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Construction expo names EXPI Award winner

October 30, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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EXPI Award
Brett Schlosser, center, accepts the EXPI Award, with Michael Verhulst of Wolverine Building Group, left, and Greg Metz of Lott3 Metz Architecture standing beside him. Photo by Craig Rich

An inaugural West Michigan construction award has its winner.

PreBuck was presented with the first Sustainable Construction and Innovation Award, or EXPI Award, last night at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville as part of the West Michigan Design and Construction Expo​.

The award is given to a company that provides economic, environmental or social benefits through a project, product or service.

PreBuck won for its parapet cap.

Parapet cap

The product replaces lumber and layers of material and fasteners that come together to create a wood parapet cap.

PreBuck’s product is designed to create a more efficient and inexpensive construction method for windows, doors and sill plates.

Each PreBuck parapet cap is custom made to specifications to eliminate waste and save installation time.

Judges chose PreBuck for a variety of reasons: product is designed to not cup, warp or twist over time; engineered as consistent, flat and stable product; cuts the possibility the cap will cause leaks; eliminates job-site waste by 99 percent; and eliminates 98 percent of related manufacturing waste.

PreBuck

The company was started in the garage of founder Brett Schlosser in 2009.

PreBuck products are used in schools, hotels, malls, condominiums, retirement homes and military projects in more than 13 states.

Judges

The EXPI Award judging panel was made up of five people from the industry:

Ranae Hesselink, VP of sustainability, Nichols Paper & Supply

James Moyer, associate vice president for facilities planning, Grand Valley State University

Michael Verhulst, VP of business development and community relations, Wolverine Building Group

Greg Metz, principal, Lott3 Metz Architecture

Aileen Leipprandt, construction law attorney, Hilger Hammond

Finalists

Five organizations were finalists for the EXPI Award:

Advanced Green Architecture

Mull-it-Over Products

Tubelite

Atlas EPS

Urbaneer Spaces

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