar will highlight best practices for essential project fundamentals—demolition practices, inspections, violations and fines, and other key elements of asbestos abatement. In addition to a full day of educational seminars, the event is also a great place to network with industry professionals and catch up with industry colleagues.
Attendees include Federal, State, and regional regulators, asbestos trainers, abatement companies, general contractors and demolition companies, real estate developers, building owners, facility managers, consultants and architects, as well as product vendors. The 2014 seminar saw a record turnout, and the 2015 seminar is on track to do the same.
The Greendale School Board heard a long-range facilities planning report on March 2 from KPH Construction that assessed the current and future needs of the GDS properties. Estimates from KPH for the work range from $12,640,223 to $26,255,812 for the improvements and upgrades.
“In order to continue to maintain our facilities in great condition for the future and meet the learning environment needs of our students, the district must from time to time assess the condition of its buildings and grounds, and plan for improvements. As you know, our last referendum (sic) was in 2007 to remodel GHS.” – Director of Business Erin Green
School districts today are challenged with facility decisions that range from renovation and repurposing of existing space to new construction. KPH is actively involved in helping schools make sound and cost-effective decisions. The goal in educational facilities is to balance cost with long-range planning, functional design, quality construction and communication. Learn more about our Education Department and Services.
Progress continues at the Wisconsin International Academy (WIA) as KPH recently transformed the pool building into a new gym for the students at the facility. The in-ground pool was inherited by WIA when they purchased the property from the Days Inn hotel. The gym now allows for a recreational area for the students to play basketball, badminton and volleyball.
The Wisconsin International Academy provides housing and English-language classes for students attending Martin Luther, Pius XI, Dominican, Catholic Memorial and St. Thomas More high schools.
Join KPH, ECBI and The Daily Reporter on Wednesday, November 12 for a small business seminar and networking opportunity. Companies that are interested in bidding on government projects or partnering with primes to bid on government projects are encouraged to attend.
$10 tickets include continental breakfast and a one-month subscription to the Daily Reporter.
8 a.m.: Continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.: Learning how to work with the GSA Public Buildings (Presented by Wisconsin Procurement Institute)
9:30 a.m.: Opportunities with the EPA
10:30 a.m.: Tapping into the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
11:30 a.m.: Marketing your Emerging Business (Presented by Company B Brand Marketing)
Wednesday, November 12
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ECBI Training Room
1237 West Bruce Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” focuses on the importance of reducing a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.
Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, is committed to eliminating this burden to public health.
Interested in helping the cause? Spread the word and learn more here.
KPH Environmental has been awarded a contract by Market & Johnson to manage complete asbestos abatement of an eight-story hotel in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Formerly the Ramada Convention Center, the hotel located at 205 South Barstow is being redeveloped by Pablo Properties, a group of local Eau Claire investors led by the founder and co-CEO of JAMF Software, Zach Halmstad. KPH Environmental will manage the demolition and abatement of approximately 100,000 square feet of existing stud walls, ceilings and roof materials. The work will allow Market & Johnson crews to begin on general construction of the future Lismore Hotel.
The Eau Claire project adds to KPH’s recent expansion into hospitality, which includes Black Sheep, the Wisconsin International Academy and the much-anticipated Hotel Northland in Green bay, Wisconsin.
“Hospitality is an exciting sector and involves all of the disciplines we have performed for years in commercial construction, healthcare, government and education. We look forward to identifying additional hotel projects throughout the country.” – Keith H. Harenda, KPH founder and owner
Like any company, we’re proud of our work. KPH Construction and KPH Environmental have had the privilege of working on tremendous projects in our 15 year history. From hospitals and commercial developments to schools and government buildings, our projects have resulted in client satisfaction and some terrific photos along the way. So we decided to create a gallery in our entrance.
Stop by any time to take a look and let us tell you the story behind each of these great projects.
KPH is proud to announce the contracting of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in Indianapolis, IN. Work will include the renovation and reconfiguring of the 2,220 square-foot interior office space, located at the 2nd floor of the Federal Building. The project consists of interior demolition and construction to provide an open office space for workstations and other office rooms. Other general construction work includes the installation of new carpet tile and flooring, new doors and frames, split system AC, HVAC ductwork modification, security systems, recessed lighting fixtures, and the installation of fire alarm and sprinkler systems. Work on the Federal Building is set to begin in October.
KPH has been tasked with repairing the concrete pavements of the Air Refueling Wing at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI. The civil project is set to repair the area that the planes use to enter and exit the tarmac include partial and full-depth replacement of concrete pavement, the resealing of cracks and new pavement markings. KPH has worked with Mitchell International before on the airport’s Area Noise Management Program. Work on the Mitchell Airport has already begun.
KPH, along with the ECBI, are once again proud to sponsor the Daily Reporter’s Newsmakers of the Year event in the category of Emerging Businesses. The Daily Reporter looks for leaders from across Wisconsin, from every level of construction, design and development, that have led the industry in a positive direct. All winners will be honored in October’s special dinner awards event on Thursday, October 16.
