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New Climate Controlled Self-Storage Facility Breaks Ground in Goose Creek, SC

For those needing additional space for their valuables, Miller-Valentine Group has announced the commencement of a 2nd climate-controlled self-storage facility in Goose Creek, SC.  Teaming up once again with Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic, based in Charleston, SC, the new facility will be conveniently located at the intersection of North Rhett Ave and Red Bank Rd. The three-story 90,000 SF building offers climate-controlled storage units, ranging in size from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’, which is a must-have if you plan to store items during hot and humid months in South Carolina.  The property will be open to the public in fall of 2018. “Our modern Goose Creek self-storage building strives to provide its customers with a storage experience they won’t find anywhere else based on the quality of the units, security features, and convenient location”, said Steve Koewler, President of Miller-Valentine Group. Construction is well underway on Persimmon Hill, a three-story 90,000 SF climate-controlled self-storage facility, also with a completion date of fall 2018. Extra Space Storage will oversee lease-up and property management for both properties. For more information call Steve Koewler at Miller-Valentine Group 843.766.3800.

Congratulations to Recently Promoted Superintendents!

Miller-Valentine Construction congratulates Scott Smith and Kevin Kiger who have recently been promoted to Superintendent.  Their work ethic and ability to take on increasing responsibility have proven them to be leaders that our project teams and clients request.  Combined, Scott and Kevin bring over 30 years’ experience to every project they are assigned! Scott Smith (pictured left) joined our field crew in 2001 and quickly began overseeing interior fit-up projects.  Scott has worked on numerous tenant improvement projects, including work for Ball Aerospace, Southview Sleep Lab, Enerfab, Indian Hill Church, General Atomics, Renal Physicians and the University of Dayton.  Scott has also completed renovation projects at Lincoln Park Manor and One Lincoln Park. Kevin Kiger (pictured right) joined the Miller-Valentine Construction team in 2003 as a part of the field crew.  His talents were quickly recognized as a perfect fit for both new construction and remodel projects.  Kevin has also been our “go-to” guy for work at One Lincoln Park completing a fire alarm upgrade, as well as remodels of their dining room, lobby, and apartments.  His client list includes Akers Packaging, NuVasive, Bosch, St. Elizabeth Neurology, Unison, Cincinnati Country Day School and Eurostampa.  Kevin has traveled with our clients to complete (more)

Project Updates – Climate Controlled Self-Storage Facilities

Construction on Persimmon Hill, a three-story 90,000 SF climate controlled self-storage facility located in Goose Creek, SC is well underway.  Clearing of the site, first-floor interior framing, metal stairs, and fire sprinkler piping are complete on the first-floor. In addition, the first-floor electrical rough-in has commenced, placing this project on schedule for a first quarter 2018 finish.  In the coming weeks, the metal framing will be installed and the building will be dried in, followed by exterior finishes. The hallway fire sprinkler system, as well as the electrical and mechanical systems on the second and third floors, will commence within the next month. Meanwhile, construction on Sumner Ave., a three-story 90,000 SF climate controlled self-storage facility located in North Charleston, SC is in the early stages of the project. Clearing of the site has begun and will continue in preparing the site for the building pad.  In the coming weeks, the foundations will be constructed for the elevator shaft and stair tower, slab on grade will be poured. Project completion is scheduled for third quarter 2018. Miller-Valentine Group and Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic have teamed up to develop these new, high-quality, climate controlled self-storage facilities, greatly needed by both residents and (more)

