SOURCE: Humble Construction Company

Humble Construction Company

September 30, 2011 08:57 ET

Humble Construction Applies Commercial Experience to Public Construction Projects

BELLEFONTAINE, OH--(Marketwire - Sep 30, 2011) - Humble Construction continues to set itself apart as a preferred builder of public projects across Ohio. With each finished project, Humble reinforces its reputation as a capable and thoughtful construction company that meets the community's needs, budgets, and sentiments.

"We run public jobs differently than most companies," says Matt Humble. "We don't try to change order the school district or local government to death, and we aren't focused on finding loopholes as a way to recoup money on a low bid. We just focus on doing what's right."

Humble recently completed a 5,026 square-foot upgrade to the Bellefontaine wastewater treatment plant that required both new construction and renovations. One of the challenges was keeping the facility operating normally while renovating a portion of the plant. Humble completed the upgrades within the budget and timeframe planned. More importantly, there was no service interruption.

Humble approaches public projects with the same discipline they use when working on a commercial or industrial construction job. The initial focus is less on physical construction and more on end use of the building. By evaluating the people who will use the building, future flexibility needs, sustainability issues, and construction efficiency, the team can make decisions that maximize the long-term investment value.

Public projects require companies to bid on and eventually build exactly what is on the plan that they are given. In a private industrial or commercial project, Humble is able to step out of that box to assess the use of the structure and suggest new "Value Engineering" ideas or modifications to the initial design before providing a price.

"It's part of our corporate personality," Lance Humble explains. "We try to carry these Value Engineering principles into the public projects after we are awarded the project and save the school district funds when possible. This is the value that many of our customers find so appealing about working with us," he said.

Unfortunately, there are very few things that can influence public projects. It's a very different situation than a private construction project -- even if they are similar in size and scope. So the company looks for ways to influence the project in a positive way. Often, the one thing that can create the greatest impact on the project is to develop the best team of sub-contractors, and a team spirit across the various groups involved in the project.

A good example is the Monticello Huber Heights school construction project. Unfavorable weather conditions cost critical time early on, but Humble was able to assemble a team that could make up for lost time and get the job done. That's something you learn after 65 years of experience in the construction industry. "Having the best team is what lets you construct a quality product and deliver it on schedule," Lance said. "It's critical on jobs like this, and it's something that we're able to do better than most other construction companies," he said.

There's more, however, to running a successful public building project than delivering a finished building on time and on budget. The builder also must earn the community's trust.

In Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Humble built an 82,000 square-foot school to replace an aging building. Because the Newton Area High School was the center of the community for more than 80 years, the close-knit community shared many memories that emotionally connected them to the building. To help preserve those memories, Humble maintained and reassembled a landmark archway, stone-by-stone in the new school building. The archway will continue to welcome future generations through the Newton Area High School, while connecting the community who came before.

Terry Humble represents the second generation of Humble Construction. He has instilled a very important philosophy into the company that his sons will eventually manage: "Performance is what people remember."

In addition to the projects mentioned above, Humble Construction also completed public construction projects in the past year for Franklin Monroe School District in Arcanum, Miami Trace Middle School in Washington Courthouse, Pickerington Schools in Pickerington, Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City and St. Marys Elementary in St. Marys.

Humble Construction is a third-generation construction company that delivers value with an unyielding commitment to doing what's right. From locations in Bellefontaine and Columbus, Humble provides construction services including industrial, commercial, public, renovation, demolition, steel fabrication and special projects. For more information about Humble Construction, visit www.humbleconstruction.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lance Humble
    (937) 592-4525