Anthony Lara promoted

We’re excited to announce that Anthony Lara has been promoted to the role of Estimating Manager at Larson-Danielson Construction. Since joining us in 2020, Anthony has consistently showcased his exceptional estimating skills. His collaboration and data-driven methodologies have greatly enhanced our estimating operations.

“Anthony’s extraordinary estimating capabilities, combined with his knack for collaboration and data-driven process improvement, make him an invaluable asset,” said Nick Larson, vice president of Larson-Danielson. “He now spearheads the daily operations of our estimating department, effectively taking on the role of Chief Estimator.”

In his new position, Anthony will be managing the daily operations of the estimating department, putting his remarkable ability to understand complex tasks from limited information to use.

Before joining Larson-Danielson, Anthony had a successful stint of over four years with Spence Brothers in Ann Arbor, Michigan and brings a total of seven years of experience in the construction industry to his new role.

Anthony is also a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University.

We are certain that Anthony’s commitment and innovative approach will help achieve new milestones in our estimating department. We invite you all to congratulate Anthony on his well-earned promotion.

2023 promotions

Larson-Danielson is pleased to announce the promotion of three key members of the team: Clarence Gehrke, Heather Brown, and Davin Kibbe.

Clarence Gehrke is now General Superintendent

Clarence Gehrke, who has been with the company since 2012, has been promoted to General Superintendent. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring company quality, productivity, and safety standards are met. With his wealth of experience in the industry, he is perfectly positioned to oversee project supervision and develop uniformity across jobsites.

Gehrke began his career with the company as a carpenter foreman. He has spent about two years training under his predecessor, Ray Rehlander. The new role has been challenging, but he is enjoying being able to help develop up-and-coming supervisors.

“For me personally, being a superintendent for 11 years and a carpenter and carpenter foreman for 10 years before that and building projects for that time, and now not doing that directly has been a challenge,” said Gehrke. “The way I believe I need to look at it now, is that I am doing my part to help build this company.”

Heather Brown assumes new role as Controller

Taking on the role of Controller, Heather Brown has assumed all financial responsibilities of CFO Patti O’Brien, who is retiring next spring. Brown has been an invaluable member of Larson-Danielson’s accounting department since 2006.

We are proud of your accomplishments and appreciate your dedication and efforts throughout the years and continued commitment to the L-D team,” said vice president, Jeff Jensen when announcing Brown’s promotion.

Brown was the winner of the 2022 Marilyn Alm Award, which was established in 2021. The award is named for Marilyn Alm, who spent 35 years with the company as an office manager. The award is given to office personnel in recognition of the following characteristics: 

  • Exceptional Dedication
  • Commitment to Improvement
  • Outstanding Performance

Davin Kibbe fills Warehouse Manager position

Davin Kibbe has stepped into the role of Warehouse Manager. Having trained under the previous manager, Jeff Gulley, for 10 weeks, Kibbe is set to coordinate warehouse operations, supply materials and equipment, and manage warehouse and yard inventory.

Kibbe admits that the new position is very different from his previous role, where he mainly worked with the masonry team. Learning the company’s equipment management system and adjusting to spending so much time typing have been the biggest challenges so far, but he feels the role is a good fit for him.

Congratulations, Clarence, Heather and Davin!

We are immensely proud of these individuals and their accomplishments, and we are confident that they will excel in their new roles. As always, Larson-Danielson remains committed to nurturing the talents of our team and ensuring the continued growth and success of our company.

Fort La Play Porte volunteers

On Friday, September 1st, Larson-Danielson Construction volunteers arrived at Kesling Park to put their skills to work for the La Porte Parks and Recreation Department at Fort La Play Porte. Twelve volunteers each donated three hours of their time to the maintenance of one of La Porte’s premier parks.

The volunteers were tasked with upkeep of the children’s playground, including spreading new mulch and staining the perimeter fence. The project brought back memories of the 2019 Fort La Play Porte rebuild project for some, including Larson-Danielson president, Brian Larson.

Larson participated in the 2019 rebuild project, along with other Larson-Danielson employees. The company also donated the tools for the project.

Four years later, Fort La Play Porte needed maintenance to keep it in tip top shape for the community. At the same time, Larson-Danielson was looking for a service project to complete. The timing worked out just right for the La Porte Parks Department and Larson-Danielson.

