2022 News

October 2022

Gray West Promotions Announced
Robert Moore, RCA past president, has been named Chairperson of the Board at Gray West Construction. In addition, Brian Silver has been promoted to CEO/CFO, Eric Berg (RCA Board member) has been promoted to president, and Rob Christianson has been promoted to COO.

Fred Olivieri Building Dairy Queen
Fred Olivieri Construction Co. (North Canton, OH) is building a 2,317-sqaure-foot Dairy Queen, which will replace an existing location. The new eatery will be a "grill and chill" Dairy Queen something the existing DQ does not have. The location will open in early 2023. Click here to read more.

ZipWall® Announces New ZipSheet™ Reusable Dust Barrier
RCA sponsor ZipWall has introduced the ZipSheet™ barrier, a ready-to-use, washable, and reusable barrier material that is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic sheeting. Sheets are available in different sizes and quickly zip together to form a barrier as wide as needed. 

Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, the new ZipWall sheets are ready-to-use out of the box with no cutting or measuring required. Sheets are available in two heights to fit ceilings up to nine feet and twelve feet. A 10-foot-wide sheet with a built-in zipper door creates an instant barrier and can be extended as needed by zipping together additional sheets in increments of five feet or ten feet. The door can be rolled up and held open with the included clamps. A ZipSheet barrier is quick and easy to set-up using ZipWall poles. 


The white ZipSheet material is a durable lightweight fabric that provides privacy and minimizes disruption on both sides of the barrier. It is designed to be washed and reused making it a sustainable and cost effective alternative to plastic sheeting. Sewn-in heavy-duty zippers make it easy to zip together as many sheets as needed. A specially designed carry bag with shoulder straps offers easy storage and transport to and from the jobsite. Click here to read more.


September 2022 

Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. Announces Leadership Promotions
Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. is pleased to announce these promotions effective Thursday, September 1st.

John Krisanda will take on a new position in the company as Director of Rollout.  John started with Fortney in 2014 and quickly gained confidence with the dealings and details of the Rollout Departments multi-site projects. Rollout concentrates heavily on scheduling, material procurement and coordination with our client’s operations and merchandising personnel.  “John has shown the willingness and aptitude to excel in this position and is not afraid of a little hard work,” said his predecessor, recently promoted Vice President, Bard Fulton.  John has also worked on ground-up and remodel projects during his tenure as well as in the Accounting Department to increase his knowledge and understanding of that side of the business.  Bard will be working closely with John during the transition to give him the knowledge that Bard has gained over the past 19 years heading up the department.

Chris Hagen will take on a new position in the company as Director of Field Operations.  Chris has been with Fortney & Weygandt since 1991 and in that time has been a Carpenter, Superintendent and General Superintendent.  Mitch Lapin, President, has worked closely with Chris during his time here and states, “Chris’s knowledge of all aspects of construction and his ability to think outside the box and be a solution-oriented individual is what has driven this promotion. He will excel in this position.” Chris will more actively be a conduit between the Project Managers and the Superintendents for tough issues, scheduling and overall construction methods and techniques. Click here to read more. 

Elder-Jones Builds Out South Moon Under
South Moon Under, a women’s and men’s clothing store selling casualwear, is opening a new location in St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL, and Elder-Jones (Bloomington, MN) is the contractor on the project. The 2,000 square feet location is the third Florida location for the brand. Click here to read more.

Rectenwald Brothers Wraps a Reset; Will Remodel Ulta
Rectenwald Brothers Construction Inc. (Cranberry Township, PA) recently finished a Reset by Therabody. Reset locations are whole-body wellness centers designed to deliver a spectrum of mind-body health and wellness services. The company also recently secured a permit to remodel the 9,990-square-foot Ulta Beauty store in The Markets at Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. Click here to read more about Reset. Click here to read more about Ulta.

Construction One Wraps Multiple Projects
Construction One (Columbus, OH) recently shared finished projects for two Sunglass Hut locations in Lahaina, HI and a Bob's Discount Furniture location in Ft. Wayne, IN. The company was also part of a new Aerie/Offline side by side location at the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver, CO. Click here to read more.

