Pioneer Construction to Sign Partnership with the Goal of Zero Injuries on Grand Valley State University's Mary Idema Pew Library Project

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

June 8, 2011 - Pioneer Construction, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) will sign a formal partnership on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Kirkhof Center. Supporting partners include: Grand Valley State University, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Michigan, and the ABC West Michigan Chapter.

The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers. Pioneer Construction is the general contractor for the $47.5 million GVSU Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons project. The technology and learning design of the new library will serve as an incubator for 21st century skills, preparing students to compete globally in the information age. The facility will be built to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum specifications - the highest possible standard in that sustainability rating system.

Signing partners will include: Tim Schowalter, Pioneer President & CEO; Scott Veine, Pioneer Director of Sustainability & Project Manager; Brian Blocher, Pioneer Director of Safety; Chris Fisher, ABC of Michigan President & CEO; Steve Arwood, LARA Deputy Director; and Doug Kalinowski, MIOSHA Director. Also signing will be all of the subcontractors and supporting partners.

The event will include a unique signing ceremony. To celebrate the creation of this innovative library, all partners will be signing in an actual book produced for the partnership ceremony.

EVENT:        Partnership Signing Ceremony

DATE:          Friday, June 10, 2011

TIME:          10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: GVSU Kirkhof Center, Rooms 2215/2216
                   1 Campus Dr.,
                   Allendale 49401
                   Contact: Chris Beckering 616-389-8809

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