Hasse Earns 2018 Commercial Project of the Year Award for IKORCC Campus
Two buildings totaling almost 75,000 SF were recently completed & honored for excellence in construction
May 11, 2018: Hasse Construction Company was awarded the prestigious “2018 Commercial Project of the Year Award” from the Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) for the new IKORCC Campus – Training & Administration Buildings located in Merrillville, IN that was completed this month.
The CAF hosts an annual award ceremony in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Building Roundtable (NWIBRT) to recognize excellence in construction and safety.
The Carpenter Union Training Facility building is a new two story 60,850 SF, pre-cast concrete building with bar joist and metal deck. The $7 million building included all site work, including utilities, parking lots, site lighting, and more. The building is completed with all interior finishes including welding booth’s, bridge crane, drywall, framing, casework, doors, frames & hardware, curtain walls, painting, HVAC, plumbing, fire sprinklers and electrical. First and second levels are classrooms, offices and common areas.
The Carpenter Administration Building a new single story 12,500 SF, pre-cast concrete bar joist and metal deck Local Carpenter Union Administration building includes all site work, including utilities, parking lots, site lighting, and more. The building is complete with all interior finishes including drywall, framing, casework, doors, frames & hardware, curtain walls, painting, HVAC, plumbing, fire sprinklers and electrical.
The IKORCC Merrillville project was recognized for being completed on schedule, within budget, with minimal disruption to the operation, all while upholding the highest commitment to safety with Hasse Construction Company.
The training center will help thousands of people build their careers in the industry. Carpenters, floor coverers, and millwrights will receive the latest skill & safety training thanks to the new facility.
Hasse Construction Earns 2017 Safety Award of Excellence
The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable honored companies who excel in Safety
May 11, 2018: Hasse Construction took home the Safety Award of Excellence honor at the 2018 Northwest Indiana Busines Roundtable / CAF Safety & Awards Banquet. The combined awards presentation is an example of the capabilities of the NWI construction industry and its commitment to safety and excellence. The event is considered by many to be the leading awards banquet with regard to recognizing the region’s industrial, commercial, and public works projects. To be eligible for the Excellence in Safety award, the company must meet Achievement Award criteria for the last three years and demonstrate an acceptable safety management system.
Bill Hasse Inducted into The Times Business & Industry Hall of Fame
Bill joins other Region Business Leaders, marking the 11th induction of members into the Times Hall of Fame
May 1, 2018: William (Bill) A. Hasse III, President and Co-Owner of Calumet City, IL based Hasse Construction Company, Inc., was inducted into the 2018 Times Business & Industry Hall of Fame, in a region gathering of roughly 500 attendees. Bill, 62, was one of five business leaders selected for the Class of 2018 induction. Hasse’s many professional and charitable contributions to the local community over the past 40 years were central to his nomination. Bill was also honored in early 2018 as the Munster Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.
Hasse had not planned to join the now 98-year-old family construction company, but after working as a civil engineer, the Purdue University graduate joined his father at the business in 1982. He soon settled into the job, and Region. "My roots are here. My family and friends are here," Hasse said. "It's been a good reason to stay."
Hasse has run Hasse Construction Co. since 1984, after the death of his father, William A. Hasse Jr., who had joined the firm in 1956. Hasse III was 27 and still new to the Calumet City- and Munster-based business when he took over with the economy struggling through recession. Private construction work had dried up, and government work was out-of-reach. "There were times here, as I was learning the business, that we had nothing to bid and we were limited to what we could do because at the time we had lost our bonding capacity," Hasse said. For Hasse, there was one path to take. "I had nothing to lose with trying to grow the business."
Hasse attributes the next phase of growth to the lessons of trial-and-error and being surrounded by good people. For Hasse, that included an advisory board that met every six months. "It made me answer to somebody. It made me be responsible, to have a business plan, have a thorough accounting system, have a long-term plan." One strategy that's worked well for the company is project diversification, Hasse said. In 1991, when his brother John joined the business, Hasse Construction expanded into public projects, including municipal and school projects, as well as underground utility work. Then, in the mid-1990s, the company expanded into health care. It did work for St. Margaret Mercy, then for Community Hospital in 1999. That started an ongoing relationship with what's now the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, owner of three hospitals and a variety of smaller facilities.
A combination of commercial, industrial, medical and underground utility work helps Hasse maintain the goal of working year-round and through shifts in the economy. Hasse Construction's largest job has been the $30 million Praxair hydrogen plant addition in Whiting that allowed Praxair to triple its hydrogen production to feed the expansion of the BP refinery. And one of Hasse's unique customers has been 3 Floyds Brewing Co., for which it expanded the brewery and built a distillery.
Along the way, Hasse has served a variety of professional and charitable organizations. He is a Past President of the Associated General Contractors-Indiana and Past Chairman of the Northwest Indiana Contractors Association. He is also a past member of the Construction Advancement Foundation's board of directors.
Hasse is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Lake County Economic Alliance and the Regional Development Company and is a longtime member and Past President of the Board of Hospice of the Calumet Area and co-founder of the annual Hospice Hustle bike ride, running for the past 12 years. He also has served on the Hammond YMCA and Valparaiso Salvation Army boards.
As for the future, the fourth generation, Bill’s children, Billy Hasse and Kim Hasse O’Halloran joined in 2017, though a full transition to the fourth generation is still some years away.
Other inductees of the 2018 Business & Industry Hall of Fame include Scott Albanese, CEO, Albanese Nuts and Candy, Jeff Strack, President, Indiana Grocery Group / Strack & Van Til, Dr. Vidya Kora, Partner, Franklin Clinic, and Terry McMahon, Owner, McMahon & Associates. The Enterprise of the Year is Monosol.
