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Posted on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 5:11 a.m.

Washtenaw Contractors Association announces PYRAMID Award winners

By Staff

The Washtenaw Contractors Association announced the winners of its 16th annual PYRAMID Awards in March before a group of the county's contractors, architects, construction project owners and labor leaders. Each of the awards represents exceptional effort in the areas of teamwork, service or innovation. Winners were selected by an independent jury composed of industry experts in Massachusetts.


Best Innovation went to J.S. Vig Construction Co. for the U of M Clements Tunnel Decommissioning Project. Receiving the award is Marty Lewis (left) of JS Vig. To his right is the award presenter Pat Podges of the Christman Co.

photos courtesy of The Washtenaw Contractors Association


Best Subcontractor Under $500,000 went to Acoustic Ceiling & Partition for the U-M Yost Ice Arena renovation. Ken Clein (left) of Quinn Evans Architects presents the award to Garrett Wickham of Acoustic Celing & Partition.

courtesy WCA

The award for Best Project Team - Projects under $3 Million went to a renovation project at the Phoenix Contact building in Ann Arbor. The architect was The Heil Partnership of Southfield. The contractor was JS Vig Construction of Taylor. The owner of the building is Ann Arbor-based Phoenix Contact Services Inc.

Best Project Team - Projects between $3 Million & $25 Million went to a research facility construction project at the Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton, owned by Michigan Technological University. The architect was Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber in Grand Rapids, and the contractor was Granger Construction Co. of Lansing.

Best Project Team - Projects over $25 Million went to a construction project at Michigan State University's Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. The architects were Zaha Hadid Architects of London, UK and Integrated Design Solutions of Troy. The contractor was Barton Malow Co. of Southfield.

Best Subcontractor Award - Contracts under $500,000 went to Acoustic Ceiling & Partition of Ann Arbor for the U-M Yost Ice Arena renovation in Ann Arbor.


Edwards Glass designed and implemented a custom glass ceiling system at the University of Michigan's Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

courtesy WCA

Best Subcontractor Award - Contracts over $500,000 ended in a tie between Edwards Glass Co. of Livonia and John Darr Mechanical of Ann Arbon for the U-M Crisler Arena expansion in Ann Arbor. Edwards Glass designed and implemented a custom glass ceiling system, and John Darr was cited for its 3-D coordination drawings and creative construction methods.

Best Innovation went to J.S. Vig for the U-M Clements Library tunnel decommissioning project on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. Award judges said the project's shoring challenge was solved using earth retention blocks "in a new and creative manner."

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