Ridgemont Finishing Trip 2019

Ridgemont Commercial Construction recently had their Annual Fishing Trip to Cedar Mills Marina and Resort at Lake Texoma on May 31st. This year 33 members of the Ridgemont family attended from various positions within the company ranging from Project Engineers to Superintendents all the way up to Directors and Principals.

This weekend wouldn’t of been possible without the planning and coordination Ridgemont’s Vice President of Field Operations/Principal, Dennis Mason. “This type of activity is what Ridgemont’s culture is all about; it is good to get out of the office and field to just hang out with your coworkers and really get to know them,” Mason said.

Click through the photos below to see some of the great catches made by our employees.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Chris Zen, Project Superintendent

Chris Zen has over fourteen years of successfully overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar commercial construction facilities. Chris is dedicated to delivering the best quality construction while adhering to all deadlines, budgets and safety standards. He is a stern supervisor, an effective communicator, as well as methodical and organized professional.

His responsibilities as Project Superintendent include providing daily direction and oversight of the on-site construction process during the entire project, implementing the Project Safety Plan, the Quality Control Plan ensuring the project is built consistent with quality standards, as well as supervising closeout processes and procedures.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Reliable. Proud. Friendly.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The great feeling that you could go to anyone in this company and have the support and trust that this person wholeheartedly wants to help you. We state that we are a family here, and our actions prove we are one.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

For all Ridgemont employees to continue to broaden their construction knowledge and to challenge themselves to strive to be better than they were the day before.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

My most rewarding project would have to be the Chase Bank at Legacy West. The challenges of transporting and installing the high end finishes from across the world, to the dedication from our team and our subcontractors it was a privilege to hand over a project to a client who has entrusted us with a very special building that is located right down the street from their headquarters. Being a part of that experience was wonderful.       

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

My proudest moment at Ridgemont would be seeing the people of Brownwood on opening day of the United Supermarket when we finished. They were so excited to see this brand new market coming to town that they had been waiting for months to be completed and now they were finally able to shop there! Their faces smiled all day. 

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I would have to say I identify most with integrity. The trust people have in you is very delicate, and in our industry it means everything.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

The culture at Ridgemone is inviting with a caring hand. People at Ridgemont care for one another. If you stop and talk to anyone at Ridgemont for 10 minutes you’ll see for yourself.

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Slow down and take your time to understand the work we do. Put the time into it, stay late and ask questions.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

What gets me up everyday with a smile is not knowing what new people or things I will encounter and never taking a minute for granted with my family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I would define success as consistent hard work with a passion for what you are striving to achieve, understanding that failure is a possibility with an outcome of learning a lesson or two and believing in your strength to accomplish your goals and dreams.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would like to be able to speak another language fluently and play the harmonica. I have always wanted to do both of these things.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The greatest of men is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity & his ability to affect those around him positively.” - Bob Marley

“One shouldn’t take life so seriously, no one gets out alive anyway.” - Jim Morrison.

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I’d love to travel the world and see every possible thing I can. I would love to go sky diving, nothing like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for nothing.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I love riding my Harley with my wife and hanging out with my family. I also enjoy teaching a stubborn ol’ bloodhound a few new tricks and playing my guitar.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently stressed out watching Game of Thrones and I can’t stop watching Bob’s Burgers with my kids…too funny.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS?

The variety of projects and new faces just shows how much we are growing. It’s pretty exciting to hear news that we were awarded all kinds of unique jobs. It shows we are changing with the market and continuing to push into areas never ventured before. I’m still waiting on that Harley dealership though.

Ridgemont's Pets & Fuzzy Friends

Ridgemont would like to introduce you to our fuzzy friends and companions!


Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Steve Bell, Senior Project Manager

Steve Bell has over twenty one years of experience in commercial construction, managing projects from design through construction completion, while maintaining effective communication with owners, architects, subcontractors and suppliers on a daily basis.

His responsibilities as Senior Project Manager, are to manage the entire construction process including project cost, quality control, contract documents, value engineering, subcontractor management, scheduling, strategic planning, coordination with internal project team members and client relations.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

I tried to think of 3 words, but could not narrow it down.  The words I came up with:  Opportunity, Team, Enjoyable, Support, Flexible and Faithful.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I like the sense of community and the family culture.  I have been places where everybody is just a name, or a number.  Everybody is a person at Ridgemont.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

I always push myself to be a better leader and a mentor for what I call the “Young Guns”.  I want to progress my own abilities to be a valuable asset for Ridgemont.  However my biggest WISH is to fully survive a boot camp by walking away at the end without needing recovery time to drive, and be able to keep up with Micah in a game of basketball.  I have absolutely no wish to try and keep up with Jade!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

I don’t have a favorite project, but different favorites for different reasons:  Mercer 4 because we negotiated repeat work from a client which historically hard bids every project. 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
AT RIDGEMONT?

