2021 News

April 2021

Wolverine Building Group Acquires Southeast Michigan Construction Firm
Wolverine Building Group (Grand Rapids, MI) has acquired Contracting Resources Inc., a construction firm based in Brighton, MI. Contracting Resources Inc. was founded in 2001 by Jim Barnas, a 40-year veteran in the construction industry, who the firm after he spent time working for large construction corporations and recognized that he was ready to control and manage his own commercial contracting company. Barnas also wanted to operate in his hometown of Brighton so he could be more involved in the community. Over the years, Barnas built a strong book of business based on relationships, treating clients with dignity and respect, and always doing the right thing. Contracting Resources has 21 team members and offers construction management services to clients in health care, retail, religious, commercial, and medical office markets. Barnas will continue to work at Contracting Resources until the end of 2021 to ensure a smooth transition before retiring from the company. Wolverine is no stranger to acquisitions. In 1995 Wolverine Building Group acquired Fryling Construction, which at the time specialized in multi-unit residential and shopping malls. In 2009, Wolverine acquired Houseman Construction which led to work in the national restaurant and retail industry and has since managed projects in 38 states across the country. Click here to read more. 

Desco Safety Manager Featured in OH&S Article
Matt Catellier, safety manager at Desco Professional Builders (Ellington, CT), was interviewed for “A Look into the Construction Industry Post-Pandemic.” The article discusses how contractors have handled the pandemic and how things might change after it ends. Click here for the full article. 

Fortney & Weygandt's Projects in Progress
Fortney & Weygandt (North Olmsted, OH) announced some of their recent projects in the spring issue of their Forum newsletter. The company continues to work closely with CVS Health on the conversion of their stores into Health Hubs, with many more in the pipeline across the U.S. They have welcomed Meijer grocery stores as a client with a few regional projects underway. A new Huntington National Bank is underway in Pittsburgh, PA and a new Valvoline Instant Oil Change is starting in Rocky River, OH. Fortney & Weygandt is working on a a new American Family Care project in Hamilton, NJ and continues to build new office locations for Lifestance in Ohio and Indiana. They are also starting construction on several new Arby’s locations in Ohio as they continue to grow. 

Rockford Construction Announces Steven Frederickson as Vice President
Rockford Construction (Grand Rapids, MI), has announced that Steven Frederickson will join the company as vice president overseeing its health care division. Frederickson will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with health care clients and will oversee the company’s projects within the health care division. As health care institutions face new challenges post-COVID, Rockford’s health care team under Frederickson will focus on new innovations that support models for research and development, more effective patient experiences, and better health outcomes. Click here to read more. 

KBE Starts Work on Cambria Hotel
KBE Building Corporation has begun work on the future Cambria Hotel in New Haven CT. KBE has selected the large steel and concrete contractors for a six-story hotel that will complete development of the “Route 34 West” superblock. They will now be selecting subcontractors that fulfill city expectations of minority hiring. The 130-room hotel will be managed by Maryland-based Choice Hotels International as one of their upscale brands. Click here to read more.


March 2021 

Schimenti Names New VP, Development
Schimenti Construction Company (New York City) has named James Harrison as Vice President, Development. Harrison will be responsible for delivering Schimenti's strategic plan, focusing on front-end pre-construction services, marketing and communications, customer relationship management, and new business development. With 16 years of international experience in construction management advisory, Harrison has reshaped and driven strategic planning and service delivery for brands such as Apple, Tiffany & Co., and Tishman & Speyer.

ESI Acquires Morgan Construction
ESI Construction (Meridian, ID) has merged with Morgan Construction Inc., a general contracting company that focuses on medical, dental, retail and light industrial projects “This merger of two great companies allows ESI an exciting opportunity to support already established clients and new clients on exciting projects by enhancing our efficiency and response to a broader market. Idaho is our home and we want to be able to serve all communities throughout the Gem State as we grow together,” said Neil Nelson, president and co-owner of ESI, in a press release. Following the sale, the owners of Morgan Construction, Matt and Lynne Morgan, announced a donation to the non-profit Building Hope Today in the amount of $250,000. ESI Cares, a charitable arm of ESI, also made a donation of $25,000 to establish Builders Building Hope to help underwrite the cause of Building Hope Today. Click here to read more. 

PWI Takes on Hotel Projects
PWI Construction (Las Vegas) has joined The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley at The Palmeraie as general contractor for the luxury resort’s interior build-out by the project’s owner, Five Star Development. As the first new Ritz-Carlton to be built in North America in over a decade and the centerpiece of the $2 billion, 122-acre luxury master-planned development of The Palmeraie, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is positioned to become a flagship property for The Ritz-Carlton brand. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will feature 215 hotel rooms with private entrances, detached casitas, and oversized suites spread across 20 verdant acres. Click here to read more.

