Church chairman praises P1 for extensive preconstruction effort

P1 Group recently was awarded a design-build project (click here for full scope of work) for First Christian Church in Lawrence, Kan., and the church’s board made it clear that the thorough proposal and presentation by the P1 Group team was the deciding factor. That successful team:

  • Chris McCall, Account Representative
  • Chris Champagne, Operations Manager
  • Dolan Boxberger, Estimator
  • Mel Copeland, Estimator

First Christian Church Chairman Dale Willey recognized P1 Group’s communication, professionalism and reliability. Here is what he had to say:


As I mentioned previously, First Christian Church began last August, 2011 assessing the condition of our church. That is when I became involved with our trustee board and I learned a lot about our church facility.

To have 19 A/C units on the roof did not seem efficient and that was proven with the assessment. Your company was asked to bid on our new project. Chris Champagne and Chris McCall jumped on our bid, requested one year of energy bills, examined the building with several of your key engineering people and presented a cost estimate by February. And there was a full explanation of the work to be done and the equipment to be used with your presentation. They even projected a $12,500 annual savings on energy bills with your equipment.

Long story short, Chris and Chris did an outstanding job of holding our hands, re-explaining all that would be done, etc. –very professional at every contact. We are going forward with P1 knowing that we will receive the best in equipment and service, without any doubt!

Our experience with your people reminded me so much of the enclosed story about “Knowing your Potatoes” and I wanted to share that with you.

Thank you for having such professional people along with their fine service and attention to detail.

Dale Willey, Chair
First Christian Church Board of Trustees

Know Your Potatoes

Two farm wagons stood in a public market, both loaded loaded with potatoes. A housewife stopped beside the first wagon and asked, “How much are your potatoes today?”

“Dollar and a quarter,” replied the farmer.

“I only paid a dollar last time,” the woman protested.

“Taters have gone up,” grunted the farmer as he turned aside.

At the next wagon, the housewife asked the same question, but Ma McGuire knew her potatoes. “These are especially fine white potatoes,” she said. “We raise only the kind with small eyes so there will be no waste in peeling. Then we sort’em by sizes. In each bag you’ll find a large size for boiling and cutting up, and a smaller size for baking. The baking size cooks quickly and uniformly.

“These potatoes are clean, too,” she continued. “You could put a bag in the parlor without soiling your carpet – you don’t pay for a lot of dirt. They’re a good buy at $1.65. Shall I have them put in your car?”

The woman who thought that the first farmer’s potatoes were too high bought two bags from Ma McGuire at a higher price.

All which proves that it is much more important to establish a value than quote a price!