1.   When Paul Camp commented to the Owner on a new project:  “The project has one of the strongest teams Ridgemont could put together.  They can handle any issue which could arise on the project.”……and we did.

2.   My firsts PFC meeting conclusion.  At the end, I gave my thoughts for my project path.  The response was all positive with a comment of “We knew hiring you would be a smart move.”

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

Integrity.  When a project is complete, the only thing we take away is our reputation.  Our reputation is our life blood for Clients and subcontractors.  If they don’t trust you, you will not last long in this industry.

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.

I have participated in Hearts with Hammers, with my youngest daughter, Leah.  I have also attended a few functions for Ridgemont, and most recently I participated in the can drive “Canstruction” disassembly.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

I describe the culture as a supportive family.  People take the time to talk, listen, support and encourage.  It is not always by somebody saying “Let me help you,” but sometimes just cracking a joke to give them a mental break on a stress point.  We all have relationships, some stronger than others.  I recently had a difficult buy-out situation.  I talked to a co-worker about it, and we identified a better approach.  Two phone calls later, the LOI was sent to the subcontractor.

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

I learned a long time ago the only thing we have in this industry is our reputation.  The reason I work at Ridgemont is due to my reputation as a Senior Project Manager.  My name was recommended to Jason Lillard in a weekend conversation with some subcontractor buddies I had previously worked and was currently working with.   Keep your integrity for all work, never let your emotions overtake you in any situation because then you can’t think clearly, and treat everybody with the respect they deserve. 

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

Funny, I asked this to my wife and she laughed, “What a dumb question to a workaholic!”  I get up every morning to accomplish something and make an impactful difference.  I don’t like to sit still, unless I am watching a Dallas Stars hockey game.  Otherwise I want to do something, whether it be working at my desk to reduce my To Do List, walking a jobsite evaluating issues, QC and schedule, at a school band event being one of “The Dads”, tinkering in my shop or mowing the lawn.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

I have both professional and personal success definitions:

1.   Professional success has many different levels such as reputation and respect.  However if I can explain something to someone so they better understand, I often consider that to be a bigger success than the completion of a project.

2.   Personal success is to fulfill life of others to reach their goals, and give my children the knowledge and education to make their own decisions in the path of life and pursue their dreams.  My success is not what I accomplish, but what I leave for others.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

To play guitar and speak Spanish.  I have tried to learn both, but I never stop enough to get adequate practice for proficiency.  The guitar is probably bigger to me as I grew in a house with a father playing fourteen instruments and both my children learning band instruments.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

I have several favorite quotes which I say very often, as part of remembering my grandparents:

1. “ If you can stand in the middle of the floor and put your pants on without holding onto anything, it will be a good day” - Grandfather Bell

2.  “Remember to never waste time pruning a dead tree” - Grandfather Allman

3.   “Get up. Get going (my grandmother used to hand paint china.  I have the last thing she ever painted…with her quote.  I look at it every morning)” - Grandmother Allman

4. “She would always say “That is worse than the Redskins beating my Boys (Dallas Cowboys).” - Grandmother Bell

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I started reading about World War II in 2nd grade and have never stopped.  I took a ride in B-26 Flying Fortress for my 50th birthday.  I want to go to Pearl Harbor at retirement.  I also want to experience the fall colors of upper Northeast with my wife.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

1.   Dallas Stars ice hockey

2.   Learning to grill now that I have a nice grill

3.    Yard/shop work

4.    Reading about World War II

5.    Bee Keeper.  I started helping my friend with his bee hives last year and I will have my own 2 hives within the next month

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

Dallas Stars hockey (I have not missed a game in over 4 years), NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, Chicago Fire.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

I have seen Ridgemont grow both in number and quality of employees.  I think RCC has also grown with the culture of the company.  I have been places that talk of family and individual successes, but this is the first time to experience the attitude.  I have also seen the camaraderie of Ridgemont grow both in group events/activities and interest of peoples personal endeavors, which goes right back to my description of the Ridgemont culture of “Supportive Family.”

Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Parc 820,Fort Worth, TX

Parc 820 is a two-phase industrial distribution project of Loop 820 in Fort Worth, TX. The project by Scannell Properties includes one industrial building totaling 220,000 SF (Phase 1) and the other totaling 270,000 SF (Phase 2).

Both buildings are tilt-wall and include a variety of textured walls and canopies for exterior features.

Client: Scannell Properties

Architect: Alliance Architects

Ridgemont interviewed the Project Manager, Hector Rivera who worked on the Parc 820 project, below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

Developing a massive project around a natural Water of the US territory and the process to obtain the compulsory permits.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?  

Finishing the project with no punch list requests from the Owner, just before the date that the Owner needed the buildings. The project was also completed on budget, even though we went through very challenging milestones and extended timeline.

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

Identify, protect and control the access to all designated areas (i.e. W.O.U.S.) on a project site prior to breaking ground. Make sure your subcontractors and all personnel understand the importance of it. Keep that control during the whole process…and most important ” don’t let your guard down…remain vigilant”.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK YOUR TEAM MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS PROJECT WITH YOU?

I would like to thank them for all the hard work, commitment, SUPPORT and patience.

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

It really surprised me that not with standing the milestones and the difficulties found in this project, how IMPORTANT it was to maintain the communication and openness with our client. Keeping our client informed on every step of the solution process was the key to keep their trust intact, and the main factor to obtain the satisfaction of ending the project strong.

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY IT IS IN?

Being and an industrial park, it would help the continuous economic growth and progress that the North Texas Region has shown for the last decade.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Marcia Johnson, Accounts Payable Manager

Marcia has been apart of the Ridgemont family for 11 years, and currently holds the position as Accounts Payable Manager. Marcia this role is responsible for providing financial, administrative and clerical services.

 As Accounts Payable Manager, Marcia, performs the day to day processing of accounts payable transactions so that finances are maintained in an effective, up to date and accurate manner.  This includes processing and monitoring payments and expenditures to ensure accuracy and timeliness so that vendors and suppliers are paid within established time limits.  This role reports to the vice President Secretary & Treasurer.

Thank you Marcia for all your hard work and years of service, we are happy to have you on the Ridgemont team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family-Oriented. Fun. Flexible.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I have always appreciated Ridgemont’s flexibility that enabled me to be a very active parent. Like all, my children are my heart and soul and I never wanted to miss out on anything that they were.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

Over the next 5 years, my only wish for Ridgemont is to continue to grow and improve on the successful journey that it is already on. It’s truly on pace to be at the top of the industry, and I will do whatever I can to help with that.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

Any project that began and ended without a lien on it was most rewarding for me.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
AT RIDGEMONT?

My proudest moment was in 2009 when I walked into Dixie’s office and asked her for a challenge, which lead me to taking on a role in the accounting department. I was so proud that she believed in me. It definitely changed the direction of my life.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I feel like I identify more so with Integrity. I was raised by my grandparents, so I learned a lot of old-school values. My grandfather would always tell me to always be honest, respectful, giving and never compromise on my morals. I hold those words near and dear to my heart, he was a wise man.

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.

I have been involved in Hearts & Hammers, which has provided aid in a neighborhood that I grew up in.  It’s always pure joy to be involved in any act of kindness and giving back, but especially when it’s within your own community.  Most of those people have been forgotten about or written off.  I have also participated in a couple of donation drives at Ridgemont. One for Louisiana flood victims and most recently a clothing drive for the Dallas homeless community. I am also currently on the Philanthropy committee, where we find multiple events and/or organizations to contribute to throughout the year. It’s good for the soul.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

The culture at Ridgemont is geared toward family. Not only our family at our homes, but the family that we have built within the 4 walls at RCC. I’ve gained many sisters and brothers over the last 11 years.

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Come in, buckle up and enjoy the ride. But along the journey, work hard, get involved and stay focused. Do your best to keep clients happy.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

My family is the reason that I breathe. My ability to take care of them drives me to be the best me that I can be. My biggest fear in the world has always been the inability to take care of my family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Success to me is to have lived life knowing that I made it easier for another person to breathe.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to be bilingual.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Mahatma Gandhi

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

As I have gotten more involved with the church and the giving of myself and my time to others, I would like to continue with that by getting involved on mission trips. I give locally now, I would like to take that abroad. Love is needed across the globe.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I spend tons of time with my family. I also love singing, working with the youth at church, and also finding different
non-profits to volunteer with.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Manifest, The Passage and Survivor.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

Ridgemont has grown astronomically over the years. When I first started there were only about 5 people on the entire 2nd floor. Since then, there has been one addition to the building and now about to do a 2nd one. It just blows my mind. The number of projects that have been added to the list speaks volumes of Ridgemont and its employees. The ability to build great relationships with clients has been earned by identifying with our core values and continuous efforts to maintain those relationships. I’m proud to say that I am an employee of Ridgemont Commercial Construction. 