The Sheraton Denver Downtown has revealed a $80 million renovation, including a full-scale renovation of its guest rooms, lobby, public and meeting spaces. The hotel is located on Denver’s iconic 16th Street Mall and is among the first Sheraton branded hotels in the country to undergo the larger brand revitalization. will serve as the general contractor for the public spaces. Click here to read more. 

Fulcrum Renovating RaceTrac
Fulcrum Construction (Atlanta, GA) has been issued a permit to renovate a RaceTrac at in Jacksonville, FL. The work involves interior renovations, signs, and awnings. Click here to read more. 

January 2021

Stefan Figley joins Westwood Contractors as CEO
Westwood Contractors announced the addition of Stefan Figley as Chief Executive Officer, a role he officially assumed on December 7, 2020. Robert D. Benda—a past present of RCA—who has served as CEO since 2005, will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board. As part of Westwood’s succession plan, a nationwide search was conducted and Mr. Figley was selected for the role of CEO. As Mr. Benda stated, “On behalf of the entire board we are delighted to welcome Stefan to the Westwood team, and we believe he possesses the combination of skills and experience necessary to build on Westwood’s 37-year track record of success. Stefan’s depth of marketing experience including domestic and international roles and successful track record of leading large organizations operating on a national scale will bring added resources to the talented Westwood team and ensure a bright future for the company.”

Mr. Figley, a Certified Franchise Executive, has more than 24 years of experience employing his strategic vision focusing on the key metrics driving EBITDA performance and multimillion-dollar revenue growth. He has worked extensively in developing and leading large and small teams both in the U.S. and abroad for national and international brands including Steamatic where he most recently served as President until its sale to an international public company, Jani-King, ServiceMaster, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. Having also served in roles of chief operating officer, strategy consultant, chief marketing officer, and other capacities, Mr. Figley’s highly collaborative approach and leadership style results in well-aligned teams within an organization to maximize competitive advantages and exceptional customer value propositions. In addition, he brings a tremendous network of clients, prospects, subcontractors, and other resources further expanding the company’s potential for growth. Click here to read more.

ICI Starting Construction on Porsche Dealership
ICI (Elmhurst, IL) is commencing construction on the Napleton Porsche Chicago dealership located within the Presidential Towers development. The new dealership will contain 10,000 square feet of sales space and a 17,000 square foot service department. This marks ICI’s third Porsche dealership construction project in recent years. Click here to read more.

Wolverine and Rockford Join New Community Transformation Fund
Rockford Construction and Wolverine Building Group, both of Grand Rapids, MI, are part of the New Community Transformation Fund, a West Michigan venture capital fund that intends to invest in growing, minority-owned businesses. The New Community Transformation Fund netted $8.5 million in commitments from investors in its first year and ultimately hopes to raise $25 million through 2021 to support minority entrepreneurs. Click here to read more.

Wolverine Partners with Literacy Center of West Michigan for Education Grant
Wolverine Building Group (Grand Rapids, MI) is part of a community partnership that submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education’s Rethink Adult Ed Challenge on behalf of the Literacy Center of West Michigan. The nonprofit is one of five finalists from the state, and the only one in the West Michigan region that is advancing to the next round, with the opportunity to win a share of $750,000. The grand prize will be $250,000 and up to five runners-up will receive at least $100,000. The Challenge aims to advance pre-apprenticeship programs and career opportunities nationwide by breaking down barriers many adult learners are faced with. The proposal includes English instruction and skills training within apprenticeship programs for Latina women entering the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades. Click here to read more.

David A. Nice Enters Interim Agreement for Fire Station
David A. Nice Builders (Williamsburg, VA) is discussing an interim agreement with the Williamsburg City Council to demolish the city’s current fire station and build a new 31,000-square-foot station on the same lot. The final agreement is expected in July. Click here to read more.

Fulcrum Working with CapRock on Industrial Park
Fulcrum Construction (Atlanta, GA) is joining a team assembled by CapRock Partners to build a multi-building industrial park in southwest Las Vegas. The three-building industrial park, totaling 230,000 square feet, will include a 132,450-square-foot building with 28-foot clear heights, five grade-level doors and 26 dock-high doors; a 75,836-square-foot building with 24-foot clear heights, five grade-level doors and 22 dock-high doors; and a 21,976-square-foot “jewel box” building with 24-foot clear heights, one grade-level door and two dock-high doors. Click here to read more.


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