Team accepts Excellence in Construction Award

Larson-Danielson Construction was honored with 2024 Excellence in Construction Awards for two outstanding projects: the Grand Reading Room in South Bend, IN, and Drift on Pine in La Porte, IN.

These projects exemplify our commitment to quality, value, and excellence in construction. Here’s a closer look at each of these remarkable achievements.

The Grand Reading Room: A Beacon of Intellectual Pursuit

Our team was the general contractor for the Beth & Lou Holtz Family Grand Reading Room renovation project. The Grand Reading Room is in Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame and took home of the Excellence in Construction Awards in the interior category. The renovated space is now both functional and inspiring, designed to encourage focused intellectual pursuits and collaborative work.

The 20,000-square-foot, two-story space has over 250 table seats for individual study and seating around an enclosed fireplace. A new stairwell connects the first and second floors, improving accessibility and flow.

Furthermore, the Grand Reading Room is bathed in natural light, which creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. A 100-pendant light installation in the new atrium adds to the enchanting ambiance. In addition, walls of windows offer panoramic views of the west campus, including the Basilica spire and the Dome of the Main Building.

We are particularly proud of the Beth & Lou Holtz Family Grand Reading Room renovation. The project showcases our dedication to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Moreover, this iconic space will serve students and faculty for years to come.

We worked closely with university officials, architects, and subcontractor to ensure that every element of the renovation met the high standards of the University of Notre Dame. From the custom millwork to the state-of-the-art lighting, every detail was meticulously planned and executed.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in bringing this vision to life. The Grand Reading Room is more than just a study space; it’s a place where ideas are born and knowledge is shared.

Team accepts Excellence in Construction Award

Drift on Pine: A Culinary and Architectural Gem

Drift on Pine showcases our expertise in structural contracting and took home one of the construction awards in the building category. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant was designed by our architectural partner, Facet Architecture.

This three-story restaurant and bar is a vibrant addition to La Porte, IN. Drift on Pine offers a unique dining experience with versatile spaces that cater to various occasions.

The restaurant offers family dining areas that create a welcoming atmosphere for gatherings. Additionally, a large patio with a cozy fire pit is perfect for cool evenings.

Two breathtaking rooftop areas and three distinctive bars offer magnificent views of Pine Lake. Each bar has its own charm.

First, the ground floor bar connects to an outdoor space overlooking Pine Lake. Patrons can enjoy several seating options and easy access to the bar without going inside.

Next, guests 21 and older can visit The Buoy, Drift’s second-floor bar. The Buoy has its own kitchen, outdoor balcony, and weather-resistant patio. When the weather is nice, the lake-facing windows fully open, providing a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.

Finally, the rooftop bar offers patio space looking across both Pine Lake North and Pine Lake South. It’s the perfect place to unwind during the warmer months.

Drift on Pine promises an unforgettable experience. So, visit the restaurant to enjoy a meal with family or sip a cocktail with friends.

Drift on Pine photo collage

About the Excellence in Construction Awards

The Excellence in Construction Awards celebrate top-notch construction and design projects. We are so proud of our team’s hard work on these and every project. Through their dedication, they have brought the Grand Reading Room and Drift on Pine to life.

These spaces are not just buildings; they are experiences crafted with passion, precision, and creativity. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making these projects a reality.

For more information about the Excellence in Construction Awards, visit

We look forward to continuing our legacy of excellence, quality, and value in all our future endeavors. Thank you for celebrating these achievements with us.

Tony Oss receives Life Saver Award

At Larson-Danielson Construction, we are guided by our core values, which include Leadership and Safety. We believe they must be at the heart of everything we do.

Our commitment to safety ensures that everyone on our job sites goes home to their families every day. Moreover, our leadership philosophy guides us to lead with vision, passion, humility, and by example.

These values not only guide our work ethic but also exemplify the character of our dedicated team members. An extraordinary example of this is our very own Anthony “Tony” Oss.

Tony is the director of pre-construction and design services for Larson-Danielson and Facet Architecture. In addition to his professional role, he serves as a linebackers coach for the La Porte High School Slicers football team. Beyond his impressive personal and professional commitments, Tony is a beacon of humanity and a true embodiment of our core values.

