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At Pray we are all about our customers. Clearly we don’t exist without them. When you launch into a project which is often near and dear to an owner’s heart, you get to know one another well.  We create long lasting relationships. We often become friends.

Here is what they say about Pray Construction.

“Pray Construction was a great partner in our dental office project. They delivered exactly what they promised… on time and on budget. I highly recommend them for any project.” View Project

Dr. Ashley Patnoe
Charleston Pediatric Dentistry

“We learned so much building our new Ronald McDonald house and are so glad we selected Pray as our design-builder. We would use them again, only get them involved earlier. They add value that I wasn’t aware they could. They were amazing from top to bottom.” View Project

Dewayne Dickens
Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House

“Pray Construction’s  attention to detail is like no other company I have worked with on a construction project. We had milestones to meet and Pray finished those ahead of schedule. And no savings was too small for them to bring to us.” View Project

Freddie Mullins, Attorney
Industrial Development Authority, Dickenson County, Va. 

“Pray Construction delivered our new building on time and on budget. They were very professional in how they do business, but also provided a personal level of service that made our experience with them comfortable and accommodating. I would not hesitate using them again for any construction project.” View Project

Jeffery L. Purdy, Scout Executive
Buckskin Council, Boys Scouts of America

“They treated this project like it was their project. I don’t know what else you can ask out of a contractor. We went from a vision to completion, just as planned. I would work them anytime on any project. Anyone who can tackle a judical building like this, can build anything.” View Project

David Moore, County Administrator
Dickenson County, Va.

“The design-build process was the best choice for our project and having Pray Construction at the helm was an even better decision. You delivered what you said you would, on time, on budget without sacrificing the high level of quality. “ View Project

Brad Ritchie, President
Summit Community Bank, Charleston WV Area

“Our mission at PRAY Construction has always been to provide excellence in all we do. In fact, we’ve created a tradition of building excellence!”

– Mark Grigsby, President

Consider 17,096 exterior stones, 47 miles or nearly 250,000 linear feet of wood, 4,668 cubic yards of concrete, 407 tons of structural steel, 80 miles of electrical wiring and 184 individual doors.

These numbers describe some of the construction details involved in building the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The supply list would not differ much in quantity from any other construction project of more than 61,000 square feet, but temple construction projects operate on one noticeably differing principle: prayer

At the beginning of each workday, construction project managers, engineers and specially called temple missionaries gather in a review of the day’s assignments and conclude that inventory session with a prayer.

David and Bobbie Arnson, Church missionaries assigned to the recently completed Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple construction in Salt Lake County, Utah, suggest that “the teamwork achieved in carefully creating a temple begins in a morning devotional with the project managers and prayer.”

Numerous construction workers agree that the prayer makes a difference in the success of the work. Often errors are noted in a timely manner or calculations change to address immediate concerns. Sometimes extraordinary challenges are efficiently resolved.

Getting all the pieces of a temple together in a timely fashion challenges nearly every construction project.

Nearing the completion of the Sacramento California Temple, Okland Construction project manager, Russell Mumford, reported that the unseasonable weather posed a huge problem. “It rained almost every day for two months, the two months we needed to install the landscaping and finish up the project. Instead of being able to plant, we had a full lake surrounding the temple. The landscape contractor was also frustrated with the situation and pressured by the deadlines.  We received permission to invite local members of the Church to participate in the landscaping installation. In 10 days of 4 four-hour shifts and with about 200 volunteers a shift, the orange-vested contractors carefully supervised the crowds of volunteers and the landscaping was completed on time,” Mumford explained. “We never could have done it without the local support.”

Lee Fugal, engineer for the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, had an opposite experience with the landscaping on that temple. “All fall long we had unseasonably warm and clear weather,” Fugal explained. “We laid the last piece of sod on December 12 and it snowed the next day and didn’t stop for a week. It’s unheard of here in Utah to lay sod in December, but we did.”

Mark Lawrence, the drapery contractor for the newly completed Utah temple, described his attempts to find the right item in a timely manner. “I tried for several months to find the perfect fringe trim for the draperies, but was unable to locate an appropriate trim,” Lawrence reported. “After I had exhausted all my resources, I turned to the head designer at the Church. I searched some examples in his library and finally found a beautiful match. I called the manufacturer, only to discover that he was already producing that very trim in a quantity of 50 yards. I needed 40 and because it was already in process, I was able to meet my deadlines on the project.”

Doug Welling, president of Jacobsen Constructionsaid: “Building a temple utilizes the highest quality in every material, and every fashioning of that material has to be the absolute best. Assembling a temple is a unique building experience. We all have a desire to produce the very best workmanship for the house of the Lord, implementing innovative design and materials of the highest quality in an economical way that will allow the project to continue.”

