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The Oscars of Wisconsin’s construction industry

By Caley Clinton

While it may not boast the star power of the Oscars, The Daily Reporter’s upcoming Top Projects awards event is the closest thing to the Academy Awards for Wisconsin’s construction industry.

This year’s Top Projects of 2012 awards event, scheduled for May 2 at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, will mark the 14th year that The Daily Reporter newspaper has celebrated the best of the best in Wisconsin construction. We don’t have a red carpet (though maybe we should), but we do host a swanky evening event that allows the honorees, project teams and the construction industry as a whole to come together in celebration. Find out more about attending the event at dailyreporter.com/top-projects/

As a member of the editorial team that selected this year’s winners, I can tell you that we put a lot of time, effort and careful consideration into selecting 30 honorees from the dozens of nominations submitted each year. In choosing the top projects, we considered the challenges they overcame before and during construction, the benefit the projects offered their communities and any advancement they provided to the state’s construction industry.

Whether large or small, all of the projects chosen exemplify teams working together for a common goal – excellence.

Our 30 award winners (see the full list at the events page noted above) include campus highlights such as the UW-Madison Biochemical Sciences Complex and UW-Whitewater’s Laurentide Hall, as well as notable projects including the Mitchell Interchange and a new performance space at the Summerfest grounds.

As the state’s only local construction news source, The Daily Reporter takes pride in covering the building community. We also enjoy hosting events such as Top Projects, which gives us time to step back and look at all of the great work being done across the state.

As the construction industry continues to rebuild after a tough couple of years, it’s more important than ever to realize the outstanding work that continues in Wisconsin’s building community.

Now if only I could convince Bradley Cooper to come as my date …

Caley Clinton is The Daily Reporter’s associate editor and part of the editorial team that chose this year’s Top Project honorees.

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