The Voices of Miller-Valentine Group

Recently we have shared a few of the faces of Miller-Valentine Group, from newly hired to long-term Associates sharing their background and experiences. But just as important are the voices of Miller-Valentine Group — the first person you speak with when you call our office.  We recognize that impressions and opinions of a business are developed by the person who first interacts with a client.  At Miller-Valentine Group, this interaction will always be with a live person, and not an Auto Attendant.  It’s a simple solution to avoid the frustration many experience when listening to instructions of a recorded voice, asking the caller to enter an extension or the first three letters of the last name. In keeping with our highest priority of providing the utmost level of customer service, all calls into our offices are greeted with friendly, capable, knowledgeable Associates ready to direct your call to the appropriate person or department to provide the information needed. Three primary individuals from Miller-Valentine are responsible to handle incoming calls; in addition to many Associates who are trained to step in when the need arises. Meet the Voices of Miller-Valentine Group: Q&A with Lois Smith (pictured above, bottom left) – 20 (more)

Beckett Farms – Luxury Apartment Community Now Open

Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to announce the grand opening of Beckett Farms, a new 280-unit apartment community in Fort Mill, SC. Beckett Farms features luxury apartments and modern resident amenities designed with a farmhouse chic aesthetic in a park-like setting convenient to local employers, retail, and restaurants. A grand opening for the community is planned for Thursday, September 7 and is open to the public. “With Beckett Farms, we wanted to combine all the perks of modern apartment living with a prime location in Fort Mill surrounded by a creek and wooded areas,” said Charles Rulick, vice president of multifamily development for Miller-Valentine Group. “We couldn’t be happier with the finished product and can’t wait to share the results with our future residents.” With monthly rents ranging from $1,040 to $1,655, Beckett Farms’ one-, two- and three-bedroom units contain upgraded wood-style flooring, farmhouse-inspired fixtures and lighting, and washers and dryers. The gourmet-style kitchens feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, free standing islands and tiled backsplashes. All units include covered outdoor balconies, and private garage spaces are available on a limited basis. The pool courtyard includes a salt water/mineral pool with sun shelves, private covered outdoor cabanas, palm trees, lounge chairs, (more)

Cox Media Group Ohio: Building for the Future

Looking Back, Building Forward Ten years ago, Cox Media Group (then Cox Ohio Publishing) moved into its newly transformed facility on South Main Street in Dayton, OH.  Miller-Valentine Construction completed their new facility, a ground-up renovation of the 1955 NCR warehouse building. A 239,000-square-foot leading-edge media hub was created, featuring an “open landscape” work environment for the 700 employees, who took an active part in planning the $11 million renovation. The building’s concept and execution were revolutionary. It served as not only the headquarters for Dayton Daily News but also 10 other Ohio community newspapers and more than a dozen Web sites. In addition, webcasts and the nightly WHIO-TV newscasts were broadcast from a studio in the Center’s newsroom. Today, Cox has grown to have 23 brands located in the building. In addition to the Dayton Daily News, the business that started Cox Enterprises, the organization’s largest brands are WHIO-TV Channel 7, the highest-rated per capita CBS station in the country, and Dayton’s number one radio station—K99.1FM. According to Rob Rohr, Cox Media Group Ohio Market Vice President, “All of these brands are supported by our talented employees—it is their passion that drives us forward every day.” The Rise of (more)

Project Update: Digestive Specialists – Shull Road Location

19 weeks into construction, Digestive Specialists new Shull Road location is coming along, with the roofing now complete and the exterior of the building ready for masonry.  Exterior features for this medical office facility will include three different types of masonry:  brick, smooth stone veneer, and rough stone veneer.  The exterior will also feature EIFS bands and aluminum metal panels. Meanwhile, progress continues inside the building, with framing, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical rough-ins underway. For more information about this project, contact Dave Settles at 37.297-9353.

