Open House – The Lofts at Roberts Apartments

Miller-Valentine Group is excited to offer a look into The Lofts at Roberts, a newly renovated apartment community built exclusively for adults 55 and over.  The open house will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at The Lofts at Roberts located at 420 South High Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the former Roberts Hotel, which was recently transformed into 83 one and two bedroom apartment homes designed to serve adults 55 and over, who desire high-quality affordable rental housing. This pet-friendly community features amenities you would expect to find in a luxury community at affordable rental rates: spacious floor plans; walk-in closets; a gourmet kitchen with energy-efficient design and appliances, as well as an island with a breakfast bar; oversized bathrooms; central air conditioning; and convenient elevator access. The Lofts at Roberts offers several other amenities which separate them from their local competition; a grand multipurpose room with kitchen and dining area for entertainment functions and events; a fitness center, allowing residents to maintain an active lifestyle; as well as a media room, and business center.  Topping it all off, the professional on-site management and maintenance staff (more)

Tips to Make the Commercial Construction Loan Application Process Easier

The decision to build or expand commercial space sets in motion a thousand moving pieces, not least of which is obtaining financing for the project. For most business owners, a commercial construction loan is essential for getting the project off the ground. These short-term loans typically fund the construction and lease-up phases of the project and could include: Land development loans, which are used to fund construction-ready improvements to undeveloped sites Acquisition and development loans, which can be used to make improvements to infrastructure or buildings on construction-ready sites Construction loans, which fund the labor and materials to construct the project For owners who are not well versed in real estate financing, the process of obtaining a commercial construction loan can be fraught with surprises and risks. After all, putting debt on real estate is a much different prospect from carrying operational debt. Here are seven ways that owners can prepare themselves to come out ahead when applying for construction financing: Know what you need. Before you get started, understand the type of terms you are looking for. Is it a loan to get through the construction period, or do you need a longer-term loan that will amortize over a (more)

Highly Visible Industrial Facility on the Market

Cox Media Group selected Miller-Valentine Group Realty Services to market their 252,000 SF printing production facility located on approximately 57 acres at 5000 Commerce Center Drive in Franklin, Ohio. The manufacturing and warehouse building sits directly off Interstate 75 and offers excellent signage and branding opportunities. The versatile facility can accommodate a variety of different industries with over 189,000 square feet of warehouse/production space and approximately 62,500 square feet of office/lab/assembly space. Additional features: 24′ minimum clear height with up to 60′ clear height in the production area (25 ton overhead crane in high bay area) 6000 amps 480/277 volts 3 phase electric Thirteen (13) dock high doors, and one (1) drive-in door Fully air-conditioned Abundant on-site parking View the listing brochure → For additional information, please contact Steve Peters, SIOR at 937-297-3243 or Aaron Savino at 937-297-3259.

2017 Dayton Retail Market Remained Steady

According to our 2017 Retail Market Survey, the Dayton Area and Dayton Regional Market remained relatively stable during 2017, showing little change overall for the year. Further, as expected, the Dayton Area and Regional submarkets showed mixed results in both occupancy levels and absorption for 2017. The vacancy in the Dayton Regional Market remained relatively flat with a rate at 14.45% during 2017. Within the Dayton Regional Market, positive absorption trends were observed in the Dayton North, Dayton West, and Springfield sub-markets, while negative trends were observed in the Dayton South, Dayton East, Upper Valley, Xenia, Franklin-Springboro and Lebanon-Middletown sub-markets. The vacancy rate for the immediate Dayton Area Market (which includes the Dayton North, South, East, West, and CBD markets) was observed at 12.12% during 2017. The Dayton Area Market experienced essentially no change in 2017. Specifically, the results showed the North and West sub-markets trending positively, while the Dayton South and East markets showed some signs of softening in 2017.</P The Dayton Central Business District and surrounding neighborhoods (especially those near the University of Dayton) continue to attract many commercial and entertainment venues, including restaurants and micro-breweries, as well as “pop-up” retailers. New activity and development also continues around (more)

Is Your Industrial Facility Ready for the Future?

