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Chad Webster Promoted to Senior Project Manager


We are happy to announce the promotion of Chad Webster from Project Manager to Senior Project Manager.Chad Webster 2005

Chad joined Clark Construction in May 1999 but had already worked for the company as an intern while a student in Construction Management at Ferris State University. He was already noted for his eagerness to learn and positive attitude. Since then, Chad has been involved in dozens of projects representing more than $300 million of work installed notably in Retail, K-12 and, more recently, Higher Education. On all these jobs Chad has constantly displayed a total dedication to satisfying the clients and unflinching loyalty to the Company, while fulfilling the Company’s projects objectives.
Chad managed projects in the $30 million and above category including an out of state IKEA store in Cincinnati, OH. He has also demonstrated an ability to run multiple projects as he did when he was in charge of Anspach Hall and currently as he simultaneously manages MSU Clinical C project, CMU South Quad Project, and CMU Dow Active Learning Classrooms (just completed) on top of a couple of smaller but demanding projects, including our ongoing Program Management effort at Kettering University. While restoring our client relationships at MSU, Chad is instrumental in expanding our work at FSU and CMU where he has built a trustful and highly valued relationship with the Client “Chad is not just a great business partner, he is a trusted friend” says a prominent CMU representative.
Chad is an early adopter of processes and techniques, such as Pull Planning, that put Clark at the forefront of highly efficient and competitive services to our Clients, and is highly appreciated by younger Clark professionals who value his willingness to address their questions in a very open and gregarious manner. Last but not least, Chad has an infectious can-do approach to any challenge thrown at him and does so with good humor! Chad is LEED AP and OSHA 30 certified

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University of Michigan Celebrates South Quad With Grand Opening

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The University of Michigan-South Quad project held their Dining Facility Grand Opening on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

To read the article please click here.  We would like to thank all of the team that worked on this project through the different phases: Rick Hutter, George Riggen, Elaine Hampstead, Becky Timberlake, Jake Carney, Bill Jacobitz, Tom Mata, Dale Hoffman, Justin Bailey, Jade Warner, Brooks McIntosh, Kyle Jobin, Josh Pettijohn and Dave Reece

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Clark Construction Company Executive Selected as Ferris Foundation Board Member

Bobby LaLondeRobert LaLonde, vice president of Clark Construction Company, has been selected as a board member of the Ferris Foundation.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the purpose of advancing the mission and goals of Ferris State University by generating and managing private support. It was established in 1991.

LaLonde is an alumnus of Ferris State University and graduated with a degree in construction management. Before being promoted to vice president, he worked as senior project manager for Clark Construction Company and has 15 years of experience in commercial construction. Robert is currently the project director on two of the largest research projects in the state — CMU Biosciences Facility and MSU Bioengineering Building.

LaLonde’s certifications include: OSHA 30-hour Certification, OSHA Safety Certified Trained Supervisor, Primavera Certification for Project Resources and Cost Management, as well as an LEED accredited professional through the U.S. Green Building Council. LaLonde is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and a committee member of the ULI Young Leaders Group

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James Kramek Awarded The 2014 John M. Clark Service Award

The 2014 John M. Clark Service Award was presented to James Kramek last Thursday at the Safety and Health Education and Training Seminar at the Lansing headquarters.  The award is presented annually to a Clark Employee who demonstrates exceptional work ethic, service and dedication on behalf of the company and its customers.  Congratulations James!

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Clark Construction Honored With Michigan Keystone Award for Educational Excellence

Clark Construction Company has been honored by the Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC Michigan) with its Keystone Award for Education Excellence. The award was presented during the recent AGC of Michigan Annual Meeting in Kalamazoo. Clark Construction received the prestigious Keystone Award for its Project Engineer Development Program.


We have always placed the highest priority of developing the skill level, training and education for our team members. It is gratifying to be recognized for a program that we believe has delivered superior results in enhancing the performance of our talented team of project engineers.

– Sam Clark, President


The Keystone Award for Education Excellence honors exceptional and innovative professional development programs for construction supervisors, managers and executives. Programs considered offer education to construction site foremen, supervisors, superintendents, project engineers, project managers and/or construction executives.