Ridgemont Recently Completed Projects

Kroger Marketplace, McKinney, TX

Located across the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, Kroger and its Kroger Signature stores are one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers. Ridgemont has consistently been hired for renovation and ground up construction, as well as providing construction services for all adjacent retail in the shopping center.

Of special interest, the Kroger Signature stores gives shoppers a wider product selection with organic and all-natural foods, fully cooked entrees, health and beauty care products.

Owner: Kroger

Architect: CR Architecture + Design

Size: 122,000 SF


Finished Project Photos

Grand Opening Photos

Ridgemont Recently Completed Projects

Razyor Ranch, Denton, TX

Rayzor Ranch is a 400-acre mixed-use development in the attractive northwest area of Denton. Rayzor Ranch Town Center and Marketplace will come together as the largest super-regional shopping development between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

Ridgemont recently completed work on part of the development including a Tuesday Morning, Marshalls and 2 shell buildings. Tenants for the shell buildings include, CareNow, Starbucks, James Avery and more to come.

Owner: Rayzor Ranch Marketplace Associates

Architect: Boucher Design Group

Size: 38,170 SF

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Maureen McDonnell , Assistant Project Coordinator

This month’s Ridgemont Employee Spotlight is, Maureen McDonnell. Maureen currently holds the position of Assistant Project Coordinator for Ridgemont Commercial Construction. Maureen has been apart of the Ridgemont family for 5 years, February 4th will be her anniversary here at Ridgemont.

As Assistant Project Coordinator Maureen is responsible for coordinating with the Project Managers and Superintendents to complete client change orders, verify supporting documents, and maintain files for all past and present projects. Thank you Maureen for all your hard work, we are happy to have you on the Ridgemont team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Involved. Family. Fun

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The appreciation Ridgemont shows to their employees, especially through the little things.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

Continued success and being a part of it.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT / GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

Not sure that I can define a specific moment, I am just proud to be a Ridgemont employee.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

I feel like I identify with them all. If I had to chose one, it would be People. I really do enjoy helping and taking care of people.   

Describe how you have been involved with giving back to the community through ridgemont.

I got involved with Airborne Angles 5 years ago when Nancy first stopped by the office to collect a donation from Ridgemont. The American flag that was delivered that same day now sits in our large conference room. I still continue to volunteer with Airborne Angles and I have officially become an “Angel”. It will hit home a little harder this year as my son, Aidan, has committed to the Army when he graduates in June. We are so proud and excited for his future.

Airborne Angel Cadets is a completely volunteer based organization that sends packages to our troops filled with anything and everything from toiletries to card games. All the packages are contributions made by generous donors.

I have also had the pleasure of volunteering at Hearts and Hammers. It warms my heart to see the look of pure joy and appreciation it brought to the owners of the homes we worked on. They are able to hold their heads a little higher and be proud where they live.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Friendly and collaborative. Ridgemont has always been encouraging and listens when employees provide feedback on the betterment of the company, but also to improve employee’s personal physical and mental health.   

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Don’t be content to not know the answers, speak up and ask questions.

If you have an idea don’t be afraid to share it.

Never take the easy way out, unless it aligns with the best way to complete the task at hand.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?    

My family, being able to contribute to the success of my household.

How do you define success?

Success is never giving up.

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’d love to learn how to golf or ski.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage that counts”- Winston Churchill

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Me- I have always wanted to enter and complete a 10K.

Family- I’d like to take a 2 week vacation and completely unplug somewhere on a lake.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

Spending time with my family and going to brunch or baking with my kids.

Going to Dallas Stars Games, especially when they play the Chicago Blackhawks.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

The Tunnel, Homecoming and True Detective, all on Amazon Prime.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN RIDGEMONT CHANGE OVER THE YEARS? HOW HAS RIDGEMONT GROWN?