American author, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that “Artificial Intelligence (AI) will drive our economy and change the way we live.” He was right. Over the past decade, we have witnessed tectonic changes to long-standing business models, especially in manufacturing. What was once seen as temporary disruptions are now long-term trends, many of them driven by emerging technologies and digitization. Today’s rapidly evolving automation technology, combined with other global trends, means that manufacturers are forced to constantly rethink their operational models. So, what does that mean for your business? Here are some compelling facts to consider: International economic trends, including rising shipping container rates and increasing labor costs in China, are causing many U.S. companies to reconsider domestic manufacturing Already, 40 percent of U.S. manufacturers are using robots on their production lines in some capacity Between 1980 and 2013, industries using manufacturing automation or robotics expanded at a rate of 5.4 percent annually — 30 percent faster than the economy as a whole The cost of robotics continues to decline. For example, the expense of owning and operating a robotic spot welder has tumbled from $182,000 in 2005 to $133,000 last year. It’s expected to drop to just $103,000 by (more)

Digestive Specialists – Shull Road Project Update

Work continues aggressively at the Shull Road location of the future Digestive Specialists’ medical office building.  Exterior masonry is close to completion, and soon the site will be ready for curbing and paving.  Work on the interior of the building includes installation of the ceiling grids, hanging and finishing of drywall, and painting.  Currently, there are ten trades on site working together to complete this project. Last week’s progress meeting included representatives from six trades as well as the Owner and Architect, ensuring open communications and an understanding of everyone’s roles and responsibilities on the project, which is on target for a year-end completion.

Associate Spotlight – Ralph Collins

Congratulations to Ralph Collins on his recent promotion to Project Manager.  Ralph joined Miller-Valentine Construction in 1989, working with our field crew as both a construction worker and supervisor.  While in the field, Ralph was involved in many notable projects, including Park Place at Lytle, River Valley Credit Union, Mercy Health Oakwood and St. Theresa, Alpha Sigma Chi, Officeware and Heidelberg Distributing.  Ralph was promoted to Assistant Project Manager in 2014. Ralph is now coordinating both bidding and execution of fit-up projects, working with veteran Associate Chris Crook and new Associate Zack Houck in the Dayton office.  According to Zack, “Ralph has been a great mentor – he has been able to connect his decades of experience in management and pre-construction tasks to my field experience. This has helped me understand the whole process and transition into my new role quickly, becoming an effective and efficient team member. He has also taught me that you can never have too many good stories.” Ralph’s current client list includes One Lincoln Park, Healthcare Trust of America, the University of Dayton, Washington Village Drive, Sisters of the Precious Blood/Salem Heights, and the GSA US Bankruptcy Court.  He is also managing the new elevator installation (more)

Atlas Commerce Center Wraps Up Second Building

With the construction of its Atlas Commerce Center now complete, response to Atlas Capital Group Inc.’s inaugural development in the thriving North Charleston, South Carolina, marketplace has been swift and positive. Composed of two 67,500-square-foot tilt-up warehouse buildings, the Center is Charleston’s first Class “A” multi-tenant industrial park designed specifically to accommodate both smaller and larger users alike. “We are offering what the competition does not,” says Warren Zinn, Principal of Atlas Capital. “The Atlas Commerce Center provides a level of quality and features for the 7,500 – 67,500-square-foot user that previously did not exist anywhere else in the Charleston market, with amenities usually only found in buildings reserved for much larger users. “Charleston is a relatively new industrial market. We did our research and found that there was literally no product available for smaller companies wanting new, Class ‘A’ warehouse space,” says Zinn. “Miller-Valentine Group provided turnkey design-build expertise. They were invaluable in helping us come up with a design that captured the pent-up market demand—companies needed our product and no one was providing it.” As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Built on spec, Atlas Capital had a tenant signed for its first Atlas Commerce (more)

Go Green – and cut costs – with Dayton Regional Green 3

Want to conserve resources and save money at the same time? Consider joining hundreds of other area organizations by becoming Dayton Regional Green 3 (DRG3) certified. DRG3 certification offers a way for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and even home offices to establish environmentally friendly practices and get credit for it. At the same time, they can reduce operational costs by adopting measures that save energy, water, supplies, and more. The certification serves as a checklist of sorts for operational decision making. The focus on day-to-day operations offers flexibility for owners with older buildings and for tenants who don’t own their building but want to be certified. In fact, separate certifications are available for building owners and tenants. The application process is straightforward, and there is no cost to apply (although there is a minimum fee to recertify every two years). To qualify for certification, applicants must meet six mandatory requirements, including having a recycling program and completing an energy audit. Some businesses may also be eligible for a free energy audit or may not be required to complete one at all. They must also meet a number of requirements in five categories: Energy Healthy Employees Materials and Resources Sustainable Sites Water (more)

Taking Steps to Fight Alzheimer’s

One Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park Manor Associates, family and friends participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 7. The group raised $2,800 towards this effort through Alzheimer’s Walk sponsorships, Casual Day Fridays, and Chef Robert’s Fiesta Friday (a Mexican Buffet especially prepared for those who purchased tickets). One Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park Manor is locally owned and operated by Miller-Valentine Group.  Lincoln Park Manor has been named 2016-2017 Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News and World Report.  One Lincoln Park has received the 2017 Best of Senior Living recognition by For more information about these facilities, visit: Lincoln Park Manor One Lincoln Park Manor

