Imelda Properties Renovation
“Our project involved a 5000+ square foot renovation of a building in downtown Marquette. The project presented two distinct challenges. The first was the dilapidated condition of the building with the second being the limited access to the building due to a zero lot line situation. Given the difficulty of its access issues, the Gundlach Champion team hand carried rubble out of the basement, up a set of stairs, and down the City owned walkway to a dumpster. In addition, equipment had to be brought in to remove a utility pole from the rear of our property, which was very problematic due to its location, but GCI found a way. In spite of the frustration of dealing with the project’s challenges, GCI project manager, Ross Bennett, and site manager, Rob Berg, were professional and pleasant. Even in times that must have felt like a crisis, Ross and Rob kept a cool head and got us through.
GCI’s experience proved invaluable on our project. We bid this project out, and I can’t express how fortunate I feel that we made the right choice. Others might have found this job exasperating due to its challenges and walked away when things became difficult, but Rob and Ross put their thinking caps on and found the workarounds we needed.
For example, who could forget the Yellow Wall controversy that made local news? Ross came to court and City Council meetings more than a handful of times to explain the situation on our behalf. The GCI managers went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to come up with creative solutions to get us to the finish line.”
- Katy White, Co-Owner Imelda Properties LLC
Michigan Technological University
I have only been employed as a facilities engineer at Michigan Tech since the end of June 2015 and Gundlach Champion has been the successful bidder on two major projects that I have managed in that time span.
The first project GCI worked on was the No. 2 Fuel Oil Tank Secondary Containment Area in the 4th quarter of 2015. It entailed a large 7,400 square foot concrete containment area and an adjoining 2,400 square foot tanker truck unloading area. The project also included the setting of six horizontal storage tanks with capacities of 35,000 gallons each. Construction could not start until October 20 due to the demolition of a building located on the site and had to be completed by December 31 due to a “stop usage deadline on the existing university vertical storage tank”. Gundlach Champion finished construction December 8, well ahead of the deadline.
Marquette County Jail
Gundlach Champion was contracted to renovate the Marquette County Jail in 2015 under a Design Build delivery method. Gundlach Champion did an excellent job incorporating all the different elements and trades necessary to complete this project. GCI provided responsive communication and very accurate record keeping. The entire process went very well.
Gundlach’s solid building experience and contacts allowed them to perform at a high level when working on this complicated building renovation. Any issue I had during construction or planning was immediately addressed, and follow-up completed. I never had to request “As Builts” or “Project Submittals” it happened automatically making it easier for me to keep track of the project. GCI truly wants to make your project successful.
- Aaron Karlstrom, Facilities Manager, County of Marquette Michigan
K.I. Sawyer Waste Water Treatment Plant
It was clear from the start that Gundlach Champion was very experienced in this type of work. For the timeline of this complicated project to work while the existing treatment processes were operating, a strong understanding of how the plant functioned and how it was going to work after completion was critical. Gundlach Champion kept the project on track and kept us well informed on the project progress and when we were ready to move onto the next step.
The entire Gundlach Champion crew was very professional, and safety was always foremost in their daily operations. Gundlach Champion had a great working relationship with the sub-contractors, which kept the project moving along with no major conflicts. A small mistake during a wastewater treatment plant construction can cause serious environmental violations and safety hazards. For this reason, plant upgrades are dreaded times for a wastewater plant supervisor. Gundlach Champion listened to our concerns, kept us informed, and made sure we were 100% comfortable with each construction stage before it was started.
- Nicholas Hautamaki, K.I. Sawyer Water/Wastewater Department Supervisor, County of Marquette
K.I. Sawyer Waste Water Treatment Plant
Marquette County contracted Gundlach Champion for a 3.5 million dollar renovation to the K. I. Sawyer WWTP. This scope of this project was the upgrade of a one million gallon per day design Rotating Biological Contactor Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to an Activated Sludge WWTP. The project was challenging as the plant needed to remain operational throughout the project. Gundlach Champion team worked with our staff, the engineers and subcontractors to maintain seamless operations and complete the project correctly and on time.
This project, as bid, came in over budget. Gundlach Champion worked with the engineer to get the project within budget and still provide a workable project. Towards the end of the project when contingency funds remained, Gundlach Champion held their price on the work previously deleted, even though almost two years had passed. For other change orders, they provided detailed cost breakdowns that justified the costs, making my recommendation for approval with the County Board easier.
In the past, I have worked with Gundlach Champion on other building projects at Sawyer International Airport and have always found the staff and work to be excellent. They manage the projects well and follow the specifications and drawings accurately. Gundlach Champion's efficiency results in less oversight required from the engineer and owner compared to many other contractors.
- Steven J. Schenden P.E., Director of Sawyer Operations