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Semper Tek joined SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and KY Governor Matt Bevin for Small Business Roundtable on Workforce Issues

Pictured are the small businesses that signed the Pledge to America's Workers along with KY Governor Matt Bevin and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

Pictured are the small businesses that signed the Pledge to America’s Workers along with KY Governor Matt Bevin and SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

Last week Semper Tek was one of ten small businesses in Kentucky to be invited by the Kentucky District of the SBA to participate in a roundtable discussion during SBA Administrator Linda McMahon’s visit to the District.  Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was also in attendance. The focus of the conversation was workforce development.

Administrator McMahon has been traveling the Country to visit many SBA district offices and to meet with small business owners. Her visit to Kentucky was the first time she has focused her discussions on workforce issues. During her time in the Kentucky District, the Administrator visited a Chef Incubator in west Louisville, in addition to speaking with the roundtable participants at Jeptha Creed Distillery in Simpsonville, KY.

Administrator McMahon expressed that she and the President are aware of the workforce shortages in out Country. She acknowledged that all industries are effected, but that some are experiencing more substantial shortages than others. During the discussion Tara Brinkmoeller, Business Development Manager for Semper Tek shared about the construction workforce issues from a regional perspective. We discussed how there is a shortage in skilled workers both to supply our General Construction field crews, as well as the crews of our subcontractor base. We shared about how these shortages effect our ability to sufficiently bid projects at times and staff current projects to meet required schedules.

Others firms present represented the retail and restaurant industries, manufacturing, medical day spas, and engineering industries. The common theme from all small business owners was the issue with finding willing employees with the right skill sets and issues of turnover after significant investment in training.

Governor Bevin acknowledged these issues in Kentucky’s workforce and shared about initiatives of the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet, which include Work Ready Communities, training dollars for employees in specific fields, and more.  He encouraged everyone to visit to learn more about what the state is already doing to address workforce issues.

On July 19, President Trump issued an Executive Order that established the National Council for the American Worker. The Council has been established in order to provide a coordinated process for developing a national strategy to ensure that America’s students and workers have access to affordable, relevant, and innovative education and job training that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy. As part of the Order, the President has created a Pledge that communities, states, and businesses can sign to support the Council and show where they will create opportunities for American workers. During the roundtable event Governor Bevin signed the Pledge on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as did many individual firms, including Semper Tek.

Semper Tek was excited to have the opportunity to participate in the event and speak about workforce issues on behalf of our industry. Click here to read one of the articles from the many media outlets that covered the event. 


Semper Tek Celebrates 10-Year Business Anniversary by Constructing the Charles Young Veterans Flag Memorial

Semper Tek, Inc. has officially been operating for 10-years. This is a milestone that not all small businesses accomplish. Especially a construction business that opened its doors in July 2008…. The recession that hit the Nation, and particularly the construction industry, definitely made the first several years interesting for Scott Matheny, President, but he persisted and has grown a tremendous company that today employs 38 people.

In its first ten years, Semper Tek has created a customer- and people- centered philosophy and culture. Scott Matheny continues to set the tone for all personnel he employs by working long and hard to do what is right and fair for his clients. The team he has created is truly like a family and they approach each project and client with a partnership mentality. His approach is what has created the firm’s success by earnning repeat business with clients like the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of the Air Force.

In order to celebrate the firm’s 10-Year Anniversary, Semper Tek is partnering with multiple firms, including EOP Architects and CARMAN on a design-build project with the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) to build a Veterans Flag Memorial in Louisville, KY.  The Freedom Flag Project is an initiative that will work through Public-Private Partnerships to install American Flags throughout communities and states across the nation, and build memorials to honor our nation’s veterans. The initiative was created by Shedrick Jones, Sr., the Region VI Commander of the NABVETS, as an opportunity to unify people and communities by providing beautiful spaces to reflect on a symbol that can bring us all together – Old Glory. Image 1 Overhead_nologos

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville has been selected to receive the first memorial because of the locations rich history, its mission, and its available front yard event space which will be greatly enhanced with this addition. The Charles Young Veterans Memorial will include a statue of a saluting soldier on one end of a 50’ elevated paver walkway with seat walls in front of a 40’ tall flag pole with a large American Flag and five branch flags surrounding it at the other end. The “Salute” sculpture is meant to represent all of the nation’s Veterans and represents the ultimate respect for the flag. Positioned behind the salute statue are five pedestals honoring the 5 branches of the US Armed Forces. The flag is elevated in a position of prominence on the site and is approached on a brick paver walkway with memorial bricks honoring the 50 states. Along the paved walkway there is a section of 13 striped bands of brick pavers that are flanked by seat walls that contain inspirational quotes and is intended as a place for quiet reflection. Each of the flags will remain lit so that they can continue to be raised at all times. On the backside of the flag platform will be grassy seating areas that will be stair-stepped back down to the natural grade of the lawn. The seats are formed with historic limestone curbs that we once located in neighborhoods through-out Louisville. This will create additional seating area for outdoor events and spaces to relax and reflect at the memorial. There will be opportunities for businesses and residents to purchase pavers and plaques to honor veterans and show their support.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities associated with the Charles Young Veterans Memorial, click here or you may call the office at 859-252-8339. The Charles Young Veterans Flag Memorial will be constructed in time to be unveiled on Veterans Day, November 11 this year.

