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Shockey’s Richmond Office Continues Steady Growth

Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc., a 121-year-old construction firm, has been quietly expanding in downtown Richmond for the last five years to better serve its central Virginia clients and position itself for more growth. The firm, which focuses on providing construction services to national and regional business owners, governments, and institutions, has accelerated its strategic […]

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Meet SAM: Robotics On The Job Site

SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, has been hard at work helping us build Shenandoah University’s new 80,000-square-foot James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center in Winchester, Va. When Manassas-based JD Long Companies was hired as Shockey’s masonry subcontractor for this brick-intensive project, it decided to use SAM as a test run. SAM is one of […]

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Innovation at Work: Robotics in Construction

This article was initially published by the Winchester Star.   WINCHESTER — Nearly all the brickwork on the outside of the new James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center at Shenandoah University is complete, but it wasn’t laid by a traditional mason. The majority of the brick was laid by a robot named SAM. […]

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Unusual “Construction From Above” Approach Is Environmentally Friendly

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is an adaptive reuse of the dam, providing a non-­motorized, universally accessible route across the James River rapids, connecting south bank Manchester & the James River Park System with north bank downtown Richmond. The 1,700-­foot­ span sits just 20 feet above the scenic falls of the James River and […]

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Urban Improvements: Revitalizing Richmond’s Riverfront

RICHMOND, Va. — The clean, modern lines of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge provide a striking contrast against the backdrop of the wild James River and natural environment. The bridge represents a creative adaptive reuse of a former hydro-power dam that once harnessed power for riverfront industry along the river. Today, the stainless steel and wire mesh material […]

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Nature’s Healing Impact: Improving The Healthcare Experience

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Valley Health Cancer Center is new cancer treatment center at the Winchester Medical Center (a 450­-bed regional hospital). The 49,397 SF facility consolidates all the medical center’s cancer services into one freestanding building, allowing for more seamless and coordinated treatment for patients. The designers, Perkins+Will, used nature as the inspiration for the […]

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Managing Construction: How To Build in Occupied Senior Living Facilities

Senior living campuses age — just like the rest of us. Whether in need of a little facelift or major reconstruction, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) across the nation are undergoing upgrades, additions, and new construction in response to changing market dynamics and demand. No matter the type of building project, all senior living entities […]

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Top 5 Things To Know About Construction Using Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private legislation provides a path for local governments and regional authorities to tap into private-sector innovation. 1. What is a public-private partnership (P3)? Funding new projects in this economy can be challenging. There is a growing desire among local governments to develop solutions that bring private sector expertise (and funds) to benefit the public good. With […]

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