Des Moines, IA (February 2011) - Neumann Brothers, Inc. took top honors recently at the Master Builders of Iowa annual convention winning the 2011 Masters Award in the over $10 million category for their work on the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center at Grinnell College. The center, the largest addition to the college campus, is over 200,000 SF and includes a field house with full track and field amenities and a 50-meter natatorium (pool), complete with one- and three-meter diving platforms.
"This is a tremendous honor for Neumann Brothers," said Marshall Linn, President and CEO. "Winning this award is a testament of the excellent work of the entire project team." The Masters Award recognizes the exceptional efforts of a construction team in the execution and completion of an outstanding project. Entries are judged on how well they meet the following four criteria categories: meeting the challenge of the project, innovation in construction techniques, equipment, materials, and state-of-the-art advancements, excellence in project management/jobsite supervision and responsiveness to client needs.
Neumann Brothers was selected out of three finalists for the top award in the over $10 million category. Chad Bunner, project manager talked about winning the award, "being recognized by our peers for the hard work on this project really means a lot to us." Project superintendent Ron Christensen was also humbled by the honor, "this was a special project. There was a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into it. Seeing the finished results and winning this award makes the hard work worth it."
The projects' complexities were a key factor in awarding Neumann Brothers. To begin with, the project site was boxed in with a boundary of a railroad on the east, outdoor track on the north, football field and residences on the west and city street on the south, requiring the majority of the structures to be built from within. These challenging surroundings offered a site equivalent to a big city downtown project in the heart of Grinnell, Iowa. Working with out- of-state architects added a dimension of complexity but ended up symbolizing teamwork at its finest. The project team also endured two of the toughest winters and wettest summer months on record. Even with the added complexities, it's remarkable to note the project was still able to meet the exact same completion date that was originally quoted when the project began.
The unique function of this athletic center offers recreation for not only Grinnell College students and faculty, but community services to retirement groups and citizens of Grinnell, as well as a place for high school swimming practice and competition meets. Grinnell College is also excited to host the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships for 2012.
Not only did Neumann win an award for the project, more importantly they earned the respect and satisfaction from their client. "The Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center easily ranks as the most challenging and complex construction project on the Grinnell College campus in recent years," Mark Godar, Grinnell College Facilities Director said, "It's no surprise to us the center earned such a high accomplishment, the facilities are fantastic.
Neumann Brothers, Inc. is a general contractor in Des Moines, Iowa specializing in pre-construction and construction services including new construction, historical restoration and renovation, tenant improvements, industrial and millwright and design-build construction. Neumann will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2012.