Wolverine Leads ABC Winners

November 1, 2002
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Western Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors honored 35 contractors, design professionals, project owners and project supervisors at its Awards of Excellence program last week.

But none were honored more than the Wolverine Building Group.

Wolverine walked away with four awards. The firm was cited for its work on the Foot & Ankle Specialists of West Michigan office; the $9.3 million Spectrum Health South Tower; the $3.3 million Calvin College pedestrian bridge; and the $3.8 million chimp exhibit at John Ball Zoo.

Over 400 persons attended the association's 17th Annual Construction Awards Banquet held at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park last Tuesday. The awards recognized superior quality workmanship and owner satisfaction across 26 categories. A few categories had subgroups and multiple winners.

C.D. Barnes & Associates was given the 2002 Construction Safety Excellence Award. The judges unanimously selected the company for its safety record and its policy on health and safety.

A.J. Veneklasen Inc. and Maverick Construction Co. were honored in the commercial construction category. Veneklasen earned its honor for its work on the Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber office, a $7 million project, while Maverick was cited for the $2.8 million Parker Hannifin Corp. office building.

D&D Building Inc., The Christman Co. and Owens-Ames-Kimball Co. got nods for institutional construction: D&D for the $1.3 million Grandville Arts Academy; Christman for the $8.6 million Century Park Learning Center; and O-A-K for the $56.5 million Kent County Courthouse.

Renovation honors went to Dan Vos Construction Co. Inc, Houseman Construction Co., D&D Building and Pioneer Inc. Vos won for the Founders Building lobby; Houseman for the Grand Rapids Ballet School of Dance; D&D for the Catholic Social Services building; and Pioneer for The Boardwalk on North Monroe.

Pioneer also was honored for building the Ellis Parking Co. Mid-Town Ramp.

The association also named winners for electrical and mechanical work, exterior and interior finishing, church construction and renovation, fire protection and glazing, masonry and concrete work, roofing, landscaping and pre-engineered construction.

This year ABC/WMC had 105 projects entered in the competition. Last year, the competition had 81 entries.

The local ABC chapter was formed in 1956. It has nearly 540 members, which makes it the fifth largest of the 83 ABC chapters in the nation.

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