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September 26, 2019
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Neal Kooiman
Neal Kooiman. Courtesy ABCWMC

The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter recently announced the winners of its 33rd annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

The awards ceremony was held Sept. 19 at 20 Monroe Live, in downtown Grand Rapids.

The annual event celebrates the best in West Michigan construction and recognizes the most innovative and high-quality construction projects, safety efforts and craft professionals.

Neal Kooiman, site foreman for Feyen Zylstra, was awarded the 2019 Craft Professional of the Year. The award is given to an individual who raises the bar for professionals in their skill by exhibiting outstanding craftsmanship and leadership.

The winner for Safety Award of Excellence in the general contractor/construction manager category was CSM Group, and the Safety Award of Excellence in the trade contractor category was presented to Feyen Zylstra.

The Safety Award of Excellence identifies companies that demonstrate continued commitment to jobsite safety and strive to make these values an integral part of their day-to-day culture.

“The Excellence in Construction Awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects with awards presented to the top project in each category. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer” said Norm Brady, president and CEO of ABC/WMC. “Construction industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s judges include building trades instructors from higher education, city building inspectors, architects, engineers, construction managers and representatives from material suppliers. We congratulate and thank all of the participants for their dedication.”

Winners were chosen from 84 total projects. Additional categories, winners and projects were:

Glazing: Architectural Glass & Metals Inc. for Bissell headquarters

Masonry: Integrated Exteriors for Kent County Juvenile Detention Center

Plumbing: Allied Mechanical Services for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, birthing center

Structural Steel: FCC Construction Inc. for Pokagon Health Center

Process Piping: Allied Mechanical Services for Zoetis, building 248

Roofing – Single Ply: Langerak Roof Systems Inc. for Amway, building 25

Roofing Other: Wolverine Building Group for Hemisphere Design Works

Concrete: Burgess Concrete Construction for South Christian High School

Electrical: Allied Electric Inc. for Kent Quality Foods

Exterior Finishes: Integrated Exteriors for River Street Commons, A7

Fire Protection: Brigade Fire Protection for Foremost Farms

General Trades: Nugent Builders for Baypointe Woods, banquet facility

HVAC: Allied Mechanical Services and Van Dyken Mechanical Inc. for South Christian High School

Interior Finishing: The Bouma Corporation for Embassy Suites

Low Voltage: Buist Electric for Service Express

Historical Construction: Rockford Construction for Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Museum School

New Construction less than $1 million: Wolverine Building Group for 40 Acres Restaurant

New Construction $1 million-$5 million: (Tie) Wolverine Building Group for Covenant House and Lakewood Construction for DHE Plumbing & Mechanical, new headquarters and warehouse

New Construction $5 million-$10 million: Triangle Associates for Mercy Health Urgent Care

New Construction $10 million-$25 million: First Companies Inc. for New Vista

New Construction more than $25 million: Dan Vos Construction Co. for South Christian High School

Renovation/Addition less than $1 million: BCI Construction for Infusion Associates

Renovation/Addition $1 million-$5 million: Wolverine Building Group for Spectrum Health’s Michigan Street Market & Grille

Renovation/Addition $5 million-$10 million: Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Covenant Learning

Renovation/Addition more than $10 million: Elzinga & Volkers Inc. Construction Professionals for Western Theological Seminary, Learning Commons

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