New Rock Haven Skilled Nursing Facility Grand Opening – Saturday May 11

The Rock County Board of Supervisors is hosting a grand opening of the new Rock Haven Skilled Nursing facility located at 3400 County Trunk F in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm. Tours will be given 1:15 to 4:00 pm. The Samuels Group served as Owner’s Representative for this 128-bed facility that covers 128,000 square feet. The buildings consist of four 32-bed neighborhoods (that include households with private rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, activity area, spa and laundry), staff offices, and village commons (that include dietary department, physician clinic, therapy department, social room, classroom, administrative offices, and storage areas). Congratulations to Rock County on their new facility!

Dunn County Health Care Center Breaks Ground

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 for the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie, WI.  The new multi-building, 137 bed facility will feature three buildings, the largest of which will total 47,000 square feet.  The new facility will be located west of the current facility.

The Samuels Group will act as Construction Manager-Agency during the Dunn County Health Care project with the architectural team of ADG/Hoffman providing architectural services.

The groundbreaking event featured speakers, including Gene Smith, County Administrator, Steve Rasmussen, County Board Chair and Sheila Harsdorf, State Senator, District 10, followed by a ceremonial dig and desserts and refreshments served in the current facility’s cafeteria.  The ceremony was held on the future grounds of the new health care facility adjacent to the current Dunn County Health Care Center.

Green Lake County Justice Facility Featured in Wisconsin Counties Magazine

The Green Lake County Justice Center was featured in the March 2012 issue of Wisconsin Counties magazine.  The article relates how the facility was needed and helped Green Lake County overcome several issues that they had with their previous facility.  It details several key features of the building and focuses on the geo-thermal wells that are used to heat and cool the building.  Each well is 300 feet deep and there are 27 miles of piping that loop under the parking lot.  Attached to a series of heat pumps, the system is the sole means of heating and cooling the building.

Green Lake County officials such as County Clerk Marge Bostelmann, Head of Maintenance Scott Weir and Sherriff Mark Podoll and Deputy Mark Putzke are interviewed.  Putzke talked about the work that went into the facility and the challenges of building a facility that must meet state and federal requirements.  “We can’t say enough about Potter Lawson [Architect on the Green Lake project] and The Samuels Group,” Putzke stated.

The justice center replaced a building that was over 100 years old and created a safer environment for employees of Green Lake County and its citizens.  The building is LEED Registered and the techniques incorporated into its design and construction resulted in a building that was 30-35% more economical to run, further benefiting the community.

The Samuels Group Featured in Woodson Art Museum Newsletter!

The Samuels Group project at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI, is underway and featured in this quarter’s edition of “Vista,” the Museum’s newsletter for members.

The impetus behind the building addition was BMO Harris Bank’s donation to the Museum of the M&I Bank Collection of Owen Gromme paintings. The article relates how Jim Jasper, Samuels Group architect, helped the Museum address several needs beyond the gallery space required for the Gromme collection. The 8,500-square-foot building addition includes ADA-compliant bathrooms on the main and lower-levels, an elevator to make access easier for all visitors, green design elements and sustainable materials that will help maximize efficiency. The addition is scheduled for a September 2012 opening.

You can read the February 2012 edition of Vista by becoming a Museum member. Details on how to become a Woodson Art Museum member and contribute to this vital north central Wisconsin community asset are available here: http://www.lywam.org/information/index.cfm?room=membership

The Samuels Group Wins Build Wisconsin Award

The Samuels Group was selected to receive a 2011 Build Wisconsin Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in the General Contractor – New Construction Category.  The winning entry, Green Lake County Government Center, is a project that successfully met multi-usage needs associated with housing over 30 departments, each with diverse security and technology requirements, into one new facility. Extensive planning, coordination, and quality construction management resulted in an attractive facility that serves many needs and improves operation costs and efficiencies.  The Samuels Group’s commitment to sustainability and safety were also notable components of the project.

Samuels Group | Environments, the interior design and furnishing division of The Samuels Group, provided complete office systems specific to each department’s needs and assisted in selecting seating, tables, storage, and accessories that perfectly complimented each environment within the facility.

Projects are evaluated by a panel of construction industry professionals (including architects, engineers, city officials and other building experts) that select the top projects to receive the awards.  The panel judges each project and gives a project points based on criteria such as sustainable practices, unusual design, innovation, teamwork, overcoming challenges and client satisfaction.

Safety pays on Green Lake County Justice Center Project

A safe work environment during the construction of the Green Lake County Justice Center has paid off big for Green Lake County.

At the Green Lake County Board Meeting on November 8th, the county was presented with a $291,904 dividend check from the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation (County Mutual), the county’s insurer, for having a reduced number of lost-time accidents during the construction of the Green Lake County Justice Center.

“These are tight times for our counties and the dividend payment clearly shows the partnership between the County Mutual and counties to provide effective insurance solutions,” said Lee Rymer, President of the County Mutual and Oconto County Board Chair. “We are very proud that this project helped to save taxpayer dollars, while protecting the lives of the workers on Green Lake County Justice Center.”

