Concrete producer wins national award


The Z mixed-used building in Detroit. Courtesy Kerkstra Precast

A concrete producer was recently honored by the industry in the nation’s capital.

Kerkstra Precast in Grandville was part of a project that was given the Best Parking Structure award at the 52nd annual Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Design Awards Competition.

The event, held last month in Washington D.C., was hosted by Chicago-based PCI, the industry’s national standards group.

Kerkstra Precast, founded in 1962, won its first-ever PCI award for The Z, a mixed-use parking structure in Detroit’s historic Broadway district.

The Z, named for its z-like shape, is a 10-level building with a 1,282-car garage and 3,000 square feet of retail, office and restaurant space.

Bedrock Real Estate Services is the project’s owner. Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield served as the project’s designer, and Detroit-based Colasanti Construction Services and Detroit-based Sachse Construction served as the project’s contractors.

“The Z is a pivotal project for the Kerkstra Precast team,” said Derek Hunderman, president, Kerkstra Precast. “The project opens our company up to a whole host of new opportunities within the industry.”

Hunderman added that the recognition by PCE is “the icing on the cake to this amazing project.”

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