Ridgemont has grown in the sheer volume of employees and projects. The projects have not only grown in size but each market segment has experienced an increase in a variety of projects. When I first started our jobs filled half of a page, now everywhere I go I see a Ridgemont trailer. My kids got sick of me pointing out a trailer every time I saw one!

Ridgemont Recently Completed Projects

Groendyke Transport Facility, Fort Worth, TX

The Groendyke Transport Facility is located off Cantrell Sansom Rd. in Fort Worth, TX. The facility is for Groendyke Transport, which is one of the largest tank-truck carriers in the nation.

The tilt-wall facility includes four maintenance bays, one wash bay, and office finish out which includes a dispatch and driver room.

Owner: Groendyke Transport

Architect: Schultz Squared Architects

Size: 24,832 SF


Ridgemont Subcontractor Appreciation BBQ Cook Off

It is that time of year again, the annual Ridgemont Subcontractor Appreciation BBQ Cook Off!

“At Ridgemont Subcontractor relationships are just as important as our relationships with owners or our clients. They are an essential part of the Ridgemont team,” Dennis Mason, Ridgemont Vice President of Field Operations/Principal.


A day filled with food, friends and more, the Subcontractor Appreciation BBQ is a time to celebrate Ridgemont’s talented team of subcontractors. Each year a collection of Ridgemont’s subcontractors gather together to enjoy some great BBQ cooked up by our field staff.

This year we changed things up a bit by having a cook off competition with the following categories:

  • Best Bloody Mary

  • Best Appetizer

  • Best Meat Entree

  • Best Dessert

Each team had the opportunity to create a dish for each category, which was then scored on a 1-10 scale based on presentation, appeal, flavor and creativity. The submission with the overall highest score was named the winner of that category. And, the team with the overall highest scores in multiple categories was named Grand Champion.

“The event was first class just like everything else that we get to be a part of with Ridgemont.  When we received the invitation to come to the cook off we knew immediately that we wanted to participate.  It was great to catch up with our Ridgemont team in such a fun and relaxed environment.  We are looking forward to defending our championship title next year”, Kris Phillips, Wildstone Construction Marketing Director.

The winners are as follows:

  • Best Bloody Mary - Kent Concrete

    • Second Place - Wildstone Construction

    • Third Place - AALC

  • Best Appetizer - Brian Thompson from Ridgemont with Lollypop Chicken

    • Second Place - Wildstone with Jalapeno Poppers

    • Third Place - Southwest Construction with Chicken Wangs

  • Best Meat Entree - Wildstone Construction with Ribs and Pulled Pork

    • Second Place - Wright Construction with Sliders

    • Third Place - Southwest Construction with Ribs

  • Best Dessert - C&F Electric with Bread Pudding

    • Second Place - Brian Thompson from Ridgemont with Smores

    • Third Place - Wildstone Construction with Slap Yo Momma Apple

  • Grand Champion - Wildstone Construction

To our subs, thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to Ridgemont. You all are essential players to the Ridgemont team and help drive our success. Thank you for spending the day with us; we can’t wait to see you next year!

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Randy Allen, Senior Superintendent

Randy Allen has over twenty six years of successfully overseeing all phases of multi-million dollar commercial construction facilities. He is result-orientated with the ability to coordinate on multiple projects, various teams simultaneously, coupled with the skill-set to effectively manage subcontractor teams and coordinate with our project manager in a deadline-driven environment.

Randy is dedicated to delivering the best quality construction while adhering to all deadlines, budgets and safety standards. He is a stern supervisor, an effective communicator, as well as methodical and organized professional.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family. Quality of its people. Leadership.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The people at Ridgemont are fantastic and they continue to support their people in all aspects in making Ridgemont better.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE / MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

The Granite Place at Southlake Town Square project.

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

That I can continue to help Ridgemont to become one of the best General Contractors in the state.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT / GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

Being on the winning team that was awarded the Texo Distinguished Building Award for the Texas Health Resource Outpatient Facility in Willow Park, TX in 2014.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

All core values are important to me and what I personally strive for in my personal life. Each one is so important to live by, however, if I had just one to choose it would be integrity.   

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Friendly, caring for each other and family oriented.   

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Put yourself out there, stretch yourself as many ways as you can to make your work life and personal life as exciting as possible.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Walking with the Lord daily and keeping my personal relationship in tact is success to me. Being a good husband, father, son and uncle is so critical to me in the success of my life.    

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Playing an instrument.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Get-R-Done” or “Just Do It”.

