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Pulver Hall Renovation – Preserving Roosevelt’s Legacy

One of Roers current projects is the remodel of Pulver Hall in Dickinson, ND, located in the heart of Dickinson State University. When the building was originally built in 1967, it was a men’s dormitory.  For the past 30 years it has served as one of the state’s office building. The main reason for the remodel is to provide a permanent home for the University’s Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC).  The TRC is dedicated to preserving the legacy of President Roosevelt.  Having a permanent home at Pulver Hall affords TRC the opportunity to hold meetings, like their annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, feature exhibits, create a home for their digital library and digitizing office, and house their research library.

History In The Making Floor by Floor

The first floor will be home to the research library and exhibit area with approximately 1,500 square feet of display area. The first floor will be decorated to reflect the historical period in which Roosevelt lived and will be based on rooms in his own past residence. This exhibit space will help to give guests a glimpse into the life of Theodore Roosevelt and his connection to and love of western North Dakota.

The second floor will house the TRC offices. The third floor offers additional meeting and classroom space for the university, as well as a recording and broadcasting studio.

Individual offices and a small apartment for visiting scholars will make up the fourth floor.  The top two floors will feature upgraded residence hall rooms for approximately 66 Dickinson State University students.

Insight on the Center

The Theodore Roosevelt Center and the digital library project require the contributions of skilled, experienced professions with the desire to preserve this exceptional history. We visited with one of these highly dedicated individuals about the vision of this project. Clay Jenkins, a Theodore Roosevelt Humanities Scholar, is helping shape the direction of this project. He provided some insight on the project and the hopes for the future.

Q – When the museum opens, what can visitors expect?

The first exhibit will feature original prints from the Edward S. Curtis Collection. Roosevelt praised Curtis on his photographs as he said they were the beginning to assimilate into broader culture of the US. 

Q – What are some unique features this project will entail?

We are working on recreating the reading room from Roosevelt’s home at Sagamore Hill. The heavy masculine feeling of the room will be filled with leather, statues and animal trophies. The fireplace will help tie in the spirit and aesthetics from Roosevelt’s room.

Q – When is the opening date for museum?

We are hoping for August 2021. The main goad is for the museum to be built in confidence, we want it to be done right and to truly reflect Roosevelt’s life.

Q – About how many employees will be working at the digital library?

There will be two full time staff members. Once the museum is open, they hope to have interns join the team.

Q – What is one thing you hope guests will enjoy and remember when they visit?

When visitors walk in, we want them to notice every aspect of Theodore Roosevelt life. With the plans that we have in place for truly exquisite replicas of Theodore’s reading room, fireplace, and other plans for renditions of his cabin, we hope to have visitors come through the doors and feel wowed.

Jenkins, commented the project has been going smoothly, “Working with the Roers team and JLG, the architects on the project, has been an amazingly satisfying partnership.”

Keep up to date on the progress of this project at https://roers.com/project/pulver-hall/

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10 Tips to Help Stay Healthy This Winter

10 ways to prevent getting sick this winter

Roers has a Wellness Committee which has come up with a top 10 list of simple yet effective ways to help employees stay healthy this winter during cold and flu season. We wanted to share this list as temperatures drop and cold and flu season approaches, to help minimize symptoms with everyone in the community.

  1. Get a flu vaccination. Check with your physician about getting a flu shot this year. The vaccination is available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies, so after getting the okay from your doctor, get the shot early in the season. Roers had a flu clinic this year in our office recently which many employees took advantage of.  Call your medical provider to get this scheduled.
  1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Every time you shake hands with someone, wash your hands afterward. Washing your hands prior to eating and touching your face is a crucial way to prevent the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria. We know that this has been the most used phrase in 2020 #washyourhands. 
  1. Avoid touching your eyes and mouth. Cold and flu germs can easily infect you through your eyes and mouth. If you must touch your face, wash your hands first. Common sense we know, but not always easy to remember, especially when we are trying to keep face coverings on most times. Have hand sanitizer at your desk, vehicle, and maybe in your pocket to always be prepared.
  1. Get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can compromise the immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. Aim for seven to nine hours each night. Put that social media down, turn off the tv, and get those Zzzz. 
  1. Work out. Not only is working out good for your cardiovascular system and weight management, staying fit boosts your immunity and helps you manage your stress levels, which is important for staying healthy in flu season. Working out doesn’t have to be going to a gym or doing hot yoga. Getting movement can be taking a loop around our office or walking your pet each morning.
  1. Keep hand sanitizer handy for those times when you don’t have access to soap and water. If you are out and about, keep a bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer in your bag or pocket to de-germ on the go. 
  1. Don’t bite your nails. Germs lurk underneath your nails and biting your nails is just another way you can become infected with the cold or flu virus. What a perfect time to break that bad habit!
  1. Avoid people who are already sick. If someone is coughing or sneezing, keep your distance. Likewise, if you are sick and contagious, take time to rest at home so you can get better and not spread germs to those you come in contact with. 
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Similar to working out, eating right can have benefits for not only your weight, but also your immune system. Get your vital daily nutrients from fruits and vegetables to keep your immunity strong. Stay away from the break room or donuts at breaks! Removing junk from your daily schedule helps keep you feeling better and you will be a leg up when we can finally go on sunny beach vacations again.
  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids – especially water – flushes toxins out of your system and keeps you healthy. If you do happen to get sick, staying well-hydrated is just as important for your recovery. Set yourself a goal and make sure you start early in the morning.
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Roers Safety Manager Receives Certification

