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The Charlotte Team’s Jumpstart to the New Year

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KCSE Updates from the desk of Jeff Kihm, Regional Manager

The new year is about a fresh start. At the same time, it’s about learning from experience. We have a lot of positive momentum going into the new year. Let’s take advantage of it by remembering what got us here. Our commitment to the Four Hallmarks of Safety, Productivity, Quality and Customer Service is what sets us apart in Charlotte.

When we met as a team in December, we talked about repeat clients. Well-recognized general contractors like Balfour-Beatty, Choate, Meyers & Chapman, Concorde, Edison Foard, J.M. Cope and Edifice continue to request our team by name. We should be proud of that.

KCSE Recognizes Our Business Partners of the Year

Every year, we recognize a customer and a vendor who has played a role in our success. Jay Wendland and Dave McCauley nominated Concorde Construction as our customer of the year. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Concorde on the One Silver Crescent Office Building and Parking Deck projects (collectively known as “Ayrsley” to our team). We shared our team’s positive feedback with the Concorde management team at the end of the year. We recognized Concorde’s commitment to safe job sites; their open communication and responsiveness to RFI’s; and their approach to problem solving with us throughout the course of our work.

On the supply side, we recognized Murray Fater of HD Supply White Cap.  Many of you know Murray and his dedication to our team. He always strives to deliver our material on time, even on last-minute or expedited orders. He consistently delivers product in a timely fashion, especially under challenging schedules and job site conditions.

(Pictured above: Steve Clark, Kirt Brace, Murray Fater, Jeff Kihm and Dave McCauley)

When you have a great experience with a supplier, vendor or customer, please let your manager know. We count on our customers, suppliers and vendors to work wish us as a team, and we want to give recognition when it’s due. More Business Partner Awards from KCI and KCTX will be shared soon.


The Charlotte team continues to pursue work that matches the strengths of our team. Kudos to Project Executive Dave McCauley and Project Manager Steve Clark on these recent project awards.

  • North Carolina Air National Guard for Edison Foard: This is a new two-story operations training facility for the C-130 squadron at the NC Air National Guard Base.  Our scope includes footings and foundations; 13,000 square feet of slab on grade; 11,000 square feet of slab on deck and 500 linear feet of retaining wall.
  • The RailYard for Edifice:The RailYard is an eight-story, two-building project that includes 300,000 square feet of office space and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. There are also plans for a 15,000-square-foot community gathering space — the Yard — to be developed between the two buildings and 100 micro-unit apartments at the rear of the property. The RailYard is located in the South End area.
  • The Promenade for Hutton: The Promenade is a retail shopping center with 280,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Confirmed tenants Burlington, Hobby Lobby, ULTA, TJ Maxx, Ross and many more. Our scope includes footings, foundations, slab on grade, and site concrete for 14 different retail shop buildings, and tilt-wall construction on four of those shops. 
  • ISFSI Nuclear Plant for Hall Contracting: Our team will build heavy equipment foundations for TVA’s ISFSI, which stands for  Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation.
  • Parking Garage K for J.M. Cope: Our scope of work includes foundations, 40,000 square feet of slab on grade and elevator pit walls for the six-story precast parking deck.

The Charlotte foundations crews are making progress at the RailYard.

Despite cold weather, the Charlotte team is pushing forward and setting walls for Ross and TJ Maxx at The Promenade.


KCI/KCSE HR Update: How to Submit Paid Vacation Requests

Paid vacation requests must be approved by your superintendent or manager and submitted to Julie Howe, our Payroll Administrator. There are two ways to do this:

  1. By Email: Email your supervisor the details of your paid vacation request including the date(s) and number of hours you want to use. When your manager replies with an approval, you must also forward this notice to Julie (
  2. By Paper Form: Print the Vacation/Absence Request form from our website. ( Complete the details of your request, and ask your manager for review and signature. This form must be turned in to Julie.

You are encouraged to provide as much notice as possible to your manager so that we can plan adequately for your absence. Please note, as of January 11, 2018, the HR team discontinued the use of BambooHR, and it will no longer be used to process employment-related requests. If you have questions about your benefits, your HR team is always available to assist you. Call 616-534-4909 and ask for Mindy or Sarah.


Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Be an active participant in daily huddles, job hazard analyses, stretch and flex and planning sessions. We want everyone to return home safely every night.

Safety training plans are underway! Monthly training topics and dates will be announced soon. Topics include fall protection, excavations, confined space, extreme temperatures, crane operation, ladders and scaffolds, skytrak and manlifts, electrical hazards and fire. Dates, time and location will be announced soon.