Major Area Builder Receives Supplier Award

June 5, 2002
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HOLLAND — Lamar Construction Company last month received a national design award for its design and construction work on Building B of the Lakeshore Medical Campus in this lakeshore township.

Conferring the honor — termed a national Design-Build Award — was American Building Co., of Eufaula, Ala., a manufacturer of metal building systems and related construction products.

American provided the materials for the 12,800-square-foot structure which now is the home of an obstetrics and gynecology practice.

Commercial, institutional and residential growth is moving rapidly north of Holland along several major traffic corridors.

The building is one of four designed to blend into a 13-acre woodland setting that includes a park, pond and trees and other landscaping.  Developers have created the campus to improve access to health care for residents living in and to the north of the city's very rapidly developing north side.

Lamar Construction, which was founded in 1936, terms itself a full-service, design-build general contractor primarily serving West Michigan.

The 65-year-old company is an authorized builder for American Buildings and is designated as one of the company's Golden Eagle partners, because — according to American — it “is a consistent leader in sales volume and construction professionalism among American's more than 1,200 builders throughout North America.”

Lamar erected the structure in six months.

 

The 80 by 150 structure has exterior masonry walls and a shingled 4:12 pitch gabled roof.  The building's canopy facade is constructed of metal standing seam panels, and the roof of the drop-off entryway also is metal paneled.

The architects for the project were G.M.B. Architects-Engineers, of Holland.

American Buildings terms itself a leading manufacturer of metal building systems and allied construction products.

Lamar also reports that it recently began work on two building additions for W. H. Porter, 4240 on 136th Avenue in the Holland area.

The two additions, for which Lamar serves as general contractor, will total 27,600 square feet.

The smaller addition, 12,000 square feet, is an expansion of Porter's office building.

Lamar advised that the project will involve using multiple colors to make a bold exterior statement.  Indoors, the addition will incorporate gazebos and other shade shelters to form office space and conference rooms. The innovation makes use of Porter's Poligon line of prefabricated tubular steel outdoor shade shelters and building components. Porter has been manufacturing the Poligon line for 35 years.

The other addition, 15,600 square feet, expands those manufacturing facilities.  According to a release, the manufacturing addition will enable the company to incorporate a new fabric shade shelter into its Poligon line.

The additional also makes room for expansion of a second product line, Structural Insulated Panels, which — like Poligon — has undergone explosive growth.

Production of the panels, thanks to their high insulation value and energy efficiency, is expected to double this year.

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