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Doing the Right Thing for Our Communities – Christopher Morris, PLS

The Kleingers Group’s own Shelby County Kentucky Surveyor and regionally infamous “sharp-dressed-man,” Christopher Morris, PLS, recently met with Kentucky Speaker of the House David Osborne in his Frankfort office. As part of the “Home Builders Association of Kentucky Day at the Capitol,” Morris found it especially important to support the HBAK Workforce Development policy enabling students to use KEES funds for various educational and training programs in the skilled trades.

KEES Funds are slated for Kentucky Workforce Development. The HBAK policy would allow their application by Kentucky residents toward both registered skilled trade apprenticeship programs and degree-based coursework. These could include land surveying certificate programs, bachelor’s level degrees in civil engineering, and registered apprenticeship programs as an electrician, ironworker, carpenter and more.

Morris says, “No civil engineering or construction project can reach its full potential without the applied knowledge, skill, talent, and wisdom of both college graduates and experienced, skilled tradesmen. With this policy, more Kentucky graduates can get KEES funds to pursue the path they’re passionate about – whether it’s in the skilled trades or in college – it’s up to them. That’s great for every project – in every Kentucky community.”

The Kleingers Group and its talented teams recognize the need for a strong and skilled workforce throughout our AEC sector. It is critical to support both university and skilled trade educational programs. For more information on Kentucky’s KEES Fundin

Program, click here.

The Kleingers Group’s New Columbus Office

The Kleingers Group’s vision is to be the destination for our people and the market. We are committed to being a company clients choose to work with and employees seek to be a part of it. The workspace is an essential component, and our existing space doesn’t match our vision.

Based on our employees’ feedback and our brand standards, we designed a new space that blends their wants and needs for a productive and fun workplace. The new office features:

  • Four different styles of rooms, ranging from a large conference room to small huddle spaces for smaller groups
  • An exterior garage door that leads to the back parking lot, allowing us to open on beautiful days to let fresh air in and host indoor/outdoor parties
  • Digital connectivity in every room
  • Custom-built picnic tables made by our employees

The new space is an employee-focused environment featuring equal work areas for all, including the CEO to our co-ops.  We’re creating a comfortable space that provides some of the luxuries of working from home or a nearby coffee shop while creating a showpiece that our employees are proud to show off. The office combines many aspects more common in downtown offices, such as open floor plans and a variety of huddle spaces. It is complemented with suburban office advantages, like generous space per person, easy parking, and larger communal areas.

Tri-County Mall Redevelopment project update

Tri-County Mall Redevelopment project has moved one step further. MarketSpace Capital and Park Harbor Capital announced the official closing of their purchase of Tri-County Mall, located in Springdale, OH. This important milestone signifies the transfer of ownership to the Texas-based co-developers and the beginning of a new era for one of Greater Cincinnati’s most recognized destinations.

“Today is a day many of us dreamed of but never thought would happen,” said Springdale Mayor Doyle Webster. “It’s the biggest project in the history of our city and one of the most ambitious undertakings our entire region has ever seen. It will bring jobs, inspire community, cultivate learning, and ignite growth. I could not be more excited that we are now officially on our way.”

The $1 billion Tri-County Mall Redevelopment project received unanimous approval from the Springdale City Council just ten weeks ago and is now set to begin construction later this year. The project will transform the largest – and mostly vacant – shopping mall in Greater Cincinnati into one of the largest mixed-use developments in the state. It will include new apartment communities, restaurants, retail and office spaces, educational facilities, entertainment, and recreational areas, a culinary center, and 15 acres of green space, including a dog-friendly restaurant with an accompanying park. The site will also be home to a 120,000 square foot STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Institute serving Princeton School District.

Project Team

Owners: MarketSpace Capital LLC  and Park Harbor Capital LLC

Structural Engineer: THP

Geotech/Environmental: Terracon

Civil and Traffic Engineering: Kleingers Group

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineers: Heapy

Prime Architect: BHDP

Landscape Architect: Human nature

Lighting: TEC studios

Code Compliance: Preview Group

Acoustic Engineer: ADK

Read more about the project at Construction Review Online