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Jerry Huismann

Jerry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1983. That same year, he joined Lacy Construction as a Project Superintendent. From 1985-1989 he served as a Project Manager, handling projects ranging in size up to $3.2 million. Since his tenure as President, Lacy Construction Company has experienced both consistent and significant annual growth.
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$1.3 Million Project for Bimbo Bakeries Has Innovation Baked In

It’s true that “man doesn’t live by bread alone.” On the other hand, people the world over definitely eat a lot of bread. That’s a big reason why Lacy Construction recently built a brand new, 10,500-square-foot distribution center for Bimbo Bakeries USA. Located in Grand Island, Nebraska, the facility’s construction began last March and was completed in November.

This $1.3 million project for Bimbo Bakeries will allow the company, which operates more than 50 bakeries, employs more than 19,000 associates, and distributes products through 11,000 sales routes throughout the U.S., to expand its presence in Nebraska and the surrounding areas.

You May Not Know Bimbo, But You Know Its Bread

While Bimbo Bakeries USA is not a household name, the brands of bread that it manufactures and distributes are. The company is the maker of bread and bread products under the names Beefsteak, Boboli, Brownberry, Entenmann’s, Freihofer’s, Nature’s Harvest, Sara Lee, Stroehmann, Thomas, Tia Rosa, and many more.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is more than twice as large as the number-two bakery company in the U.S.

By: Jerry Huismann On 03/02/2019

Lacy Completes New Distribution Center for Hornady Manufacturing, Inc.

The Lacy Construction team recently completed a new, 150,000-square-foot distribution center and powder blending facility for Hornady Manufacturing Company in Alda, Nebraska. Hornady Manufacturing is one of the largest independent producers of ammunition in the world, having designed and manufactured premium ammunition since 1949. Headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, the company also manufactures components for ammunition, reloading equipment, and reloading dies. In 2017, Hornady was named Ammunition Manufacturer of the Year for the seventh time by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers.

Known as Hornady West, the new, $16 million facility was constructed using precast concrete wall panels, diamond polished concrete floors, and cementitious and intumescent mastic fireproofing. Cementitious coatings are lightweight and highly heat resistant, and mastic intumescent coatings swell when engulfed in flames, which slows heating of the steel. The facility includes a shooting range to test ammunition on-site as well as a new cafeteria and open office space. It is outfitted with an acoustic wall and ceiling system. The building is also equipped with an elevator, pre-manufactured metal canopies and sunshades, loading dock levelers, seals and truck restraints, a pneumatic tube system, and office space controlled with variable air volume (VAV) units. VAV systems provide precise, reliable temperature control and use less energy than other units.

By: Jerry Huismann On 10/25/2018

Lacy Construction Recognized for Main Street Renovation Project

Lacy Construction is honored to have been recently named the recipient of the Main Street Commercial Interior Improvement Award. Elizabeth Chase, Executive Director of the Nebraska Main Street Network presented the award. 

The Nebraska Main Street Network exists to help communities develop traditional commercial districts so that they are attractive to residents and business-friendly for commercial investment and economic growth. The organization helps communities work through the revitalization process, provide support as they develop solutions, build partnerships and plan for the future.

“This award is presented to the best commercial interior improvement of a downtown building. The award is given to the project that takes special care in enhancing the historic characteristics of a building’s interior,” noted Chase.

By: Jerry Huismann On 08/14/2018

What Influences Construction Costs the Most?

There are many factors that influence the cost of construction. Some are obvious: land acquisition, permits, material and labor costs. Then there are the future costs or lifecycle costs to consider: maintenance, repair, replacement—the cost of keeping the facility and its systems up and running over the life of the building.

But time is money, and a poorly run project, or one that does not meet the owner’s specifications or budget from the start, will result in delays. This means the owner can't occupy the building on schedule and the cost of the overall project increases.

One of the most effective ways to control construction costs is to establish early involvement on behalf of the owner, the designer and the contractor. This may seem obvious, but under the traditional method of construction delivery, the owner commissions an architect or engineer to prepare drawings and specifications, then separately selects a contractor by negotiation or competitive bidding at a later stage in the project’s development.

This can present a number of problems for the owner.

Can the design be built for the proposed budget and within the desired timeframe? If the project needs to go back to the drawing board, how many months will be lost? What if the architect and contractor disagree? How many contracts need to be managed by the owner?

By: Jerry Huismann On 06/19/2018

Wood River Municipal Swimming Pool Nearing Completion

Everyone at Lacy Construction is looking forward to May. That’s when one of our projects currently under construction—the Wood River Municipal Swimming Pool—will open to a crowd of eager children and parents.

The Wood River Pool is an exciting new amenity that is owned and operated by the City of Wood River, Nebraska.

Known for its friendly small-town ambience, Wood River has city leaders who work hard to provide big time amenities like an excellent school system, impressive downtown library, and soon a $5.6 million recreational pool with many special features.

The heated pool will offer a raft water slide, a lazy river feature, a splash pad, two diving boards, including a three-meter board at the deep end, and a crawl-across feature. The pool also has a zero depth entry area for toddlers, as well as swimming lanes for competition by teens in the summer. A vortex inside the lazy river will keep rafts moving—in fact, it’s the first one in Nebraska. Across from the zero entry area, an ADA lift will assist handicapped persons into the swim area of the pool. Plans call for shaded canopy areas surrounding the pool, where parents can keep tabs on children and where families can enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, and other treats from the snack bar.

By: Jerry Huismann On 03/27/2018
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