View last years highlights:
You can view this years categories here.
KPH Construction is excited to officially announce our latest project – General Contractor for Hotel Northland in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In 1924, famed hotel architect Herbert W. Tullgren designed the Tudor Revival style grand hotel which became the place for social events, debutant balls, and home for Packer greats Curley Lambeau and Barr Starr. But over time, chain hotels took over and Green Bay went the way of other smaller U.S. markets – a city of limited-service branded hotels meant to provide basic lodging and accommodations.
Along with co-developer Frantz Community Investors (FCI), KPH will lead the historic restoration project with the goal of designing a hotel that is embraced by locals and a destination for business and leisure travelers.
KPH Construction is proud to announce it is the Construction Manager for fire protection of the new Wisconsin International Academy (WIA) in Wauwatosa. The WIA, a teaching and student housing center for foreign students attending local high schools, will be located in the former Days Inn hotel at 11811 West Blue Mound Road in Wauwatosa.
KPH Construction is tasked with providing sprinklers, as well as removing and replacing the roof. Our team will work with the WIA on design, budgets and bidding of additional and forthcoming renovations to the site and building. The full renovation, which will be completed this summer, includes converting the rooms to housing, filling the indoor pool to make a gym, and erecting a metal perimeter fence. The 127-room facility expects to have 150 students, mostly from China, in residence by the end of summer.
We are honored to be working with the Wisconsin International Academy and, led by our own Vice President of Education Dr. Matt Gibson, are bring experience in facilities renovations to this quick-turn project.
– Keith P. Harenda, President and CEO of KPH Construction.
The international academy, based in Glendale, houses and provides English-language classes for students attending Martin Luther, Pius XI, Dominican, Catholic Memorial and St. Thomas More high schools.
KPH Construction has partnered with Milwaukee Area Technical College to support the asbestos hiring needs of construction companies in the Milwaukee community through the YouthBuild program. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24.
KPH will work directly with Habitat for Humanity, Journey House and other non-profit organizations by teaching technical construction skills to YouthBuild participants; providing mentoring activities and scholarships; and working with other construction companies to support the YouthBuild program in the same capacity.
Skill building and specialized job training are what our community needs to move ahead.
– Keith P. Harenda, President and CEO of KPH Construction
On May 1st, KPH Construction along with the Emerging Construction Business Incubator (ECBI) will sponsor a small business networking, marketing and training workshop hosted by The Daily Reporter. Publisher of The Daily Reporter Ann Richmond will welcome attendants followed by panel discussions including Marketing Your Emerging Business, Training to Expand Your Services and Opportunities for Government Contracts hosted by local experts in their field.
The workshop will be held at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and a networking lunch “speed dating” with topic experts.
To register click here or call Sarah McQuin at 414.225.1814.
In 2013, KPH Construction set out to rebrand itself. Founded in 1999, the company’s marketing needed to reflect its current scope of services and breadth of experience. The year-long effort resulted in everything from a new website to graphics on our fleet of trucks and vans.
We’re pleased to announce that KPH was recently recognized by the Construction Marketing Association (CMA) annual STAR™ Awards for excellence in marketing. KPH was the recipient of the 2013 SUPERSTAR Award for Sales Collateral and 2013 STAR Award for Brand Standards.
“KPH Construction was recognized as the winner in two categories among a field of national competitors within the construction industry,” stated CMA Chairman Neil M. Brown. “The CMA STAR Awards showcase the very best in marketing, effectiveness and creative execution.”
We’re thrilled by the recognition. Check out our award-winning collateral produced by Company B Brand Marketing in Milwaukee.
How do you prove to developers that you can bring a major project in on time and under budget?
By doing just that.
KPH acquired a turn-of-the-century building in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood with our sites set on developing a mixed-use property. A tenant was secured for the upper level of this two-story building with a move-in date in three months. KPH managed the demolition and environmental remediation, including removal of an oil tank discovered during Phase 1 and another surprise tank after acquisition. The Design/Build project allowed the architect and tenant to work out solutions even after construction began.
The street level was developed into Black Sheep as a bar and restaurant, and white box was completed during the upper floor renovation. This two-tiered approach allowed our team to work effectively with City officials to anticipate and pass inspections each step of the way. The development included moving two staircases, modifying the exterior, fully restoring hardwood floors, beams, bead board ceilings and brick walls, adding a lower level kitchen and an elaborate venting system, and incorporating a new sprinkler system. Even a liquor license was secured in record time.
From acquisition to grand opening of two businesses in eight short months, South Second Street proves KPH understands that the sooner a commercial development is complete the faster you collect rent and earn revenue.
KPH and the project have been featured in several local news publications including The Business Journal, The Journal Sentinels: Tap and OnMilwaukee.com. Before opening day, the projects construction staff was invited to a thank you dinner and cocktail hour. Keith Harenda, KPH President and CEO, remains the owner of the building and Black Sheep.