Fort La Play Porte Service Project

A History of Service

Larson-Danielson organizes multiple opportunities each year for employees to participate in company-sponsored service projects. These opportunities help the company’s efforts to be a great place to work and continue its tradition of community involvement.

Throughout the company’s history, Larson-Danielson employees have viewed their work as a community affair. Many facilities built by the company continue to serve the needs of the people in the community.

We also support the communities where we live and work by being active members of local organizations, providing monetary donations, and by volunteering. Larson-Danielson employees have been on hospital boards, bank boards, YMCA boards, Red Cross boards, and other community organizations boards.

 

Transportation Building ribbon cutting
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.

Related News

Larson-Danielson and Chesterton Community help make new police station a reality – LaPorte County Life

Ground officially broken on a new Chesterton police station – WIMS Radio

Chesterton officials break ground on a new police station – Chicago Tribune

Chesterton breaks ground on new police station – NWI Times

 

 

L-D Contractor of the Year Award

NWIBRT/CAF Awards Banquet ProgramLarson-Danielson Construction Company was honored by the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) at the annual CAF/NWIBRT Awards Banquet on May 10. The firm was named the Commercial Contractor of the Year and was given the Commercial Project of the Year award for the Northwest Health – La Porte medical office building, which was completed in 2022.

“We are extremely honored and humbled to receive these prestigious construction awards from the Construction Advancement Foundation,” said Nick Larson, vice president of Larson-Danielson. “The awards serve as a testament to our incredible team and partners, without whom these achievements would not be possible.”

Founded in 1967, CAF is a regional trade organization for the construction industry which includes more than 500 members across Northwest Indiana. Each year, CAF awards companies that have demonstrated excellence in safety, craftsmanship, teamwork, quality, innovation, consideration for the environment, community support, and training. There were five categories of winning contractors, based on the nature of their services.

CAF Contractor of the Year

Commercial Contractor of the Year

The award for Commercial Contractor of the Year went to Larson-Danielson for work on commercial public and private-sector facilities completed in 2022, including:

  • Trailyard, Café and Restaurant – Valparaiso, IN
  • MAAC Foundation, Tactical Village and Training Building – Valparaiso, IN
  • Phoenix Metals, Office Renovations – Hammond, IN
  • Ivy Tech East Chicago, Welding Lab Renovations – East Chicago, IN
  • Hanover Community School Corporation, Hanover Middle School General Trades & Masonry Packages – Cedar Lake, IN
  • City of South Bend, Morris Performing Arts Center Slab Replacement – South Bend, IN
  • New Prairie School Corporation, New Halftime Building – New Carlisle, IN
  • People’s Bank, Banking Center 2nd Floor Renovations – Munster, IN

CAF Commercial Project of the Year

Commercial Project of the Year

CAF also gives Project of the Year awards each year across five categories. Nominees are evaluated based on the contractor’s ability to deliver a quality project within the owner’s budget and schedule while exhibiting a firm commitment to safety.

Larson-Danielson was also awarded the Commercial Project of the Year Award for the Northwest Health – La Porte medical office building. The 45,800 square foot, three-story facility is owned by Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate and was designed by Gresham Smith.

The building is multi-tenant medical facility that took approximately 15 months to complete from beginning to end. Construction began with Geopier foundation stabilization in early December 2020 and foundation construction at the end of December.

Site construction included parking for the public and doctors surrounding the new building, and a remote parking lot for additional hospital employee parking across the street. The building was completed and ready for occupancy to begin by the end of December 2021.

The building features a combination of physician offices and other hospital-based services, and is connected to the hospital on the first and second floors. The project was fully completed, and the hospital officially opened operations in the medical office building in January 2022.

Larson-Danielson 2023 CAF Awards

Related News

CAF Celebrates NWI’s Top Contractors and Projects – Building Indiana

Construction companies earn honors for performance, safety – Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Solid Platforms, Hasse Construction, Falk PLI and Cargill among 60 winners of construction awards – MBNC Business Daily News & Updates

60 Companies Honored for Outstanding Performance in Safety and Construction – NewsBreak

Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable Honors Companies for Outstanding Performance – Construction Equipment Guide