VanWormer Promoted to VP, General Manager at The Austin Company

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Austin Company recently promoted Steven VanWormer to vice president and general manager of The Austin Company’s Michigan Operations. VanWormer’s career with The Austin Company began in 1989, working as a construction laborer while attending Western Michigan University. In 1990, VanWormer took an assignment as unit superintendent with the construction and maintenance team in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During this assignment, which ran through 1994, he supervised a multitude of projects and maintenance work at one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturing campuses. In 1995, he was assigned as an owner’s representative to oversee a program to replace insulation throughout … Read more

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A Chat with Tiffany Boston, Assistant Superintendent at Skanska

Team building, applying military practices on the civilian jobsite By Chris Maday Schmidt With a background in construction, contract management and safety and risk management, Tiffany Boston, assistant superintendent at Skanska, first became interested in the construction industry while she attended West Point and took engineering classes. Boston shares a snapshot of her life as a superintendent in the Army in Bagram, Afghanistan, and her techniques for team building and fostering safety on the jobsite. (Q) Your background includes several military safety certificates—how have you applied your safety expertise in your position with Skanska? That training and experience gave me … Read more

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Five Kadean Execs Receive AHA Healthcare Constructors’ Certification

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Four project managers and a superintendent with Kadean Construction Co. have recently earned their certification as Healthcare Constructors by the American Hospital Association Certification Center. Kadean Project Managers Mitch Crews, Travis Mulder, Kevin Nesselhauf and Joel Vidlak, and Superintendent Ron Walton, were awarded the AHA-CHC certification, joining a group of 900 healthcare construction professionals nationwide. To earn the CHC certification, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of education and associated healthcare-specific professional experience, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct and pass the CHC certification examination. The CHC examination … Read more

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Burns & McDonnell Inc. Acquires AZCO INC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After collaborating on projects for several decades, Burns & McDonnell is acquiring AZCO INC. The acquisition creates one of the most comprehensive environmental, engineering, procurement and direct-hire construction and fabrication companies and enhances the suite of services available to clients. “Acquisitions are common in our industry, but extremely rare at Burns & McDonnell,” says Ray Kowalik, CEO-elect, Burns & McDonnell Inc. “AZCO is a natural partner for us. Their industry-leading construction and pipe fabrication capabilities are a perfect fit into our multibillion dollar construction arm.” Kowalik says AZCO not only aligns with the firm’s construction expertise, … Read more

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