Nabholz Adds Two

Nabholz Construction Corporation announced the appointment of Gerald Gregory as project engineer for Oklahoma operations.
Gregory received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He is a member of Construction Specifications Institute.
Gregory’s responsibilities include onsite coordination, management and administration of contract documents, submittals, schedules, change orders, pay applications, internal billings, subcontractors and jobsite meetings.
Kara Seiter was appointed business development coordinator for Oklahoma operations.
She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Central Arkansas where she was a Presidential Scholar. Seiter is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Society of Marketing Professional Services.
She will be responsible for quality proposal and presentation development, divisional marketing support, event coordination, pre-construction assistance, and client relationship management.
Founded in 1949, Nabholz Construction is one of the nation’s leading general contractors and construction managers. The company is employee-owned, licensed in 38 states and has offices in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas.
Olive Garden Opens BA Store
Olive Garden opened its newest restaurant, 1301 E. Hillside Drive in Broken Arrow.
This is the second Tuscan farmhouse-design Olive Garden to open in Tulsa County.
About 165 jobs were created with the opening of the 247-seat, 7,441-SF restaurant that is expected to contribute to the state’s restaurant industry growth.
According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurant sales in Oklahoma are expected to grow 2.5 percent this year.
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with 679 restaurants, more than 80,000 employees and $3.1 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants Inc.
Ross Joins REI Board
Cynthia S. Ross, president of Cameron University, Lawton, joined the Board of Directors of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc.
As president of Cameron University, Ross is responsible for the executive administration, management and operations of the university and bears the primary responsibility for setting priorities and making decisions about the allocation of resources.
Dr. Ross received her bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University.
“We appreciate the willingness of Dr. Ross to serve on the REI board of directors,” said Tom Seth Smith, President and CEO. “Her experience, expertise and commitment to economic development will be a great asset to us and will help us expand the services of our Lawton office so we can serve more people.”
REI’s Lawton office is located on the campus of Cameron University in the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies. Gilmer J. Capps is REI’s field representative serving Lawton and surrounding communities.
REI is an economic development firm with five office locations: Lawton, Alva, Durant, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Price of Materials Drops Again in April
Continuing on a downward trend, the price of construction materials fell 0.4 percent in April 2009, according to the May 14 producer price index report by the U.S. Labor Department.
On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices dropped 3.7 percent.
In contrast, softwood lumber prices increased for the first time in seven months by 1.6 percent. Still, year-over-year, softwood lumber prices are down 10.2 percent. Plumbing fixtures and fittings prices rose by 0.5 percent compared to the previous month, and are 1.1 percent higher than a year ago.
“Given the weakness of the broader economy, lower construction materials prices are a necessary ingredient to stimulate nonresidential construction in segments not directly impacted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “It is hoped that producer prices will remain low or continue to decline allowing developers to move ahead with projects, in part, because of limited financing opportunities.”
Job Loss Rates Slow
The pace of layoffs in the nation’s nonresidential building construction sector slowed in April 2009, according to the May 8 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department.
The total number of jobs declined by 9,100 last month. That, in comparison to the 10,600 job loss in March. On a year-over-year basis, nonresidential building construction employment has fallen by 87,700 jobs and now stands at 748,600.
The nation’s residential building construction sector lost 12,600 jobs in April, down from 17,500 jobs lost in March. Since April 2008, 146,600 jobs have been lost in the residential building construction industry. Total private construction employment, which includes specialty trade contractors, lost 110,000 jobs in April, but this was much lower than the 135,000 jobs lost in March. On a year-over-year basis, the construction industry has lost nearly 1 million jobs.
Overall, national employment fell by 539,000 for the month. The nation’s unemployment rate now stands at 8.9 percent – the highest level since September 1983.
New Storage Unit Open
River Bend Self Storage, now open in Tulsa at 2036 E. 81st St., was built with security, flexibility and affordability in mind, according to its operators. The facility, owned and operated by the Leinbach Company, is adjacent to the company’s Riverbend Apartments and River Bend Center, a new 10,000-square-foot retail property.
Serving both residential and commercial customers, units are available in several sizes, from 5×10 up to 15×50. The 15×50 unit will accommodate a motor coach. These large units are the only ones in Tulsa west of Memorial Drive and east of the Arkansas River.
Leinbach began his company in 1976 as a Tulsa commercial brokerage firm.
Today, the firm’s primary focus is the management of investment-grade multi-family, retail, and office building properties.
Property Wins Award for Remodel
Following a $1 million renovation over the last two years, 5400 South recently won the 2008 Zenith Award from the Tulsa Apartment Association, being recognized as Senior Community of the Year and Remodel of the Year.
“It was already a beautiful property when we purchased it in late 2006,” said Ed Leinbach of The Leinbach Company. “Having opened in 1972, it just needed some serious updating, and we’ve accomplished that. It’s unique in its design and architectural detail.”
Just west of Yale on 54th Street, across from LaFortune Park, 5400 South is known for its manicured lawns, flowing brooks and attractive courtyards.

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