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

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


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.

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

Recently Completed Project: Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care-Cypress, TX.

The Spring Cypress Assisted Living and Memory Care facility is a 64,257 SF, 2 story, structural steel and wood frame facility located off Spring Cypress Road in Cypress, TX. 

Phase 1 of the facility is primarily assisted living units with an attached memory care center. Phase 2 will include independent living and villas/duplexes/single resident homes. 

Amenities include beauty salon, movie theater, bistro, large pond, walking paths, pavilion and gazebo outside. 

Owner: Medcore Partners & TNRG

Architect: DFD Architects 

Recently Completed Project: Main Marketplace & Flix Brewhouse

Main Marketplace is located off F.M. 423, one of the highest trafficked arteries running over 21 miles north to south throughout the DFW Metroplex. Anchored by Flix Brewhouse movie theater, Main Marketplace is an 18 acre mixed use development in the heart of booming Little Elm, TX.

Ridgemont constructed 45,026 SF of retail shell buildings for the development which has unique design elements including western red cedar wood work along with smooth stucco finishes.

Owner: Goveia Real Estate

Architects: Hodges & Associates & JKRP Architects

 

 

Recently Completed Project: Fort Worth North Service Center, Fort Worth, TX

The two phase Fort Worth North Service Center project consists of civil and utilities infrastructure work, Citizens Drop- Off Station, Code Department offices, Stormwater offices, Service Center and materials storage building, fueling station, and materials laydown areas. The Service Center includes a fueling system for all City vehicles, car wash bays, vehicle maintenance bays for both cars and large trucks, and houses the shops for all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing needs for the City’s buildings. The vehicle maintenance facilities required special considerations for liquid containment, paint storage as well as paint booths that require specialty ventilation.

The fueling system components include underground storage tanks, automatic tank gauges, fleet pumps and fueling controls and required heavy fire protection systems and environmental protections to be put in place regarding the underground storage of fuel.
 

The facility includes the following components:

  • Truck Wash-Out

  • Laydown Area

  • Covered Storage

  • Weigh Station

  • Wash Equipment

  • Fuel Station

  • Generator / Transformer

  • Controlled Access

  • Heavy Vehicles

  • Light Vehicles

  • Administrative Building

  • Parking

Owner: City of Fort Worth

Architect: Quorum Architects

 

 

 

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

Recently Completed Project: Boardwalk Ferrari Remodel, Plano, TX

Ridgemont originally built the Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati Dealership and was recently brought back in for a remodel. 

The extensive remodel encompasses the new company branding, interior design elements, 30,000 sf parking, outdoor display, additional 2 bay service drop off. The high-end finishes include custom built in display fixtures from Italy, two custom Barrisol light wall graphics which are the largest ever installed in a Ferrari dealership, large format Italian porcelain stoneware tile, full glass offices, complete light fixture and controls overhaul with Italian iGuzzini light fixtures. 

Owner: Ferrari of Dallas

Architect: Gensler Architects