Former Fort Wayne Coca-Cola Bottling Plant to be Transformed into Lofts

A shuttered Coca-Cola bottling plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will soon have a new lease on life as the Bottle Works Lofts, a development that promises to be a signature feature of the city’s Renaissance Pointe neighborhood. Recently representatives from Miller-Valentine Group, the City of Fort Wayne, and Vincent Village celebrated the official groundbreaking of the $14.5 million project. The event capped seven years of planning to transform the 74-year-old bottling plant into affordable rental units. Over the next 15 months, Miller-Valentine will restore the exterior of the historic plant to its original appearance. The company will also preserve some of the interior elements in the original offices and employee common areas. Interior spaces will be converted into 31 units with one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations. The building will include an onsite management office, a community room, a business center, a media room, a fitness center, and an outdoor shelter and play area. When it is completed, the development will serve as an anchor to the Renaissance Pointe community, an area near downtown Fort Wayne that is undergoing dramatic revitalization. Located on a prominent corner in the neighborhood, the building fell into disrepair after it was closed a decade ago. (more)

Downtown Dayton Development Tour

It was a rainy day for the “Downtown Dayton Development Tour” last Thursday. However, our group stayed dry as we sloshed through the streets of Dayton in our trusty RTA bus. Sandy Gudorf, President of the Downtown Dayton Partnership was our tour director and had a lot to talk about. She gave us the latest updates on what is going on in the Water Street District, Riverscape River Run, the new CareSource building, Monument Walk, Centre City Building, City View Townhomes, the Levitt Pavillion, the Oregon District and the new library. However, the best part of the tour is when we got off the bus. That’s when Sandy gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the progress on the new Taylor Communications facility, The Arcade, the Wheelhouse, Lofts and the snazzy Delco lofts. We discovered that good things are happening all over town. For example, at one stop, Dave Dickerson from Miller-Valentine gave us an update on how the Arcade redevelopment will feature UD’s Entrepreneur Center, apartments for creatives, a culinary incubator, and the fabulous rotunda for us all to enjoy. Along the way, Sandy told us about how the “Greater Downtown Plan” was developed in 2010 and the progress that (more)

Project Update — At Home

We’re getting closer to the finish line as work continues on “At Home”, a new 100,000 SF retail facility located at 1160 Gemini Place in Columbus.  In the next few weeks, the exterior work on the parking lot and landscaping will be finished, while the interior store fixtures and merchandising are installed.  

Hiring – Construction Recruiter

Become a Miller-Valentine Group Associate!  We are looking for a Construction Recruiter to join our team.  This full-time recruiting position will develop and oversee the hiring process for construction professionals including both regular salaried staff as well as hourly craft/skilled labor positions. Great base salary with incentive plan along with a generous benefits package.    Check out this opportunity and all open positions at

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Just Makes Sense

How many of us have seen motivational “TEAMWORK” posters in a corporate setting reminding everyone that working together beats working individually? Integrated Project Delivery, commonly referred to as IPD, is this principle from a construction perspective. Ultimately, the best way to deliver a project that meets all the customer’s needs, on time and on budget, is to get the key players involved from the conceptual stage. IPD Just Makes Sense When the customer wins, the entire project team wins. Integrated Project Delivery has many differences from the traditional design/bid/build process but there are two main differences from which the main benefits are derived. Bringing the owner, architect and key consultants/contractors/subs together prior to the design stage allows for a more streamlined and informed project that delivers better value to the customer.Having everyone sitting at the table prior to, and through the design, stage delivers the “right” scope without requiring changes later in the process where they become disruptive — and expensive. This allows for a complete understanding of the project goals and scope, and eliminates the traditional owner/architect/contractor conflicts, making it impossible for one party to take issue with something that another party decided in a vacuum. With an inherently (more)

4th Avenue Lofts in Clinton, Iowa, to Open its Doors This Winter

We are proud to announce the development of a new apartment home community, 4th Avenue Lofts, located at 238 4th Avenue North, Clinton, Iowa. 4th Avenue Lofts is now accepting applications and plans to open its doors in Winter 2017.  This beautiful, brand new community of one, two and four 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! Residents will also enjoy free Wi-Fi in each apartment home! 4th Avenue 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, 4th Avenue Lofts has a personal attention, exceptional move-in, and maintenance response commitment that are (more)

Celebrating Growth with London Computer Systems!

