HR Green Celebrates Our 2023 Projects of the Year

June 25, 2024

The HR Green Project of the Year Awards were created to honor teams internally for projects that exemplify HR Green’s mission to build communities and improve lives while showcasing innovation, collaboration, client service, and financial excellence.

Each HR Green business line can submit one project per region and is evaluated by an internal selection committee. A winning project is selected for each business line which includes Construction, Land Development, Governmental Services, Transportation, and Water. From the winning business line selections, one project is honored as the Ultimate HR Green Project of the Year. During the month of July, we’ll share each winning project team and the project details, revealing this year’s winner at the end of the month.

Congratulations to all the project teams honored – excellent work delivering landmark projects and exemplary services to our clients!

Land Development

Congratulations to the Chick-fil-A Land Development project team on being named HR Green’s 2023 Land Development Project of the Year!

HR Green’s team leads Chick-fil-A restaurant site development, coordinating with the architect, utility providers, landlords, and municipal officials to get stores up and running – usually within an aggressive schedule.

Land Development Project of the Year

Since 2009, our land development team has completed approximately 150 Chick-fil-A stores, ranging from initial due diligence to construction completion and punch-out with locations in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.

Congrats to the core project team Todd Richards, David Pineda, Mike Jarosinski, Nam Le, Joe Vavrina, Erik Hertel, and not pictured team members Fernando Del Toro, Milan Dobrosavljevic, Neal Ballah, Bernie Bauer, Ted Yelton, Dan Shane, Lauren Cisco, Erik Negri – and numerous critical team members for their professional services ranging from conceptual design to final construction.

Project Details

Governmental Services

Congratulations to the Holt Avenue Corridor Improvements project team for receiving the honor of HR Green’s 2023 Governmental Services Project of the Year!

The corridor experienced a high incidence of traffic accidents, crime, trash, and other issues. The city’s goal was to transform this corridor to enhance cleanliness, safety, accessibility, and aesthetics.

GS project of the year teamOur team developed a detailed traffic study and design alternatives and, once funding was secured, implemented the design plan. The corridor improvements included the installation of new medians, trash receptacles, bus shelters, and benches, along with extensive median and parkway landscaping, including green stormwater infrastructure, which significantly beautified the area. Enhancements were also made to Garfield Park and included a new circuit trail for walking and jogging, complete with workout stations.

Fantastic work by the project team, including Trent MacDonald, Art Casillas, Chase Keys, Jorge Perez, Jeanne MacDonald, Monica Pangco, and Lilly Diaz. The project will significantly transform the Holt Avenue Corridor into a vibrant and safe thoroughfare, improving the quality of life for residents and supporting the City of Pomona’s vision.

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Congratulations to the Eldamain Road Extension project team for receiving the honor of HR Green’s 2023 Construction Project of the Year!

The Kendall County Highway Department (KCHD) wanted to extend Eldamain Road south, creating a new crossing over the Fox River. The new and improved transportation corridor alleviates high traffic volumes, including a large number of trucks traveling through downtown Yorkville, which caused congestion and limited access to businesses. The County highway was also constructed with safety in mind by including raised medians separating the north and south lanes of traffic.

HR Green 2023 Construction Project of the YearThe expanded corridor provides another Fox River Bridge crossing making north-south travel in the area much more efficient and spurring new development opportunities in Kendall County.

Great work by the project team including Ryan Best, Rick McCombs, Kevin Berry, Joe Spika, Tony Simmons, Samantha Stuedemann, Steve Schwarz, and Steve Hortega. From the design to construction, HR Green’s construction team partnered with the Kendall County Highway department to deliver a $40 million multi-year project.

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