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2015 Regional Awards Competition Winners Announced

The DBIA - Upper Midwest Region recognized the winners of the 7th Annual Awards at the Midland Hills Country Club on March 18, 2015. Awards were presented to:

Excellence Award – Commercial Buildings - Best Project
The Nic on Fifth
Owner: Nicollet Residences, LLC
Design-Build Contractor: Opus Design Build, LLC
Architect: Opus Architecture and Engineering Group, LLC
Mechanical Design Builder: Horwitz/NSI
Electrical Design Builder: Collins Electrical Construction Co.
Civil Engineering: RLK, Inc.
The Nic on Fifth

From left: Grant Peterson (The Opus Group), Luke Albers (The Opus Group)
Excellence Award - Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration
Chicago Tube & Iron – Remodel & Addition
Owner: Chicago Tube & Iron
Design-Build Contractor: Opus Design Build, LLC
Architect/ Structural Engineer: Opus AE Group, Inc.
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Hallberg Engineering
Civil Engineer: McCombs Frank Roos Associates

Mortenson Construction

From left: Grant Peterson (The Opus Group), Christianne Roach (The Opus Group)
Excellence Award – Educational Facilities
Visitation Convent & School - Heart & Mind Project
Owner: Convent of the Visitation School
Design-Build Contractor: Opus Design Build, LLC
Architect/ Structural Engineer: Opus AE Group, Inc.
Mechanical/Electrical Consultant: AKF Engineering
Civil Engineer: Sambatech, Inc.

The Opus Group

From left: Bill Beyer (The Opus Group), Mike Lebler (The Opus Group)
Merit Award – Commercial Buildings
Windsong Farm - Murphy House
Owner: Sindsong Farm Golf Club
Design-Build Contractor: Nor-Son, Inc.
Architect: Nor-Son, Inc.
Structural/Civil Engineer: Nor-Son, Inc.

The Opus Group

From left: Brian Lubbueen (Nor-Son, Inc.), Todd Lampinen (Nor-Son, Inc.), Pat Schumacher (Nor-Son, Inc.) and Mark Strelnieks (Nor-Son, Inc.)


Congratulations to the award winners! Entries for the 2016 Awards will be open in October 2015. Check back for details.

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President’s Column

President's Article

A few of our DBIA-UMR Board members had the pleasure of participating in a luncheon panel discussion with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) early in March. We thank them for being gracious hosts and John Dillingham, in particular, for his orchestration as panel moderator. Thanks also to Ann Johnson and Mark Dierling for participating and sharing great insights (and helping me stay on time).

Rather than delve into the complete content of the discussion, I’d like to share discoveries made while preparing for this event.

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