Opening of Proton Therapy Center approaching for Cincinnati Children’s and UC Health
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and UC Health are on track to begin seeing patients at their new Proton Therapy Center as early as late summer – months ahead of schedule – thanks to construction efficiencies. Construction of the facility, which is located on CCHMC’s Liberty Campus, is being led by Messer and Linbeck Group. According to Proton Therapy Center Executive Director Dr. Abram Gordon, the accelerated time table “reflects efficiencies gained in the installation process as a result of the construction team’s growing experience with technology.” Proton Therapy is a precise form of radiation therapy used to treat cancer that does not damage surrounding tissue and has fewer side effects. The treatment is of particular benefit to pediatric patients, however the facility will treat both adults and children. The Proton Therapy Center will feature three bays, or “gantries,” where treatment is administered – one for children, one for adults and one for research. It will be the only proton beam facility in the nation to have a gantry used exclusively for research. There are currently only 17 operating proton therapy centers in the country, with 10 more under development, meaning the Liberty Township facility figures to serve as a destination for patients from around the world. Read more about the facility, the uniqueness of its construction and how it will strengthen the fight against cancer. Proton therapy center to open ahead of schedule (via Cincinnati Business Courier)
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$25k Messer grant fuels renovation project for Nashville organization
The Messer Construction Co. Foundation recently presented a $25,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBS Middle Tennessee), an organization that strives to provide children facing adversity with enduring and professionally supported relationships that change their lives for the better. BBBS Middle Tennessee plans to use the funding to renovate its current office space into a multiuse meeting room – The Messer Mentoring Center – which will allow for onsite training and activities for children, parents, and mentors. “Several of our Nashville employees have already invested their time and energy to give back to this important community resource, and we are thrilled to join them as a company to support the organization’s efforts with this grant,” said Tom Lampe, Messer Construction Co. vice president and Nashville region leader. “We are proud to be able to provide the funds needed for the Messer Mentoring Center, as it is important infrastructure to the organization’s overall efforts.” The grant was sponsored by Messer Senior Project Executive Chris Steigerwald, who has served as a big brother and is a member of the organization’s board of directors. He will also provide consulting during planning for the renovation project. “This organization has done incredible things for the Middle Tennessee community,” Steigerwald said. “I am very excited to watch as it continues to expand its current facility to better meet the needs of the children here.” In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and see the list of organizations that have received a $25,000 grant.
Messer pledges $25,000 to Redwood for specialized playground equipment
The Messer Construction Co. Foundation recently presented a $25,000 grant to Redwood, a Northern Kentucky organization that provides enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services to children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities, helping them achieve independence and reach their highest potential throughout life. “At Messer, we’re committed to building better lives for our customers, communities and employees,” said Messer Vice President and Cincinnati region leader Steve Eder. “We’re pleased to present this grant to help further Redwood’s mission. “Growth is a central to everything we do at Messer – growing our employees, growing our community – but few places can enact growth more meaningfully than Redwood. When they told us about their needs and how they aligned with their mission, it resonated with everyone in our room. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more proud to assist an organization that impacts growth and education the way Redwood does.” Redwood will use the grant money to help fund the replacement of its aging specialized playground equipment with a new coated-steel fabricated play system. The improvements aim to provide a safe, accessible and engaging play environment for the roughly 100 children it serves, ages 4-16, with and without disabilities. Renovations have already started and are slated for completion in October. “The children and I are so excited for the renovation of our specialized playground,” said Redwood’s Director of Educational Care, Katrina Proud. “The playground is more than just a fun area for the children. It teaches the children to socialize appropriately in large and small settings while balancing their flow of energy to be more productive in the classroom. Plus, the extra sunshine truly puts smiles on their faces." Messer Human Resources Vice President Karen Pawsat, who has been involved with Redwood for six years and serves on its board, sponsored the organization for Messer’s grant. “I couldn’t be happier to see Messer and Redwood come together,” Pawsat said. “Messer builds amazing buildings, and Redwood builds amazing lives. “After six years of working with Redwood, I still marvel at how real their mission is and the level at which it is brought to life. These improvements will go a long way in furthering that impact.” The new, barrier-free playground will include a large, elevated play structure accessible by ramps, transfer systems and stairs, as well as ground-level equipment like swings, an easy-rocker see-saw style rider, rocking bridge, “drop shot” and activity panels. The project is designed with the growth and development of children with all types/degrees of disabilities in mind, aiming specifically at their cognitive, social and sensory-motor skills. Redwood offers the most comprehensive range of disability services in Greater Cincinnati. Last year, it served more than 800 adults and children with severe and multiple disabilities via more than 450,000 hours of service. It provides a wide range of innovative programs and services aimed to address needs, close service gaps, promote independence through technology, and help those who have no other opportunities available to them. Its programs include educational care, prescribed pediatric extended care, therapeutic intervention, adult day supports and vocational supports. In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation.
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Butler County organization receives $25k grant from Messer Foundation
The Messer Construction Co. Foundation presented a $25,000 grant recently to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County (BBBS Butler Co.), an organization that strives to help children reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring and promoting a culture of transparency and governance. BBBS Butler Co. plans to use the funding to expand the technological resources at its Hamilton, Ohio, facility. “At Messer, we’re committed to building better lives for our customers, communities and employees,” said Messer Vice President and Dayton region leader Kevin Cozart, “so we’re pleased to present this grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County to help expand their resources and capacity. The team at BBBSBC does phenomenal work and impacts the lives of countless young people throughout Butler County. “We hope this grant can provide the assistance they need to extend that impact even further.” The grant was sponsored by Messer Senior Project Executive Matt Schnelle, who has worked with BBBS Butler Co. since mid-2014. Schnelle said that over his time with the organization, he’s seen first-hand the impact it has on young lives. “It’s been a lot of fun to spend time around these kids and watch them grow,” he said. “These are young, impressionable people in need of guidance in different areas of life, so it’s been outstanding to help steer them toward their potential.” “I make my living at Messer, but a great deal of my time and effort also goes here (to BBBS Butler Co.). So, it’s been fun seeing the two come together for the common cause of changing the lives of local young people.” In only its 11th year of existence, the Messer Foundation this year donated its 900,000th dollar to community organizations from across the company’s nine regions of operation.
Student Center addition planned at Miami University
Miami University is planning a $23 million addition to its Armstrong Student Center that will put students’ futures at the top of their priority list. The project, which will be led by Messer, will convert and connect Culler Hall, an old academic building, to the current Armstrong Student Center. The additional space will feature a new career services location, along with a gaming and food stop, coffee shop, retail shops and more space for student organizations. The project, which is still in the planning stages, is slated for completion in 2017. Read More (via Dayton Daily News): Miami U preps for $23M addition to student center
Messer to perform $24M NASIC expansion in Dayton
The U.S. Department of Defense recently chose Messer to perform a $24.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s (NASIC) Foreign Materials Exploitation Laboratory in Dayton. The 58,000-square-foot expansion, which is slated for completion in 2017, will double the size of the current lab. The Foreign Materials Exploitation Laboratory reverse engineers an adversary’s air, space and cyberspace technology to determine how it works. The facility is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, at which Messer has been building since the 1930s. Read More (via the Dayton Daily News): $24M contract awarded for major NASIC expansion