IMC completes Equus Headquarters

IMC has completed the new corporate headquarters for Equus Capital Partners, one of the nation’s leading private equity fund real estate managers. The 42,000-square-foot building at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square is targeted for LEED Gold certification and contains 36,000 square feet of reclaimed wood. Creativity, resourcefulness and good timing resulted in cost savings for the client and kept building materials out of the landfill.

“Equus wanted to create a headquarters building that recalled a Chester County barn,” said Ted Jeffries, corporate project director at IMC Construction. “At the time, we were about to start demolition on another Equus property and we suggested that we salvage the wood from one project and use it as reclaimed and recycled product in their headquarters. So, we gave the demolition contractors a list of the materials we needed to reuse from the old building. Because they had a long lead time, the demolition crew could take the wood-framed building apart carefully and salvage the pieces we wanted.”

“The one thing we rarely have in construction is time. Everybody’s always in a rush to tear it down and build the next one. With this project, we were able to take the time to do it right.”

Nearly all of the lumber needed for the new Equus Headquarters was provided from the demolition at the Vanity Fair Outlet Center renovation site in Reading, PA.  Materials salvaged include repurposed wood subflooring milled into roof decking and wood flooring planks, timber treads for stairways, wood beams that became conference and lunch room tables, sliding-track barn doors, exterior windows became inter-office screens, and millwork cabinets reused for storage in the new building. Additional sustainable features include daylighting controls with automatic shades, occupancy lighting sensors and high-performing building systems.

The design and construction team for the Equus Headquarters included general contractor IMC Construction; architect and interior designer D2 Groups; sustainability architect Sheward Partnership; MEP engineers Bala Consulting Engineers; and structural engineers O’Donnell Naccarato.

Other IMC Construction projects for Equus include the new 138-room Hilton Garden Inn, also in Ellis Preserve and the $85 million renovation of the Vanity Fair Outlet Center, currently under construction.


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IMC breaks ground on New Hospital

IMC broke ground today on a new $42 million hospital in Quakertown for St. Luke’s University Health Network. The builder is using a fairly new process on the 131,000-square-foot project that will save time and construction costs.

“We are prefabricating the exterior walls through panelization and interior patient room headwalls that will include all medical gas and electrical infrastructure,” explained Art Brinkworth, PE, healthcare project executive for IMC Construction. “The above ceiling utilities will be installed in racks and fabricated in a warehouse off-site while we’re erecting the steel, concrete and the roof components on. That will save a lot of time.”

IMC is working with Worth & Co. in the prefab process, and the interior headwall panels will be constructed in its fabrication facility not far from the construction site in Milford Township, Bucks County.

“Our people will be working in a controlled environment, and not up on ladders,” said Brinkworth. “Then the racks will just roll in and be positioned in the ceiling space. It’s much safer, efficient and will save time and money.”

The new hospital is being constructed as a replacement hospital for the existing Quakertown Hospital, which is landlocked in its downtown location. The new building will include 40 private patient rooms, which can be expanded to an additional 40; 17 diagnostic radiology departments with cat scan, nuclear medicine, mammography, and fluoroscopy machines; surgical and emergency departments; and a laboratory, pharmacy and cafeteria. The cafeteria will feature a large, full-service kitchen. The existing hospital will be repurposed for doctor’s offices, outpatient care and behavioral health facilities.

The St. Luke’s hospital team includes general contractor IMC Construction; architect MKSD Architects; structural engineer Pennoni; MEP engineers HB Engineers; civil engineer Langan Engineering; and medical equipment coordinator HBS.

St. Luke’s University Health Network is growing throughout the region and recently merged with Blue Mountain Health System in Carbon County and Sacred Heart Healthcare system in Lehigh County.

Pictured bottom L to R: Art Brinkworth (IMC Project Executive), Gary Millar (IMC Senior Superintendent), Tom Prescott (IMC Assistant Project Manager), Erick Tripp (IMC Senior Project Manager), Elizabeth DeCarlo (St. Luke’s Project Manager), Rob Cottone (IMC President), Lee Levicoff (St. Luke’s Vice President & Director of Facilities Planning & Construction), and Dennis Pfleiger (President St. Luke’s Quakertown).

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Blue Bell Office Renovation Complete

IMC has completed renovation of a 208,000-square-foot office building in the northern Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, Arborcrest 5 will house multiple tenants in a bright, urban-like setting with a full-service café, fitness center, yoga room, basketball court and lounges.

“Office parks today have to be dynamic places with top-notch amenities,” said Rob Cottone, president of IMC Construction. “Arborcrest 5 is a stunning, Class A office building that is also healthy, sustainable and in a prime location.”

The original 2-story structure in the Arborcrest office park was built in 1970 for a pharmaceutical company. Targeted to draw innovative, forward-thinking companies, the renovation has resulted in a modern, attractive building with a rustic, industrial vibe. Leaving selected parts of the original building intact kept tons of construction waste out of landfills. An expanded two-story lobby with a grand stair clad in custom terrazzo connects tenants to the sunny central core. Full-height glass cladding provides expansive views of the entire office park, landscaping and picnic terrace.

Arborcrest 5 is owned by Spear Street Capital of San Francisco, CA and is leased by Jones Lang LaSalle.  The project team includes contractor IMC Construction; architect Erdy McHenry; interior designer D2 Interiors; civil engineer Bohler Engineering; structural engineer Environetics Design; MEP engineer Kupper Engineering; and owner’s representative Trammell Crow.

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Liberato Promoted to Partner

IMC Construction is proud to announce the promotion of Robert Liberato to Partner.

