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Mitchell Interchange named Top Projects’ best

The crowd gathers at the 14th annual Top Projects event Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. More than 400 people attended the event.

After 3-1/2 years of work, the crews behind the $350 million Mitchell Interchange project took home top honors Thursday night at The Daily Reporter’s Top Projects of 2012 event.

The massive interchange project was named Best in Show at the annual awards dinner, which celebrates the best in Wisconsin construction in the past year.

The 30 Top Projects of 2012 winners were selected based on challenges they overcame before and during construction, the benefit the projects offered to the communities they were being built in and any advancement they provided to the state’s construction industry.

The Daily Reporter’s panel of industry judges then selected the Best in Show from those 30 winning projects. The judging panel included:

  • Jeff Beiriger, president, Association/Management Services Inc.
  • Gene Guszkowski, president, AG Architecture Inc.
  • Ken Kraemer, executive director, Building Advantage
  • Michael MacLeish, director of engineering, SPI Lighting Inc.
  • John Mielke, president, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Inc.
  • Robert Rayburn, executive vice president, National Electrical Contractors Association Inc. – Milwaukee chapter

The judges were impressed by the Mitchell Interchange’s complexity, scope and positive impact on the community.

“To take a major artery in Wisconsin and minimize disruption is truly remarkable,” said Beiriger, president of Association/Management Services Inc.

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Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Inc., noted the project “was the most complex part of the largest transportation project in the state’s history.”

And Guszkowski, president of AG Architecture Inc., said “sometimes I will go out of my way just to drive through the tunnels.”

The winning project team was presented with its special award at the conclusion of Thursday’s Top Projects of 2012 event at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. More than 400 people attended the sold-out awards dinner and presentation, now in its 14th year.

Mark Symkowski, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., and Dan Basile, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Fabien Ledebt, Manitou Group, and Lori Heidecker, Manitou Group.

The Balestrieri Group’s Jim Marcello (from left), Diane Marcello, Cindy Balestrieri, and Ken Balestrieri.

Ideal Crane’s Brian Cripps and Jeff Yaeger.

Bob Gosse, Milwaukee World Festival (left) and Chris Gallagher, Eppstein Uhen Architects.

Beth Nethery (from left), Balestrieri Group, Christine Chisholm-Krosnicki, Waste Management, Lisa Michael, Waste Management.

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.’s Eric Sadler (left) and Eric Wynn.

Mead & Hunt’s Julie Hoppe (left), and Sondra Retzlaff.

The crowd gathers at the Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee for Top Projects.

The crowd gathers at the Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee for Top Projects.

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