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, Tony was recognized at the 2024 CAF/NWIBRT Awards Banquet with a Life Saver Award. The award is a testament to his quick thinking, professional training, and selfless act of bravery, which resulted in saving a man’s life.

Tony Oss, Life Saver

Leadership and Safety in action, Tony Oss receives Life Saver award

On July 18, 2023, while with the La Porte Slicers at Trine, Tony responded to a man in cardiac arrest, providing life-saving efforts that certainly made a difference. The man had a 100% blockage in his heart.

Thanks to Tony’s immediate response, alongside the athletic trainer for Trine and first responders in Angola, the man survived. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of first aid skills and the profound impact they can make.

On July 26, 2023, Tony was deservedly recognized for his courageous endeavor. The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office awarded him a Letter of Commendation for his heroic, life-saving actions. We are thrilled to have a hero like Tony on our team. His actions are an inspiration to us all.

Our Values: Leadership and Safety

At Larson-Danielson, safety is more than just a priority — it is the heart of our culture. This incident serves as a stark reminder that our core value of safety extends beyond our job sites, and that everyone should consider learning first aid skills. Tony demonstrated that safety is not a procedural measure but a life-saving skill that can be a game-changer when the situation calls for it.

In addition, Tony’s guidance during this life-saving event and his consistent dedication to his role in our organization truly embody our value of Leadership. His quick thinking and life-saving skills exhibit this leadership value to the fullest. His actions are a testament to the kind of leaders we strive to be—those who step up when the situation calls for it and lead the way with courage and determination.

We at Larson-Danielson are immensely proud to call Tony one of our own. His outstanding contributions not only enhance our community but also reflect the essence of our core values.

Tony serves as a shining example of how we can embody leadership and safety in our everyday lives. We are inspired to continue fostering a culture that values safety and promotes leadership, both within our organization and in the communities we serve.

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Construction Safety Week 2024

This week, hundreds of construction companies and industry professionals are celebrating Construction Safety Week. The annual event promotes safety in our industry. It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on our enduring commitment to the safety of our team, clients, and the public.

The theme for Construction Safety Week 2024 is “Encourage • Listen • Empower”. This theme highlights the critical role each individual plays in ensuring a project’s safety and success. By fostering an environment that values communication, teamwork, and inclusion, we can promote a culture that empowers everyone to contribute to a safer workplace. Each decision, incident, and voice can inspire change and create a safety culture that benefits everyone in the industry.

Our Commitment to Safety

At Larson-Danielson, safety is not just a priority; it is our first priority. We believe that safety has broad implications. That’s why we hold every member of our team accountable for job-site safety. Our aim is consistent application of our safety program and continuous training to guarantee uncompromised safety.

Furthermore, we’ve launched “Next Level Safety,” an initiative focused on reducing the risk of strains and sprains in an aging construction workforce. Our executives have visited sites, engaging directly with journeymen and apprentices on the importance of good ergonomics. This top-down communication of our safety commitment has shown positive results. We have just passed 100,000 hour worked with no recordables!

Above all, the importance of safety in every aspect of our work cannot be ignored. We are proud of our safety accomplishments and we remain committed to prioritizing safety in all our construction projects. Together, we will continue to work safe and stay safe.

Construction Safety Week 2024

During Construction Safety Week, we encourage everyone in the Larson-Danielson Construction family, and across the industry, to visit The site is packed with resources, such as posters, conversation guides, daily plans, and activities to promote workplace safety. Moreover, the resources are designed to help us discuss and focus on critical safety issues in our industry, allowing us to learn, grow, and contribute to a safer work environment.

In addition, Construction Safety Week 2024 focuses on different topics each day. First, Monday emphasizes personal responsibility in maintaining safety standards. Then, Tuesday encourages open dialogue and the sharing of new ideas for safety improvements. And then, Wednesday values diverse perspectives, promoting open communication and engagement to enhance productivity. Next, Thursday underlines the role of trust and communication in fostering a strong safety culture. Finally, Friday thanks everyone for the collective effort in maintaining safety and fostering a culture of trust and collaboration.

Work Safe. Stay Safe.

As we consider Construction Safety Week, we reaffirm our commitment to creating and maintaining safe job sites for all our employees, subcontractors, and clients. We understand that safety is not just about policies and programs, but about creating a culture where everyone plays their part in keeping each other safe.

Here’s to a safe and productive Construction Safety Week and beyond!