Santiago Iturralde named Vice President of S.A.M.E. Valdosta-Moody Post

The Society of American Military Engineers Valdosta-Moody Post in Valdosta, GA SIturralde_1held elections for their slate of officers during their monthly meeting on May 10. Semper Tek S.E. Division Vice President Santiago Iturralde was elected by Post membership to serve as the 2018 Vice President. He will serve alongside:

President: Lt Col Michael Francis
Secretary: Bill Bryan
Treasurer: Anthony Payton
Programs: Randy Crews (2Lt Matt Jacobs will assist when he returns from deployment)
Young Members: Capt Akira Nervik

Santiago will serve on the Board of Directors for the Post and will work collaboratively to grow the  organization and its impact at Moody AFB and throughout the Valdosta community.

Semper Tek is a Sustaining Member of S.A.M.E. and is also active at the Kentuckiana Post, where Business Development Manager Tara Brinkmoeller serves as the Veterans Outreach Committee Chair, as well as serves on the Board of Directors.  To learn more about S.A.M.E., visit their website,


Semper Tek Receives Exceptional CPARS on Design-Build Project; Completes 6-months Ahead of Schedule

Semper Tek is proud to announce that it has completed the Design/Build project, Repair Seven (7) Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF), six months ahead of schedule and has received an Exceptional rating for this criteria.

This $3.4M project was managed during the design and initial construction phases by Mr. F. Jason Brinkmoeller. He, along with our Designer of Record BARGE Design Solutions, worked diligently and effectively with the COR to achieve 100% design approval upon first review. Fast-tracking was also achieved through the early submission of submittals during the design review phase to allow for construction as soon as reviews were completed. Semper Tek utilized our standard Design-Build Processes in order to successfully begin this project on pace to exceed the contract completion date.

Mr. Bill Daugherty, Project Manager; Mr. Wayne Suggs, Superintendent; and Mr. Butch Merritt, QC and SSHO, meticulously managed every aspect of this project, including the daily on-site operations, to ensure that our schedule was adhered to and exceeded, when possible. Additionally, five of the SCIF rooms were certified during a single inspection, which is extremely difficult to achieve. The other two SCIF rooms were also certified upon first inspection.Each man’s excellence in his position led to our early project delivery, quality of workmanship, and outstanding complete CPARS evaluation by the government. Mr. Daugherty, Mr. Suggs, and Mr. Merritt each received a Semper Tek Bull Dog Award in December for their outstanding work on this project.

In addition to the Exceptional rating for Schedule, Semper Tek received Very Good ratings for Quality, Management, Regulatory Compliance, Workmanship, Subcontractor Management, and Maintaining a Safe Workplace. We are so proud to have our firm’s standard Design-Build Construction Process recognized with such high ratings and comments.

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The SCIF project was a competitive procurement in a full and open task order contract on the Moody MACC, which has a total of nine small business awardees. This contract was awarded in September 2016 and was anticipated to take two years to complete.

Nine Semper Tek Employees earn Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor credential

On Friday, March 9th there were nine (9) Semper Tek Project Managers and Superintendents who attended and passed the Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor class and examination offered in Lexington, KY. The program was sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Prior to attending the on-site class, our employees participated in a six-hour online course called “Safe Day One” about hospital construction safety. The in-person program furthered our employees’ knowledge and understanding about the concerns of the healthcare facilities in regards to patient safety, patient privacy, infection control and risk assessment.

At the end of the in-person course each of our employees took a certification exam. All nine (9) of our employees passed the exam and are now designated as a Kentucky “Certified Healthcare Contractor.” This certification will be valid for 3 years.

The Semper Tek employees who earned the Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor credential are:
Kevin Atchley
Eric Boursaw
Rob Crouch
Bill Daugherty
David Dierson
Joe Eisenhauer
Brad Gray
James Ruley
Scott Wharton

The course attended by our employees will enhance our ability to better serve our clients at the various VAMC campuses where we perform construction.  In addition to these newly trained and credentialed professionals for the state of Kentucky, Semper Tek employs F. Jason Brinkmoeller, CHC, who is one of only five people in the state of Kentucky, and the only employee of a SDVOSB-firm in the state, to hold the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) designation. Mr. Brinkmoeller first earned this designation in 2014 and CHCrecertified in 2017. His current designation is valid through October 2020. This stringent certification examination tests the individual’s knowledge of building codes standards, Life Safety Code, National Electric Code, SMACNA, Plumbing Code, OSHA regulations, Infection Control guidelines.

Semper Tek is committed to providing our employees with continuous training and specialized education to enhance our ability to serve our clients and provide state-of-the-art hospital contruction.