Fourth Generation Joins Hasse Construction Company
According to The Family Business Institute, only 3% of family businesses operate into the fourth generation and beyond.
November 7, 2017: William Scott Hasse (Billy), 27, and Kimberly Hasse O’Halloran, 29 , both recently joined the 98-year-old general contractor, currently based out of Calumet City, IL and Munster, IN. Billy has joined as a Project Manager, and Kimberly as the Director of Business Development.
According to The Family Business Institute, only 3% of family businesses operate into the fourth generation and beyond. Kimberly and Billy, siblings, represent the fourth generation of Hasse family members to work at the construction company.
Hasse Construction Company has been in business since 1920. Hasse and O’Halloran’s great-grandfather, William A. Hasse, joined in 1920, and their grandfather, William A. Hasse Jr., joined the business in 1956.
William A. Hasse III (Bill), father of both Billy and Kimberly, joined the business in 1982 and became president in 1985. John Hasse joined in 1990 to head up Hasse Engineering Services – the design/build division of the company. Bill and John are currently both owners of Hasse Construction Company.
Billy joins Hasse with a background in construction management. He attended Purdue University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Building Construction Management and spent multiple college summers interning at different firms. Post-graduation, Billy spent several years managing the construction of senior living facilities in Indiana and Illinois before embarking to Denver where he recently graduated with an MBA from the University of Denver, concentrating in Real Estate Development. While obtaining his MBA, he served as the President of the University of Denver's Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM) Club and interned with a national apartment developer and operator.
“It is an honor to join Hasse Construction as the fourth generation in the business, and to carry on the legacy built by my great-grandfather, grandfather, father and uncle. The industry and society have changed significantly since my dad and uncle joined the business 35 years ago. My goal is to preserve this rich history and great reputation of providing tremendous service while delivering a great final product, all while continuing to innovate and expand our services as we take the business into the fourth generation and generations that follow, ” said Billy Hasse.
Kimberly joins Hasse from one of the largest human capital solutions providers in the world, CareerBuilder, where she spent 9 years in various corporate roles, including operations leadership and consulting with Fortune 100 businesses on implementation of their human capital software solutions. During her time at CareerBuilder, she was a leader in digital demand generation marketing, product marketing, project management, and product management. Kimberly is also a licensed Realtor. Kimberly attended DePaul University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Real Estate and most recently graduated with her MBA, concentrating in Finance.
“Hasse Construction has been built on integrity, hard work and perseverance through its almost 100 year history. It has always been a goal of mine to one day join the company, learn from the generations before me and carry on the strong Hasse reputation as a woman in the business. I am thrilled to join the team and to be a part of the future direction of our business,” noted Kim O’Halloran
Trusted advisor Terry McMahon commented on the recent hire of the fourth generation, “Over the past 40 years plus it has been my privilege to provide accounting and tax services to many successful local businesses. In the top echelon of these successful businesses, is Hasse Construction. The past three generations have secured its future by adding 2 Hasse’s – Kimberly and Billy – two well educated professional Hasse’s. Indeed Hasse Construction’s future is secure!”
“I am excited to have the next generation join the family business. Through their experience and education, they bring an outside perspective and knowledge that will keep Hasse going strong for generations to come,” said Bill Hasse, President of Hasse Construction Company.
“Bill and I look forward to mentoring Billy and Kimberly. With each new generation comes a new opportunity to take the business to new heights,” added John Hasse, Vice President of Construction.
August 24, 2017 -- Significant progress has been made for the new Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ (IKORCC) Merrillville, Indiana Training Center and Administration Building. Hasse Construction Company, Inc. is the General Contractor for this two building project, including a 60,000 square foot training center and 13,000 square foot administration facility. The buildings are progressing on schedule, with expected completion for the Administration Building in December 2017 and the Training Building in January 2018. Located near Mississippi and 69th Avenue, right off of I-65, this prime location will provide future apprentices with the skills and training needed to work towards carpentry careers.
October 10, 2016 -- Hasse Construction of Calumet City, IL., a Regional General Contractor focused on highly complex and sustainable projects, today announced that it has been selected to build the new site for the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ (IKORCC) Merrillville, IN. Training Center and Administration Building. The site, which is conveniently located just off of I-65 near Mississippi Street and 69th Avenue, is the perfect location for future apprentices to gain necessary skills as they work towards lifelong carpentry careers. The groundbreaking was held on Oct 3, 2016 for the new 60,000 square foot training center and 13,000 square foot administration facility. William A Hasse III spoke on behalf of Hasse Construction who will be the General Contractor on the job and will be a 2 building project valued at over $ 15,000,000 with a completion date of January 2018.
GARY, INDIANA - The Lake Ridge Fire Protection District in Calumet Township, Gary, Indiana invites the public to attend a ceremonial ground breaking of their new fire station at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 47th Street and Roosevelt Place (4700 Roosevelt Place), Gary, Indiana. The $1.6 million fire station will operate as the new home for the Fire Protection District and capable of housing all of the District's firefighting, search and rescue equipment and well as District and Department offices. The new 10,700 square foot station features six 80-foot bays for the District's rolling equipment.
"I'm thrilled that the project is finally getting started," said Louise Neese, Chairperson of the Lake Ridge Fire Protection District. "I'm grateful to all of our partners in moving this project forward, including my fellow board members and especially our County Commissioner Mike Repay and County Councilpersons Elsie Franklin and Dave Hamm who have been instrumental in bringing this project to the start of construction. I also want to thank the Design-Build team of Hasse Construction of Calumet City, Illinois and VOA Architects of Highland for their hard work as well."