Congratulations to Andrew St John, Roers Safety Manager!

Andrew St John, Roers Safety Manager, has completed all requirements for a Board Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certification. This highly respected certification of a Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST) is awarded by BCSP to individuals who meet eligibility and experience criteria in the safety, health and environment discipline and have passed a rigorous examination. Certificants must also recertify every five years to maintain certification, ensuring they remain knowledgeable in their practice.

Andrew joined Roers in 2017 with a safety background in general industry. “Switching to construction safety was a challenge so I set out to learn all I could, this path led me to the CHST certification. The CHST certification is the first step toward a goal I set in the beginning of my career at Roers.  Achieving this certification aligns with the core values of Roers, Opportunity, Respect, Expertise Experience, Community and Partnership. The CHST is an acknowledgment of Roers commitment to the Safety of all our employees,” commented St John.

Safety issues have become more complex and today’s safety professional must continually be better qualified. BCSP credential holders are among the most highly trained, educated and experiences individuals in the safety field. Earning the BCSP certification shows that Andrew has mastered the core competency required for professional safety practice.

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Nome Schoolhouse: Renovation Brings More Than Learning Back to the School

The Nome Schoolhouse in Nome, North Dakota is currently being renovated by two local business owners with a dream.  They saw the schoolhouse as the perfect opportunity to combine their businesses, educate others on their business lines and provide a building for the community to use for education, events and socializing.

Who is Behind the Renovation

Chris Ambrust and Teresa Perleberg are North Dakota business owners in a unique industry. Their story is interesting on how together their businesses could build great things.

Chris is the owner, Dakota Fiber Mill, the only full-service fiber processing mill in the Dakotas. Dakota Fiber Mill processes raw fiber (wool, alpaca, bison, goat etc) into yarn and roving. Teresa Perleberg is the owner of Bear Creek Felting. Teresa is a master in the art of needle felting. She has an online academy which offers members access to online tutorial courses instructing how to needle felt various pieces of art. She also raises a large herd of sheep for the wool to use in her kits and supplies which she sells online as well. 

Chris has been processing the wool for Teresa for over 10 years. Over that time, they became friends and two years ago collaborated on a wool needle felting cushion. The demand was extremely high and in the spring of 2018 a lightbulb went off for the business partners. Chris had an extra acreage not being used and her mill was busting at the seams. She knew she needed to expand her current building or build new. At that point Teresa’s daughter had just returned from college seeking to become a chef and open a catering business. That is when the lightbulb turned on! The idea was to build a facility that would house not only the mill but guest rooms, classrooms and event space as well as food and beverage. Teresa was on board and Hence Shepard Industries was born.

Renovation Inspiration

The idea of building new was tossed around but both Chris and Teresa love old buildings which brought them to the idea of renovating one of the forgotten and deteriorating schoolhouses in the area. They “schoolshopped” and fell in love with the Nome Schoolhouse! It was decommissioned fully in 1970, purchased and used mainly for storage. For the past 10 years however, it has been sitting empty.

The business partners prayed for guidance and support. They found out the budget they had originally planned on was much lower than what it was going to take to make their dream a reality. “We became very anxious on the cost, as we were trying to demo all the debris and rotted areas and coordinating engineers ourselves, not having a clue on all the engineering it was going to take before rebuilding started. So many people told us we were crazy and will never be able to finish the project and that we were in way over our heads. All these comments just fueled our fire of determination,” Chris stated.

