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And the Oscar goes to …

Feb. 14, 2002

It’s not an actual Oscar, but it is the industry’s equivalent: the Associated General Contractors of America’s Build America award.

And it, quite deservedly, will go to CG Schmidt Inc. for the Milwaukee contractor’s work on the Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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The national award, founded in 1972, honors state-of-the-art, difficult projects that demonstrate innovation in construction techniques or materials and that are sensitive to the environment and the community.

On all counts, CG Schmidt delivered when the $100 million concrete and glass cast-in-place expansion opened to the public in fall.

A modest Steve Chamberlin, president of CG Schmidt, thanked the community for the opportunity to work on the now well-known project.

"It’s not about CG Schmidt," he said. "It’s about Milwaukee at its best."

Thank you, CG Schmidt. You make the industry – and Milwaukee — look good.

More thumbs up to …

Not all good deeds go unnoticed. And while prestigious honors like the Build America award are few and far between, we do want to mention a few Wisconsin construction companies that are going above and beyond to make their corner of the industry a little bit safer.

The four — Kraemer Brothers, Lunda Construction Co., Westra Construction Inc. and SPE Inc. – voluntarily agreed to participate in a national program called Fall-Safe, which, as its name implies, is a fall-protection program.

It began as a collaboration among West Virginia University, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights. Its aim? To eliminate fall injuries and deaths in construction, where 40 percent of fatalities are due to falls.

Of course, there are bottom-line incentives for companies to make their work sites safer – reduced workers’ compensation claims, for one.

But, to participate in the pilot programs, contractors have to commit time and money – each was required to hold training courses and create a committee to review plans for fall hazards.

Each, though, too, had to make a commitment to its workers and their safety – and they deserve kudos for that.

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