The Snap-on Museum Wins Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration from ENR Midwest Magazine

award1On November 19, the Snap-on Museum project, built by Riley Construction, was honored with a Best Projects Award of Merit in Renovation/Restoration from ENR (Engineering News-Record) Midwest Magazine at an awards ceremony in Chicago.

ENR Midwest’s Best Projects 2015 competition is an annual program recognizing outstanding design and construction in a variety of categories. Panelists selected winning projects on the basis of quality, innovation, safety and the ability of their project teams to overcome unique challenges. In all, projects were honored in categories ranging from Energy and Health Care to Education, Renovation and Transportation.

The factors that made this project award-worthy were its unique, aggressive fast-track schedule of 90 days, the adjacent corporate office space and distribution creating many challenges to avoid disruption of daily operations, and the 150-ft. custom timeline display with a dimensional tolerance of only 1/4″. The project was able to be completed on time because of the collaboration and openness between Snap-on, Riley Construction, Kahler Slater Architects, and Xibitz, the museum display fabricator. The project included design, construction and installation of custom made ceiling assembly and custom made exhibits. Precision and craftsmanship were a key factor in the construction of this demanding piece.

Along with the award, the Snap-on Museum is also featured in the latest issue of ENR Midwest and on the website:

Riley Construction Honored as a 2015 Top Workplace!

Top Workplaces 2015
Kenosha, WI – (June 16, 2015) – Riley Construction has been honored as a Top Workplace in southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We’re delighted to receive this recognition, the credit of which goes to our employees,” said Matt Prince, president of Riley Construction. “Their hard work and dedication to building long-term relationships both inside and outside the company achieves the ultimate goal of making our clients jobs easier.”

To earn a spot on the list, Riley’s employees were surveyed regarding their views on organizational health, their job and employee engagement. The evaluations for the list are based purely on employee opinions. This is the first time that Riley Construction has participated in this voluntary survey. Earning a spot the first time it was pursued is a proud accomplishment.

Here are benefits some of the employees pointed out on the survey:

“It’s the people and the culture at Riley that gives me the confidence that, no matter what the setback or challenge presented, we will make it through to the other side.”

“There is a lot of autonomy in my position. I can push for change and it is accepted when it is the right direction.”

“Riley constantly looks for new ways to improve your working experience.”

The employee survey was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 14, 2015. For more information about Riley’s spot on the list, click here. For Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit and

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Riley Awarded Racine Unified School District $50.2 Million Project

RUSD SchoolsRacine Unified School District For the Students and the Community
Racine, Wis. – (March 19, 2015) – Racine Unified School District had most of the Racine Community in mind when approving the plan for how Referendum funds would be allocated.  At the center of RUSD’s focus is Racine’s students considering these children will soon be learning in state-of-the –art facilities for  2 new schools and 1 major addition at Knapp, Gifford, and Olympia Brown.  Furthermore, RUSD sees an opportunity to engage the community at large.  These projects have a great opportunity to include local businesses, local workers, and engage some of the unemployed minority workforce.

Riley Construction, the construction manager selected, has volunteered to mentor a RUSD High School student on each building project.  Students can be inspired to seek careers in Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Trades and many other career opportunities as a result of this experience.

RUSD set goals that strives to put the taxpayers hard earned money back in the pockets of the hard working taxpayers.  By keeping the money in Racine, RUSD is helping energize the local economy which benefits the families of the Racine School District.  By putting to work some of the unemployed minority workforce we increase the tax base and lower the unemployment rate.  By setting minority contractor and workforce hiring goals, we help our community.

The community approved the referendum and RUSD wants to make sure the maximum value is returned to the community while providing an excellent education and learning environment to Racine’s students.

Snap-on Museum Wins Two Awards

Milwaukee Business Journal 2015 Real Estate Awards, Best Regional Impact

Apr 17, 2015 – Sue Pierman

Snap-on Inc.’s history has been 95 years in the making, but the painstaking physical execution of its museum addition, which includes a 150-foot custom timeline display and more than 500 artifacts, was accomplished in just three months.

The tight deadline was dictated by other projects at Snap-on’s headquarters in Kenosha and the need to minimize disruption to daily operations in adjacent work areas.
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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2014 Design Excellence Award, Bronze Contract-Retail/Showroom Category

The Wisconsin Chapter of ASID inspires and enriches its members by promoting the value of Interior Design while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships.
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PABST Professional Center wins Daily Reporter Top Projects and Mayor’s Design Awards

The Daily Reporter 2015 Top Projects
Project Acts like a Beacon for Revitalized Neighborhood

Riley Construction and Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. team had to strike a balance between respect for history and eagerness to build the Pabst Professional Center, downtown Milwaukee’s first office development in more than a decade.
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Department of City Development – 2015 City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Design Awards
The Mayor’s Design Awards are presented in an ongoing  effort to recognize design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee.  Recipients have added value to their neighborhoods by restoring, constructing or enhancing their properties in a way that respects the urban fabric and contributes to the character of their surroundings.  The PABST Professional Center is among the winners for 2015 in the “Design That Grabs You” category: Projects that have added value to the City by displaying design excellence while respecting the urban fabric and contributing to the character of their surroundings.
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Riley Construction Announces New Minority Shareholder & Vice President of Operations Promotion

Kenosha, Wis. – (March 1, 2015) – Riley Construction announces the promotion of Ben Kossow to Vice President of Operations.

Ben has been instrumental over the years with the successful completion of some of our largest healthcare clients.  As a minority shareholder of Riley Construction since 2014, Ben has shown great ability in understanding and executing a diverse portfolio of project types.  Through his talents as a leader Ben has mentored his skills to many others in the company.

“One of the greatest joys in my position is to watch a talented young person grow into a leader.   Ben has been a natural leader since the first day he stepped into the job trailer after graduating from college.   He has created success through hard work, building relationships, and treating people with respect.  I am very proud of what he has accomplished in such a short time -he is a true leader!,” said Dave Riley, Chairman of Riley Construction.
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Ben Kossow, an official board member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin

Ben KossowBen Kossow, Riley’s Vice President of Operations, became an official board member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin on December 10, 2014 at the Board of Directors Meeting.

The AGC of Wisconsin is the leading professional trade association for the commercial construction industry in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin chapter represents over 230 members that include: large and small general and specialty contractors; union and open shop contractors; members working in a variety of markets; and industry related service providers and suppliers.  This diversity provides The AGC of Wisconsin with credibility at the Capitol and with industry stakeholders.

The AGC of Wisconsin is dedicated to serving the construction industry throughout the state by focusing on the issues that will impact the future.  The board is currently working on issues like the State Capital Budget, Right to Work, Prevailing Wage, Sales Tax Exempt Entities, Indemnification/Sole Negligence, Lien Laws, and workforce development to name a few.