David A. Nice Names New Operations Team Leader
Simon Davies, a project manager at David A. Nice Builders (Williamsburg, VA), was promoted to Operations Team Leader. Davies has been with the company for 10 years. Click here to read more.

July 2022

Industry Leader to Head Wolverine Building Group Southeast Office
Wolverine Building Group (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced that Cliff Kilboy will be the new General Manager of its Brighton, Michigan office. Kilboy has over 30 years of experience in construction. He has led high profile projects in healthcare, government, higher education, commercial offices, and historical restoration. He is a graduate of Purdue University in Construction Engineering and Management and is certified as LEED Green Associate, Professional Constructor, and Construction Quality Management with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In April 2021, Wolverine Building Group acquired Contracting Resources in Brighton, Michigan.

Wolverine Announces Internal Promotions
Wolverine Building Group also announced a group of six construction professionals who will assume senior project manager roles as the company grows. Jim Chambers, Adam Groulx, Bryan Richardson, Ryan Supplee, Patrick Schrauben, and Drew Sorenson have been named as senior project managers.

Chambers has over a decade of experience at Wolverine, handling high-profile national level retail clients such as SpartanNash and Target Stores. Groulx has been leading Wolverine’s efforts in emerging markets and is currently managing USG Corporation’s new construction in Sweetwater, TX. Richardson manages numerous projects in multi-unit residential, health care, retail and industrial builds. Supplee guides many senior living, higher education, and multi-unit residential projects. Schrauben is certified in Healthcare Construction and leads the Cherry Health renovation in Grand Rapids, as well as recently completed expansions at Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health Beaumont Health. Sorenson made his mark with multi-unit residential and non-profit building projects. His recent projects, Suroeste Brilliante Apartments and Emerald Flats have achieved an ABC West Michigan Excellence in Construction Award and a Michigan Historic Preservation Council Award, respectively. 

Wolverine Completes New Office Space for Disability Advocates of Kent County
Wolverine Building Group
(Grand Rapids, MI) was the GC on a project to renovate office space for the Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC), a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities. The office space is part of the Special Olympics of Michigan Unified Sports and Inclusion Center in Grand Rapids.

DAKC’s new 8,600-square-foot space includes a home accessibility center and a showroom for people with disabilities; their families; and builders, planners and architects to experience the benefits of universally accessible space and state-of-the-art equipment. The new space also features 24 offices, 16 additional workspaces, conference rooms, a coffee break area and storage space. Click here to read more.

Tri-North Breaks Ground on New Hotel
Tri-North Builders (Fitchburg, WI) broke ground on the e Moxy Madison, part of the Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 30 brands. The brand is designed to enable guests to save on space and splurge on experiences, while also providing a playful and spirited vibe. The hotel will feature a rooftop bar and restaurant with a view of Lake Monona. Click here to read more.

R.E. Crawford Breaks Ground on Industrial Warehouse
R.E. Crawford Construction
(Sarasota, FL) has broken ground on 60,000 square feet of light industrial space less than a mile from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport that will significantly expand an industrial park previously known as Biotech Campus. The three warehouses under construction are expected to be completed in late October 2022. Click here to read more.

Sachse Wins DBusiness Top Corporate Culture Awards
To get a picture of how metro Detroit businesses were handling challenges during the pandemic, DBusiness invited workers at small, medium-size, and large companies to complete a survey with questions about their work experience. The best-performing small and medium-to-large companies overall were recognized as Corporate Culture Awards honorees. Sachse Construction (Detroit, MI) was recognized as an overall champion in the medium/large segment. Sachse was also a survey leader in the Workplace Décor and Amenities category. Click here to read more.

Schimenti Honored as Best Place to Work
Schimenti Construction Company (Ridgefield, CT) was named to Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut. In addition to benefits, perks noted included employee recognition, holiday events, food trucks, and employee outings. In the summer, each Monday, staffers get a free lunch from a different culture. Click here to read more.

Fortney & Weygandt Reports Several Projects Underway
Fortney & Weygandt (North Olmsted, OH) is working with Ubreakifix to refresh multiple locations across the country, with the bulk being on the West Coast. The company continues to work with Bed Bath & Beyond on remodels from the East Coast to Arizona. They are starting a new retail location for Phantom Fireworks in Ohio. They are busy in the Northeast as new client F45 Fitness grows throughout the region.