In the Spring of 2019, the decision to continue or back out had to be made. “We ‘threw out our fleece’, so to say, in the form of a kick starter campaign which is similar to a Go Fund Me campaign but for start-up businesses. You come up with an amount you are going for and if you meet that goal you get the funds, if you don’t meet the goal you do not,” Chris explained. The campaign earned more than they had anticipated. In addition, a successful Nome Alumni helped cosign the loan. The project was moving forward!

Renovation on Phase 1

As they quickly discovered, Chris and Teresa needed help coordinating the renovations. They hired Roers as the Construction Management company for the project. “We have been so pleased with everyone at Roers!  It was such a relief to have them take over everything. A big relief as well was how the superintendent on site is handling the actual demo and rebuild. We are saving as much of everything in the school as we can and the crew has been amazing at going out of their way to save wood, doors, molding, etc.  We believe they have grown to love the school as much as we do. We couldn’t imagine having a better team onboard with us,” Chris remarked.

Phase one, the gymnasium is now complete. Wood salvaged from an area of the school that had collapsed and needed to be demoed is being used for a bar, shelving and covering support beams. The fire escape steps are being used to access a mezzanine added above the bar, catering kitchen and restroom area which were built.

Phase 2 Making Progress

Phase 2 of the renovation will include the rebuild of the back area of the school. The area will be expanded and include renovations of the existing classrooms and the addition of the guest rooms.

The Roers crew completed the footings of the addition, with walls to follow. The goal of Phase 2 is for the front of the school to mimic the original front of the building. As you enter the school from the front and walk up the stairs, holding the gorgeous wood railing that so many students have done so before, and step into the main hall, it will look exactly like it did in 1916 with classrooms to the left and right. You will not see the large addition behind the school to the east. “We cannot wait to hear the memories that will flood the minds of those past students,” commented Chris. 

What the Future Entails

The gym currently houses fiber arts classes as well as the offices for Hence Shepard Industries. Small events are being held and regular open hours for food and beverage to be enjoyed. 

The completed schoolhouse will house several entities. The schoolhouse itself is a 501c3 non-profit. Hence Shepard Industries will rent space from the school. The old barn, just steps from the back of the school, will house an education herd of fiber animals. A variety of sheep, alpacas, llamas, camel, goats, rabbits and more will be onsite for groups to be able to view and be educated on where natural fibers come from.  Visitors will be able to view the fiber from the goats which create cashmere sweaters. The sweaters can be purchased at Macy’s. The bottom floor of the addition houses the processing mill and packaging area for the products made onsite. 

The facilities will offer a variety of classes on fiber arts and crafts, as well as all-inclusive retreats, scrapbooking and wellness events, among others.  The event center will be used for conferences, weddings, reunions and so much more. Each of the 13 guest rooms will have a unique décor with private bath. The guests will be treated to amazing food utilizing local produce, farm fresh eggs and grass-fed beef from the Perleberg Ranch, fresh roasted coffee from Valley City and other local delicacies! An onsite retail store will be open daily with tours provided. 

The businesses partners have been humbled to have alumni return and tell their memories and stories of their years at the school. The Nome school was influential with teaching students in the past. Now all who visit the renovated school will have the opportunity to learn something new. The future is bright for the Nome Schoolhouse!

Follow the story of this historic building at https://nomeschoolhouse.com/. More construction updates continue to be updated on roers.com.

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Go & Explore The Western Edge

From nature and recreation to history and family fun, Dickinson and the surrounding areas have it covered!  
Explore Nature

If you are interested in hiking, trailing and sight seeing, the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a must. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park located near Medora, ND is open year-round with campgrounds available and dining nearby. The hiking trails will take you to another world where you can expect to see wildlife and natures beautiful garden. 

For a more relaxed approach, wildlife viewing is available from the comfort of your own vehicle. A wide variety of animals such as bison, mule and white-tailed deer, elk, longhorns, horses, prairie dogs, birds and snakes are exciting to see while in their natural habitat.  

Golf & More

The Heart River Golf Course located near Patterson Lake in Dickinson is a great way to get out with family or friends and enjoy the outdoors! With an 18-hole, 72 par layout and Lake Patterson as the view, you cannot go wrong! If golfing isn’t for you, you can still stop in for a delicious meal and a refreshing drink! 

Walk Through History with Dinosaurs

With triceratops skulls on display, fossils of bones and teeth, eggs and baby dinosaurs and hands-on science exhibits, Dickinson’s Badlands Dinosaur Museum is a place to explore and imagine. Exhibits offer background and research as well as the exploration process. Open year-round, Badlands Dinosaur Museum is open to seniors, adults and children. Want to take the whole family? Great news, groups of 10 or more may receive a discounted rate. 