Vacancy Rate in the Dayton Industrial Market Continues to Decline

The vacancy rate in the Dayton market continues to remain low at 11.4%. The result has been less flexibility from property owners, meaning higher lease rates and longer lease terms. Industrial users have found it increasingly difficult to find viable properties with favorable terms. Much of the remaining inventory lacks required features, is located in challenging areas or requires extensive tenant improvements. As predicted in the last year’s survey, the decline in industrial vacancy has finally generated some speculative building, and multiple projects are in the planning stage. The projects include bulk warehouse buildings ranging in size from 250,000 SF to over 500,000 SF primarily in the North market near the airport where Procter & Gamble and Spectrum Brand are located. This location, with its access to I-70 and I-75, readily available land and in some cases tax abatement, continues to draw attention from developers new to our market.  We see no reason why at least one of these projects won’t get started within the next 6-12 months. Additionally, we believe owners of existing facilities will be making improvements to their inventory and buyers of older product will be providing necessary upgrades to make their facilities more appealing to users. (more)

Elementary School Children Head Back to School with New School Supplies

To kick off the new school year, Miller-Valentine Group Associates in both the Dayton and Cincinnati offices came together recently to pack a total of 300 school bags for underprivileged elementary school children in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. This is the 3rd year that Miller-Valentine Group co-sponsored this community service event with Caring Partners International (CPI). CPI is a non-profit organization that not only sends medical supplies and volunteer care teams on medical mission trips around the world, they also successfully created and launched a care program focused on southwest Ohio which provides healthcare supplies and personal hygiene products to the neediest in those communities. CPI works to equip local organizations (churches, drop-in centers, halfway houses, food banks) in meeting community needs. Of the 300 backpacks, 220 were provided to CPI’s network. This year, Miller-Valentine also provided 80 backpacks to elementary school age children at three of their Property Management’s affordable housing communities: Summit Pointe in Lawrenceburg, IN, Residences at Eagles Point in Eaton, Ohio and Mallard Glen in Amelia, OH. Miller-Valentine Group purchased 300 backpacks and classroom necessities, and Miller-Valentine business partners joined the effort by providing additional items to fill the bags: Staples (office supply vendor) donated school supplies (more)

Wheelhouse Lofts – Inside Peek

The 70,000 SF renovation of Wheelhouse Lofts is now complete, and tenants are beginning to move into this 150-year-old historic building, located on the east side of Dayton’s Oregon District. Once an automobile assembly plant, Miller-Valentine was the Construction Manager for this project, overseeing the conversion of this building into 40 market-rate apartments, 7 of which are currently occupied.  Plans for the first floor include space for retail/restaurant/professional office space tenants, including the Troll Pub. Many of the original features of the building have been retained, including the original windows on the first floor, original bead board ceilings, and interior masonry. For more information about this historic renovation project, contact Denny Whitehead at 937.293.0900 For additional information on leasing space, contact: Residential: Wheelhouse Lofts at 502.515.2489 Commercial: Miller-Valentine Group Realty Services at 937.293.0900

Understanding Leasing Options for Commercial Spaces

What to know before you sign: Understanding leasing options for commercial spaces Looking to lease commercial space? There are several lease options available on the commercial market—and none of them are created equal.  Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you understand what you are signing. “The building you lease should help you run your business more efficiently or profitably,” says Miller- Valentine broker Steve Ireland. “To ensure those goals are met, tenants need to understand different leasing options and how to determine the best fit for their business.” Three primary leasing options Most commercial lease structures fall into three categories: triple net (also known as NNN), full service, and modified gross. Triple-net leases tend to be more prevalent with retail and industrial businesses. With a triple-net lease, the tenant is responsible for paying property taxes, insurance, and operating expenses (the three “nets” in triple net). Single-net and double-net leases are also common, in which tenants pay for only one or two of the nets. In multi-tenant buildings, tenants typically pay a portion of these expenses based on the amount of square footage they occupy. With a triple-net agreement, expenses may fluctuate throughout the year, which can make (more)

