Located in Cincinnati, Just Brew Coffee House serves much more than a cup of hot coffee or a fresh pastry. Just Brew is one of several work programs by the Ken Anderson Alliance (KAA)–a nonprofit organization with a mission to create LIVE, WORK and ENGAGE opportunities for adults with disabilities.
Working around a tight schedule to accommodate the grand openings of the Just Brew Coffee House and KAA’s new office spaces, TP was hired to install new plumbing, grease traps and the necessary drainage for the spaces. The TP team worked extended hours, met with plumbing inspectors, and kept the job site as clean as possible (mopping every day before leaving!) to help ensure the project was completed in time for the special openings.
One week before the scheduled openings, it was discovered that two air conditioning units had been struck by lightning and the remaining functional unit was unable to keep the KAA offices cool against the 90-degree summer heat. The KAA building is also home to the Adult Day Services program that provides support to adults with disabilities, some of whom have medical conditions that can be exacerbated by extreme heat. TP responded immediately and brought four spot coolers into the space to keep employees and day program participants comfortable. This allowed both KAA and Just Brew to continue with the grand openings and their programs as planned until the three HVAC units could be fully replaced.
TP Mechanical and the Ken Anderson Alliance’s day-to-day activities look different, but we share an important purpose–serve others and provide opportunities to better our communities. We look forward to supporting and partnering with KAA in the future.
Messer Construction Co. has been selected by the Associated General Contractors of Middle Tennessee to receive two awards of merit for construction management of the West Police Precinct and Student Union Building at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Messer received these awards during the annual Build Tennessee Awards Celebration in February.
MTSU’s new Student Union was designed and built to be a campus centerpiece that fosters collaboration among students and faculty. Construction of this nearly 200,000-square-foot-building in the heart of MTSU’s busy campus met all of the university’s safety, budget, quality and schedule goals.
Notable features include a bookstore, six new food service venues, a 640-seat food court and 102-seat casual dining restaurant, along with an 840-seat ballroom with green room and two dressing rooms, an 84-seat parliamentary room, and a 95-seat movie theater. High-end finishes can be found throughout the Student Union, including thousands of feet of stainless steel hand rails and a millwork/woodwork package that exceeded $1 million.