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Playing an instrument and traveling to many destinations around the world.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

Harley riding, outdoors living and adventures, Camaro days and traveling the country side of Texas. I love seeing new and interesting destinations.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

Hallmark Channel with the wife and any and all car shows. I’ve got 5 shows recording right now. Ha!!

TEXO YCC Tailgate Recap

As part of the TEXO Challenge Cup, Ridgemont participated in the TEXO YCC Tailgate this past weekend. It is always a great event that raises money for the North Texas Food Bank, but this year we are especially proud of our employees who participated.

  • Brian Kirby and Kyle Smith advanced all the way to the semi finals in the washer tournament

  • Dan Tolleson placed 3rd out of 35 competitors in the brisket category

  • Kevin Lassiter won the chili competition

  • Brian Thompson helped raise $10,400 for the North Texas Food Bank which equates to 20,800 cans!

We couldn’t be more proud of our employees who participated and we are grateful that they are doing things to help better our community during this holiday season.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Micah Cunningham, Project Manager

Micah Cunningham has over ten years of experience in commercial construction, managing projects from design through construction completion, while maintaining effective communication with owners, architects, subcontractors and suppliers on a daily basis. Micah has been with Ridgemont for 5 years and serves as a key member to the Ridgemont team!

Micah will be the single point of contact for projects throughout the preconstruction and construction phases. He will be responsible for the overall coordination and execution of the work for the project. He will work closely with the entire Project Team to ensure the overall plan and goals of the project are being executed and held to the utmost quality and safety standards.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family. Fun. Fast-Paced.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I’m grateful for the openness and collaborative environment.  Everybody’s door is always open to bounce ideas off of, ask questions, or catch up on how things are going.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE / MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

My favorite project so far has been Boardwalk Ferrari.  The corporate design criteria and stringent finish requirements created several challenges throughout the project.  The design required us to work with several unique and new materials as well as coordinate with Ferrari and suppliers back in Italy.  Many of the dimensions we were required to hold were in millimeters, allowing little room for error.  

WHAT IS ON YOUR WISH LIST FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS FOR RIDGEMONT?

Over the last 5 years I’ve seen Ridgemont grow by leaps and bounds.  I love the direction Ridgemont is headed and I’m looking forward to the continued growth over the next five years while maintaining it’s great culture.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT / GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?

I’m pretty proud of our prize winning dog house the Benchy Bungalow.    We partnered with GFF who designed the Benchy Bungalow for the inaugural year of the Bark & Build competition benefitting the SPCA of Texas.

WHICH CORE VALUE DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST? WHY?

This question was tough for me, I feel like I identify with all 4 core values, but I think the one I identify with most is improvement.  I have a passion for innovation and improvement.  I want to do each job better than the job before, continually improving.  I also love the challenge of evaluating our current processes and looking for ways we can improve.   

DESCRIBE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH RIDGEMONT.  

I was a co-leader for Bark & Build for 3 years, benefiting the SPCA of Texas.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Ridgemont cares about family.  To expand on that, the people that make up Ridgemont care about each other, their “Ridgemont Family” and in doing so, they care about each other’s real family.  This fosters an environment where not everything is about production, but it’s about the people you work with.  It’s clear to me that the culture at Ridgemont is the number one reason why we have been one of the top places to work in DFW for three years in a row.  

ADVICE FOR NEW HIRES / POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES? CAREER LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED THUS FAR?  

Working hard and doing a good job speaks for itself.  Do the tasks you have been given excellently but don’t ever settle for just the tasks you’ve been given.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?

I love my family and I want to provide for them.  It’s a blessing that God has given me a job that I love too.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Just recently I heard that Success = Effort x Effort x Skill.  This formula has been true in my life.  The effort I put into something is significantly more important than the skill I have.   

IF YOU COULD PICK UP A NEW SKILL WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’d really like to be able to speak Spanish fluently.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Hold on to a true friend with both hands” - Nigerian proverb

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I’m really looking forward to our kids being old enough to go on international mission trips and service projects.  I’d love to take my family back with me to Africa where I grew up.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES / INTERESTS?

I really enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and gardening.  The common denominator for these is being outside. 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I’m watching the beginning of Jimbo Fisher and the Fightin Texas Aggies making history as the best college football team ever.  If I’m not watching Aggie football, chances are I’m watching Ferrari and Mercedes duke it out in Formula 1.

Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Eagle Honda of Clear Lake

The new Eagle Honda of Clear Lake dealership, located off I-45 and League City Parkway in Clear Lake, TX, was completed in fall of 2018.

