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Association names finalists for construction awards

September 1, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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A local association has named the finalists for a pair of Excellence in Construction awards.

Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan, or ABC/WMC, will host the 30th-annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Sept. 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at New Vintage Place in Grand Rapids, at 889 Broadway Ave. NW.

The event honors the winners of the Safety Award of Excellence and Craft Professional of the Year and other winners.

“Craft professionals are the lifeblood of the construction industry, and we need to continue to recognize the accomplishments of the men and women who serve in the field and make it happen every day,” ABC/WMC President and CEO Norm Brady said.

Safety Award of Excellence

The Safety Award of Excellence is given to a company committed to job-site safety throughout its corporate culture. Sixteen companies were in competition for the award, and three finalists were selected in two categories: General Contractor/Construction Manager and Trade Contractor.

General Contractor/Construction Manager finalists

  • Dan Vos Construction Company
  • Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
  • Pioneer Construction

Trade Contractor finalists

  • Feyen Zylstra
  • Quality Air
  • Thermal-Tec

Craft Professional of the Year

The Craft Professional of the Year, or CPOY, is awarded to an individual who exemplifies a high standard in their work.

Three finalists were nominated for the award.

CPOY finalists

  • Mark Buczek: senior superintendent for Triangle Associates
  • Terry Buschert: foreman, safety advisor and NCCER apprentice instructor for Architectural Metals
  • Dan VanRee: project superintendent for Dan Vos Construction Company

In March, Scott Walters, a superintendent from Dan Vos Construction Company, won the nationwide Craft Professional of the Year award, which drew nominees from last year's local awards programs. Kent Companies Superintendent Michael VanBemden was also nominated for the nationwide award.

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