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 https://www.constructionsite.org/events-education/excellence-construction-awards.

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.

Howe Travel Plaza

By Kasey Chronis WNDU

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HOWE, Ind. (WNDU) – Folks traveling across the Hoosier state now have a full-service pit stop for the whole family to re-charge and re-fuel.

Along with creating “a better, safer Indiana Toll Road” comes re-constructing all eight travel plazas from the ground up.
Wednesday, the Indiana Toll Road celebrated the grand opening of its Howe travel plazas—both East and Westbound—with an official ribbon cutting.

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