Rest & Relaxation

Lake Sakakawea covering a wide area of north western and central North Dakota is a great day or weekend trip for fun with the whole family. With miles of shoreline there is opportunity to sun bathe, rock hunt, swim in the lake, shore fish and just explore! 

Take your boat, kayak or canoe and you’re able to explore the waves and find a fishing hole just right for you. Walleye, northern pike, catfish, bass and perch are just a few of the many fish you can expect to hook onto. At the end of the evening, pitch a tent, start a bonfire and cook up the catch of the day while you enjoy some rest and relaxation in nature.

Obviously, there are still social distancing measures which need to be practiced. Before taking off on your adventures around Dickinson, please visit the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau for current travel updates. https://www.visitdickinson.com/.

Roers is proud to be a part of the Dickinson community. We have an office, construction crews, manage properties and raise families there. Dickinson and the surrounding areas are filled with sights to see, places to go and people to see – get out there and explore and enjoy all the fun family options nearby!

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Career Opportunities at Roers

At Roers we work hard to Build Success. Roers is growing and with that comes much excitement including hiring new team members. Our construction crews currently have jobs going in progress in the Fargo-Moorhead, Dickinson and Bismarck areas and are searching for new team members to join our crews.  We know that there is a lot of talent out there but we don’t always wait for it to come to us. The Roers team takes a proactive approach in searching for team members with specialized skills in the construction industry as well as providing educational resources for students.

  • Roers partners with the Building Construction Technology (BCT) program at the North Dakota School of Science (NDSCS) in many programs.  Roers representatives are on campus throughout the school year visiting with students about opportunities with Roers.  We assist NDSCS in recruiting high school students to enroll in the BCT program at NDSCS.  Roers also attends career fairs and focuses on supporting continuing education in the trades.  Roers is a member of the BCT Advisory Board. 
  • Roers has a seat on the TrainND Advisory Board.  This group works with NDSCS to provide continuing education to employees, companies and the general public, mainly focused in trades and technical studies. 
  • Roers is a member of the Fargo/West Fargo Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Construction Advisory Board.  This group works to provide education and information to high school students regarding career options in the trades and technical fields. 
  • Roers is a founding member of the Herdina Trades Camp (facilitated by the Home Builders Association HBA) each summer.  It is a two week camp offering high school students an opportunity to experience many trades within a short time frame. 
  • Roers representative help students get prepared for the working world as they participate in mock interviewing, resume writing and class presentations at M State, MSUM, NDSCS and local high schools throughout the year.

So why choose to work on the construction team at Roers? As an employee of Roers Companies, you are part of a family legacy spanning over years of building success and tradition. Each team members contributions have an impact on the project they are working on. Our construction crews work year round while other construction companies may lay off in the winter so there is peace of mind of having employment throughout the year. The variety of work Roers performs is a benefit to our employees by providing an opportunity for our employees to cross-train and grow within the team providing a win-win situation for all.  This variety also lends to employees working with a variety of supervisors, team members, subcontractors and building relationships.

We encourage those who are interested in finding out about the Opportunities at Roers and who believe that all possibilities are endless, visit the listings of available positions at  https://roers.hireclick.com/jobboard/jobboard.aspx.

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Maximizing Workplace Safety

At Roers, the bare minimum is never enough and that is how we treat safety as well.  Our safety program is more than just words in a manual, it is how we do business. Safety is engrained in our core values and it is how we work. Roers stands out in the construction industry because we go above and beyond OSHA requirements, we strive for an injury free work environment. Roers is a strong believer in OSHA’s Mission: To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Safety is supported by all in our company from our CEO down to our newest employee. Roers has three safety committees that work with each company entity to help guide our safety program.

When you see a Roers job site you will notice our team members have all the safety PPE on. We choose our subcontractor carefully as well to ensure they respect and abide by our safety practices. Working together is how everyone stays safe. Andrew St. John, is the Safety Manager at Roers. Andrew’s main responsibility is to ensure team members have a safe work environment and that they work safe.  Andrew is a certified CPR first-aid trainer and Certified Equipment trainer. He also conducts an annual safety training. Andrew performs job site inspections on a regular basis and works with the Bismarck State College OSHA consult program to insure Roers is compliant with OSHA regulations. He also manages workman’s compensation claims, in the unfortunate event that is needed, and helps coordinate our involvement in the WSI safety management system.

