Posts By: Tara Brinkmoeller
“Where We Were,” Semper Tek Employees Remember 9/11 and Reflect on the Impact of the Attacks after 20 Years
In order to commemorate the 20 Year Anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the Semper Tek family shared their stories about where they were when the events took place and the impact it has had on their lives. We have pieced together their stories and comments to create an editorial piece which we hope can be used to remember those whose lives were lost that day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of those who lost their lives 20 years ago. We promise to never forget. May God bless them, our Military and First Responders, and our Nation.
We loved working with our wonderful interns this summer and are sad to see them go back to school so soon!
Carmen Perry came on board as an IT intern in our Southeast division. She is a Civil Engineering Major at Valdosta State University in their REPP Program. Carmen assisted with many IT projects such as helping Camille (IT and Process Improvement Manager) incorporate iPads and MiFi’s into the field. “”Learning about Construction Management and the process of biding and what is needed to complete a project from a construction management point of view”” was one of Carmen’s favorite aspects this summer. Semper Tek plans to incorporate her into other aspects of business in the future and Carmen will be continuing working with us some throughout the school year.
Jared Couch is our Construction intern. He is a Construction Management Major at EKU. When asked about his time at Semper Tek he said, “I have really enjoyed getting hands-on experience in pre-construction and project management with some of the best in the industry.” This summer Jared helped with Bids, estimating, site visits, and much more. Carol (Pre-Construction Specialist) said, “We have enjoyed introducing him in the many roles he will play when he graduates from EKU. Jared will be continuing to work with Semper Tek part time while he finishes his classes.” Jared is currently a Sergeant in the Army National Guard serving as a Horizontal Construction Engineer and conducted construction operations in Afghanistan in 2017. We thank you Jared for your service and are grateful to have you as part of our team!
Nicholas Lecce was an Intern that helped work on many of our projects in the field. He goes to Transylvania University and is getting a major in Political Science. When Nicholas was asked about his time at Semper Tek he said, “I have learned a lot from where I was when I started, especially the amount of work that goes into these kind of projects makes you appreciate the work a lot more”.
We hope all our interns have a great semester back to school and wish them the best of luck!
The Semper Tek Family wishes George Schmidt, Superintendent a wonderful retirement! George was our 2nd most tenured employee and has been with Semper Tek for more than 11 years. He successfully completed projects in multiple states for multiple clients over the years. In recent years, George spent a majority of his time at the VA facilities in Lexington KY. In fact, George became such an everyday fixture that he was often mistaken as a VA Engineering employee!
While we will certainly miss George’s work ethic and dedication, we hope that he and his wife Sally enjoy their time in retirement. Thanks George for all your contributions to Semper Tek over the years and congrats on a well-deserved retirement!
As a token of our appreciation and to celebrate George, we had this custom hard hat made for him.
Just in time for Veterans Day, the ribbon was cut on the Fort Knox Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The clinic has already begun seeing patients and is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to be able to serve area veterans with the latest in medical innovative care.
Mr. Stephen Black, Robley Rex VA Medical Center Director remarked that “this CBOC is the nicest facility of its type that he has ever seen.” The VA began seeing patients in the facility in mid-October and they have received extremely positive comments about the facility since opening.
Semper Tek is proud to have served as the General Contractor for this Design-Build project contracted through the Louisville US Army Corps of Engineers for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jason Brinkmoeller, Sr. Vice President of Semper Tek, participated in the ribbon cutting event and remarked, “This project was particularly special to our firm since myself and our Founder and President, Mr. Scott Matheny are both disabled veterans.” Our firm’s employees are proud to be able to create places that serve our nation’s veterans and provide them with the care they deserve. We are confident that this building will serve our Kentucky veterans well for many years to come.
There were many people who helped the DVA CBOC come to fruition. We would like to thank Col. Gant for her leadership during much of this project, and Col. Crispino in the end. We appreciate the support and partnership of Mr. Matt Lowe and his team, as well as Mr. Nick Biebelhauser, Resident Engineer and his team. Thank you also to the Department of Veterans Affairs staff, in particular Mr. Jodi Babb, Mr. Jeremy Bradshaw, and Mr. Stephen Black, the Robley Rex Medical Center Director.
We are very proud of our team at Semper Tek and our subcontracting partners who have created this beautiful building. Our on-site team worked tirelessly, often nights and weekends, even holidays, to ensure that we continued to progress on this project so that we could begin to serve veteran patients as soon as possible. I would like to particularly recognize Mrs. Wanda Ortiz, our Project Manager, Mr. Eric Boursaw, our General Superintendent, Mr. Shawn James, our QC Manager, Mr. Will Murray, Mechanical QC Manager, Mr. Tony Anderson and Mr. James Ruley, Superintendents, and Mr. Butch Merritt, Site Safety and Health Officer, for your outstanding work on-site each day. Thank you also to Mr. Jason Brinkmoeller and Mr. Santiago Iturralde who provided Executive leadership throughout this project. Finally, we must thank and recognize American Structurepoint, our Design Firm partner for your beautiful design, as well as CMTA Consulting Engineers.
We wish everyone who works at the CBOC facility the best and pray that the space honors and serves the veterans of Kentucky.
Bulldog stickers are given out to employees who go above and beyond their normal duties and showcase exemplary execution in their roles. Our firm is blessed with a team of incredible people who all showcase incredible dedication, talent, and work ethic, which makes it most difficult to earn one of these awards. The following employees were recognized today for their top-notch work and efforts:
Carol Corcoran, Pre-Construction
Outstanding leadership of pre-construction processes, including coordinating calls for subcontractor coverage and management of amendments.
Lisa Miller, Administrative Assistant
Exceptional work performed beyond her daily assigned duties throughout COVID-19 Pandemic months
Mary Fawns, Accounting Manager
Consistently performs with excellence, but was instrumental during COVID-19 to ensure our firm was up-to-date with accounting and paycheck protections
Emily Jenkins, Corporate Business Director
Conducted significant research on programs provided to small businesses during COVID-19 pandemic and prepared applications so that we were sufficiently awarded. She spent countless hours ensuring our employees and the firm was in compliance and taken care of during the uncertain times.
Adam DeRossett, Design Build Manager
Exhibited incredible initiative to pursue the ASHE CHC certification on his own time, and passed the test to obtain the certification for the company.
Tyler Sermons, Estimator
As the primary estimator in the SE Division office, Tyler successfully added $10M of new work backlog for the SE region. He continues to grow in his role and shows incredible initiative for his work
Congratulations to our team members for this excellent work! Each of them have received the Bulldog hard hat sticker and a $100 gift card. To see a full list of all past recipients, click here.