Ridgemont Project Spotlight - Rubicon MOB, Irving, TX

The 69,640 SF three story medical office building for Rubicon Representation located off State Highway 161 and Gateway Drive is part of the second phase of a medical office development in Irving, TX.

The site has been described as “the new epicenter of healthcare in Las Colinas” and will be anchored by UT Southwestern’s occupation of the second and third floors. The development will have medical offices and an ambulatory surgery center on the first floor. Additional medical offices on the second floor will enable healthcare specialists to partner with primary care physicians in order to create the optimal care environment for patients.

The medical office building is next to, and shares driveways with, the newly developed, 95,000 square foot medical office building that Ridgemont completed in 2018. This adjacent building consists of about 50 primary care physicians.

Client: Rubicon Representation

Architect: BOKA Powell

Ridgemont interviewed Senior Project Manager, Steve Bell who worked on the Rubicon MOB project. Below you can find an inside look into how the project was accomplished.


WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THIS PROJECT?

The weather had immense impact as we prepared for the concrete work in September of 2018. The rain and mud impacted fabrication of the casting beds for the concrete panels. The cranes used on site were also restricted due to the heavy mud mats.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS PROJECT?  

This project used a smooth finish plaster in-lieu of ACM panels on the outside of the building, a result of Las Colinas requirements for material use. The plaster finish is a wonderful complement to the concrete tilt-wall. This project ended with a very happy owner for the project team, BOKA Powell Architects, Pritchard Associates and Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

WHAT ARE SOME LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT?

After completing this project I learned to never use Herculite glass sliding doors for an exterior opening that does not have a sufficient awning cover. The demolition of concrete panels for the glass system at building corners had a much larger schedule impact than anticipated.

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

This project was very challenging due to the weather impacts. The team worked together to find alternate sequencing to minimize the impact and keep the project moving. Additionally, the documentation on the project was flawless thanks to Ridgemont Assistant Project Manager, Brent Simmons who handled all documentation. Brent kept all folders, PlanGrid and the architects NewForma updated so everybody had access to the most updated information at all times!

WHAT SURPRISED YOU WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

The biggest surprise was how the weather impacted our critical path to the casting bed fabrication and the actual panel fabrication. This project has building corners which had to be demolished out of the concrete tilt-wall panels after the steel was completed in order for the window system to turn around the building uninterrupted.

What unique aspects of this project enable it to stand out from others like it?

The design and color scheme of the building is very impactful, from the finishes of the concrete tilt-wall with the smooth plaster system to the ACM drive canopy and curtain wall system.  The smooth plaster is spectacular!

Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness, Plano, TX

Ridgemont recently completed building a new facility for Summit Climbing in Plano, TX. The facility itself is a nearly 80 feet tall pre-engineered metal building.

This 32,000 SF facility is located at George Bush Turnpike and Coit Road. With 5,000 SF of bouldering, 20,000 SF of top-rope, lead and auto-belay climbing. Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness is now the largest gym in the DFW area.

The roped climbing will be up to 55-feet tall. This gym also includes a state-of-the-art fitness facility, as well as an
in-house yoga studio.

Owner: Summit Climbing Yoga & Fitness

Architect: Chris Rador

Size: 32,177 SF


Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Kandace Richardson, Preconstruction Coordinator

Kandace Richardson is currently the Preconstruction Coordinator at Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

Kandace’s responsibilities as Preconstruction Coordinator include updating the weekly bid calendar and estimating meeting minutes, receiving and distributing plans, creating new projects on Pantera, maintaining and updating the Pantera subcontractor database, subcontractor bid solicitation and bid book organization. Kandace has been with Ridgemont for two years, and we are proud to have her on our team!


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Focused. Family. Driven.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

I enjoy being able to come in to work and genuinely enjoy what I do everyday alongside great people!

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

My goal is for Ridgemont to get awarded every job that comes through my department in Preconstruction.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

When Ridgemont is awarded jobs in Arlington I get excited! Having grown up in Arlington, I have loved seeing how much the city has grown over the years.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AT RIDGEMONT?
I’m proud of Ridgmont as a company. I enjoy seeing my company do great things for the people within Ridgemont and those in surrounding communities. When we are actively giving back and improving the lives of people around us. It gives me a great sense of joy to be able to work for a company like Ridgemont.

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

I identify most with people. I am a firm believer that if you surround yourself with the right people you can accomplish just about anything!

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

I am a member of the philanthropy committee, and I love the opportunity to plan a variety of Ridgemont’s community service events and fundraisers throughout the year. I am looking forward to the upcoming fall events, including some fun runs /5Ks that support local and national charitable organizations.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Everyone at Ridgemont likes to have a good time! Here at Ridgemont you can count on us for a good laugh or to put a smile on your face!

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

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Try your best to learn everything you can from the people around you. It is best to observe other’s styles and techniques so you are able to create your own style that works best for you!

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

My internal clock doesn’t allow me to sleep past 9 am… when did I become my dad?!

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Success to me is waking up everyday happy, healthy and with enough energy left over to enjoy a beer every now and then. If that beer is on an exotic island or in your own home, so be it! Perspective is everything.

