Helpful Hands 2nd Annual “Evening Under the Stars” Raises Almost $25,000

At RLH, we tend to “get our hands dirty” for the charities we support.  This year, Helpful Hands’ 2nd Annual “Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser was held at the home of our president, Richard Haines.  Our team constructed a dance floor and stage on the property, where a live band played and everyone enjoyed dancing under the stars.Helpful Hands Logo

We’d like to extend a big Thank You to supporters of the evening.  Together, we raised almost $25,000 for Helpful Hands.

Helpful Hands is a charity that looks to provide opportunities for children to develop life skills, to experience life equal to their peers, and to provide encouragement during a time in their lives when it is most needed.  The charity has sponsored children to attend the Oviedo Police Department’s Summer Camp and has joined with the Steinway Society for its annual Piano Gifting, giving talented children their first piano and lessons.

Visit the Helpful Hands website to read more about its programs.

 

RLH Wins Eagle Award for Aristocrat VW

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Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has awarded RLH Construction an Eagle Award in the Commercial ($5 to $10 million) Category of its annual Excellence in Construction competition.   The 30,000-square-foot Aristocrat Volkswagen East project is the 2nd design-build VW “White-Frame” prototype in the United States.  The entire 11-acre site was previously wetlands.  Once mitigated, a 1,500-lineal-foot segmented block retaining wall was installed with heights varying from six to ten feet.  56,000 cubic yards of import fill (approx. 2,889 dump trucks) was placed.  A naturally-occurring stream was routed underneath the site and conveyed through two 60” RCP.  Meeting the stringent specifications of VW North America, this project was delivered in nine months, on time and under budget.

The Excellence in Construction Awards program recognizes the exceptional work for an entire construction project for general contractors.  Projects are judged on execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, safety program, and owner satisfaction.  The Eagle Award is the Central Florida Chapter’s highest recognition.

Read more about the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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John Galuppo, RLH Superintendent at The Legends at St. John condominiums, earned a spot in its association newsletter, Legendary News.  John has been overseeing the renovation of 15 active condominium buildings and the community’s clubhouse, located in St. Augustine, Florida.

Large-scale renovations are typically tough on residents, but John’s compassion and cheery attitude have gone a long way to ease the inconvenience for the homeowners at Legends.

“John is incredible and he is definitely passionate about his job and our project here at The Legends.”

To read this well-written feature about John and his background, view or download the Legends Newsletter Article.

 

RLH Earns Gold for Safety 5 Years in a Row

ABC member_logoAssociated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) has awarded RLH Construction a Gold Level of achievement in the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP).  The award recognizes RLH for our ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program for 2013.  This is the fifth year in a row RLH has qualified for the Gold Level STEP Award.

The STEP program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  It is a way for companies to enhance their safety and loss prevention programs and provides objective methods to measure safety performance.

For more information about the STEP program, visit ABC’s website.

 

 

Ronald McDonald House 2013 Golf Classic

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RLH’s Kathy Casey with Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders (middle), and another volunteer.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is one of our favorite charities.  Since opening their first Ronald McDonald House in December 1996, over 18,000 families have found a home away from home while their children received medical treatment in our community.

We had a great day at the annual golf tournament, held at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

CREW Orlando “Company of the Year”

CREW OrlandoWe’re honored to be named Commercial Real Estate Women Orlando’s 2012 Company of the Year! The award is given to a firm recognizing its outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the chapter.

CREW Orlando represents key decision makers in virtually every discipline of commercial real estate. To find out more about CREW Orlando, visit www.creworlando.org.

Pagan Named Small Business CFO Finalist

Kathy Pagan, RL HainesCongratulations to Kathy Pagan, accounting director at RLH Construction, for being named a finalist in the Orlando Business Journal’s 2012 C-Level Awards, CFO small business category. Kathy was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the firm’s overall financial health and strategic initiatives that she’s implemented over the years.

David Maus Foundation Donates $120,000

RLH Construction is proud to be a title sponsor at the 8th annual David Maus Foundation event. This year’s event raised $120,000 for local charities – $40,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, a $30,000 check to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Camp Oasis, a $25,000 check to the Autism Society and a $25,000 check to Camp Boggy Creek. Congratulations to our friends at David Maus for another successful fundraiser!