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Subcontractor of the Year - 2012  

 Valparaiso University: Wesemann Hall Addition
 Helical Pile Installation
 Valparaiso, Indiana
 
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As a subcontractor to Berglund Construction, Thatcher installed 20 helical bearing piles to provide support for a new addition to Wesemann Hall. Thatcher worked with the manufacturer of the helical piles to develop a solution which provided maximum support for minimal cost. Thatcher coordinated the required submittals for the custom-designed piles from the helical supplier to the general contractor. Thatcher's contract with Berglund included a "Commitment to Quality," clearly outlining the expectations of the General Contractor for its subcontractor, Thatcher, in regards to coordination, record keeping, and compliance with the Quality Assurance/Quality Control program.

The expansion of Wesemann Hall allowed Valparaiso University's Law School to create a Career Planning Center. The Center has rooms for career counseling, employer interviews, and career training. Its location within the existing Law School building makes it easily accessible to Law School students, and encourages its use.

The construction of the project was not without its challenges. Wet weather caused delays for the excavating contractor, and Thatcher worked with the general contractor, Berglund, to adjust its mobilization date and supply deliveries.

In addition to standard safety training, all of Thatcher's employees were required to pass a background check before beginning work on-site. The project was completed without any safety incidents among Thatcher's crew.
 

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