Bob Engler of Engler Services, left, receives the 2018 Wes Meilahn Award from Gene Jacobson of PDC Electrical Contractors, the winner of the 2017 award.

WISCONSIN DELLS – Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin highlighted some of the state’s most impressive and distinct construction projects of 2018 on Thursday during the 26th annual Projects of Distinction Awards Program in Wisconsin Dells.

 The Projects of Distinction Awards recognize merit construction projects that meet stringent standards for safety, overall quality of construction, and face unusual circumstances and challenges. The 52 winning projects were evaluated by eight independent judges who have experience in the construction industry. The awards were presented Feb. 14 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells in front of roughly 400 attendees.

During the program, Friede & Associates of Reedsburg was recognized with the ABC of Wisconsin Built on Merit Award for using the most ABC members on a single construction project. Friede & Associates used 29 contractor and supplier members to build the Vintage Brewing Company building in Sauk City.

In addition, ABC of Wisconsin recognized Bob Engler of Engler Services with the Wes Meilahn Award, the organization’s most prestigious and coveted award. Meilahn, who passed away in the early 1980s, was one of the founding members of ABC of Wisconsin. The award is presented annually at the Projects of Distinction awards banquet to an ABC of Wisconsin member who exemplifies the same tenacity, understanding, love and service toward the organization as Meilahn.

Engler has been an active ABC of Wisconsin member since 1989, having served on many chapter committees, including the Safety Committee, Skill Competition Committee and Winter Conference Planning Committee. He served on the ABC of Wisconsin Board of Directors and is a current trustee on the Apprenticeship & Training Trust Board. His company has trained apprentices for many years and participates in the ABC Safety Training Evaluation Process. After retiring in 2017 and passing his business – Engler Electric – onto his son, Engler created a separate company membership so he could continue to belong to ABC and teach a night class for the chapter.

The complete list of Projects of Distinction winners are as follows:

Commercial – $2 million to $10 million
NCI-Roberts Construction – Fulton Church, Edgerton, WI – Silver
Holtz Builders, Inc. – Sundara Addition, Lake Delton, WI – Silver
Gilbank Construction, Inc. – UW-Whitewater Athletic Complex Buildings, Whitewater, WI – Silver
Kraemer Brothers – River Ridge Middle School Addition, Patch Grove, WI – Silver
Friede & Associates – Sundara Woodland Retreats, Wisconsin Dells, WI – Gold
Friede & Associates – Vintage Brewing Company, Sauk City, WI – Gold
Kraemer Brothers – TRU by Hilton Madison West, Madison, WI – Gold 

Commercial – Over $10 million
KSW Construction – Hyatt Place Hotel, Verona, WI – Silver
Wieser Brothers Inc. – Dahl Auto Plaza, Winona, MN – Gold
Kraemer Brothers – Fairway Independent Mortgage New Corporate Headquarters, Madison, WI – Silver 

Healthcare – Under $5 million
Keller, Inc. – Care Animal Hospital, Pleasant Prairie, WI – Gold
Ellis Construction – St. Michael's Hospital - Breast Center, Stevens Point, WI – Silver 

Healthcare – Over $5 million
Derrick Building Solutions – Westfields Hospital and Clinic Campus Remodel, New Richmond, WI – Gold
Ellis Construction – Saint Michael's Hospital - Emergency Department & In-Patient/Out-Patient Surgery, Stevens Point, WI – Silver

Industrial – Under $3 million
A.C.E. Building Service – Skana Aluminum Co. Cast House Expansion, Manitowoc, WI – Gold 

Industrial – Over $3 million
ESI Group USA – Greenfield Food Distribution Center, Selma, TX – Silver
Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. – Ajinomoto Foods, Joplin, MO – Gold
Kraemer Brothers – Klondike Cheese Company Addition, Monroe, WI – Silver

Institutional – Over $5 million
Catalyst Construction – Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, WI – Silver
Kraemer Brothers – City of Baraboo Public Safety & Administration Building, Baraboo, WI – Silver 

Community/Public Service
Holtz Builders, Inc. – Camp Gray The Ark - Gymnasium, Reedsburg, WI – Gold
Friede & Associates – Ochsner Park Otter Exhibit, Baraboo, WI – Silver

Miscellaneous/Special Projects
Altmann Construction Co., Inc. – Welcome Center, Rudolph, WI – Gold

Metal Building – $1 million to $2.5 million
Ross & Associates, Ltd. – St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, River Falls, WI – Gold

Restoration & Renovation
Catalyst Construction – Welford Sanders Lofts and Enterprise Center, Milwaukee, WI – Gold
WDS Construction, Inc. – Dave & Buster's, Madison, WI – Gold
Ellis Construction – Muse at Sentry, Stevens Point, WI – Silver
WDS Construction, Inc. – Bridges at the Rock, Waupun, WI – Gold
Friede & Associates – Chula Vista Resort Fire Restoration, Wisconsin Dells, WI – Silver
Friede & Associates – Nelson Agri-Center, Viroqua, WI – Silver
Kraemer Brothers – Cuba City School District Addition & Renovations, Cuba City, WI – Silver
Corporate Contractors, Inc., Stateline Family YMCA, Beloit, WI – Gold 

Residential – Multi-Unit
Stevens Construction Corp. – State Street Station, Wauwatosa, WI – Silver
McGann Construction, Inc. – Watts Hill Apartments, Madison, WI – Silver
Altius Building Company – The 2100 Urban Residences, Wauwatosa, WI – Silver
Friede & Associates – Chula Vista Resort Employee Housing, Wisconsin Dells, WI – Silver
Stevens Construction Corp. – The Marling, Madison, WI – Silver
Stevens Construction Corp. – Breese Apartments, Madison, WI – Silver
Stevens Construction Corp. – 151 East Wilson, Madison, WI – Silver
Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. – Park Creek Independent Living, Cypress, TX – Gold 

Electrical, Commercial – Over $1 million
Faith Technologies, Inc. – Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve - Environmental Center and Microgrid, Appleton, WI – Silver
Faith Technologies, Inc. – Delavan-Darien School District - Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades, Delavan, WI – Silver 

Electrical, Industrial – Over $1 million
PDC Electrical Contractors – Premier Co-op New Feed Mill, Westby, WI – Silver
PDC Electrical Contractors – Klondike Muenster Cheese Process Addition, Monroe, WI – Gold

Mechanical, Commercial – Over $500,000
North American Mechanical, Inc. – UW-La Crosse New Science Lab Building, La Crosse, WI – Gold

Mechanical, Industrial – Over $500,000
North American Mechanical, Inc. – Duraform Lane Facility, DeForest, WI – Gold
Rohde Brothers, Inc. – Masters Gallery New Plant HVAC & Refrigeration, Oostburg, WI – Silver 

Chris Greene Inc. – Holy Apostles, New Berlin, WI – Gold

Thermal and Moisture Protection
Quality Insulators, Inc. – Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center/Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, Manitowoc, WI – Silver
Performance Firestop, Inc. – Great Lakes Energy Education Center, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI – Silver
Pioneer Roofing, LLC – University Hospital A/7-C/7 Roof Replacement, Madison, WI – Gold 

Wondra Construction Inc. – Springs at Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie, WI – Gold 

More project details can be found here.

Photos from the Projects of Distinction banquet can be found here.