Contractor wins national Excellence in Construction award


Courtesy Lakewood Construction

A contractor in the region has been honored on a national stage.

Lakewood Construction’s work on the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland earned it a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, or ABC, for a renovation under $5 million, according to the ABC Western Michigan Chapter last month.

Representatives from the Holland-based construction firm received the award in March during ABC’s 29th-annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala at the 2019 ABC Convention in Long Beach, California. Lakewood was the lone West Michigan contractor to receive this year’s Eagle Award.

The “robust” renovation project “shows not only the exceptional talent in our industry, but the overall commitment to building safely, on time and on budget,” said Tony Rader, 2019 ABC national chair and telecom VP of National Roofing Partners in Coppell, Texas.

The Michigan West Coast Chamber’s 7,300-square-foot office at 272 E. 8th St. was in “serious need of repair.” The building was originally constructed in 1972 and has been home to the chamber since 1987.

New features in the building include a flexible learning lab meeting space that can accommodate up to 65 people for in-house events, an additional conference room, updated technology for meeting space and staff efficiency, collaborative office space for chamber staff and additional space for visitor parking.  

The facility also has a new outdoor patio space equipped with Wi-Fi and is being connected to downtown Holland’s snowmelt system.

“One of the best things about the project was working alongside the West Coast Chamber team, the architecture team from GMB AE and all of the trades and craftspeople in the community that came together to make this project happen,” said Nick Nykerk, president, Lakewood Construction.

“Lakewood is incredibly proud of being part of making the vision a reality. The Eagle Award confirms that this building truly reflects who we all are as a community: world-class.”

The ABC Excellence in Construction awards program honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality construction projects.

The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost.

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