By Steven Penn
Tim McGovern, owner of McGovern Construction in Danville, has contributed to the racing lore in the “Racing Capital of the World” by constructing the new Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) headquarters, at 1255 Main St., in downtown Speedway.
McGovern said the project, which was started the last week of August, is currently being finished and the facility will be moved into by next week.
The building, according to McGovern, is what’s called a precast structure building.
“It’s about 330,000 square feet,” he said. “They have about 12,000 square feet of office space ... they have a very unique lobby, they have a gym area, they have a very nice kitchen, locker rooms for men and women, and engineering rooms — it’s a very nice building.”
McGovern said the building cost was right at $2.3 million and will serve as their all-encompassing headquarters.
“This is their business headquarters, but it’s also where they build their race cars,” he said. “They have about a 20,000 square-foot shop that contains a machine shop, paint areas, and the gear room.”
He added the building will also be aesthetically pleasing.
“On the outside ... it’s what they call their race car plaza, where they have a lot of their events and the race cars sitting on the outside,” McGovern said. “It’s a very, very neat plaza with a lot of cool landscaping around it.”
As for his business, McGovern said it was started 19 years ago after he decided to leave another construction company.
“They were a very good company, I had nothing against them,” he said. “I just wanted a piece of the pie and went out on my own 19 years ago, but not every year has been a glamorous year.”
He said building the SFHR headquarters qualifies as a highlight of his company.
“As far as Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing goes, they’ve been a great customer ... it was definitely the highest profile job that we’ve done,” McGovern said. “It wasn’t the biggest building that we’ve done, but it was definitely the highest profile job.”
He added his company does a variety of jobs, including churches, industrial buildings, houses, and commercial buildings.
“I came from a construction background of doing everything,” McGovern said. “In this (economic time) we’re in, you better know all sides of residential, industrial, and commercial areas if you’re to make it right now.”
He said he’s found that on jobs from big to small, customers like the hands-on approach of his smaller company.
“We’re a small company, coming from a big company I worked with before, I’ve always noticed if you deal with a big construction company, you’re going to deal with a superintendent, a project manager, and an estimator, before you get to the owner of the company,” McGovern said. “I’m on the job a lot ... I know what’s going on. I’ve always noticed my customers liked dealing directly with me, you don’t have to go through three or four guys to get to me.”
He said the most important thing is doing the job right with however many people are working on a project.
“We keep it small, right at two or three people,’ McGovern said. “We don’t have a bunch of people, but I always pride myself on (the fact that) I have a great group of sub-contractors that work for me and they know what I expect and nothing less.”
McGovern Construction is at P.O. Box 265 in Danville. For more information, call 745-7671 or visit the website www.mcgovernconstruction.com.