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"It's a casual meeting," says Sienkiel. "We don't go in with
an agenda. We let the residents ask us questions. We bring in
the building plans, discuss what they're seeing constructionwise, and let them know what to expect to see in the next
month or so. But they typically take over the meetings with a
lot of questions. They're living here full time so they get a first
row seat to all the construction."
For the last big phase in construction, the team excavated
for an underground garage. They held a concrete meeting with
the residents, reviewing the plans with them and showing them
how long it would take to complete this phase of the work.
"We're on an occupied campus. It's right in their faces every
day, so they are really curious about the day-to-day life effects,"
says Sienkiel. Due to the nature of the project, the construction team occasionally needs to shut off power and water, or
gas. They work odd hours to minimize the inconvenience to
the residents.
Sienkiel and superintendent Bob Sharp run the meetings,
with participation from a few other members of the team,
including some of the interns on the project.
"We're right under their noses, so they're curious about why
we're doing some things," says Sharp, who often sees residents
out walking their dogs on the grounds and stops to say hello.
"I've gotten to know some better than others," says Sharp,
who has done some maintenance work on residents' individual
units at the retirement home. "They would come by and ask us
about the work we're doing, and we've gotten to know them
on a first-name basis."

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Sienkiel shared a few stories about the residents, including
one who was a superintendent for a power plant, and another
who is the father of the concrete subcontractor on the project.
Regardless of how the nature of the work has changed, he
noted that he still has a lot in common with the residents who
used to work in a similar field. "It's interesting to hear their
perspective," says Sienkiel. "They've shared some stories about
their past experiences. Obviously there have been significant
changes to the industry in the last 50 years. The processes have
changed and there is a lot of technology involved, but we're still
building something."
The community outreach meeting is new to Sienkiel, who
has not participated in them in the past. "It's a good practice,
especially because this is the most occupied project I've worked
on. I've typically done a lot of new construction, and in that
case you meet with your neighbors. But these guys are more
hands-on being that they're here all the time."
Sharp, too, has not held meetings like this in the past. "Most
of the other projects I've worked on didn't have people living
there full-time. In this case, we remodeled the inside of their
building, so they see us there and talk to us every day."
The project expansion will add 122,331 square feet and
remodel more than 16,000 square feet. The project will be completed late 2017 and will offer expanded housing and amenities.
One of the most welcome changes was the transformation of a
basic bistro area to a café, including a breakfast area, which now
accommodates an expanded menu. The residents were excited
about this change. "The old bistro was more basic, so they were
complimenting us on the remodel," says Sharp.
A former electrical engineer and Buckner Villas resident,
97-year-old Roger Owen enjoys participating in the meetings.
"We find it highly entertaining to watch the construction unfold
and see the team of contractors at work. It reminds us of the
projects that we used to work on. It's certainly a time of camaraderie and reminiscing."
It's clear the residents appreciate the meetings and come
prepared with questions about the ongoing work. "The contractors have been accepting of our curiosity and answered any
questions we ask," says Owen, who has 48 years of experience. "I wanted to know what they were doing and see if I still
understood it, which I do."
"During the meetings, we don't get into the nuts and bolts of
what's happening day to day, but they live here, so it's useful to
be able to sit down and talk to them about what they're seeing
or what may be bothering them," says Sienkiel. "It helps us be
more accommodating to them."
Sharp enjoys the interaction. "It's nice to see the residents
so involved and curious about what is happening to their community. It's a really fun time to interact with them and keep
them updated. We've met a lot of people who live in the Buckner
Villas community, swapped stories and learned interesting things
about these active seniors."
In the case of this retirement village, it's clear the benefit
of community outreach meetings is not only one-sided. The
impact expands across construction fencing, allowing both the
residents and contractors to recognize the benefit of the work
and each other's contributions to the process.
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Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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