ANNOUNCING — Our 2018 Commercial Real Estate Champions
At last count, nearly 185 development projects — including hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes and industrial warehouses — are underway in Louisville and Southern Indiana. It’s proof of the region’s booming commercial real estate market.
You can check out Louisville Business First’s Project Watch to follow the progress of these projects. Some of them will be future contenders for our Commercial Real Estate Champions awards. Now in its sixth year, the program honors developments and deals that exemplify excellence in the industry.
Wehr Constructors believes in developing from within
Many sports teams follow a policy known as “draft and develop,” which means rather than pay high-priced free agent players from other teams, they choose to draft young, hungry players and help them develop into starters and leaders. Wehr Constructors believes in a similar philosophy with its workforce, which is a big reason attrition is low at the constitution management and general contracting company. Two current employees who exemplify this belief system are Brandon Boyer and Jerusha Caple.
Louisville’s landscape owes a lot to Wehr Constructors
If you don’t know the name Wehr Constructors, you at least know the company’s work. Founded in 1945, Wehr Constructors has been helping to shape the landscape of Louisville and surrounding communities for generations. The Humana Corporate Tower on Main Street is perhaps the best known example of how Wehr Constructors has shaped Louisville’s skyline, but the legacy goes much, much deeper. Wehr’s relationship with Louisville’s healthcare industry stretches farther than its partnership with Humana.
“I enjoy driving through downtown Louisville with my sons and being able to point to the buildings Wehr is responsible for,” Jeff McMahan, Senior Project Manager at Wehr, said. “There’s a sense of pride in knowing our company has shaped Louisville’s landscape.”
Two important projects to which he specifically refers are University of Louisville Hospital, built starting in 1996, and Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Center, which sit side by side downtown. These are buildings that have housed much healing in the city.
Wehr Constructors looks to a new generation of leadership
At Wehr Constructors, the past informs the future, from the way the company does business to the way it treats employees to the way it interacts with the community.
Owned by the Berry family, Wehr, which has been locally owned and operated since 1945, continues to be family-operated. The next generation of leaders at the Louisville, Ky.-based construction business plan to continue the Wehr legacy as set forth by the late Claude A. Berry, Jr.
“He left a legacy,” Brandon Berry, who heads up Wehr’s Central Kentucky office, said of his grandfather Claude. “He was a very different sort of guy. Money didn’t mean everything to him; not as much as reputation and character, and that was instilled in my dad and uncles.”