Fortney & Weygandt is also working with Arby’s on various new stores and renovations from Ohio to Tennessee and they are starting a new LongHorn Steakhouse in Michigan. The company is converting a former Kmart in Urbandale, IA into a new Self-Storage facility for the community. 

ARDEX is Recognized at 2022 Starnet Design Awards
RCA sponsor ARDEX Americas was recognized with the Dream Team Award and as a vendor partner at this year’s Design Awards at the Starnet Commercial Flooring Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. Since 1998, the Starnet Design Awards have recognized dynamic relationships between Starnet Members and the A&D community by spotlighting the innovative use of flooring in commercial design in categories such as hospitality, health care, corporate, people’s choice, and more.

ARDEX has been a vendor partner with Starnet from almost the beginning and is honored to be associated with this inspiring group of commercial flooring professionals. Starnet is a network of independent flooring contractors and manufacturers aimed at fostering industry partnerships and supporting the highest standards for flooring projects. Click here to learn more about the Starnet Commercial Flooring and their annual Design Awards.  

March 2022

Wolverine Announces Internal Promotions
Wolverine Building Group announced the promotion of four team members to their next levels of construction leadership within the company. Cyrus Brandenburg, Kurtis Fritz, David Paquet, and Kyle VanDeWeert will take on additional responsibilities as the scope of work expands.

Brandenburg has been promoted to Senior Project Manager. Brandenburg has 16 years in construction management and leads the Wolverine Building Group Lansing office’s work with Sparrow Health. In his new role, Brandenberg will directly lead and manage client relationships while continuing to provide construction leadership, management, and accountability for the Lansing office. Fritz has also been named Senior Project Manager. Fritz’s depth of experience recently brought the award-winning Residence Inn by Marriot Downtown Grand Rapids to life. Paquet has been promoted to Project Manager II. Paquet helps manage Wolverine’s long-term construction relationship with John Ball Zoo. VanDeWeert has been named Project Manager I. VanDeWeert has played important roles in a variety of construction projects with Wolverine, including Collegiate North in Ann Arbor, Spectrum Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and recently, Cherry Health. 


February 2022 


Fortney & Weygandt Names New Vice President
Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has promoted Bard Fulton to Vice President. Bard Fulton will be responsible for continuing to drive the growth of Fortney & Weygandt, Inc.’s general contracting service nationwide. In his new role, Bard will focus on project development, operational efficiencies and streamlining internal business processes. Fulton will continue with his active role in multi-site project management and project estimating.


“Bard’s over 20 years of service and continued professional and committed work ethic has contributed to Fortney & Weygandt’s growth and leadership in the multi-site arena,” said Mitch Lapin, President. “We are looking forward to having him continue those efforts on a larger scale, getting involved with more projects and managing from a corporate level.”


Bard began his career at Fortney & Weygandt in 2001 as a Project Manager overseeing the various multi-site rollout programs and soon began leading the department. He has experience working with retail, restaurant, and commercial clients on national projects with varied scopes. Bard has led the Multi-Site Rollout Division for 19 years with responsibilities that included supervising Project Managers, evaluating bids with the Estimating Department, working with the Accounting Department on job-specific financial matters and participating in efforts to generate new business. Bard is LEED also certified.


Wolverine Finishes DuckPin Bowling
Wolverine Building Group (Grand Rapids, MI) just finished Woodrows DuckPin Bowling, on the ground floor of Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The venue features seven duckpin bowling lanes in addition to a lounge area with seating and high-top tables and rails. Duckpin bowling, which dates back to the 1800s, is different than traditional bowling. Duckpin lanes are shorter and have pins attached to strings, which are shorter and thinner than traditional bowling pins. This style of pins makes it more difficult to throw a strike, so bowlers are allowed three chances per frame. Click to read more.


January 2022

Immel Named Next Generation Best Place to Work
Immel Construction (Green Bay, WI) was named Next Generation Best Place to Work by the Greater Green Bay Chamber at its Future 15 & Young Professional Awards Ceremony. The award focuses on the next generation of workers and was awarded based on engagement in the community, work-life blend, generational diversity, attraction and retention initiatives, and management of talent. Click here to read more.


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