Chris Hoolehan

Penntex Construction Appoints Christopher Hoolehan to New Vice President of Legal & Risk Management Role

In the newly created role, Hoolehan will oversee all legal aspects of business, including contracts, coordination with outside counsel and risk management across key business areas including safety, insurance and accounting.

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Safety Feature

“Walking the Walk” to Make Continuous Strides in Safety

Construction safety is currently under a major paradigm shift. Historically, construction safety success was measured by incident and fatality rates, policies were enforced with strict consequence, and putting up a “Safety First” banner meant you were a safe organization. Today, having a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 0 is just the beginning of the story. Check out our blog for insights from Safety Director Joe Shinn on how Penntex is “walking the walk” to make continuous strides in safety.

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Valley Youth Feature

Building Community Alongside Valley Youth House

Recently, the team was on hand in Orefield, PA to celebrate the groundbreaking of Valley Youth House’s new 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art recreation and education center at Camp Fowler, a camp for youth that utilizes nature’s restorative and stress-reducing benefits to provide therapeutic outdoor experiences for young people, particularly those underserved across the Lehigh Valley region. Check out our blog to learn more and see more great shots from the groundbreaking.

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Estimating Featured

Leveraging Real-Time, Accurate Data to Deliver Value in Estimating

At Penntex, our estimating team is the front line in setting every project up for success. Check out our blog to learn more about Penntex’s estimating process and the resources we have available to guide early decision making and budget planning.

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Jim Hoolehan at Penntex Office

The Industrial Construction Rebound in a Climate of Continuous Change

Unprecedented post-COVID building activity in the warehouse and distribution sector dramatically decreased at the start of 2023, setting off a tumultuous year marked by a slowdown in activity for many. Check out the article from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan for perspective on the impact 2023 had on the industry, what’s on the horizon for 2024 and beyond, and how Penntex is adding value for clients as the industry continues on the rollercoaster path to rebound.

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ABC Excellence in Construction Awards

Two Penntex Projects Earn ABC Excellence in Construction Awards

The Penntex team is honored to announce that two recent projects have been recognized with 2023 Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA Excellence in Construction Awards. The competition is the ABC Eastern PA chapter’s premiere merit shop awards program that highlights construction excellence and high-quality work around the region.

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Penntex Construction #230 - ENR 2023 Top 400 Contractors

Penntex Ranks #230 on ENR’s Top 400 Contractors List

The Penntex team is proud to announce the firm has ranked at #230 on Engineering News Record’s (ENR) list of the Top 400 Contractors in the United States for 2023. Check out our blog to learn more about how the team was able to manage the industry’s extreme highs and lows to maintain growth and deliver consistent construction excellence to our clients.

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Penntex team members receiving Diamond Safety AWard

Penntex Achieves ABC STEP Safety Diamond-Level Designation

We are excited to announce that our safety program has achieved a diamond-level designation through the Associated Builders and Contractor’s STEP Safety Management System, an increase from a silver-level award in 2022. Check out our blog to learn more.

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Jim Hoolehan at Penntex Office

Construction Planning in the Face of an Uncertain “Recession”

Penntex President Jim Hoolehan provides perspective on how available space, construction costs and supply changes are impacting the industry in the face of a potential recession. PLUS, get insight on why switchgear is still creating major waves.

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Celebrating Women in Construction

As the industry honored women in construction, we had the opportunity to sit down with some of our incredible teammates to get their perspectives. Take a look to hear about their experiences and the advice they would share to others considering a career path in the industry.

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A Commitment to High Performance Safety Leads to Silver-Level Designation

We’re proud to announce that our safety program recently achieved a silver-level designation through the Associated Builders and Contractors’ STEP Safety Management System. Learn more about this valuable industry benchmark and how continuous investments in safety are driving our team to achieve safety excellence.

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A Look Inside Our New Philadelphia-Area Headquarters

From custom design accents that showcase the work we love to do to top-of-the-line security features to meet today’s technology needs, this new space was strategically crafted to enhance the team and client experience. Take a look and get the inside scoop on the custom features we look forward to sharing with clients and partners.

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Penntex Shareholders

Key Company Leaders Join Jim Hoolehan as Shareholders

Hear from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan with an important update on company ownership.

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Penntex New Office Location Map


Penntex Construction is pleased to announce the addition of a third office location in Central PA. The new Harrisburg-area office comes as the company continues to strategically grow to continue to best serve clients.

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Penntex Hires Industry Veteran, John M. Murphy as Chief Estimator

Penntex Construction is pleased to announce the addition of John M. Murphy, who has been added to the team as chief estimator as part of strategic transition planning for the role.

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Check presentation with Valley Youth House representative and Penntex President Jim Hoolehan

Penntex Commits $187,000 to Valley Youth House

As part of the company’s commitment to Building Better and supporting the local communities it serves, the team is proud to announce a donation to Valley Youth House to support their incredible work with our region’s youth.

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Brian Belcher In Office

Celebrating Brian Belcher’s Well-Earned Retirement

Check out the article from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan as the team shares well wishes for Brian Belcher as he prepares for retirement in the New Year (and find out how we know it’s “see you soon” rather than goodbye).

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Reflecting with Gratitude. Planning Ahead with Intent.

As we prepare to wrap up an unprecedented year in construction, we do so reflecting back with sincere gratitude, but also recognizing the unknowns that lie ahead. Read our most recent blog to see how Penntex is preparing to help clients navigate the road ahead to build a thriving 2023 from the start.

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Taking Time to Celebrate The Holidays Together

The Penntex team recently had the opportunity to gather together to celebrate the holidays. Check out the article to see some behind-the-scenes photos of the fun.

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Evolving to Best Serve Our Partners

Check out our blog for an inside look at key milestones, see how the Penntex commitment to Building Better has empowered unprecedented growth over the last eight years, and get the scoop on what’s ahead for our Philadelphia office location.

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The Post-Pandemic Building Materials Outlook

Check out the article from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan to hear perspective on current supply/demand tipping points, what we might expect next and how a strategic approach to project planning is powering Penntex to help clients seamlessly navigate budget and schedule complications to ensure successful project delivery.

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New Client Spotlight: Jaindl Watson

Penntex is honored to have been selected as the building partner for the new JW Development Partners II, LLC. Check out our latest blog to learn more about the partnership and construction of three new warehouse facilities in the Lehigh Valley area.

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Penntex is proud to announce the addition Brian Cottone and Ronda Beemer, who have been added to the team in Vice President of Business Development roles as part of ongoing strategic growth efforts.

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Jim Hoolehan Becomes Sole Owner of Penntex Construction

Company President Jim Hoolehan, who joined the company in 2014, became a co-owner in 2016, and has served as the company’s president since 2017, has become the sole owner.

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COVID-19 Update 5/19/20: We’re Here To Help

A message from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan on the company’s response to the next phase of COVID-19 measures.

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COVID-19 Response Update: 3/20/20

A message from Penntex President Jim Hoolehan regarding the company action plan in response to COVID-19.

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A collage of building exteriors from Penntex's work inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Building at the Heart of Innovation

A look at Penntex’s work (all 910,600 square feet and counting) inside Philadelphia’s iconic Navy Yard, including project snapshots and a time lapse video for one of the newest projects.

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Freshpet Design-Build Project Kicks Off in Bethlehem, PA

$100 million renovation and expansion project part of the Lehigh Valley’s manufacturing growth.

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