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Monday, January 31, 2011

Three U-M construction projects receive top honors from state association

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Michigan branch has recognized three U-M construction projects — Michigan Stadium, Couzens Hall and the Data Center — with its "Build Michigan Award" for excellence and quality.

The awards were announced Friday at the AGC's annual meeting in Bay City. The Build Michigan Awards recognize outstanding Michigan construction projects that the judges felt represented the best the AGC membership has to offer, and are the highest honor AGC Michigan bestows on its members.

"This type of recognition is a tribute to our team at U-M and the general contractors we worked with on these projects," says Marina Roelofs, executive director of Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) at U-M. "Our focus on quality across a spectrum of areas related to all construction projects on campus is what AGC rewarded us for, and we are pleased to bring this level of recognition to U-M."

U-M AEC teams worked with Barton Malow (Michigan Stadium), Walbridge (Couzens Hall) and Granger Construction (Data Center) on the projects. AGC Michigan evaluated projects between Nov. 1, 2009, and Nov. 1, 2010, focusing on criteria such as meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, innovation in construction techniques, responsiveness to client needs and sensitivity to the environment.

The Build Michigan Awards come on the heels of other recent awards and recognition for AEC and construction projects on campus.

Earlier this month, U-M received the McGraw Hill Construction Best of Best Award for the Michigan Stadium expansion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR® certification for Couzens Hall, and the 2011 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honor Award for Architecture for the U-M Museum of Art renovation.