The dealership sits on 26 acres and is 47,000 SF in total. The showroom is two levels, with the first one being 15,871 SF of showroom and the 2nd floor consisting of 5,467 SF of administrative office area, training rooms, and conference rooms. The service center is 40,545 SF and the adjacent express center is 4,203 SF. The dealership will also have a 1,200 SF car wash.

The dealership is a tilt-wall structure with a brick facade, painted concrete and an extensive lighting package.

Ridgemont interviewed the Project Team who worked on the Eagle Honda of Clear Lake project, below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT was THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

It rained for two months prior to the start date of the project, including having the project under construction during Hurricane Harvey. There was a total of 80 rain days with the John Eagle project, resulting in a lot of temporary enclosures including a temporary road to transport a transformer to the job site.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

The client is happy with the project, and would like to repeat business with Ridgemont!  

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

We had a few issues with opening sizes for the tilt wall panels. The door size was too big, resulting in purchasing new doors that fit. Moving forward, detailed coordination will be top of mind to eliminate potential errors.

How would you like to thank your team members that worked on this project with you?

“Ray – Thank you for putting up with me onsite in Houston for 7+ months and sharing your job trailer.  I learned a lot being out on the project every day and I owe a lot of that to just observing you and your interactions with all of the different levels of this project’s team members.  You answered all of my questions and really helped facilitate my growth within the construction industry.”

“Greg – Thank you for trusting me to handle a lot more on this project compared to previous ones we’ve worked on together.  While I was on site in the beginning, this job was my main focus, so I got to dig deeper than normal and really apply my construction knowledge.  You gave me more responsibility on this project and I’m a much better APM for it.”

- Jade Erck, Assistant Project Manager

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

The weather conditions.

ANY FUN/EXCITING MOMENTS OUT IN THE FIELD DURING THE PROJECT?

“The most fun part of this project was seeing the faces of the clients the day after tilt walls were raised and set. They just couldn’t believe how one day the building wasn’t there and now it’s standing. Not to mention how they were astonished on the constant progress during visits.” - Ray Taylor, Project Superintendent

HOW DO YOU THINK THIS PROJECT WILL IMPACT THE COMMUNITY IT IS IN?

Clear Lake is an up and coming community. There are a lot of new retail developments in the area, John Eagle adds an attractive appeal to the upscale environment.

WHAT UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THIS PROJECT ENABLE IT TO STAND OUT FROM OTHERS LIKE IT?

Size and scope of the property is larger than other dealers in the area. The high end finishes are unlike a traditional Honda dealership which makes it unique.

Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Dana Compton, Director of Business Development

Dana is responsible for overseeing client relationships, business development and strategic initiatives for Ridgemont. She is focused on planning and coordinating the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets.  Dana thrives on formulating and executing project pursuit strategies, coordinating strong project team members and identifying new business opportunities for Ridgemont.

Dana joined Ridgemont in 2018, and has been instrumental in bringing a wide variety of industry knowledge to the company. Before working at Ridgemont Dana did Business Development and Marketing for other companies in the A/E/C industry.


What are three words that describe Ridgemont?

Fun. Impressive. Solid.

What do you like most about Ridgemont?

It sounds cliché, but I love the culture here. Ridgemont has figured out how to crack the code on doing an incredible job and having a great time doing it. That’s unique, and I’ve never seen it at any other firm.

What has been your favorite / most rewarding project at Ridgemont?

Bob Bolen Public Safety Training Center. Technically, I was on the architectural side of that project, but Ridgemont built it so that counts, right? It was my favorite project, because how often do you get to say that you helped win the largest, most state-of-the-art public safety training center in the world? It also had historic preservation in it, which is my personal favorite project type. It was an incredible project to work on and will always be near the top of my list. Plus, I got to meet Ridgemont on that job, so what a game-changer it turned out to be!

What is on your wish list for the next 5 years for Ridgemont?

I want to continue opening new doors for Ridgemont, so I can meaningfully contribute to the growth of this company. I’m still new, so finding my footing has been my biggest goal lately. Beyond that, I just want to make it rain with projects!

What has been your proudest moment / greatest accomplishment at Ridgemont?

The leaders of Ridgemont place a big emphasis on hiring the right people. My proudest moment at Ridgemont was when I was hired, because it was then that I realized that I was one of the people who they thought would fit well and perpetuate this amazing culture. It was a “Who? Me?! Wow!” moment and I’ll never forget it.