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

I would love to learn to play the piano. I think the piano is one of the most beautiful instruments.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Mind Over Matter”

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I would love to travel to an African Safari, or see the Northern Lights. It is my dream to travel and explore the world to discover new food and beer!

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I love to read and I enjoy spending time with my two pups, Chalupa and Carlito. My boyfriend and I are big foodies, and we love to discover and try out new local hot spots.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Stranger Things, Big Little Lies, Schitt’s Creek and Euphoria. Honestly, I am still not over the fact that Game of Thrones is over.

Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses

This year Ridgemont Commercial Construction participated in the annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. Individuals and teams around DFW and the surrounding regions paired up to design, build and showcase imaginative children’s playhouses. After the construction is complete, each playhouse is then entered into a raffle for a chance to win. All the proceeds from the Parade of Playhouses goes towards the services provided by Dallas CASA to children in Dallas County.

All of the playhouses will be displayed at NorthPark Center from July 12th - 18th. Tickets can be purchase at NorthPark Center or online by visiting https://www.dallascasa.org/2019-parade-of-playhouses/. To vote for your favorite playhouse visit https://app.mobilecause.com/form/dWKXtA?vid=1bkix or text dcasa to 41444!

Thank you to the Gensler Architects and the Ridgemont employees who designed and constructed the Imaginasium Playhouse, we appreciate all of your hard work. Special thanks to Trey Wilder for the artwork, and Summit Climbing & Yoga for the materials for the rock wall. To learn more about Dallas CASA and opportunities to volunteer please visit https://www.dallascasa.org/.


Ridgemont Employee Spotlight - Tareyton Banks, Project Engineer

Tareyton Banks is currently a Project Engineer at Ridgemont Commercial Construction.

Tareyton’s responsibilities as Project Engineer include overseeing the day to day construction tasks as well as quality control for each project. He manages the flow of project information including construction contracts, scheduling, projects submittals, RFI’s, and facilitating subcontractor submittals to ensure compliance with specifications and overall project goals.


WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIDGEMONT?

Family-First. Fast Paced. Team-Oriented.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT RIDGEMONT?

The way everyone is willing to help each other out makes for a great collaborative work environment. At Ridgemont we practice an open door policy. The open flow of communication between all positions within Ridgemont starting from a Project Engineer all the way up to a Principal allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

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

For the next five years I hope that Ridgemont maintains a team first mentality as we grow into a bigger and better company! I’d like Ridgemont to continue to put the employees first, because that is what separates Ridgemont from any other company in this industry.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING PROJECT AT RIDGEMONT?

The Asian food store, 99 Ranch, located in Frisco, TX has been one of my most rewarding projects to work on during my time at Ridgemont. I enjoyed being a part of the project start to finish, and celebrating at the grand opening with the Frisco community. It was a pleasure to see everyone come together to celebrate Asian culture through song and dance. I was very humbled to see the impact this project made within the Frisco community.

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

Attending the grand opening for one of my first projects here at Ridgemont, Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Southlake, TX was one of my proudest moments. It was such a joy to see everyone who attended the grand opening having a good time and enjoying themselves. The Hopdoddy Southlake project was my first job in the role as Project Engineer. The Hopdoddy Southlake was an interior remodel, and it exceeded all of my expectations.

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

I identify with all of the Ridgemont core values because I think that it takes all of the qualities and values to be a well rounded person.

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

I have participated in multiple clothing drives put on by Ridgemont’s philanthropy committee. I have enjoyed being able to give back and help those in need in our community.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CULTURE AT RIDGEMONT?

Ridgemont culture is not only one that wants its employees to do well, but to achieve success both inside and outside the work place. No matter how big or small the accomplishment may be, Ridgemont will be there to cheer you on. Ridgemont Commercial Construction is an actual family, and that is not something you find in the average work place.

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

My advice is to always ask questions and never say no to doing more work. When you’re a young professional it can be a little intimidating to step into a new work environment, but you just have to adjust which may take some time. However, showing a willingness to want to learn and improve is the first step to becoming the professional you want to be in the future. Don’t wish it to be easier, work to be better.

WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?    

What gets me out of bed in the morning is that each day I wake up knowing that I am laying out the proper foundation for my future family.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Make yourself at least 1% better each day, the key is by taking small steps. This way by the end of the year you can be 365% better than you were the year before. Success is in the details and those details influence the bigger things in life.

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

I would love the opportunity to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

FAVORITE QUOTE?

“Do what you have to do now, so you can do what you want to do later.” - Denzel Washington

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I would love to travel all over the United States, and then travel the world with my family. I want to be able to live abroad for a period of time and experience a different world view and culture.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS?

I have a passion for ALL sports. I am a huge New Orleans Saints football fan and The Mean Green of The University of North Texas. I also enjoy watching some SEC football to cheer on the LSU Tigers, or flipping over to watch the Big 12 and root for the Oklahoma Sooners. It has been a long standing tradition with my dad to attend the Cotton Bowl Classic every year here in Dallas, TX. It is something that I look forward to all year long.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING?

I am currently watching Flash and Game of Thrones.

Ridgemont Fishing 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 have 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.”