The Samuels Group acted as construction manager on the Green Lake County project and finished the project with no lost time injuries, totaling 590 work days.

“We worked tirelessly to create plans that take into account the safest work environment possible for our construction workers, as well as anyone involved in this project, said Tim Harmann, Field Superintendent, The Samuels Group, Inc “The partnership with the County Mutual fits well with our philosophy and dedication to deliver projects with zero incidents or injuries. The Samuels Group, Inc. is proud to have been a part of the Green Lake County team.”

For this project, Green Lake County participated in the County Mutual’s Owner Direct Insurance Program (ODIP). The ODIP is a cost-saving insurance product that allows counties to take control of their general liability and worker’s compensation insurance needs on building projects such as jails or law enforcement centers. Estimates have shown that the cost of general liability for these types of projects is typically three-to-four percent of the total contract value.

In addition to program administration, regular safety visits and training on site were conducted for the Green Lake County Justice Center project by Aegis Corporation, which is the general administrator for the County Mutual and administered the on-site safety program for the ODIP program.

“This is always a huge team effort and Green Lake County had a group in place for this project that made safety a top priority,” said Vance Forrest, Vice President of Risk Management for Aegis Corporation. “There was a commitment to safety from all parties involved in the construction of the new justice center. Because of this, the job site was safe and Green Lake County is seeing huge savings by using the ODIP.”

The total premium paid by Green Lake County was $425,690, with $219,904 coming back to the county in the form of a dividend payment.

The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA), along with county officials from around the state, created the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation in 1987 to provide quality liability insurance substantially at cost to its members. The company has a strong focus on risk management and currently insures 53 of the state’s 72 counties. To learn more, visit www.wisconsincountymutual.org.

The Samuels Group Awarded UI Indoor Practice Facility

The Samuels Group has been selected to serve as general contractor for the construction of The University of Iowa Indoor Practice Facility. This 111,500 sf, indoor football practice facility has been designed to attain a LEED Silver rating when complete. Pre-construction services for the project will start in mid-October and the facility is expected to be complete in Fall 2012.

The new practice facility will serve the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team, replacing their current facility, known as “The Bubble.” It will be located west of the existing recreation building and south of the existing outdoor practice facility. This project is phase I of a two part project that will eventually add offices for coaching and administration, strength and conditioning, video, player’s lockers, lounge and a lobby where fans will be able to view the history of Iowa football.

Rock Haven project breaks ground

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 for The Rock Haven Skilled Nursing Facility in Janesville, WI. The new 128 private room, 178,000 square foot structure will feature a residential style setting. Seven new structures will be laid out over 26 acres in a campus-like setting designed to resemble a village. The new facility will be built east of the current facility which opened in 1963. The current facility will not meet new requirements for fire suppression beginning in August of 2013. As well as fire suppression the new Rock Haven facility will also add air conditioning a feature that the current facility lacks.

The Samuels Group will act as Owner’s Representative during the Rock Haven project with Eppstein Uhen providing architectural services and CG Schmidt of Milwaukee as the GC.

The groundbreaking event featured speakers, a ceremonial dig by Rock County administrators and members of the project team with desert and refreshments served by the Rock Haven cafeteria following the event. The ceremony was held behind the current Rock Haven facility, residents were able to watch the ceremony from the resident dining room.

Lac Du Flambeau Natural Resource Building Celebrates Grand Opening

The Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians held a grand opening ceremony for their Natural Resource Green Complex on Friday, September 23, 2011. The Natural Resources Complex was designed and inspected by The Samuels Group who also performed construction management services on the facility. Samuels Group commercial furnishings division, Samuels Group | Environments furnished the complex.

Positioned at the entrance to the Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Campground, the 7,200 square foot facility features office space, laboratories, classroom facilities and a campground store. Incorporating a multitude of green features such as photovoltaic and geothermal heating systems and tubular skylights for daylighting, the facility is expected to meet LEED certification requirements and was built as a model for future tribal green construction. The facility houses the Lac Du Flambeau Natural Resource Department.

The grand opening ceremony coincided with the grand opening of the Lac Du Flambeau Public Safety building where the day’s events began. Events included speeches by tribal leaders, including one given in the native language, ribbon cutting and a luncheon which served traditional dishes.

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Samuels Group hired as general contractor for bed tower addition and remodel

The Samuels Group was recently hired as the general contractor on the bed tower addition and remodel for Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI. The Samuels Group will be partnering with CG Schmidt, who is acting as the construction manager on the project.

Pre-construction services for the bed tower addition and remodel are currently underway with actual construction starting this summer. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.

The Samuels Group has recently worked with Ministry on the St. Mary’s Crandon Clinic in Crandon, Wi., the Crandon Clinic is a 12,991 square foot facility which completed construction in June of 2010. The Samuels Group has also worked with Ministry on projects at St Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls, Eagle River Hospital, Howard Young and St Mary’s in Rhinelander, WI.