Recently named to ENR MidAtlantic’s “Top Young Professionals,” Liberato has been with IMC Construction for 12 years. As a Senior Project Manager and a leader of Technology Innovation at IMC, Liberato has established a project implementation technical platform unparalleled in the industry during his tenure. A native Philadelphian, he has worked in project management since he was a sophomore at Villanova, where he earned a BS in Civil Engineering.

“He works hard, leads by example and gets the best from his team by adhering to a high standard himself,” said IMC President Rob Cottone. “He makes sure that our technology for estimating and procurement is state-of-the-art. His tenacity, resourcefulness and leadership have played a significant part in the company’s great success.”

Liberato’s primary responsibility has been with some of IMC’s most complex projects. The King of Prussia Mall is now the largest retail mall in the US due to a $150 million expansion project that he managed. This project was followed by a $150 million research and development project for Chemours located at the University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Advanced Research Campus in Newark, Delaware. The 312,000-square-foot Discovery Hub will consolidate laboratories and offices for approximately 330 scientists, engineers and researchers. Chemours is an industry leader and will be connected with the University of Delaware, one of the foremost bio-engineering schools in the country.

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IMC Named Top Workplace for the Fifth Time

IMC Construction has again been named a Top Workplace in the region by the Philadelphia Media Network. Based on employee responses to an anonymous 3rd-party survey, Top Workplace has been awarded to IMC in five previous years.

“This recognition means so much to me,” said Robert Cottone, President /CEO of IMC Construction. “Because if our employees enjoy their work and feel invested in the company, they will do the best job possible for our clients.”

IMC staff celebrated the Top Workplaces honor (with whimsy) at the 2018 Top Workplaces Awards Dinner at the Crystal Tea Room on March 15, 2018.

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Frazier Join IMC as Project Executive

IMC Construction is pleased to announce that Matt Frazier has joined the firm as Project Executive.

Formerly Chief Operating Officer at HOW General Contracting, Frazier has 16 years’ experience with large construction projects in Texas, Virginia, Florida, the Caribbean, and recently worked with the development team on Philadelphia’s new Comcast tower.

He holds a BS in Construction Management from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. As Project Executive in the Production Group, Frazier will be responsible for supporting corporate organizational development in addition to preconstruction of several projects. He lives in Bala Cynwyd and is in training for the Boston Marathon this April.

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Center for Healthcare Technology Tops Out

Workers and the IMC team at the Center for Healthcare Technology in Philadelphia celebrated the topping out. IMC Construction began the structural steel erection of the design-build project in September for the $200M, 19-story tower. Located on one of the last parcels at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard in Philadelphia, the facility will create a new gateway to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The first phase of construction is approximately 300,000 square feet and will support a daycare for employees, information technology personnel, and human resources.

As a critical function to the support of the tremendous research that occurs within Penn Medicine, an Investigational Drug Study (IDS) Pharmacy will be housed to provide investigational drugs to and through the Penn Medicine Health System. The building will also house a Freezer Farm to promote collaboration among researchers for their samples as well as their data use in large clinical studies that move modern medicine forward.

Due to the tight setting, and the logistical constraints of working within the boundaries of three busy streets in University City, the project took months of preconstruction planning, modeling, prefabrication, and site phasing prior to the start of construction.

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Bob Liberato Named Top Young Professional

Anyone that has worked with Bob Liberato at IMC will know that this recognition is well deserved. Being named a Top Young Professional by ENR (Engineer News Record) is the result of Bob’s hard work and successful management of the most complicated projects and also dedicating time to community service. Bob is tenacious, organized, entrepreneurial and respected by clients and coworkers. IMC is proud that ENR has recognized what a wonderful asset Bob is and we are honored to have him on the IMC team.

Click here to read full story at ENR

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IMC Construction Breaks Ground for Chemours Discovery Hub

IMC broke ground on a 312,000-square-foot research facility for Chemours on Dec. 18th.  The $150 million Chemours Discovery Hub will be constructed on the University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus in Newark, Delaware.

“This is a design and construction team with great chemistry,” said Rob Cottone, president of IMC Construction. “The facility will be a pipeline between one of the best bio-engineering schools in the nation and a chemical industry leader; it will be built for collaboration and innovation, and will attract some of the best minds in this field.”

In addition to IMC Construction, the team includes architects L2 Partridge, site engineers Tetra Tech, mechanical/electrical engineers RDK, structural engineers O’Donnell & Naccarato. Trammell Crow serves as the owner’s representative.

The Discovery Hub will go up on a 15-acre site in the southeast corner of the STAR campus, consolidating laboratories and offices for approximately 330 scientists, engineers, and researchers who will be relocated from Chemours’ New Castle County facilities. The Hub will include more than 100 labs, fifty specialty rooms, cafes, conference rooms and twenty “huddle” rooms for small group meetings. The four-story building will be complete in early 2020.


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Hilton Garden Inn Opens

Equus Capital Partners and IMC celebrate the Grand-Opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn on the beautiful Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square, PA. The new hotel has 138 guest rooms, onsite fitness center, and covered parking. Team members for this project were JN+A, Bohler Engineering, and The Harman Group.

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Project Award: Chemours Innovation Center

IMC is pleased to announce that the Chemours Company of Wilmington, Delaware, has awarded IMC Construction their new state-of-the-art research and innovation facility. The 312,000-square-foot facility will be built on the University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Advanced Research Campus. The Innovation Center, a partnership and talent development pipeline between chemical industry leader Chemours and the University, will have laboratory and support spaces for 330 researchers and technicians. Construction will begin in November 2017 and is expected to be complete in 2020.

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Halloween 2017

The competition was fierce, ridiculous and a bit scary for the annual IMC costume contest. But in the end, the winners were Derna with Two Buns in the Oven, Kelsi and Colleen as Prom King and Queen and Mark as a scary clown. However, the true winners were employees that enjoyed the potluck lunch and way too many sweets.

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