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“W.B. Olson, Inc. is an experienced contractor whose people demonstrate professionalism, responsiveness and integrity, with top management that functions as part of the team. W.B. Olson’s people are a real pleasure with whom to work. The outcome has always been a great product and great continuing relationships.”
Carl Balsam, Executive Vice President
North Park University

“We interviewed five different firms and it was clear that W.B. Olson had the credentials we were looking for. WBO’s portfolio clearly demonstrated a lot of municipal experience at many different levels, which would give us a good, far-reaching background and complement what we were doing.”
Greg Petry, Executive Director
Waukegan Park District

“Since 1994, W.B. Olson, Inc. has been our construction management firm of choice. Each of the four multimillion-dollar construction projects have been completed on time and under budget. Their creativity and problem solving reduced project costs without sacrificing quality. They have stood behind their work long after facilities opened for business, acting as our consultant to rectify any building problems.”
Jim Patula, Superintendent of Parks and Planning
Bolingbrook Park District

“Working with W.B. Olson was quite a pleasure from start to finish. They came in early in the process and helped define the budget for the project and obviously had a hands-on role during the course of the project.”
Collin Marshal, Architect
Green Associates

“We have completed four projects with W.B. Olson, Inc. and have been very satisfied with their expertise and management style. They have all been very supportive in our efforts and have been responsive to questions and requests. The budgeting, when all information has been given to them, has been very good.”
Bill Lambrecht, Superintendent of Parks & Planning
Wilmette Park District

“W.B. Olson, Inc. provided us with a very thorough and efficient process to deliver our project on time and under budget. They helped us meet a very challenging deadline.”
Greg Petry, Executive Director
Waukegan Park District

“I have worked on three separate projects with W.B. Olson over the last two years. I don’t think that I have had clients speak so positively about their construction experience and specifically the on-site personnel that they have dealt with in my 25-year career.”
Alan Armbrust

“They are some of the best people we have teamed with to build in the industry. The level of integrity and craft are refreshing.”
Mike Siegel, Senior Vice President
VOA

“W.B. Olson’s people are friendly, involved and engaged in the process of construction.”
Dirk Lohan and Laura Garcia, Principal and Associate
Lohan Anderson

“A pleasure to work with.”
Alan James, Vice President/Project Manager
PHN Architects

“Trustworthy, experienced, high quality, hard working and very responsive.”
Phil Smith, Architect/President
JPS & Associates, Inc. Architects

Project Awards

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AIA- The American Institute of Architects:

AIA Chicago
2014- Devine Detail Award
Special Recognition
Deering Library West Entry – NU

AIA Chicago
2011- Interior Architecture Award
Citation of Merit
Mumford Hall- The Salvation Army

AIA Northwest Illinois Chapter
2009 Honor Award
Northwestern University
Searle Graduate Student Center

AIA Northwest Illinois Chapter
2009 Honor Award
Salvation Army
Mumford Hall

AIA Northwest Illinois Chapter
2009 Honor Award
Holy Family Lutheran School

AIA Chicago
2008 Interior Architecture
Award Citation of Merit
Evanston Public Library

AIA Excellence in Architecture Award
Countryside Unitarian Church
Architect: David F. Schultz Associates

AIA Excellence in Architecture Award
Bolingbrook Recreation and
Aquatic Complex
Architect: Pollock Holzrichter Nicholas Ltd.

AIA Honor Award
Murray Theater, Ravinia Festival
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill

AIA Distinguished Building Award
Citation of Merit
East Water Place
Architect: Booth/Hansen Associates, Ltd.

AIA Interior Architecture Award
Certificate of Merit
Mindscape Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
Architect: Booth/Hansen Associates, Ltd.

AIA Interior Architecture Award
Honor Award
Grace Place Episcopal Community Center
Architect: Booth/Hansen Associates, Ltd.

AIA Northeast Illinois Chapter
1997 Honor Awards
Excellence in Design
Bolingbrook Recreation and
Aquatic Complex

AIA Distinguished Building Award
2001 Merit Award
Glenview Park District – Park Center
Architect: Williams & Associate

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CBC – Chicago Building Congress

2012 Merit Award Finalist
Ravinia Underpass

2012 Merit Award Finalist
Waukegan Sports Complex

2010 Merit Award Finalist
Mumford Hall
Leed – Gold

2010 Merit Award Finalist
Ravenswood Kinowerks

2009 Merit Award
Holy Family Lutheran School

2008 Merit Award
Ravinia Dining Pavilion

2006 Merit Award Finalist
Highland Park Recreation Center

2005 Merit Award
Patty Turner Senior Center

2002 Merit Award
Glenview Park District


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IPRA – Illinois Parks and Recreation Association:

2011 Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Division II
Waukegan “Sports Park”

2008 – 2009 Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Field House at Hinkston Park

2006 Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Division IV Aquatic – Elk Grove Park District
“Rainbow Falls Water Park” 2006

2006 Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Division IV Multi Use – Park District of Highland Park
“Recreation Center of Highland Park”

2001 Outstanding Facility and Parks Award
Glenview Park District

2000 Outstanding Facility Award
Renovation/Rehab
Annerino Center – Bolingbrook

1997 Outstanding Facility Award
Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex

Industry Awards

2014 City of Evanston
Preconstruction & Design Award
1970 Campus Drive – Deering Library – NU
Rehabilitation & Restoration

2014 City of Evanston
Preconstruction & Design Award
1970 Campus Drive
Rehabilitation & Restoration

2012 City of Evanston
Preservation & Design Award
1856 Orrington Ave- NU
Accessible Ramp & Exterior Restoration
Honorable Mention

2012 City of Evanston
Preservation & Design Award
647 University Place- NU
Honorable Mention

2012 City of Evanston
2121 Sheridan Road – NU
Sensitive Adaptive Reuse

Lake County Contractors Award
for Project Excellence – 2009
Honorable Mention
Neil Coleman Education Center
B’nai Torah

Lake County Contractors Association
APEX – 2007
Waukegan Park District Field House
at Hinkston Park

Midwest Construction – Best of 2007
Ravinia Food Pavilion

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
Excellence in Landscape
Silver Award – 2004
North Park University

Aquatics International “Best Water Park 2002”
Centennial Family Aquatic Center – Wilmette, IL

Evanston Preservation Commission Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse
of 1840 Oak Ave. to Evanston Enterprise Building

Station Style/Fire Chief Featured Project 2001
Village of Barrington
Public Safety Facility
Architect: Williams & Associate

Safety Awards

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Certificate of Recognition Builders Association/OSHA Comprehensive Safety Partnership:

US Department of Labor
Recognition for participating in OSHA
2014 National Safety Stand-Down
to Prevent Falls in Construction

2012 Silver Participant

2011 Silver Participant

2010 Silver Participant

2009 Silver Participant

2008 Bronze Participant

2007 Bronze Participant

2006 Silver Participant

2005 Silver Participant

2004 Silver Participant

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Associated General Contractors Certificate of Commendation for Safety Excellence:

Zero Incidence Rate- 2014

Zero Incidence Rate- 2011

15% Below Division Incidence Rate – 1996

Zero Incidence Rate – 1994

ero Incidence Rate – 1991

Zero Incidence Rate – 1990

25% Below Division Incidence Rate – 1988

Fewest Accidents As % of Hours – 1987

Zero Incidence Rate – 1985

Builders Association of Greater Chicago

Builders Association of Greater Chicago:

Safety Recognition Award-2008

Safety Recognition Award-2003

Safety Recognition Award-1999