A kickoff breakfast to celebrate the build out of the “B Building” for London Computer Systems (LCS), developer of Rent Manager® property management software, was held this morning for 240 employees now working in the new corporate building in Mason, OH. Miller-Valentine Construction is completing approximately 22,000 SF of tenant improvement work, which will allow LCS to accommodate an additional 180 employees.  Renovations will include additional office and conference space as well as a new break room and employee lounge. The new space will be complete by the end of this year. For additional information about this project, contact Adrienne Ruebusch at (513) 588-1217.

ABC Diamond Step Award Presented to Miller-Valentine Construction

In recognition of the company’s ongoing dedication and commitment to excellence in job site safety, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas have honored Miller-Valentine Construction with a Diamond Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Award for 2017. Established in 1989, STEP was developed and written by contractors for contractors to encourage and recognize exemplary safety performance and programs within the construction industry. Companies such as Miller-Valentine who receive the Diamond STEP Award, the program’s highest level of recognition, are 770% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics average. “High standards of safety and employee training are core values at Miller-Valentine,” says Kurt Eyring, Miller-Valentine Group Vice President of the Southeast. “Our ultimate goal is to create construction sites with zero incidents. Receiving ABC’s Diamond STEP Award is a testament to the planning, hard work and commitment to safety practiced every day toward that goal by our partners, associates, subcontractors, and vendors.” Qualifying STEP participants must demonstrate stringent guidelines for safety by presenting evidence of an advanced companywide safety program and less than the industry average on EMR (Experience Modification Rate) and Loss Ratio indicators. Awards are based on data submitted via STEP applications, essay questions and interviews (more)

Rumpke Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters

Congratulations to Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services on the groundbreaking for their new corporate headquarters facility, to be located in Colerain Township. The 74,000-square foot, three-story office building will be located on the corner of Colerain Avenue and Struble Road. More than 200 Rumpke employees, currently located in buildings throughout Colerain Township will move into the new space, scheduled to open in fall 2018. Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to be partnering with Struble Road Development Company, McGill Smith Punshon, Inc., Colerain Township and the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority to provide a new home for Rumpke, enabling them to bring all their employees together into a new facility. Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered near Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing services to areas of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia. Image #1 – From left to right: Andrew Rumpke (East Area President), Bill Rumpke Jr. (President & CEO), Bill Rumpke Sr. ,(President Emeritus), Jeff Rumpke (West Area President), Phil Wehrman (Chief Financial Officer). For further information about this construction (more)

Jasper Lofts, a new affordable apartment community, is now open!

We are proud to announce that Jasper Lofts, a new affordable apartment community, is now open.  Located at 1300 Dewey Street, at the site of the former JOFCO headquarters, Jasper Lofts gives residents easy access to a variety of services; health care, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and city parks. With a fun community and great location, Jasper Lofts is filling up quickly. Brian McGeady, Partner & President of Miller-Valentine Affordable Housing Development, says “after being in business for over 50 years, Miller-Valentine Group continues to be honored to bring high-quality affordable housing to those who need it most.  It is our privilege to enhance the quality of living and give our residents peace of mind while living at Jasper Lofts.” This pet friendly community of 67 one, two, three and four bedroom apartment homes features contemporary floor plans with modern amenities at an affordable price: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances and a breakfast bar/island, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer, and plenty of extra storage! Creating an active lifestyle for its residents, Jasper Lofts also features a large first-floor lounge area where community meetings and resident events (more)

European American Chamber of Commerce Cargo Summit

Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to be a Gold sponsor for the upcoming European American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati Cargo Summit, to be held on Tuesday, September 26. The summit, geared towards helping local manufacturers expand productivity, improve profitability, and enhance customer satisfaction by better utilizing the region’s transportation network, will run from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Receptions Conference Center in Erlanger, Kentucky. According to Daniel Ricciardi, President, and CEO of the Tri-State Logistics Council, “This event will help manufacturers’ better exploit the air, rail, road and water transportation networks connecting the Cincinnati Tri-State region to the world.” Participants in the summit include Laura Brunner, President and CEO, Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority, and Brandy Christian, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans, who will deliver the Keynote address.   Ms. Christian will address the profound connections between manufacturing and logistics, demonstrating how more efficient transportation methods can fuel the continued growth of manufacturing. A panel discussion will follow to include participants from DHL Express, Festo, Genesee & Wyoming, Ingram Marine Group, Meyer Tool, Perfetti Van Melle, Peter Cremer North America, and Verst Group Logistics. The event will conclude with a networking reception. For registration information and further details, click (more)

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)

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