Now Hiring: Construction Superintendent

PJC continues to add positions to its growing team to meet new demands. Currently we’re in the market for an experienced construction superintendent, with interior build-out experience…


Responsibilities / Description:

  • Directly supervise multiple commercial construction projects.
  • Management includes: safety, construction schedule, subcontractors, estimating, change orders, and managing project budgets.
  • Ensure quality control and propose value-engineering opportunities.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to clients, with sharp communication skills both internally and externally.
  • Exceptional organization skills.
  • Notes: Outdoor work environment. Travel within the state of Florida.

Qualifications / Required Skills:

  • Experience with interior build-outs.
  • Minimum three years construction experience.
  • Construction knowledge and metal building construction experience.
  • Permitting, Microsoft Project, Estimating, Scheduling skills/knowledge.
  • Communication, Risk Management, Contracts, Organization, Analyzing Plans, Attention to Detail.
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent.

About P.J. Callaghan:

Founded in 1948, P.J. Callaghan Construction is a multi-generational, family-run general contracting firm focused solely on commercial construction. P.J. Callaghan’s success was built on developing lasting relationships with its customers and partners, some of whom the company has worked with for decades. While the company specializes in pre-engineered metal buildings, it also offers such services as general contracting, design-build, construction management, and facility maintenance. Information at:


Email resume, references, and any other applicable information to: PJC hiring manager will contact qualified candidates.

SVP Robeck leads Engage St. Pete

Engage St. Pete — April 29

ESP 4.29.15P.J. Callaghan is not only a sponsor of this week’s anticipated Engage St. Pete – to be held Wednesday (April 29) at the Museum of Fine Arts. SVP Tobin Robeck is the lead founder and director of the now second annual event. The inaugural event drew 300+ community leaders and aspiring influencers, with a keynote from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Robeck said the purpose of Engage St. Pete is to “introduce ambitious, civically interested, and fresh-thinking professionals with the individuals and organizations that make things happen in St. Petersburg.” He and other organizers are expecting 500+ attendees this year.

Along with the keynote address and various opportunities for developing relationships, attendees can take part in two of five 40-minute breakout sessions. Breakout topics cover: Development, Transportation, the Waterfront, the Arts, and general civic Activism. Panelists include St. Pete residents, entrepreneurs, innovators, civic doers, corporate disruptors, and general thought-leaders across a range of fields and industries.

“This all ties back to one of P.J. Callaghan’s focuses of getting further ingrained within the evolution of St. Petersburg,” said Robeck. “Plus this is personally important, to myself along with the amazing team that pulls this together – we’re fortunate to live in this world-class community, it’s provided amazing opportunities for many of us – this is a chance to give back, and to help make sure that we as citizens are contributing to keeping us on the right track.”

WHAT: Second annual “Engage St. Pete”

WHY: To facilitate connections, dialogue, and action among professionals and community leaders

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg 33701

COST: Pre-registration $10 at; or $15 at the door

The title sponsor of Engage St. Pete is ASI. Presenting sponsors are All Children’s Hospital and RE/MAX Metro Tampa Bay. Other sponsors and in-kind donors include: Uber; Frey, Masterson & Associates; North Shore Wealth Management; 22 Squared; FKQ; and Landis Communication.

Hosted by the Sunset Rotary Foundation (Robeck is president) and the Chamber’s St. Pete Young Professionals, Engage St. Pete was as an unofficial offshoot of 2013’s BuildThePier campaign (where Robeck was a co-founder and served on the executive committee), and was largely inspired by such programs as Leadership St. Pete (Robeck is an alum).


P.J. Callaghan adds Industrial Designer

Another significant addition to the growing team, Kye Schidleman has over a decade of experience in industrial construction and electrical design.

He brings experience leading the design and production of deliverable drawings, collaborating across engineering departments, reviewing and resolving model conflicts, reviewing and analyzing electrical equipment specifications and NEC standards, and reviewing electrical diagrams and wiring schematics related to such considerations as equipment loads and sizing cable.

Over the past year, P.J. Callaghan has created several new positions, while also promoting several within.

Click here for more about Kye.

GC involvement early = budget savings

We see and hear of it too often – money wasted because the General Contractor was not involved at the initial stages of the construction process… Why is this important? What is the benefit of involving your general contractor early in the pre-design and planning phases? Senior VP Tom Burket says it can make-or-break project success.

“Preliminary stages in planning a new development are critical. These decisions can dictate whether a project moves forward… Fortunately, we’re seeing commercial developers and business owners recognizing this concept more and more.” A few tips from Burket:

  • Select a general contractor that has extensive experience in constructing Similar Types of Projects. The contractor uses that experience to provide valuable insight during planning phases that can help the customer decide whether their project is viable.
  • Consider a Design-Build Agreement. In this form of agreement, the contractor coordinates all aspects of the project; there is one source of communication, one source of responsibility; and the contractor has far better ability to provide value-engineering ideas.
  • Early involvement also provides a layer of assurance that the contractor Fully Understands Scope of the project. Later involvement can result in later changes, which are typically more expensive than early changes.

