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 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 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 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.