By: Nick Dmitrovich
May 11, 2018
At the Construction Advancement Foundation’s (CAF) recent awards banquet, leading contractors from all over the region gathered together to celebrate the most outstanding achievements from the local construction industry over the past year. Dozens of firms were in attendance, forming a roster of more than 600 of the industry’s top professionals, owners, master builders, supervisors, and more. All together, the projects and companies that received accolades form a unique picture of NWI’s growth overall and the vitality of its building trades.
“Construction in one form or another is involved with almost every economic development opportunity our region experiences. It’s a major engine driving our economy forward,” said Dewey Pearman, Executive Director of the CAF.
“Every day, the people in NWI’s union construction industry deliver on their promise to produce quality project outcomes. We’re proud to celebrate their achievements with these well-deserved awards, but perhaps the biggest rewards come from seeing the actual use of their efforts. Our builders are establishing schools where future generations will grow, hospitals where miracles will take place, roads that will carry people home – the infrastructure that supports us all. They deserve our appreciation.”
The event was hosted via partnership with the Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable’s (NWIBRT) annual safety awards banquet. The combined ceremonies represent the leading awards event with regard to the region’s industrial, commercial, and public works projects.
Five companies earned Contractor of the Year awards in categories based on their respective areas of expertise. These awards represent a culmination of a number of factors that the CAF evaluates including safety, excellence in partnering and teamwork, quality project management, innovation and uniqueness in construction techniques, consideration for the environment, community support, craftsmanship, supervisory training, and education.
This year’s Contractors of the Year winners and their highlighted projects include:
Gariup Construction Co., Inc. earned the Commercial Contactor of the Year award for its work on the new Indiana University Northwest Arts & Science building in Gary, the Washington Park Greenhouse restoration project in Michigan City, the City of Hammond’s new Fire Station #8 building, and for improvements the company made to the East Chicago Marina Harborwalk.
The Ross Group, Inc. took home the Industrial Contactor of the Year award for its performance on the multi-phased Monosol manufacturing facility project, the new operations and maintenance building for the upcoming Cline Ave. bridge, and for repairs and renovations made to the NLMK Melt Shop in Portage.
Thatcher Foundations, Inc. was awarded the Specialty Contactor of the Year award for foundation work the company performed on several projects, including repairs made 30 feet underwater at the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor, support structures for a new tank at Grace Industries, and pier installations for a new foundation at BP Whiting Refinery.
Superior Construction Co., Inc. received the Highway Contactor of the Year award for its work on several new pieces of roadway infrastructure, including a new interchange in Indianapolis at I-465 and I-65, and a new bridge over the CSX Railroad on Avon Ave. in Avon. Both projects, despite being in high-traffic sites, were completed without injuries.
DLZ earned the Professional & Engineering Services Contactor of the Year award for its efforts in completing precision upgrades at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, construction of the Pipefitters 597 Training and Wellness Center, preliminary engineering work for the NICTD West Lake Corridor project, and on a new pipeline junction for NIPSCO.
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