Contractors recognized for service center work

MARQUETTE — Gundlach Champion Inc. and Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. were recently recognized for their work on the Marquette Municipal Service Center.

The design/build team was hired by the city to plan, design and construct the 117,922-square foot facility along Wright Street.

The project team earned several recognitions including the Associated General Contractors’ Build Michigan Award, and an Engineering Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, according to press releases from Gundlach and Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH.

The relocation of Marquette’s Municipal Service Center was needed to accommodate the construction of Duke LifePoint’s new UP Health System-Marquette hospital, and the city qualified for $18 million in brownfield reimbursements to be used for the new center.

Gundlach officials said delays in negotiations between the city and the health care company forced the city to put a hold on construction contracts, stalling the project for eight months. However, the project team was able to meet the original scheduled completion date, the Gundlach release states. Gundlach noted the worksite had zero accidents over the more than 80,000 work-hours logged on the project.

“The entire (Gundlach) organization adopted the project’s ‘One Team’ concept, and it proved to be a successful partnership with the city of Marquette to deliver a quality facility that will serve the city well into the future,” Curt Goodman, director of Marquette’s Public Works and Utilities Department, said in the Gundlach release.

FTCH received additional awards at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan Excellence Awards, held earlier this month in Grand Rapids.

The company was awarded Firm of the Year, the Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award for its work on the St. Louis Water Supply Replacement project, and the Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award for work completed for the city of Wyoming.

“The project engineered by private sector firms have a profound effect on the quality of life for all Michigan residents,” Ronald Brenke, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, said in the FTCH press release. “Their efforts result in quality roads and bridges, safe drinking water, and a clean environment for people to live, work and play.”