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Kent Companies Honored with an Excellence in Construction Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan

[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] – Kent Companies was honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC) with an Excellence in Construction Award for Exterior Decorative Concrete at Tanger Outlet Mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The award was presented at the 30th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards on September 13, 2016. The Excellence in Construction Awards highlight both individuals and companies in various categories and specialty trades.

Kent Companies CEO Jeff VanderLaan shared, “Our efforts at Tanger Outlet Mall were successful because we had the right leaders in place. This project presented challenges in terms of schedule, logistics and complexity. Superintendent Blane Lester stepped up to the plate to deliver the largest site concrete and decorative concrete package in his division’s history.” VanderLaan added, “Superintendents Troy Clinger and Randy Bergakker were at the helm of our building and flatwork efforts. Together, these three leaders led the team to an extraordinary performance.”

Kent Companies’ scope of work for Tanger Outlet Mall began in November 2014 with the construction of a retention pond spillway. Shortly thereafter, Kent Companies began pouring concrete foundations and slabs on grade for over 361,000 square feet of retail space.

Extensive logistics were required to share limited working space with other trades, and an extremely long, cold winter further compressed the tight project schedule. Over two-thirds of the entire exterior concrete package was installed between April and July 2015 to meet the July 31st  grand opening date.

Kent’s site concrete team installed 23,000 lineal feet of curb and gutter; over 195,000 square feet of sidewalks; 64,000 square feet of pavement and 120 decorative bollards. Three different stamps and four different concrete stains gave the retail center a unique European style.