Andrew commented, “I enjoy getting to work closely with everyone in the company to help get them home the same way they came to work. I love helping people avoid injuries and I love being part of the Roers family!” Maximizing every opportunity to ensure safety procedures are followed whether on the job site, at a property or in the office setting is something you can expect when working with Roers.

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A Warm Welcome at the Roers Office

Customer service is extremely important at Roers and we are lucky to have found wonderful employees that believe in that too. An example of this is when you call or stop into the Roers office in Fargo or Dickinson. Visitors are greeted with a warm, friendly Roers welcome either on the other end of the phone or a smile waiting for you when you walk in the front door.  The two people that most likely are greeting you are April and Sammy.  

We wanted to share more about them so you can see who is behind that warm welcome. Here’s a little bit oinside information about April and Sammy and their experiences at Roers 

April: 

How long have you worked at Roers? Two years 

What is your favorite duty/responsibility that you do at Roers? My favorite responsibility is showing up for work because I know something new will happen every day and the anticipation is exciting.   

What do you enjoy most about interacting with visitors at the office or talking to customers on the phone and what you enjoy about that? I enjoy being able to talk to people on the phone. Most of the calls I take are construction related whether its payment questions or transferring them to someone else.  

The part I most enjoy is when I get to learn something new from someone who has called in about supplies. They sometimes will laugh with me as I may not know exactly what they are referring to since I don’t know all of the construction supplies jargon, but by the end of the call we are both usually laughing and have taken care of who needs to know what for the supplies. Just makes your day better when you can make someone laugh! 

What Roers event do you enjoy the most and why? The Roers Christmas Party is my favorite part. I get to hangout with people from every entity and even people I communicate with daily but don’t necessarily get to see. Also, I like being able to have the opportunity to meet the new people on the team. 

What core value(s) stands out to you the most and why? Respect & opportunity. At Roers I have never encountered anyone that doesn’t respect others. The opportunities are endless, you just need to voice that you want them.  

 

Sammy: 

How long have you worked at Roers? I have been at Roers for 2 ½ years. There is never a dull moment working here, every day is something new.  

What is your favorite duty/responsibility that you do at Roers?  Every day is something new whether it comes to assisting with the construction or residential team or just simply helping someone at the office. Every day is like a new and crazy adventure, but if I have to choose my favorite duty, or responsibility it would be just coming to work. When I have to be away from the office unexpectedly and when I return I feel valued, because people bring projects to me right away that need to get done, or it could just be a simple question of, “Do you know where this is?”  

Interacting with customers, or vendors is such a fun experience, because it always brings on a new challenge, like the time we took over a new management of an apartment building. I always do my best to accommodate the needs of our clients, even if I cannot help, I make I can get them in touch with someone who can. Building a relationship is my main key, whether it is bankers, tenants or subcontractors. My favorite part is when people come in and go, “Well, hello Sammy! How are you?” or “It is so nice to finally meet the voice of Roers.” To me that is earning their trust and having their trust in me.  

What Roers event do you enjoy the most and whyI absolutely love the Christmas party! That is when everyone can get together and just have fun! 

What core value(s) stands out to you the most and why Experience to me as a voice and face of Roers. I feel that it is my job to give that excellent experience in customer service. For example, I like to learn the construction subcontractors first names. When they call or walk in the front doorI always try to greet them by their name and when I do that they feel welcomed.  Respect is building a relationship where subcontractors, vendors and tenants value the experience they’ve had and look forward to their next interaction.  

April and Sammy look forward to visiting with you soon the next time you call or stop into a Roers office. We know the customer service you will be delighted with the customer service you receive.

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U of Mary

Construction workers at the University of Mary put away the hard hats and put a halt to all the construction for one hour today to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new residence hall at the center of campus.

Students, faculty, staff and honored guests officially marked the opening of the all-female, 276-bed residence hall with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, the unveiling of its new name, Roers Hall (pronounced Roars), and tours of the facility. Roers Hall is just steps east of Welder library tucked between two other residence halls, Greg Butler Hall and Hillside Hall, forming a neatly nestled quad that fosters more interaction among students.

“We are extremely grateful to the Roers family. Their faithfulness and devotion to Catholic higher education and their love for our students and the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation Monastery, founders and sponsors of the University of Mary, is an inspiration to us all,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Over the years Roers has expanded west from their home in Fargo, so they understand first-hand the growth we are experiencing in North Dakota, particularly in Bismarck and on our campus…”

 

Read the full article here: http://news.umary.edu/university-of-mary-officially-opens-new-residence-hall-with-ribbon-cutting-and-naming-ceremony/