NWIBRT/CAF Construction Awards Banquet

It’s time to celebrate the companies keeping construction and maintenance workers safe on the job site and elevating project quality and precision well beyond industry standards. At the NWIBRT/CAF Construction Awards Banquet, all of the attendees can be defined by a single resounding trait: excellence in all that they do.

“Without the achievements of the hardworking men and women that the NWIBRT/CAF Banquet recognizes, Northwest Indiana would not be the thriving community that it is,” said Rick Foor, Chair of the NWIBRT Safety Committee. Awards are given for excellence in safety standards, innovation and development – specialized project categories, contractors and companies of the year, and much more. Each year, more than 600 construction professionals gather to honor companies that exhibit superior achievement across a wide range of criteria.

The Banquet is hosted via partnership between the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) and the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT).

About the Awards

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The Construction Awards Banquet is organized by the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) and the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) and honors companies and individuals that exhibit outstanding performance on local construction projects.

Awards are given for excellence in safety standards, innovation, and development in the construction industry during the past year.

2017 Award Winners

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2017 NWIBRT Award Winners

Company of the Year
Ambitech Engineering Corporation

Contractor of the Year
Solid Platforms, Inc.

Owner Excellence in Leadership Awards
Cargill, Incorporated
Steel Cities Steels, Inc.

Innovation Award
KM Plant Services, Inc.

Lifesaver Awards
Mike Grajeda – Job-Site Safety, LTD
Joe Royko – Sargent Electric Company

Recognition Award Winners
Airgas On-Site Safety Services
Amex Nooter, LLC
BMWC Constructors, Inc.
Catsi, Inc.
Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc.
Hayes Mechanical, LLC.
KM Plant Services, Inc.
Korellis Roofing, Inc.
Larson-Danielson Construction, Inc.
M & O Insulation Company
M. J. Electric, LLC.
Matrix North American Construction
Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.
Sargent Electric Company
Stevens Engineers & Constructors
Superior Construction Company, Inc.
Tonn and Blank Construction
Tranco Industrial Services, Inc.
Walsh & Kelly, Inc.

Achievement Award Winners
ACMS Group, Inc.
AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Brock Industrial Services, LLC
EMCOR Hyre Electric
Hasse Construction Company, Inc.
Interstate Environmental Services, Inc.
Meade Industries, Inc.
National Industrial Maintenance, Inc.
Pyro Industrial Services, Inc.

Excellence Award Winners
Ambitech Engineering Corporation
ATC Group Services LLC.
Cannon Sline Industrial, Inc.
Chellino Crane
Cornerstone Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Falk-PLI Engineering & Surveying
Imperial Crane Services, Inc.
Job-Site Safety, LTD
MC Industrial, Inc.
Middough Inc.
N.A. Logan, Inc.
Nooter Construction, Inc.
One Way Safety
R. J. Mycka, Inc.
Scheck Mechanical Corporation
Solid Platforms, Inc.
Stevenson Crane Service, Inc.
Superior Engineering LLC
The Pangere Corporation
The Ross Group, Inc.
Total Safety U.S., Inc.
Valdes Engineering Company

Certificates of Appreciation
Jim Arendas
Pat Biancardi
Kristi Chibicki
Pete Engelbert
Rick Foor
Tricia Hanrath
George Moisoff
Shoji Nakayama

Outstanding Craft Persons Safety Leader Awards
Denard Clement, Airgas On-Site Safety Services
Joe Harkenrider, Airgas On-Site Safety Services
Rich Jones,  Tonn and Blank Construction
Glenn Patrick, Tranco Industrial Services, Inc.
Ron Pearman, BMWC Constructors, Inc.
Will Price, Pyro Industrial Services, Inc.
Greg Palmer, Sargent Electric Company
Aaron Shelton, Sargent Electric Company
Kevin Sheeler, Solid Platforms, Inc.
Aaron Snyder, Pyro Industrial Services, Inc.


2017 CAF Award Winners

Contractor of the Year Award
Commercial Contractor of the Year – The Pangere Corporation
Industrial Contractor of the Year – Hasse Construction Company, Inc.
Specialty-Contractor of the Year – Thatcher Foundations, Inc.
Highway Contractor of the Year – Reith-Riley Construction Co., Inc.

Project of the Year Award

Industrial-Capital Project of the Year – BMWC Constructors, Inc.
Project name: NIPSCO Unit 17/18 Dust Collector Project

Commercial Project of the Year – The Pangere Corporation
Project name: St. Catherine Hospital – Intensive Care Unit Remodel Project

Public Works Project of the Year – Walsh & Kelly, Inc.
Project name: Indiana Department of Transportation

Excellence in Professional Development
Graycor Industrial Constructors, Inc.

NWIBRT Award Level Criteria

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Contractor of the Year Award
Company must meet the Excellence Award criteria; finalists are reviewed and audited by third party panel based on application evaluation and overall contributions to safety culture in Northwest Indiana as a whole.

Company of the Year Award
Engineering or Specialty companies that have demonstrated unique capabilities that are performed prior to, during, and after construction. Winners in this category must have a safety record that surpasses regional and national levels, and must produce a culture of partnership and teamwork with regard to safety among their construction peers.

