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.

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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.

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 https://www.constructionsafetyweek.com/. 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!

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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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.

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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.