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Grand Rapids Research Center Grand Opening

MSU celebrated the opening of its Grand Rapids Research Center, a joint venture project managed by Clark Construction and Rockford Construction.

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50,000+ Work Hours With Zero Incident Rate

AGC of America recently honored Clark Construction Company with the 2015 Certificate of Commendation for an Excellent Safety Record.

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Clark Raises Money For Ele’s Place

The Clark Team joined up with the Mayotte Group to raise money for a worthy cause.

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Jake Celebrates 30 Years at Clark

Clark celebrates 30 years with Bill Jacobitz.

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Mark Paulus Promoted to Senior Project Manager

Mark Paulus is promoted to Senior Project Manager.

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Clark Construction and MIOSHA Announce Safety Partnership for CMU Biosciences Building Project

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Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Director, signs the partnership contract with Clark Construction.

Clark Construction and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have
established a strategic partnership to protect and educate workers on construction hazards during the
building of the 170,000-square-foot Biosciences Building project on the campus of Central Michigan
University (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant. MIOHSA, local contractors and several unions are part of the agreement.“We are proud of having the best safety record of any company in the industry over the past decade,” said Sam Clark, president of Clark Construction. “This partnership with MIOSHA will allow us to provide additional training and safety instruction to the trade partners and their employees working with us on the CMU Biosciences project.”

The partnership will focus on training of trade partners and 300 workers expected on-site during the 2 year
long building project about daily hazards that include the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the
construction industry: Falls, electrical, caught-in and struck-by-hazards. The partnership will accomplish this
through increased training, implementation of best work practices, creation of site-specific written safety and
health programs and compliance with applicable MIOSHA standards and regulations.

As part of the agreement, all contractors and trade partners on the project will be required to have specific written safety
and health programs in place and each employee must attend a job site safety orientation before working on
the site. The safety partnership will last for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in
September 2016.

The new 170,000 s.f. Biosciences Building for CMU will be a four-story building with an additional mechanical
penthouse level. The site is located directly to the East of the College of Education and Human Services. This
parcel currently houses the last four remaining buildings of the Washington Apartments. These four existing
structures will be demolished to accommodate the construction of the new facility. The site is located adjacent
to an existing campus utility tunnel to minimize infrastructure costs.

The Biosciences Building will contain a multi-purpose room with seating for 200, a large active learning
classroom, teaching labs, faculty/research offices, the department chairs office, student study areas, a
vivarium, an isotope lab, a BSL-3 Lab, an Insectary, a Herbarium with special collections, and a university
Imaging Center. These program elements are in addition to the primary research labs that occupy the upper
three levels of the structure.

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Chad Thelen Promoted To Senior Project Manager

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Chad Thelen was recently promoted to senior project manager. He began his construction career with Clark Construction in 1995. He started in the field with Clark’s self-performed concrete and carpentry team, leading to his role as a project foreman. In that position, Chad provided solid leadership and direction. After promotion to Project Superintendent, Chad spent the next seven years managing the entire project sites and the self-performed workforce.

For the past ten years Chad has been a Project Manager. He worked on such landmark projects as Odawa Casino, FireKeepers Casino, Waterside Market Place, and Charlevoix Public Library. More recently he managed Dow/Kokam and Landaal Packaging. In addition, Chad, whose extensive experience spans nearly all the markets in which Clark Construction operates, has also maintained well honed in Superintendent skills on some projects like Grayling HS and FireKeepers Hotel & Event Center, among others.

Throughout his career, Chad demonstrated a dedication to customer service with a great ability for bonding with Clients, He has mentored many of the younger professionals he has worked with. More recently he has been involved in the preparation and presentation of winning proposals such as Gun Lake Casino Expansion, Landaal Packaging and Fernco.

Chad is LEED AP and OSHA 30 certified.



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Tim Ward Promoted to Senior Project Manager

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We are pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Ward from Project Manager to Senior Project Manager.
Tim started his career with Clark Construction in 2005. As a Superintendent in the industrial market, he clearly demonstrated his experience gained from working on many significant projects with his previous employer. Tim’s leadership skills quickly earned him the role of Project Manager at Clark. In that role, Tim has worked on numerous projects in many market segments.  Some of these projects include the Grand Mountain Lodge, Odawa Casino, Pattengill Middle School, the Gold LEED Certified Madonna University Franciscan Center $18 million), the Gold LEED Certified Ferris State University College of Optometry Building ($22 million), and NCMC Science Building. Tim is currently the lead Project Manager on our $65 million MSU Bio-Engineering facility.
Tim’s depth of construction knowledge and superior project management skills have been demonstrated by:  his dedication to constructability, his careful review of bid documents and the thorough description of work he establishes for bid packages; his full commitment to the value engineering process;  the detail and care with which he establishes and manages the trade partner’s contracts; his efforts to work with both the Architect and the Owner to issue change orders in a timely manner; and his accurate maintenance of the overall project budget.
Tim’s work ethic has been notable as has his mentoring of younger professionals by sharing his knowledge of both construction and project management with them.  His straightforward manner of conveying his commitment to the project and rallying the trade partners and project team members is well known to those he has mentored.  Tim has also been instrumental in maintaining client relationships and getting new work.
In the early 70s, Tim served in the US Coast Guard for four years.