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.

New HealthLinc facility in Michigan City, IN

Larson-Danielson is proud to announce the completion of our latest healthcare construction project, a state-of-the-art, three-story medical office building for HealthLinc in Michigan City, IN. This impressive facility, which opened in March 2024, is the result of a successful design/build collaboration with our sister company, Facet Architecture.

In 2021, then-HealthLinc CEO, Beth Wrobel, recognized the urgent need for enhanced health services in Michigan City and reached out to Larson-Danielson to contribute our construction expertise to this transformative project. As a local company with deep roots in the community, we were eager to be a part of the initiative that would significantly improve the lives of our neighbors.

Valuable Partnerships

The facility, designed by Facet Architecture, offers a modern yet efficient design. It houses a wide range of services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, optometry, chiropractic, podiatry, obstetrics, and a full-service pharmacy. In addition, it will provide addiction services, a medical-legal partnership, health insurance enrollment assistance, and a dedicated community outreach team.

In an innovative move, the new clinic, strategically located next to Ivy Tech‘s campus, will also serve as a “learning lab” for students. This partnership with Ivy Tech will allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience and be better prepared to enter the healthcare workforce. The partnership with Ivy Tech is a testament to the facility’s commitment to not only improving the community’s health but also its education.

At Larson-Danielson, we take great pride in delivering projects that not only meet but surpass our clients’ expectations. We are thrilled to have partnered with HealthLinc as well as Facet Architecture on the design/build of this significant development. Their mission aligns with our own – to build up the communities we serve. As said by David Merkel, our vice president and the project manager for this facility, being part of a project that improves people’s lives in our community is a privilege.

New DesignBuild Facility Will Improve Lives

HealthLinc’s newest clinic is now officially open for business and celebrated its grand opening on April 2. With a wide array of health services available, the facility is set to improve the community’s health and wellbeing significantly. The clinic’s strategic location and the partnership with Ivy Tech will also provide more opportunities for the community and the students.

The completion of this design/build healthcare construction project is not just a significant milestone for HealthLinc but also for us at Larson-Danielson. It reflects our commitment to quality, value, and relationships, and our capacity to deliver on complex design/build projects. It is a tangible manifestation of our dedication to improving our communities, including their infrastructure and health services.

We are delighted to have been a part of HealthLinc’s dream to create a healthier Michigan City. As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to continued collaboration with HealthLinc and other organizations that share our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve.

In the end, it’s not just about construction; it’s about building healthier, more resilient communities. And that’s something we at Larson-Danielson are proud to be a part of.

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Chesterton Police Station groundbreaking

Larson-Danielson has begun construction of a new, two-story, 11,000 square foot police station for the Town of Chesterton.

On Thursday, July 6, Larson-Danielson representatives joined officials from the Town of Chesterton and others at a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

An Auspicious Occasion

“This is an auspicious occasion but a near-run occasion as well,” said Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann. “That we’re standing here at all this morning is an improbable thing and a testament to one person’s tenacity and to a family and its company’s generosity.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by members of the Town Council and municipal department heads, as well as special guests including Elizabeth Johnson from the office of U.S. Congressman Frank Mrvan, D-1st; State Sen. Rodney Pol Jr.; Porter County Council Member Ronald “Red” Stone; Porter County Commissioner Jim Biggs; Porter County Prosecutor Gary Germann; Porter County Sheriff Jeff Balon; Portage Police Chief Mike Candiano; Valparaiso Police Chief Andrew McIntyre; NICTD Transit Police Chief Jessie Watts Jr.; retired CPD chief George Nelson; and retired Chesterton town manager Bernie Doyle.

“This new police station is the foundation of an entire town, to forge a commitment together to maintain our historically safe community and to allow the Chesterton Police Department (CPD) to grow with our community, as well as to further forge our community-based partnership with residents and businesses,” said Chesterton Police Chief Tim Richardson.

Groundbreaking for the Chesterton Police Station

L-D in Chesterton

Larson-Danielson is no stranger to the Chesterton community. The firm recently completed construction of the new Ken Allen Law multi-tenant office building and is involved in several projects for the Duneland School Corporation.

“We have a long and rich history of completed projects in Chesterton, and are very excited to have the opportunity to continue our contribution to the community’s built environment,” Dave Merkel, vice president of Larson-Danielson said. “We understand that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to get a project such as the Chesterton Police Station to groundbreaking, and appreciate the efforts of the town and its leadership in getting to this point. We are excited to play a part in making their vision a reality.”

The New Police Station

The new police station features a training room, male and female restrooms, patrol room, processing room with interview, holding rooms and armory, and a sally port on the first floor. The second floor includes the police chief and assistant chief’s offices, investigative department bullpen and offices, interview rooms, evidence storage, a fitness center with separate locker rooms, showers and restrooms (for male and female officers) and a kitchenette/breakroom.

“The new structure allows us to further our programs and partnerships with the community, as well as a training hub for our officers,” Richardson said. “Our new building features a 28-person training room that will allow CPD to host professional trainings not only for our officers, but officers from other area departments as well. Most importantly, the new building has separate private locker rooms, restrooms and shower facilities for both our male and female officers, something our current building was lacking.”

Construction of the new Chesterton Police Station is scheduled for completion in approximately 15 months.

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HealthLinc Michigan City job site sign

(Michigan City, Ind.) – Larson-Danielson is the design-build contractor for a new 39,000 square foot healthcare facility in Michigan City, Ind. for HealthLinc. The Valparaiso-based community health center held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new clinic on November 28.

The event was attended by U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan, HealthLinc representatives, Michigan City Mayor Duan Parry, and representatives from the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City and Ivy Tech Community College. The new facility is located at 200 Alfred Avenue, behind Ivy Tech Community College.

The new clinic, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2024, features 33 medical exam rooms, 12 dental rooms, two procedure rooms, and a community center. The new location will offer a variety of services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, optometry, chiropractic, obstetrics and pharmaceutical.

“We look to improve the health of our most vulnerable residents,” said Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO. “We are investing more than $15 million into a new state-of-the-art clinic that will respond to the increase in need and ensure health equity is available.”

In addition to traditional medical services, HealthLinc will offer addiction services, a medical-legal partnership, health insurance enrollment assistance, and a community outreach team at the new facility. HealthLinc is also collaborating with Ivy Tech Community College on the new facility and will offer health care students the opportunity for hands-on experience in their fields.

The project team includes Facet Architecture as the architect; Jones Petrie Rafiniski as the civil engineer; Frost Engineering and Consulting as the structural engineer; and Millies Engineering Group as the MEP Engineer.

HealthLinc groundbreaking in Michigan City

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