Eliminate Surprises — Four Ways Communication can be Your Key to Project Success

Unless it involves closing out under budget or ahead of schedule, no one likes surprises on a construction project. For a project to run smoothly, meticulous planning, lining up the right team and the right resources, and good communication is imperative. These four tips could make your next project run more smoothly and even save you money. 1. Communication should begin early Bringing the contractor to the table before design gets underway always adds value to a project. As a team, the contractor and architect can pool their experience and insight to set realistic budgets and schedules based on the owner’s goals. Early dialogue also enables the contractor to identify and resolve potential issues that could impact the project during construction. Listening to owners from the outset is also key to good communication. “We make it a priority to define our customers’ expectations for how we communicate before every project gets underway,” says Dave Settles, Vice President of Account Management at Miller-Valentine Group. “That way we can tailor how we share information to meet their needs and preferences.” 2.  Communication should be frequent It’s common sense that good communication is essential to avoid surprises. But project teams need to have (more)

Construction Update on Speculative Industrial Building

Construction on Midway Logistics II, a 200,000 SF speculative industrial building located on ten acres of land in the Lexington County Industrial Park in Lexington, SC is well underway.  Walls, structural steel, and the roofing are complete, placing this project on schedule for an October finish.  In the coming weeks, the electrical work and fire sprinklers will be installed on the interior, while windows are installed and the exterior paint is applied. For more information about this project, contact Kevin Werner at 803.798.3800. Via Linked In  Kevin Werner

Welcome CT Consultants to Downtown Dayton

Welcome CT Consultants to downtown Dayton —  Miller-Valentine Group Associates welcome you to the Barclay Building.  We’re glad Steve Ireland from our Realty Services team created an opportunity for you to grow your business within the Barclay Building. Best wishes for your continued success. Consulting firm moving to downtown Dayton  

Beckett Farms – Nearing Completion of First Units!

We are less than 30 days from the grand opening of Beckett Farms, an upscale apartment community in Fort Mill, South Carolina.  Beckett Farms will offer 280 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments, including carriage units with garages underneath. Upgraded wood-style flooring, farmhouse-inspired fixtures, and lighting, as well as washers and dryers, are standard in all apartment homes.  Gourmet-style kitchens will feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, free standing islands and tiled backsplashes. Visit Beckett Farms Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/beckettfarmsfortmill/ for event details to be announced soon. For more information about this community, visit:  Beckett Farms

Are You Curious about the Dayton Arcade Project?

The Professional Development Committee of the Dayton Racquet Club has announced the next event in their Downtown Development Series. On August 24th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., the Dayton Arcade will be the topic of discussion. Members of Miller-Valentine Group’s project team, along with organizations who have committed to be a part of this exciting revitalization project, will be on hand to discuss the project and answer questions. No projector, no formal presentation – just an opportunity for real conversation! The event will be held at the Racquet Club, located in the Kettering Tower. For additional information, visit The Racquet Club Facebook page, or contact Jocelin Dean. To purchase tickets, Click Here

Welcome Jetpack to Downtown Dayton!

Welcome Eric Ditmer and Anthony Wartinger, Owners of Jetpack to Downtown Dayton! They recently worked with Steve Ireland from our Realty Services team and quickly identified the perfect location to grow their business. Miller-Valentine Group appreciates the quality service and expertise you have provided on the many projects you have completed for us, and we look forward to collaborating on the redesign of our website. Best wishes for your continued success. https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/07/26/downtown-dayton-building-getting-2-new-tenants.html

At Home — Construction Update

Progress is moving along rapidly on the new 100,000 SF retail facility for At Home, the home décor superstore, located at 1160 Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.  After just 15 weeks, all exterior walls and structural steel joists are 100% in place. Construction is currently tracking on schedule for the projected store opening of October 3, 2017, despite the project site enduring 11 days of rainy weather. Read more about this project: bit.ly/MillerValentineAtHome

Structural Steel Complete for Digestive Specialists’ New Sugarcreek Township Location

The final beam has been set at Dr. Jit’s future Digestive Specialists medical office building located on Clyo Road in Sugarcreek Township.  With the structural steel complete, the next phase of the work is to install the roof decking, exterior walls, and roofing. Having the building “dried-in” is always a great milestone to achieve.  This will allow us to proceed with the interior mechanical work and finishes.  The project is on schedule for a January completion.

