Gundlach Champion recognized with 2017 Build Michigan Award

ACCEPTING THE 2017 Build Michigan Award are, front row, from left, John Keyes of Gundlach Champion Inc., Tom Florek of city of Marquette, Eric Stemen of the city of Marquette and Thomas Wahlstrom of GCI. In back, from left, are Scott Helminen of GCI; Jeff Chick of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber; Rob Berg of GCI; Curt Goodman of the city of Marquette; Jim Ebli of GCI; Stan Kaczmarek of GCI; and Tony Kuhtz of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Gundlach Champion Inc. recently won a 2017 Build Michigan Award in the Design-Build category for construction of the roughly $16.5 million Marquette Municipal Service Center, 1100 Wright St. in Marquette.

The award was presented at the Associated General Contractors of Michigan annual meeting Feb. 16 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

The Build Michigan Award recognizes new construction and renovation projects in building construction, environmental, construction management, and design-build. Projects are judged on meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, innovation in construction techniques, sensitivity to the environment, responsiveness to client needs, and the contractor’s contribution to the community.

“When a city has the chance to build a brand-new, state-of-the-art public works facility, it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and leadership has one chance to get it right. With our budget smaller than anticipated and our building needs greater than most as the largest municipality in the Upper Peninsula, the project goals and timeline we demanded were anything but desirable. Yet one company came forward and guaranteed it could be done. Gundlach Champion completed our project the way we envisioned it, without sacrificing an ounce of quality along the way,” said Sara Cambensy, former Marquette city commissioner and the new state representative for the 109th District.

“AGC of Michigan is proud to honor Michigan contractors who have pushed environmental, design, and management limits in the commercial construction industry while maintaining a firm focus on our core values of skill, integrity, and responsibility,” said Damian Hill, president of AGC of Michigan.

The AGC of Michigan is a full-service construction trade association providing safety, education and training, legislative and regulatory advocacy, human resources, labor relations options, construction information, and affinity programs. The statewide organization has more than 400 members and the AGC of America represents more than 32,000 firms.

Gundlach Champion Inc. combined Herman Gundlach, Inc. founded in 1898, and Champion Inc. founded in 1921.

For more than a century, GCI has been providing preconstruction and project delivery systems to the commercial, educational, health care, industrial, and public facilities markets throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Midwest.