Building project 'Next to flawless'
Many thought it couldn’t be done, but Brad and Sharleen Riemenschneider never doubted the abilities of Southwest Nebraska contractors. From the dirt work that began on July 9th, to the “completion” date of December 20, just 165 short days later and approximately four months ahead of schedule, the Edward Jones office of Sharleen Riemenschneider went from an empty lot to the beautiful 2,000 square foot structure it is today. There are still a few small items to complete; some wiring for more technology and the landscaping outside; but Sharleen and her staff have settled into their new digs comfortably.
Brad and Sharleen put a lot of thought into the space. They had a vision for a building that would serve the needs of Sharleen’s clients well into the future. They give a lot of credit to McCook’s Michele Weimer of MW Drafting for taking that vision and putting it on paper. Edward Jones requires that final approval of the drawings come from their corporate architects, so they provided the final stamped construction documents.
Brad took on the duties as general contractor, giving the Riemenschneiders the freedom to choose their own sub-contractors. That was key, because it allowed them to choose the contractors who they have a business relationship with. “With very few exceptions, our contractors had a partnership with us. Either they were Brad’s clients or my clients.” Sharleen said. “ I think that’s what makes this small community so unique; that we were able to get this accomplished because of the partnerships that we have and the relationships that we’ve built. Everybody worked together.”
TK Ventures of Trenton tore down the house that was originally on the lot and did the dirt work to prepare the site for concrete. Gerih Concrete began pouring concrete in July. CTE Construction began “putting up stick”, according to Brad, on August 6th. Ravenswood Electric was described as “unbelievable rock stars” because they made several recommendations that will allow for changes in technology into the future. Plumbing, heating and air conditioning was installed by Volz.
The mechanics of the building utilized “cowboy redneck knowledge”, according to Brad. Most of the plumbing and wiring runs above the dropped ceiling, so if there are ever issues, a ceiling panel can just be popped out and the repair made without tearing into walls or the concrete slab.
Finishing work was done by Bill Matson Drywall (sheet rocking), H&H installation (flooring), Amax of Kearney (dropped ceilings), and Kamtz Custom Cabinetry from Loveland, CO (cabinets). Brad and Otto Weigel did all of the painting and staining of walls, woodwork, and window trim. They also had help from the Riemenschneider’s ten-year-old son, Grady.
Sharleen described the building process as “next to flawless, with very few challenges.” She said they had several reasons for making the move from their old location at 109 West D Street, which was the first Edward Jones office in McCook founded by Les VanVoorhis. “We wanted to make an economic impact in the community that has given so much to us and to our family.” She went on to explain that she and Brad were also looking for a way to diversify their portfolio, and she felt that the office building was a sound investment that could provide a stream of income into the future. She also wanted to make it more convenient for her older clientele, so the handicapped accessible building has no stairs and a large vestibule that allows clients easy access.
She also explained that Edward Jones policy, with a few exceptions, requires that partners do not stay in the same office space for more than two years, mostly for compliance reasons. In July, 2017 Sharleen brought on a partner, Stacy Priebe, and he will remain in the 109 West D location serving Edward Jones clientele.