(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor was recently honored for construction excellence. WDS Construction – which serves 48 states and develops, manages and constructs commercial buildings – received three Project of Distinction construction excellence awards during the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin’s annual banquet. The awards ceremony, held virtually this year, highlights the quality and professionalism of merit construction projects completed around the county. The panel of judges critiques safety, quality, owner satisfaction, execution and coordination, budgeting, challenges faced and overall distinctiveness. WDS was recognized for their Bowlero project in Arlington, Virginia; their work on the LIDL Grocery Store in Lawrenceville, Georgia; and the renovation of Crossroads Church in Madison.
WDS was recognized for its award-winning work on the following projects:
• Gold—Bowlero, Arlington, Va.; This 50,000 square foot bowling and entertainment project was constructed inside a 50-year-old high-rise with 13 stories of residential above -and three levels of parking below- the construction site. The completed project features 32 backlight bowling lanes, lounge seating, interactive arcades and highdefinition video walls.
• Gold—LIDL Grocery Store, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Three feet of rainfall led to 12 weeks of lost production in a 36-week-long timeline to construct a 30,000 square foot grocery store on five acres of land. Delays in permitting due to COVID-19, as well needing to work with the DOT and county to maneuver around existing utilities and relocate power lines, fiber optic cables and telephone services were faced head on to complete the project.
• Silver—Crossroads Church, Madison, Wis.; This 7,000 square foot renovation of the 12,000 square foot church required managing volunteers and subcontractors to convert a large sanctuary into a more intimate room for services, provide a handicap-accessible stage, and update the nursery, kitchen and welcome area while creating a multipurpose fellowship room and youth center. The existing sanctuary contained bowl-style seating that required 30 inches of compacted gravel and structural foam blocks to create a level concrete floor.