Clark Construction’s Project Engineers Professional Development Plan was implemented in 2012. All project engineers are currently enrolled and at various phases of this multi-year process. The program establishes an all encompassing professional curriculum that provides a roadmap for project engineers to advance within the organization. The program provides for each project engineer to receive mentoring and coaching to facilitate growth, and advance each employee’s skill levels in areas, including project scheduling, constructability review, building systems, change management, public speaking and presentations and several other areas.

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Five Clark Construction Employees Graduate from AGC Future Construction Leaders Program

Five employees of Clark Construction have graduated from the Future Construction Leaders of Michigan (FCLM) program sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC Michigan). The five employees are all project engineers with Clark Construction and include: Jake Carney, Bill Cox, Nick Henne, Andrew Richter and Terry Stewart.

FCLM is a 40-hour program, spread over nearly a year, and combines technical training with additional events geared toward developing soft skills, building relationships and encouraging community involvement. The FCLM program complements Clark Construction’s Project Engineer Professional Development Program, which was recently recognized by AGC Michigan with the Keystone Award for Educational Excellence.

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Open House Planned for New Clinton County Animal Shelter

The Clinton County Building Authority is hosting an open house for its newly completed Clinton County Animal Shelter. The open house will be from 12 to 4 pm on Thursday Nov. 21. A short ceremony will be followed by an open tour of the facility for the public.

The shelter is a 4,700 square foot building designed to house the county’s animal control operation. It has the capacity to house up to 16 dogs and 16 cats, and there are rooms for admitting, treatment, isolation and quarantine, as well as a laundry/food prep area, dog wash, and an office and lobby area. Performing the design work for the facility was Hobbs + Black of Lansing; the program manager for the project was Clark Construction Company; and BCI was the general contractor.

This facility should serve the county well into the foreseeable future for all of its animal control needs. All finish materials utilized where highly wear resistant epoxy coatings that will clean very easily and last for many years to come. Many energy efficient amenities where included in the construction, from LED lighting to energy recovery mechanical units that capture the energy in the conditioned air prior to being exchanged with fresh air.

– Chad Riehl, Project Director

The energy efficiencies included in the project will minimize the operating costs of the facility. Project construction costs came in significantly under the county’s budget.

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Clark Construction Celebrates MSU’s Renovated Shaw Dining Hall

Clark Construction Company officials proudly joined in the celebration marking the grand opening of the renovated Shaw Hall dining center at Michigan State University. The celebration was held on February 27, 2013. Clark Construction served as Construction Manager on MSU’s Shaw Dining Hall project.

It is a privilege to join with the MSU campus and community in celebrating the grand opening of the renovated Shaw Cafeteria. Fresh, innovative updates to the dining hall will ensure that the Shaw cafeteria will be a favorite meeting place for students and faculty for years to come.

– Gary Ciampa, Project Director 

Renamed “The Vista”, The Shaw Hall renovation boasts a brand new, state of the art dining center featuring separate and uniquely different food service venues. The project also included the construction of new loading dock, a new elevator to connect to the terrace level, improvements to the lobby and lounges on the first floor and complete replacement of the HVAC system. Additionally, the entire glazed curtain wall system along the north elevation of the dining center was replaced to offer improved views of the Red Cedar River.

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Clark Construction Joins Celebration Dedicating Renovated Michigan State University Union

Clark Construction Company officials proudly joined in the celebration marking the grand opening of the renovated Michigan State University Union. Clark Construction served as Construction Manager on the MSU Union project.

It is a privilege to join with the MSU campus and community in celebrating the grand opening of the renovated MSU Union.  The Union has long been a campus landmark, and the impressive renovations will ensure that this hub of student activity continues to meet the needs of students and visitors.

– Gary Ciampa, Project Director

The MSU Union renovation included upgrades to the first floor concourse, main lounge and reconfiguration and renovation of retail outlets including the coffee shop and Sparty’s Convenience Store. An information desk was created at the intersection of the pedestrian flow, and a new connection to the lower lounge from the upper lobby was constructed. The lounge and lobby received new finishes, including flooring, carpet, paint and furnishings. The One Union Square Food Court was updated and modified to increase food preparation and patron efficiency.