Summer 2019 Catalyst
Marking a quarter century of providing innovative building solutions to public and private clients, Reynolds is celebrating its 25 year anniversary throughout 2019. Established in 1994 to pursue public sector agency construction management opportunities, Reynolds has become a full-service provider of construction, construction management, hybrid construction, restoration, energy, and commissioning and engineering solutions.
“Reynolds has achieved this milestone because of the hard work and dedication of our employees and our culture of innovation, flexibility, integrity and quality,” said David Angle, chief executive officer of Reynolds. “Reynolds’ mission since our inception has been to provide creative building solutions that deliver value to our clients, and our team continues to find new ways to fulfill that promise every day.”
The Reynolds Timeline
In 1994, with 28 employees and an office in Harrisburg, Reynolds was established as Reynolds Construction Management to provide construction management services in Central Pennsylvania. Three years later, Reynolds expanded its portfolio of services and formed a general construction division that has, over its lifetime, completed more than $500 million in at-risk construction projects.
In 1999, Reynolds Consulting Engineers was added to the company to provide clients with consulting services, including commissioning and design engineering. Reynolds Restoration Services was established in 2005 to offer emergency services and reconstruction related to damage from fire, smoke, water, wind and mold to residential and commercial clients. In 2006, Reynolds opened a King of Prussia office to expand its services to clients in the Philadelphia region. Reynolds Energy Services was established in 2008 to provide cost-effective options to reduce energy usage with a high level of construction expertise.
In 2014, the executive team of David Angle, Jeffrey Merritt and Anthony Worrall acquired Reynolds Construction Management and its divisions from founder Rick Reynolds to form Reynolds Enterprises. New offices opened in 2015 in Baltimore, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA, expanding Reynolds’ services to new markets.
In 2018, Reynolds joined several industry-leading companies to form SitelogIQ, a platform committed to creating healthy, productive and sustainable indoor environments. Reynolds’ partnership with SitelogIQ enables Reynolds to better serve the needs of clients throughout Pennsylvania and adjacent markets and grow its footprint in the mid-Atlantic region.
Reynolds’ Employee Growth
“What started as a handful of people providing construction management services to public sector clients in the Harrisburg area has grown into a team of more than 150 providing a full complement of building solutions to clients throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states,” noted Jeffrey Merritt, chief operating officer of Reynolds. “Outside the office, we build the schools, hospitals and offices that make Pennsylvania a great place to live. Inside the office, we build a safe and enriching work environment that makes Reynolds an attractive place to work.”
Reynolds offers employees a robust benefits program, service recognition awards and social events such as holiday parties, summer picnics and river cruises. The company also holds an employee appreciation week in the spring filled with prizes, snacks, chair massages and opportunities to enjoy time together outside of the work environment. Reynolds encourages on-the-clock fun, too, especially when it’s for a good cause like the annual United Way Trike Race.
As a testament to Reynolds’ commitment to providing a fun and meaningful work environment, the company has been named a “Best Places to Work in PA” company six times, most recently in 2017.
Giving Back to the Community
Reynolds strives to be a company that puts their employees and the needs of the community first. Their philanthropic efforts are focused on women and children, education, and healthcare, and they take pride in supporting activities that are well aligned. They partner with clients or others in the community to make a greater impact.
Recent philanthropic efforts include applying employees’ construction skills to perform home repairs for underserved homeowners, partnering with youth at the United Way Youth Day of Caring, providing no-cost energy audits for non-profit entities, participating in fundraisers for student scholarships and sponsoring galas and golf outings.
Encouraging the Next Generation
The construction industry is booming, and with it there is a shortage of workers in the construction trades, as well as construction professional positions. This shortage can have a negative impact on the quality, cost and duration of building projects.
One way to combat this situation is to engage the generation that will greatly influence the industry’s success: high school students on the cusp of making career decisions. That was the impetus behind the development of Reynolds’ student education program, which uses active school construction projects as the centerpiece of its educational component.
The programs consist of a presentation followed by a tour of the project in construction. Some elements included in the sessions are an introduction to the design/construction industry, construction career opportunities, a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a school, and a site tour.
Awakened to the possibilities that exist in construction careers, students are better positioned to make a construction-related choice. The Reynolds team finds the program mutually beneficial, as it is rewarding to walk the students through what may be their first experience with construction and know that the industry might be gaining some inquisitive, bright and eager additions.
Adapting and Innovating
True to Reynolds’ goal of providing comprehensive and innovative building solutions that are adapted to maximize and deliver value to each client, Reynolds’ hybrid construction methodology offers clients the best value with the fastest construction schedule. Hybrid construction is the process of combining and coordinating multiple procurement methods — an approach that has saved school districts millions of dollars and taken months if not years off the construction schedule. Reynolds offers workshops and webcasts on financing and delivery options for hybrid and other methods to help clients make an educated decision about the best option for their school construction goals.
“We’ve been agile and quick to adapt to the changing economic landscape by innovating ways to deliver the highest quality project at the lowest overall cost, such as focusing on the hybrid construction delivery method and offering a no-cost enhanced options study,” said Rick Evans, president of Reynolds Energy Solutions.
Shaping the Harrisburg Skyline
Reynolds has played a key role in shaping skylines across central Pennsylvania by completing projects for clients such as Market Square Plaza, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, UPMC Pinnacle, the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Lancaster County Convention Center & Marriott at Penn Square, and more than 100 Pennsylvania public school districts.
For more information about Reynolds, visit www.ReynoldsSolutions.com.
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