On Thursday, November 12th, Hunzinger held its annual Q3 awards recognition reception at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohmann Tower Apartments, a project we recently completed in August. Over 100 office and field personnel along with subcontractors, architects and owners attended the event that celebrates our commitment to Q3, our Total Quality Management Program.
Q3 reinforces our mission statement of “Do the Right Thing.” This effort encourages employees to continually examine how Hunzinger delivers services and empowers them to make recommendations that improve the way we work. Successes are celebrated and become a regular part of the project delivery system for all future projects. We solicit nominations from our employees of clients, subcontractors, and fellow employees who have demonstrated an exemplary dedication to excellence and illustrated the qualities outlined in our Total Quality Management program. This year, we received over 50 nominations that are reviewed by our company owners and recipients are selected. Six Hunzinger employees, six subcontractors, two architects, three owners and one owner’s representative were recognized with Q3 Awards.
Hunzinger Senior Project Manager Scott Wendt and Assistant Project Manager Christina Szews each received awards for their superior work this year on multiple projects at Miller Park, Harley Davidson, Pewaukee School District as well as new construction for EmbedTek and PRA’s Plaza in the Historic Third Ward.
Rich Kubly was recognized with an award for his steady, behind-the-scenes work that keeps our Project Managers on track with the vital task of generating accurate pay applications and job cost tracking reports. Rich has developed a streamlined work process, is very accommodating and will stay late or come in on weekends to help ensure the end-product is delivered in line with the Hunzinger brand. He is a true asset to the Hunzinger team.
Kevin Sandkuhler received a Q3 Award because he has done a great job training our people and our subcontractors about safety. Kevin has worked tirelessly leading our firm’s safety program, managing our client expectations and improving our firm’s safety metrics.
Matt Horton received a Q3 Award for his leadership on the Parapet Repair Project at Harley-Davidson Motor Company World Headquarters on 37th and Juneau. Matt was very committed and involved with every aspect of this project as a Project Manager. He went above and beyond to assure the communication, not only internally, but to all outside parties involved was executed on a regular basis. Matt sets a great example and continues to exceed everyone’s expectations.
Wayne Kuske received a Q3 Award for his work at the Milwaukee Art Museum Addition and Renovation Project. At the beginning of the project, Wayne’s role was to be the Foreman for the self-performed demo work. Due to the complexity of the project, Wayne’s role quickly changed into the Superintendent for the renovation of the Kahler Building. Wayne’s excellent communication with the entire team and his unwavering drive to succeed is why the renovation of the Kahler Building was a success. Wayne was always willing to do whatever it takes and his team members are looking forward to working with him on the next project.
Jim Rymaszewski of Lemberg Electric worked tirelessly to make the Horizon Elementary School project a success. Jim was the only electrician put on the job and his efforts ensured that the project stayed on schedule for the electrical installations and modifications. Jim completed the entire electrical scope on his own including all the lighting and fixture trim-out. Thanks in large part to Jim’s outstanding efforts, we never had an electrical delay.
Next was Tony Skoufis, also from Lemberg Electric, who received a Q3 Award for his work on the Embedtek project. Tony made sure that he had both the materials and manpower required to meet our shortened schedule and, if not, he worked long days and weekends to ensure our schedule was maintained. He did this with the utmost professionalism and integrity. He exceeded our expectations and was a pleasure to work with.
The next project to be recognized was the CUNA Mutual Group Entry & Lobby a recently completed exquisite new corporate entrance addition and extensively renovated lobby that includes new modern and alluring 2,200 square foot glass and steel addition seamlessly ties into the 9,100 square foot completely renovated and rebuilt lobby that refreshes their corporate identity as it transitions to the more traditional existing offices. Ray Sachs and Paula Verboomen of HGA Architects received Q3 Awards for their role in the design and project management team for the project. Also recognized was Pat Zimmer of Klein-Dickert Glass for his proactive and hands-on dedication to making the Entry/Lobby project a success. Without Pat’s steady hand, we would not have been able to complete the project on time and to the satisfaction of the owner.
Brain Rogers and Danielle Slotke both have been intimately involved with the Badger Meter Customer Experience project from the very beginning. This project is an interior renovation of approximately 22,000 SF surrounded by occupied spaces. Brian and Danielle have consistently attended and contributed to the weekly progress meetings providing quick responses, suggestions and owner concerns to each meeting. They also make themselves readily available for field questions which in turn helps the project run more efficiently and productively. It was a pleasure working with, and for, Badger Meter on this very exciting project. Also recognized for their work on the Badger Meter Custer Experience were Mark Prom and Zyle Newell of Terminal Andre Electric. Their attention to detail was fantastic. Not only where they the only subcontractor that came to every weekly project management meeting from the start, they show up an hour early to walk the project. They ramped up manpower to keep on schedule. They are team players and kept the job moving forward.
Carl Schneider an electrician on The Selig Experience for Hunzinger at Miller Park was acknowledged for his amazing work to bring the Bud Selig hologram to life.
Kim Guerrero and Deon Sartin of Wangard Partners have been advocates of both Hunzinger and our Green Building and LEED consulting division, Sustainable Building Solutions, SBS for a number of years now. This past year, Phil Vetterkind our Director of SBS has worked with them to complete 5 Energy Star certifications and an EBOM Gold LEED RE-Certification on Wangard’s High Point Building. It is great to work with a repeat client that is so committed to sustainability in our built environment. Both Kim and Deon were recognized with Q3 Awards for their efforts.
Progressive’s Lisbon Avenue Clinic was a very special project for Hunzinger for a lot of reasons. Hunzinger is so proud to have been part of the team which included HGA architects and The Sigma Group. Hunzinger also utilized the services of WRTP Big Step and Prism Technical and Marketing Management for this project. Working on this project you couldn’t help but be inspired by Jenni Sevenich, Progressive’s CEO. She brought a vision and determination to the project that was infectious. Monique Charlier of Rivet, LLC was indispensable bringing sound advice every step of the way as Owner’s Rep. Together, these two women worked collaboratively with us and HGA to create a positive work environment that never once lost sight of what we were all working towards – completing a new 42,000 health clinic that allows them to see 11,000 more patients every year.
This was so much more than a construction project for us. This was about having a hugely positive impact in our community and in the lives of individuals who deserve to have access to quality healthcare. We recognized Jenni and Monique for their tireless efforts to make this clinic a reality and for being so wonderful to work with.
The final recognition of the evening was presented to our colleagues at Uihlein Wilson Architects and our mutual client the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Together our firms have produced beautiful projects for MSOE over the past 15+ years including the Grohmann Tower Apartments, the Viets Field soccer and parking facility and the Kern Center among many others. To acknowledge this successful collaboration, they were presented with a collage of projects and a quote from Henry Ford that reads: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a progress. Working together is a success.”