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 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 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 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


Recently Completed Project: Oak Meadows Marketplace, Georgetown, TX

Located on the SW Corner of Jim Hogg Road and Williams Drive, Oak Meadows Marketplace is a grocery-anchored complex, encompassing 77,050 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Randalls Food and Drug will be the anchoring grocery tenant with 57,655 square feet of space. 

A variety of stores have already signed leases for the retail spaces including: Renken Dentistry, Organic Nails & Spa, Great Clips for Hair, and Natural Pawz. 

Owner: Cypress Equities

Architect: Heights Venture Architects

Recently Completed Project: Waxahachie Nissan

Located off Bypass 287 and Patrick Road in Waxahachie, TX the Waxahachie Nissan dealership is a 30,852 SF new, ground up Nissan dealership for the area.

The project includes a new showroom, service center and car wash area. Finishes throughout the building include raynobond aluminum composite panels used on the façade of the sales building to provide a metallic appearance and a ribbed metal panel system was utilized on the service building. Glass finishes are consistent throughout the dealership. 

Owner: RML Automotive Holdings

Architect: Black, Corley, Owens + Hughes

 

Recently Completed Project: Market Street, Frisco, TX

Ridgemont recently finished work on the 62,000 SF Market Street grocery store in Frisco, TX. The store which recently opened on the corner of Legacy Drive and Lebanon Road in Frisco features a beautiful interior finish out.

Some of the highlights inside the store are a beer and wine bar in the center of the store branded on the outside of the building as Taphouse 16 is also staffed for barista coffee service and smoothies. The area has seating for 94 people and customers can leave the area with their wine glass to shop. 

The new Frisco store has made-to-order Asian rice bowls and pho, a prepared food section, fresh meat and seafood counters and its curbside online grocery shopping service, which launched last year under the brand Streetside. Be sure go to check out this beautiful new store!

Owner: United Supermarkets 

Architect: Raymond Harris & Associates