Ukrainian roots part of growing Kempton Athletic Center

Ukrainian roots part of growing Kempton Athletic Center

Among those building the Kempton Athletic Center at BBC&S is a crew originally from Ukraine, workers who have a heart for helping others and a desire to serve God.

Enko Construction is operated by Roman and Dimitri Pavlenko, brothers from Ukraine who now live in Elkhart, IN. The company employs men doing masonry and concrete work for the $4.5 million building.

Roman Pavlenko began construction work at a very young age. Now with years of experience, he is happy to be working on buildings serving a higher purpose.

"I love working on projects like this," Roman said. "It's awesome. Once this building is done it's going to be impressive."

Watch a video about the latest work being done on the building here.

Set to be finished in 2011, the new facility will feature an indoor, one-ninth-mile track, three basketball courts, a climbing tower, weight and aerobic rooms, locker rooms, a stage, an upper-level observation area, and more.
Enko Construction

The Road to Campus
Traveling from Elkhart, the men work Monday through Thursday on campus and spend the weekends at home with their families.
Working primarily with The Master's Group, the Pavlenkos and other men from Enko Construction spend a lot of time on sites similar to the Kempton Athletic Center.

Established by Dave Bailey in 2001, The Master's Group, also of Elkhart, provides design, building, and construction services for churches, schools, and office buildings.

In 1995, Bailey had an interest in visiting Ukraine. He asked friends originally from Kharkiv to accompany him. While there he met the Pavlenkos and learned of their interest in coming to the United States.

Bailey sponsored the brothers, who came to the U.S. in 1999. He helped them establish Enko Construction and continues to contract work to their company.

More work ahead
As the Pavlenkos finish the block foundation for the Kempton Athletic Center, crews are also working to complete the steel structure.

The next steps include installing insulation board, the pouring of the concrete slab, and roofing.

The new center is the largest construction project in the history of BBC&S. A planned second phase connecting to the Phelps Student Center is set to follow.

Learn more about the Kempton Athletic Center and donate toward construction projects at

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Posted on: 8/10/2010 10:20:34 AM

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