Miller-Valentine Construction’s problem solving allows fast-track move-in for Thompson Hine

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Thompson Hine boardroom

Thompson Hine, a Dayton law firm, needed a fast-track schedule to prepare its new offices for move-in—in only six months time! The company called in Miller-Valentine Construction to build out 40,000 square feet on one and a half floors of office space at Austin Landing near Dayton.

It was a tall order but if there’s anything an established firm such as Miller-Valentine can do it’s solve the problems that come with scheduling, designing, engineering and building projects of all kinds. The Miller-Valentine team worked closely with the Thompson Hine building committee and Gensler, their architectural firm, to design and build the high-end legal tenant space in less than six months. It included:

  • 71 private offices
  • 27 open area offices
  • 5 conference rooms
  • 1 board room
  • 1 multiflex room with a Skyfold partition
  • 3 large copy/file rooms
  • A library, café, kitchen, mailroom, file storage room, wellness room, hospitality pantry, and a server room with separate cooling system.

The project was done on time. The last few weeks were scheduled down to the hour with extended shifts. But they made it. Thompson Hine was open for business in only 21 weeks—from start to finish!

Miller-Valentine Construction and Karrington Construction Services: A win-win for construction projects today

Cammie Harris, Tenant Fit-up Project Manager, KCS and Dave Settles, Miller-Valentine Project Manager.

Miller-Valentine Construction and minority-owned Karrington Construction Services have been working together on several major projects during the past eight years. They include a mega church facility in Maryland; a P&G facility renovation in Cincinnati; and a project for Wright State Physicians Group at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.

Now the two companies are officially partners. Miller-Valentine Construction is involved in day-to-day mentoring, planning and execution of projects with Karrington managers—from preconstruction to on-site execution and project occupancy. It’s an authentic minority partnership that began more than eight years ago and has evolved to provide new and interesting opportunities for both companies and for prospective clients that have minority-inclusion goals.

“We have always been interested in doing construction work for clients who are seeking a company comprised of minority partners and managers,” says Mark Parks, president of Karrington Construction Services. “Miller-Valentine has been the perfect match for us because of their considerable expertise in all aspects of real estate development as well as their commitment to mentoring and training our staff to move on to larger projects.”

The Miller-Valentine/Karrington team approach to projects can be utilized by companies in need of construction and/or renovation services—companies that want to reach out to 100 percent minority-owned small businesses and still have the benefit of working with a company with greater depth of construction and real estate experience. Our relationship expands our opportunities to provide turnkey construction and renovations for offices as well as institutional, healthcare and industrial facilities.


New corporate home reflects Miller-Valentine Construction experience and Links Unlimited’s entrepreneurial spirit

Links UnlimitedLinks Unlimited came to Miller-Valentine Construction with decisions to make. They have a great business and a great pipeline to their customers. Now, they needed to move product. But how and where—and at what cost? Should they buy, lease, or build?

They came to the right place! Miller-Valentine has a process that works. With nearly 50 years of construction experience—and the skill sets that contractors need today—we have developed a system that begins with business consulting and investment analysis, site selection, acquisition and incentive negotiations at both local and state levels, and assistance in procurement and SBA financing.

We also know the importance of building a LEED-certified commercial building. Since Links Unlimited wanted to locate in Cincinnati, it would make the company eligible for the city’s tax incentive program that included a 75% property tax abatement. It also aligned the company with its customers and vendors.

We took them through the entire process—the pros and cons—for building a green building. Concern for their employees was high on the list for going green because it addresses, among other things, air and lighting quality and provides access to natural light.

The new facility was built according to the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, putting it in line to earn a LEED certification that will provide Links Unlimited with additional tax abatement.

The owners wanted an urban metro look for their building—stylistically different from the usual box-type design. It seemed to fit their unique perception of the company that got its start as labelers of golf balls and golf grips.

Today, they specialize in providing comprehensive services for corporate retail promotions, including procurement, warehousing, fulfillment, distribution, freight management and customer support so that they can deliver the best in golf, sporting goods, electronics and apparel brands. It has taken them from a start-up in 1996 to the $40 million corporation it is today.

We designed the offices and warehouse to meet those needs. From start to finish, Miller-Valentine Construction was able to walk the owners through the process—from the initial consultation to move-in last December.

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