2022 Year in Review
HOLLAND, Mich., Dec. 30, 2022 — EV Construction, a leading provider of construction services in West Michigan, is celebrating 2022 as a year filled with successes and growth for the business and its employees.
“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved this year – 2022’s accomplishments position us for even greater growth in 2023,” said Mike Novakoski, President and CEO of EV Construction. “Our employees are the foundation of every successful build and I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work and commitment to creating unmistakable, award-winning projects. I also want to thank our clients, both longtime and new, for trusting us with more than 2,000 projects this year. We are so excited to see what the new year brings.”
The company completed several key projects, including the third phase of expansions for the Waterford Place senior living community in conjunction with The Christman Co., an MRI expansion for Corewell Health’s Butterworth Campus and a waste water treatment plant in Caledonia. Ground was broken on a new 80-unit senior living community in Holland for Resthaven, called The Farmstead, and work also began on several Devon Self Storage facilities and multiple projects for Corewell Health’s Blodgett Campus. Construction also continued at the new headquarters for VisionQuest and several of VisionQuest’s Quality Car Wash facilities in Michigan and Tommy’s Car Wash franchise locations across the country.
Additionally, EV Construction was awarded important contracts that will commence in 2023: The renovation and expansion of Ronald McDonald House West Michigan, for which EV completed an initial renovation in 2016; new construction of a Corewell Zeeland Hospital Medical Office Building and the construction of several more facilities across the country for Devon Storage and Tommy’s Express.
Industry Recognition and Engagement
EV Construction received several honors this year, including being named to West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For as well as National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. It earned the EHS Daily Advisor Award for Moving Beyond Compliance in recognition of its growth of behavioral safety in company culture and policies that exceed OSHA guidelines. The company received an honorable mention from the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan’s MCOY Awards – which recognizes track record of best practices, professionalism and collaboration within the trade contracting community – and was first runner-up for Procore Technologies’ Safety Groundbreaker Award.
Safety is a crucial component of EV Construction’s ethos – achieving no recordable injuries in 2022 – and it extends far beyond EV’s employees. The company held its seventh annual Safety Week in March, which educated nearly 300 people from more than 70 construction companies across West Michigan. The free event, which garnered an official proclamation from Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, included topical break-out sessions, practical training sessions and a symposium with speeches by Dan Vos (Dan Vos Construction Company), Calvin Stuart (Welch Tile) and keynote speaker Pat Karol (Karol Safety Consulting; formerly at Aramark Corporation and Delta Airlines).
EV Construction is “Built Around People” with the specific mission of putting employees, trades and clients at the center of their focus as well as bringing joy to their construction projects and the surrounding communities. With that goal in mind, the company introduced its “Sweets and Treats” ice cream truck in May and began making appearances at construction sites, client parties, groundbreakings and employee events, serving more than 3,000 ice cream treats in 2022. Its Super Bowl Squares initiative in early February resulted in the distribution of $7,500 across ten West Michigan nonprofits, including five organizations in Coldwater where EV Construction has a satellite office. Employees also participated in the United Way’s Ottawa County Day of Caring and the Habitat for Humanity Women Build service opportunities.
In addition to its work to improve the wellbeing of the communities it serves, EV Construction also strives to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for its employees and their families. EV, in partnership with the Fearless Family of Churches in Holland, helped launch a corporate chaplaincy program which has now extended to half a dozen other local business. The chaplaincy program helps quickly connect employees to wellness and mental health resources, as well as provides critical counseling and interventions for our team and their families.