LEED Credentialed VP Tobin Robeck notes, “LEED Certification requires the GC involved in the planning stages because it makes for a more efficient building process with less waste.”

And in-house architect Jim Golden adds, “Value-engineering includes opportunities to review designs for a more seamless process, including accurate costing, and potential Cost Savings.”

By getting involved early in the construction process, P.J. Callaghan has provided value-engineering ideas that have saved our clients millions of dollars.

Contributing to the St. Pete evolution

A family-run construction company with roots around Tampa Bay, P.J. Callaghan is proud to play a role in the development of several community institutions in the vibrant and continually evolving St. Petersburg. The work and the organizations are varied – a common thread is that each is a valued presence, bringing something meaningful to the way-of-life in St. Pete.

PJC is set to begin a 15,000 square-foot addition of new classrooms and offices for Northwest Church of Christ. PJC was able to save significant budget for the church with creative value-engineering as well as a discount on labor costs. Multiple PJC employees attend the church (a nod to the company’s familial natuJANUARY 2015 016 - Copyre).

Recent clients also include: The reinvented Oyster Bar on downtown’s Central Avenue (overhauled entrance, and interior work); Pier design contender St. Pete Design Group (helped outfit design studio); and long-successful, nonprofit, abilities-focused PARC (pro bono horticultural project).

Enthusiastic about the community, PJC also is an active member with the St. Petersburg Chamber and has leaders involved with several local civic endeavors, from Engage St. Pete to the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.

A pillar of PJC’s business is in working with neighbors and friends and helping others where possible. SVP Tobin Robeck said, “We should do these things, and we want to do them – plus we truly believe that helping build a stronger community makes for stronger businesses and residents within it.”

President John Burket added, “We love this area – and we think it’s pretty cool to continue to make our marks on the community.”

PJC launches first of video series

In P.J. Callaghan’s continued efforts to 1) participate in today’s multitude of communications channels to show more of who we are, and 2) serve as a resource in the construction industry, the company launches its first in a series of videos.

As an introduction and initial video on PJC’s new YouTube channel, this one covers some fundamental basics of choosing and working with a contractor. Moving forward, videos will get more in-depth with industry topics and practices, aiming to serve as a helpful resource to our experienced colleagues in the construction business. As part of this, we’ll highlight the work and methods of P.J. Callaghan.

Keep up with videos and more via YouTube or Facebook.

This video was produced by St. Petersburg video production company Roundhouse Creative.


SVP Burket appointed to Pinellas Licensing Board


Tom Burket, Senior Vice President with P.J. Callaghan, has been appointed to the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB).

The PCCLB regulates contractors in construction and home improvement within Pinellas County and provides certification and registration of contractors countywide.

Read more at TampaBayNewswire.

How to Maintain a Roof and Avoid Leaks

Having issues with a roof can be stressful and nagging. Follow these guidelines to avoid potential problems with your roof before minor leaks become a major roof failure.

On the roof
Keeping up with roof maintenance on your own can be challenging because being on the roof is the only way to properly inspect it. But remember, walking on the roof can, in itself, lead to damage. Be sure to:
• Stay on the “purlin line” – that’s the secondary structural steel that the roof panels are fastened to.
• Avoid walking on the high ridges to prevent kinking roof panels.
• Very importantly, never walk on skylights.

Signs of a problem
There may be visible signs that show a current leak issue:
• If you have a drop ceiling, check for stains on the tiles.
• For buildings that do not have a ceiling, be on the lookout for sagging insulation. The white vinyl backing to the insulation might resemble a water balloon protruding from the wall.
• Other signs, such as rust on the roof panels, or fiberglass strands showing on skylights, can be tell tales of impending roof leaks.

And there may be less obvious signs a roof is failing
• All screws must be fastened tightly to the roof – none raised or stripped.
• Screws could be installed “caddywhompus” or may be missing altogether.
• Rusted screws and dried out washers and mastic will cause leaks as well.
• Neoprene or metal stoppers (bird stops) fill the gaps between the roof and wall panels, and these can fail and cause water intrusion at the eaves.

Preventative maintenance
• Replace roof fasteners and bird stops every seven to ten years.
• Replace roof panels every 20 years.
• Replace individual roof panels at the first sign of rust.
• Clean gutter semi-annually, or regularly if in wooded area.
• Don’t ignore signs of roof failure as deferred maintenance can increase repair costs.

Roof and leak problems can be a major headache for anyone. Following these maintenance procedures can prevent a frustrating road of roof and leak woes. By the way, we do not endorse non-professionals walking on or working on a roof.

General Contractor, Design/Builder and Metal Building Specialist