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Amanda Brown Birmingham City Jail

The wife of a construction worker who lost one leg, and may lose his other, after authorities say he was hit by a drunk driver early Saturday said her husband is holding up well despite his dire injuries.

“He’s doing better with this than I would,” said Linda Golden. “I’ve been bawling for him.”

Bobby Joe Smith, 48, known to his friends as Rusty, was severely injured when police say 26-year-old Amanda Brown hit him in her GMC Yukon while on her way home from a wedding with friends, pinning Smith between her SUV and a bulldozer.

Smith, who lives in Munford, lost his right leg from just below the knee and was undergoing surgery today to make sure he doesn’t lose the rest of it, Golden said. “We’re hoping and praying they don’t have to take it off above the knee,” she said. “At first we thought he would lose his other leg, but now they may be able to keep it. But they’ve got a lot of work to do on it.”

The crash happened about 12:45 a.m. in the 2600 block of Lane Park Road. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said police responded to the scene and found a white GMC Yukon with front-end damage. Mountain Brook police and fire were already on the scene, Edwards said, and told Birmingham officers that Brown, the granddaughter of longtime Vulcan Materials executive Glenn Ireland, was driving the Yukon when she struck a construction worker who was working the area. Brown struck the worker, pinning him in between her bumper and a bulldozer, Edwards said.

The crash severed one of Smith’s legs and partially severed the other. Smith’s supervisor at Benton construction, Stacy Beckom, said they were doing a natural gas replacement that would provide utilities to the new hotel under construction.

“Basically we were just finishing up the job for the night. We were washing down the street and Rusty was out there filling low spots,” Beckom said. “We heard the collision and heard Rusty screaming and we saw him pinned against the backhoe.”

“We had the girl back off him and then we noticed one leg was completely off and the other leg was hanging by the skin,” Beckom said. Beckom and co-worker Nick Kendrick took of their belts and used them as tourniquets, he said, and then used duct tape on Smith’s legs to keep him from bleeding out.

“We kept him calm until the ambulance go there, and they made it there quick,” Beckom said. “He was conscious the whole time and we were just talking to him to keep him from getting all worked up. At one point he looked up at me and asked me if he was going to walk again and I told him he was. When the pain got real bad, he thought he was dying.”

In addition to the damage to his legs, Smith also suffered internal injuries, including to his colon and his spleen.

Beckom said that after the wreck, Brown attempted to drive away. “We wouldn’t let her go,” he said. “She tried to use our cell phones to call her Dad and then she just kind of walked off.”

Authorities said Brown, a special education teacher with no criminal history, walked to her apartment which wasn’t too far from the accident scene. She had driven from her parents’ home, which was only one-quarter of a mile away from her own apartment.

Mountain Brook police found Brown at her apartment and took Birmingham police there. When Birmingham officers arrived at the location where Brown was, she spontaneously stated to officers “I was under the influence when I did it,” Edwards said.

Brown is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and first-degree assault which includes DUI. She was booked into the Birmingham City Jail and then transferred to the Jefferson County Jail where her bond is set at $17,500. She was released from jail Saturday afternoon.

Edwards said Smith was behind cones, and the area was well lit. “It’s totally irresponsible,” Edwards said. “She made a decision to get behind the wheel under the influence and now she has interrupted his life, his quality of life and his ability to provide for his family. It’s something that could have been totally prevented.”

Birmingham attorney Tommy Spina is representing Brown. “It’s a horrible tragedy for all families concerned, especially the family of Mr. Smith,” Spina said. “It’s a grim reminder of how quick life can change when you make bad choices.”

“She’s very remorseful for what occurred and wants to do whatever is necessary to right the wrong,” Spina said. “Nothing that I am saying is intended to diminish the significance of the tragedy that has occurred and the harm caused to Mr. Smith and his family. For that, she is deeply sorry.”

Beckom said family and co-workers have kept vigil at UAB Hospital since the crash. “He’s a well-liked guy and everybody wants to see him,” Beckom said. ” He’s always been a character anyways. He’s always been the funny guy. He doesn’t seem to be down or anything. If he is, he’s doing a good job of hiding it.”

Beckom said they’ve been working on the project for a month. He said there is always the concern for accidents. “Anytime you’re dealing with being in the road, you worry about it but at that time of the night there was no traffic,” he said. “She was just out late and she had been drinking.”

Golden said she and Smith have been together 27 years. He helped her raise her two children, and together they are raising three of their five grandchildren. “He’s a very good man,” she said. “He was just doing his job, and it was a job he loved. She turned his whole world around, I know that.”

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