KPH has been hired by the New Berlin School District as Owner’s Representative to manage up to $7 million of energy projects and up to $3 million in general facilities projects over the coming years. Our Energy and Infrastructure Project Services include:
School districts face challenging projects when it comes to facilities. As an Owner’s Rep, KPH can balance cost with long-range planning, functional design and quality construction to manage these complex endeavors.
-Vice President of KPH’s Education Division, and former Elmbrook Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Gibson
KPH CEO Keith Harenda recently sat down with The Business Journal to talk about the company and our steady growth. When asked “What’s the best way to keep a competitive edge?” Keith replied “Putting customers before profits and outsmarting our competitors through innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship.” We thank our customers for their commitment to KPH. To read the full article:
In an ongoing effort to offer networking and educational opportunities to small and disadvantaged contractors in the construction business, KPH Construction participated in an event today that drew dozens of such firms eager to learn more about possible work for the federal government.
Today’s event at the Milwaukee War Memorial was presented by AGC of Greater Milwaukee, AIA Wisconsin, WPI and ECBI, founded by KPH Construction for this very goal.
Topics for the day included “The Federal Market Opportunity,” offering a glimpse of the federal contracts awarded for the construction industry by prime and subcontracts in 2012. KPH owner Keith Harenda participated as a panelist and said, “While KPH today works in hospitals, commercial developments, school districts and hospitality, we have weathered economic downturns by becoming a trusted contractor for the federal government. We’re happy to share our success with female-, minority- and veteran-owned firms through the ECBI and by mentoring and teaming with small contractors on government projects.”
To learn more, read our news release.
Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, recently honored KPH Construction with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve.
According to Richard Vallin, Wisconsin ESGR Chair, “The Patriot Award was created to recognize those who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve. KPH Construction was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard and Reserve Service by Reserve Component employees. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
By signing the Statement of Support, we are sending a clear message to the employees of KPH that while they are serving their country they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.
Accepting the award with Leo Talsky Director of KPH’s Mentoring & Incubator Program. In addition, KPH Construction signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve pledging to continually recognize the country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war. Company founder and CEO Keith P Harenda said, “By signing the Statement of Support, we are sending a clear message to the employees of KPH that while they are serving their country they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
The Small Business Administration (SBA) of the federal government has once again recognized KPH Construction as HUB Zone certified. The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps businesses in urban and rural communities gain access to federal procurement opportunities in return for their commitment to bring employment to areas of need.
For the third time in as many applications, the SBA has recognized KPH with HUB Zone certification.
KPH Construction operates from its headquarters in the City of Milwaukee on the near south side within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone.” The company is also committed to maintaining at least 35% of its employees who reside within in a HUBZone. Said company founder Keith P. Harenda, “For the third time in as many applications, the SBA has recognized KPH with HUB Zone certification. We are pleased to continue to bring jobs to the City of Milwaukee in an area most needed.”
KPH is the only full-service construction and environmental company in Southeastern Wisconsin with HUB Zone certification.
To meet the needs for facilities improvements and expansion within the education sector, KPH Construction has launched an Education Division led by a school superintendent of more than 30 years. Matthew Gibson, Ph.D. understands the importance that school facilities play in any community. Today, he brings our customers the experience of a seasoned veteran with a history of strategic planning. Matt has worked with all segments of communities and school district on facilities planning and the referenda processes.
We wanted to offer customers both initial support and a long-term partnership.
“School districts today are challenged with facilities decisions that can include renovation, new construction, sale of buildings and recommendations on the future use of district property. The goal in educational facilities is to balance cost with long-range planning, functional design, quality construction and communication,” said KPH president and CEO Keith Harenda. Executed well, the result improves learning environments and operational efficiencies. “But the task can be daunting,” added Harenda, a former Waukesha County Supervisor who understands the process first hand. “So we wanted to offer customers both initial support and a long-term partnership.”
To learn how we can bring expertise to your school district, contact Matt Gibson at email@example.com
KPH Construction offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were thrilled to learned the company has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the GSA for three zones in the state of Michigan. The contract for repair, alteration and construction work, has four option years and could be worth more than $16 million.
KPH has had an office in Grand Rapids since 2009. Headed by Derek Roberts, Associate Vice President of Construction for KPH and a LEED Green Associate, the Grand Rapids office has grown dramatically in that time. This latest IDIQ contract is in addition to two other IDIQ contracts within Michigan awarded to KPH worth a combined $50 million over five years.
Our goal is to put hard-working Michigan subcontractors back to work.
“We’re pleased to have been awarded this IDIQ contract within the state of Michigan,” said Keith Harenda, president and CEO of KPH. “We’re committed to Michigan and the Midwest, and this contract is another demonstration that the GSA has confidence in the quality of our work and our longevity here in Michigan.” In early 2013, KPH will launch a formal recruitment effort to identify small contractors approved by the GSA or interested in applying. Added Harenda, “Our goal is to put hard-working Michigan subcontractors back to work.”