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The Weitz Company offers new, fully-integrated design-build approach

The Weitz Company, a full-service construction firm, today introduced a new, fully-integrated design-build solution for agriculture, food and beverage and manufacturing services.

This approach provides a unique opportunity for collaboration among the client, contractor and engineer in the early design phase, and throughout the life of the project. The result is time and cost savings, reduced risk and a better quality outcome.

This latest announcement comes on the heels of an expansion of services announced in May 2014, in which The Weitz Company began providing in-house design and engineering services for process solutions, modular construction, fabrication capabilities, and diversified into slipform concrete design and construction.

“This transition in our business is a natural progression of our plan for growth, which started with the opening of our design-build office in Minneapolis in May,” said Humberto Lopez, executive vice president of Industrial, The Weitz Company. “Our design-build expertise will allow The Weitz Company to deliver more innovative design and construction services for new and existing clients.”

Kevin Grittner, P.E., will lead the new design-build agriculture team. Grittner has more than 13 years of industry experience in engineering and project management.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to roll out this very valuable approach to our hundreds of clients, helping them to maximize their capital investments,” said Grittner. “The expertise The Weitz Company is able to offer through our talented team will serve us well as we work to grow our presence in the marketplace.”

The group will include design, project management and field services, ensuring a fully integrated solution.


Weitz Announces In-House Design Services and New Office

The Weitz Company, a full-service construction firm, is excited to enhance their service offerings with in-house design engineering and the opening of a new design-build office in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Weitz will deliver innovative design and construction services for new and existing clients to meet industry and service needs.

“This is a byproduct of our continuing growth,” said Len Martling, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Weitz Company. “Our new in-house design team—led by Minnesota-based engineering and process experts—will better enable us to meet our clients’ needs and respond to increased market demand. We look forward to continuing to grow our presence in the marketplace.”

With its expanded services underway, Weitz will provide mechanical engineering for process solutions; modular construction integrated with its fabrication capabilities; and will diversify into slipform concrete design and construction. The design expertise aligns with industry markets such as Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, and Heavy Industrial.

Weitz design engineering team will be led by Gerald (Gerry) Leukam, 39-year industry veteran, serving as Director of Business Development. Gerry will be supported by Kevin Grittner, P.E., Engineering Manager with solid experience in structural engineering and project management, and Alexander (Alex) Westlind, P.E., Mechanical Engineering Manager with process design experience.

“Our Minnesota-based team of industry professionals is excited to bring their expertise and over 60 years of combined experience to enhance the industrial and commercial services of Weitz.” Leukam said.


Weitz Honored with the Patriotic Award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Des Moines, Iowa, USA, January 14, 2014 – The Weitz Company was honored with a Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, in recognition of outstanding patriotic support of its employee, Suzanne Higgins, Military Veteran and Weitz Industrial Human Resources Assistant, whose spouse serves in the Iowa National Guard and Reserve.

According to Dick Rue, Iowa ESGR State Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employee, who like their spouse have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Amy Williams, Human Resources Director, was nominated for being highly supportive of Suzanne Higgins and spouse deployed in Afghanistan, as she cared for her children as a single parent.

Weitz employees in the Des Moines office accommodated Suzanne needs and coordinated a “Red, White, and Blue” day to support Ms. Higgins’ husband safe return home to his family. “Weitz has been instrumental in helping me make sure that my family is taken care of and have the time off that I need to take care of things through this deployment. They have also made me feel like I have a second family here at work. I can’t say enough good things about this company. I’m so happy that I made the move. I committed Weitz to hire more veterans and started to attend the Veterans career fairs,” said Suzanne Higgins.

“There are many stories throughout our company that show how we respect people, and it’s those stories that make Weitz a special place to work. I am proud for Weitz to be recognized for all of our hard work,” said Amy Williams.


WholeLife Companies Forges Strategic Alliance with The Weitz Company

WholeLife Companies, a developer of a trademarked concept in luxury rental living communities, has announced the finalizing of a strategic alliance with The Weitz Company for the construction of WholeLife’s communities nationwide.

WholeLife communities are lease-based communities that respond not only to the documented requirements and desires of today’s active and demanding adults, but satisfy a need unfulfilled by any other residential product. The Weitz Company will serve as general contractor and provide general construction services during a nationwide roll-out of WholeLife’s Traditions communities.

The WholeLife Traditions community consists of 100 to 150 single-level residences, from 1500 to 2000 square feet, with the look and feel of fine traditional houses appropriate to the surrounding community. Landscaping, sidewalks, and streetlights complete the look and feel of a traditional American neighborhood. Each community includes an expansive and functional WholeLife Club as a focal point for neighborhood life, containing space for gatherings and events, a state of the art fitness center, pool, game room and community services such as the concierge. Everything is included in monthly rental fees.

“We couldn’t be more pleased than to partner with The Weitz Company in the growth and construction of our communities,” said John B. Lowery, Founder and CEO of the WholeLife Companies. “Their nationwide experience and passion for quality is a perfect fit for us and the growing demand of our lease-based communities.”

WholeLife is currently developing three Traditions communities, in Chattanooga, TN, Cibolo Canyon (San Antonio), TX, and The Woodlands (Houston) TX. Ground breaking has already begun in Chattanooga, with the remaining two projects to begin by the first quarter of 2014. In addition, WholeLife has identified additional locations for further communities, including an additional location in Houston, TX, as well as Austin and Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Branson, MO; and Pigeon Forge, TN.


Sneak Preview – Iowa Fertilizer Plant Webcam

Exciting growth is ahead for the Industrial product line of The Weitz Company. Click here to watch the latest construction activity on the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever, Iowa. Also, we invite you to check out our latest statement of qualifications to view our specific areas of industrial expertise.

The Weitz Company has a team of project management and construction professionals dedicated exclusively to the development and construction of industrial projects. We have enjoyed many long-term relationships among our industrial clients. Contact our industrial team today to learn more about creating a mutually beneficial relationship for your project.