Monthly Archives: December 2014

Employee Spotlight – Erik Ross


In the latest Employee Spotlight, meet the newest member of the Purdum team; Erik Ross. Erik brings with him 2 years of experience working as a project manager for RF Fisher. Welcome to the team Erik!

What are some of your hobbies/past times?

Being outdoors is one of my greatest passions.  I love to take my dog Willie on hikes and have a Discovery that I like to take on different trails and expeditions.  I recently started doing Big Brothers Big Sisters and having a little brother has been immensely more rewarding for both of us than I could have ever imagined.

What is your favorite movie or film genre?

My favorite film would have to be Super Troopers or Stripes.  Anything that makes me laugh is great.

What is your favorite music genre or artist?

I kind of listen to all different genres, I may have a playlist that has bluegrass, country, and classic rock.  If it has a good beat and sounds cool I’ll give it a shot.

What is your favorite food?

 My favorite food would have to be barbecue.  There are a lot of others that are a close second though.

Do you have a favorite sport/team?

 My favorite sport is definitely college football, with the LSU Tigers being my favorite team.

Why did you choose a career in the construction industry?

 I chose a career in the construction industry because I have always had a passion for building and tearing apart things.  So it naturally led me into construction and the further I get into this career, the more challenging and rewarding it becomes.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?

 My favorite thing about the industry is the relationships that you form working with other companies.  Getting to know new people and new trades while forming lasting relationships

What is your favorite thing about Purdum so far?

My favorite thing about Purdum is the people.  Everyone here is so friendly and willing to help with anything.  They made my transition effortless and I felt like a member of the team immediately.

Project Update – Saint John ED/ASC


Saint John ED/ASC is a renovation project for Saint John Hospital located in Leavenworth, Kansas. Purdum and HMN Architects have teamed up as the Design/Builder and are bringing versatility to the construction process. Some features of the renovated facility will include new ambulance and Emergency Department (ED) entrances, a larger generator that will allow for the utilization of more equipment, new decontamination spaces, new isolation spaces, new imaging rooms, improved trauma rooms, improved security systems, improved mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and a renovated parking lot.

Scheduled for completion in February 2015, this project entails renovating 19,000 square feet of an existing Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) suite to make way for a new ED suite. Both the ASC and ED will occupy the entire ground floor. Since the area of work is part of an existing and occupied medical office building, this creates some difficult challenges. Efficient and detailed coordination with the hospital staff, building occupants, and construction manager is needed in order to ensure the success and timely completion of this project.