Excellence Award
Company must meet Achievement Award criteria for the last three years; demonstrate an acceptable safety management system.

Achievement Award
Company with DAFW, DART, and TRIR lower than the average of our NWI Regional Contractor community; demonstrates on acceptable safety management safety.

Recognition Award
Company with DAFW, DART, and TRIR lower than the national industry averages of the company’s NAICS code group.

Progress Issue
To earn the Progress Award is all about showing continuous improvement. To earn this award, a company must show an improving DAFW, TRIR, and DART Rate for the past three years.

Innovation Award
Winners of the Innovation Award have played a proactive role in developing a new safety initiative at a jobsite. Also, NWIBRT will recognize a company who creatively manages workplace safety by developing and implementing effective safety programs, processes and procedures. The company would devise innovative and creative solutions that effectively solve industry safety challenges and problems.

Life Saver Award
The Lifesaver Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life without regard for his/her own personal safety. The award focuses on the humanitarian efforts of an individual either at work or away from work.

Outstanding Craft Persons Safety Leader Award
Person that exemplifies dedication to safety.

Roger Walters Award
This award was created in honor of Roger Walters, an individual that exemplified the standards of safety in the construction industry throughout his career. He was dedicated to the importance of upholding safety standards and procedures, and leading by example. This award is presented to the safety representative that has demonstrated extraordinary contributions to the safety of workers in Northwest Indiana.

Owner Excellence in Leadership Award
Company has developed a quality safety program, and has communicated that program to contractors throughout their facilities. Additionally, the winner of this award has encouraged and motivated contractors to improve their own safety programs and practices, demonstrated creative and innovative resolutions to safety concerns, and has taken a proactive approach to communicating with contractors working inside their facilities.

CAF Award Level Criteria

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Construction Advancement Foundation Project of the Year Award
Project of the Year Awards are based on criteria which reflect the contractor’s ability to deliver a quality project to the owner- on schedule, within budget, with minimal disruption of the owner’s operation, while upholding the highest commitment of safety.

     •   Maintenance/Service Contract Work of the Year Award
     •   Industrial/Capital Project of the Year Award
     •   Commercial Project of the Year Award
     •   Public Works Project of the Year Award


Construction Advancement Foundation Contractor of the Year Award
Contractor of the Year Awards are based on safety, excellence in partnering and teamwork, quality project management, innovation and uniqueness in construction techniques, consideration for the environment and its surroundings, community support, craftsmanship, and supervisory training and education.

     •   Commercial Contractor of the Year Award
     •   Industrial Contractor of the Year Award
     •   Professional Engineering Contractor of the Year Award
     •   Specialty Contractor of the Year Award
     •   Highway Contractor of the Year Award
     •   Excellence of Professional Development Award

Tickets & Sponsorship Pricing

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Ticket price: $85
Table price: $850


Sponsorship Levels

Presenting – $1500

•   Verbal recognition at banquet
•   Full page ad in event program
•   Logo recognition on marketing collateral: website, signage, eblast, and program

Platinum – $950

•   1/2 Page Ad in event Program
•   Logo recognition on marketing collateral: website, signage, eblast, and program

Bar – $750

•   Logo recognition on marketing collateral: website, signage, program, and bar stations

Gold – $500

•   Logo recognition on marketing collateral: website, signage, and program

Silver – $350

•   Company name (name only – no logo) listed on marketing collateral: website, signage, and program


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Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can purchase?
No, guests can invite as many members of their company as they’d like.

When do the winners get their photos taken?
Group photos of winning companies are taken before the ceremony, just after registration, between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. For efficiency, we ask that individuals wishing to be included in the group photo arrive at the venue together, or close to the same time. That way we can get your photo finished, and you can enjoy the networking time before the presentations begin.

Who can I contact regarding billing questions?
Questions about billing should be directed to Debbie at 219-226-0300.

What methods of payment are available for tickets and sponsorships?
Payments can be made by either check or credit card.

Will I receive a receipt or invoice after payment?
Yes, purchasers will receive an invoice.

What is the attire for the banquet?
The CAF/NWIBRT Awards Banquet is a professional event. Professional attire is recommended.

Will there be photographers present at the banquet?
Yes, group photographs will be taken of each winning company, as well as numerous other photos throughout the evening.

Once I have purchased a ticket, will I get a printed ticket for this event?
Tickets are not printed; however, you will receive a name badge with your table assignment.  Name badges will be given out at registration the evening of the event.

Is parking available?
The Avalon Manor, where the banquet is held, has abundant parking at the facility.

Photo Galleries

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2017 CAF Winners

2016 NWIBRT Winners

2017 Event Photos


Presenting Sponsors

  • Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP
  • Centier Bank
  • Meade Industries, Inc.
  • ACMS Group, Inc.

Contact Us

Carl Kurek or Amanda Pollard

1330 Arrowhead Court
Crown Point, IN 46307


NWIBRT reserves the right to accept or decline Membership and/or Subscriber/Associate Membership applications, as well as donations, sponsorships, or other transactions, at any time, for any reason and/or in compliance with NWIBRT’s purpose and best interests, as determined by NWIBRT.

Once the event is 10 days away, no further ticket refunds will be issued.