What a year it has been! Last year was not the one we were expecting, but it was a year we will remember forever. Although many industries began, and continue, to struggle, we also got to witness business owners digging deep to find new and creative ways to keep their business afloat under unprecedented circumstances. From outdoor dining and zoom meetings to renovating offices for employee safety, 2020 was not short on creativity.
We at Souder Brothers kept busy this year by improving the health and safety of our client’s businesses with general upgrades and renovations for their employees to come back to. We would like to extend an enormous thank you to all of our clients who trusted us with this crucial task. We feel so fortunate that we are able to help businesses adjust to a new normal and bring their creative ideas to life.
Two of our highlights from last year were our projects at Manor College and Fred Beans Newtown CARSTAR:
Constructed in the 1960s, the Manor College dorm was outdated. Boasting original design and finishes, the dorm did not align with the institution’s 21st-century programs and curriculum. Manor charged us with designing and renovating the dorm to elevate the college’s residence life and appeal. The essential priorities included upgrading to ADA-compliant bathrooms, updating kitchenettes, and modernizing dorm room aesthetics, complete with Blue Jay-inspired finishes and décor.
As a growing company, Fred Beans Newtown CARSTAR was quickly running out of adequate space for office teams, service staff, customers, and vehicles. They didn’t have enough workspace, customer waiting, or service bay areas to deliver their desired service level. To alleviate cramped workspaces for office and service staff and create ample accommodations to repair more vehicles, CARSTAR required commercial additions and construction to expand and reconfigure its interior and exterior operations.
Both of these projects were completed in 2020 and presented us with virus-related challenges we had never faced before. Some of those challenges included new health and safety protocols as well as extended lead times for sourcing materials. Their completion represents our dedication to doing whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality work for our clients and we are very proud of the results.
We are so grateful to all of our clients who made 2020 an incredible year despite the many challenges thrown our way. We plan to continue this momentum throughout 2021 and look forward to helping more businesses prepare for a new way of life and seeing them thrive as customers, employees, and residents return.