Which core value do you identify with the most? Why?

People. In business development, my role is defined by relationships. Getting to know the right people who will contribute to Ridgemont’s success is exactly what my goal is every day.

Describe how you have been involved with giving back to the community through Ridgemont.

I handed a lot of cans to people at Canstruction in September. I wasn’t remotely involved in the design or the building of our structure, but I drove the Ridgemont truck to the location and I worked pretty hard to get those cans in those hands. You’re welcome, North Texas Food Bank.  

How would you describe the culture at Ridgemont?

Ridgemont truly lives and breathes the idea of maintaining healthy employees - happy, fulfilled and engaged. Ridgemont’s culture is one that understands the importance of its people and their overall professional and personal health. In turn, by taking care of their employees, Ridgemont can ensure that their employees will take care of their responsibilities to the client, every time.

Advice for future employees/ new hires? / Career lessons you’ve learned thus far?  

Keep your word. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it. You can’t go wrong with hard work and honesty. And smile, dang it! It will really make your day so much more fantastic.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Literal answer: My 4:30am alarm clock and my two shih tzus tap dancing on the hardwood floor, wanting to go potty and eat some breakfast are what get me out of bed every morning. Believe me, there’s no more sleeping when they get to tap dancing on that floor.

Figurative answer: I believe wholeheartedly that every day is one more opportunity to be happy and keep living a great life. Going to a job that I love is the stuff of dreams for a lot of folks. Coming here and enjoying what I do absolutely gets me up every morning.

How do you define success?

Hustling until you no longer have to introduce yourself when you walk into a room.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leading by example. No one should talk the talk if you don’t walk the walk. Also, being willing to jump in and do whatever it takes to help everyone on your team succeed. There’s no room in good leadership for “that’s not my job.” Sometimes, you’ve got to be flexible to help everyone succeed.

If you could pick up a new skill what would it be?

I’m taking a sewing class in a few weeks that I’m pretty excited about. Get ready to see some (interesting? great? terrible?) Christmas presents from me! Haha

Favorite quote?

I have two at the moment:

“You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

“Your ego is not your amigo.” - No idea

What is on your bucket list?

I’ve never really traveled. My husband, Jason, and I have all kinds of plans to go to all kinds of cool places.

What are your hobbies / interests?

I play upright bass in a 1940’s swing dance band. I’ve been playing with them for a little more than 20 years and it’s so much fun. At home, Jason and I love to cook together. We also have two adorable shih tzus who are always looking for a snuggle. I’m also learning to golf. That’s going okay – I need to practice more.

What are you currently watching?

I don’t really watch tv. I’m a big reader and I’m usually reading two books at once, typically it’s true crime or a murder mystery, or something that will make me laugh (I try to change it up).

Recently Completed Project: Chapel Crossing, Southlake, TX

Chapel Crossing is a new, Class A, state-of-the-art medical office building on the southwest corner of White Chapel Boulevard and State Hwy 114 in Southlake.  The 3-story building is 51,000 SF in total, but offer’s floor plates of approximately 16,000 square feet.

The development building brings a great option for physicians who have privileges at multiple hospital systems in DFW and don’t want to subject themselves to the restrictions that come with on-campus MOBs.

Tenants are currently preleasing space within the building including Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Plastic Surgery practices. 

Owner: The Brown Company

Architect: Greenlight Studio

Recently Completed Project: Kessler Park Retail, Dallas, TX

The Kessler Park retail development is located off of Fort Worth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Dallas, TX. The retail center is adjacent to the large scale Kessler Park Development which has a variety of multi family developments surrounding the area. 

The retail center’s buildings are metal framed with cement siding. The exterior features wood toned siding and brick accents for a modern aesthetic. 

A variety of tenants will be moving into the center which is slated to open in fall 2018. 

Owner: Lincoln Properties

Architect: O'Brien Architects 

Recently Completed Project: Healthcare Associates MOB, Irving, TX

The 90,000 SF medical office building for Healthcare Associates located off State Highway 161 and Gateway Drive in Irving is part of the first phase of a new medical office complex which will total 160,000 SF. 

The new medical office complex provides a unique care environment that provides a one-stop shop for imaging, pharmacy, dental, vision and sleep therapy. 

The thoughtful and forward-thinking design of the project allows medical providers to continue to provide exceptional health care in the most efficient and patient-centered manner.

Owner: KDC

Architect: PAGE