Market Street Lofts in East Liverpool, Ohio to Open in October

Miller-Valentine Group and East Liverpool Community Partnership for Revitalization (ELCPR) are proud to announce the development of their newest apartment community, Market Street Lofts, located at 419 Market Street, East Liverpool, Ohio. Market Street Lofts is now accepting applications and plans to open its doors in October 2017.  This beautiful, brand new community of one and two bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet friendly community, future residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in an upscale home, at affordable rental rates: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, and a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer. Market Street Lofts will offer several other amenities which separate them from their local competition; common space which includes a business center, media room, and fitness center; as well as a large multipurpose room with a kitchen/dining area where residents can enjoy the companionship of friends and family.  In addition, the building is smoke-free and environmentally friendly. Unlike other apartment communities, Market Street Lofts has a personal attention, exceptional move-in, and maintenance response commitment that are made to (more)

Don’t Lose Your Cool — Avoid Heat Stress, Know the Symptoms

Working outdoors in the heat of summer is part and parcel of the construction industry. Heat and humidity combined with the internal heat generated by physical labor can lead to serious illness and, in extreme cases, fatalities. But heat-related illnesses are preventable. Work or play, be prepared for the hot weather and know what to do if you or someone you are with shows signs of suffering the adverse effects of overexposure to the elements needs to be in everyone’s toolbox. What is heat stress? Basically, it is your body’s failure to cool itself. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is not able to lose enough heat to balance the heat generated by physical work and external heat sources.” The heart pumps faster, blood is diverted from internal organs to the skin, breathing rate and sweating increases. When the body’s defense mechanisms fail, a person can suffer any of a number of maladies. “Heat-related issues can range from a heat rash or sunburn up to their most serious forms—heat exhaustion, primarily caused by dehydration, and heat stroke, which can be fatal,” says Miller-Valentine Group Safety Director Bill Burke, ASP, OHST, SGE. “It (more)

Cincinnati Food Drive

Miller-Valentine Group Associates in Cincinnati held their annual food drive to benefit the Mason Food Pantry.  In addition to pantry items, a cash donation of $240.00 was contributed to the organization. We proudly support local and national organizations that provide much-needed services throughout the community. The Food Drive was organized by our Helping Hands Committee, which provides opportunities for Miller-Valentine Associates to actively engage in community service.

New Climate Controlled Self-Storage Facility Breaks Ground

Miller-Valentine Group and Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic have teamed up to develop a new climate controlled self-storage facility conveniently located in North Charleston, South Carolina at the intersection of North Rhett Ave and Sumner Ave. The three-story 90,000 SF building features units that range in size from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’, commercial-grade climate control systems, and state-of-the-art security systems. “This project provides new secure high-quality climate-controlled self-storage that local residents and businesses need in North Charleston”, said Steve Koewler, President of Miller-Valentine Group. Construction recently commenced and the property will be open to the public in late summer of 2018. Extra Space Storage will oversee lease-up and property management. For more information call Steve Koewler at Miller-Valentine Group 843.766.3800.

Reserve at Quebec – Coming Soon

Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce that Reserve at Quebec, their newest affordable apartment community, will open its doors very soon. Reserve at Quebec located at 6655 Calgary Lane, will be welcoming residents in late September 2017.  This beautiful, brand new community of one, two and three bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet friendly community, future residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in an upscale home, at an affordable price: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, and a laundry room which includes full-size washer/dryer connections and extra storage. Reserve at Quebec will also feature a community clubhouse that boasts a business center, media room, and fitness center; as well as outdoor amenities including a swimming pool, picnic area and dog park where residents can enjoy the companionship of friends and family.  The professional onsite management and maintenance staff provide residents with superior service, allowing them to live comfortably. Reserve at Quebec is located near a variety of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, including a movie theater! The community is also part of the Lake Worth Independent (more)

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