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And the answer is the Pittsburgh Steelers. The trade was actually a year in the making. Papa Bear George Halas sent his 2nd and 3rd round draft picks in the 1964 draft to Pittsburgh for their 1st round, third pick in 1965 draft. The Bears used that pick and selected Dick Butkus 3rd and with their 4th pick Gayle Sayers. Pittsburgh used the Bears picks on RB Jim Kelly who lasted one year and DE Ben Mc Gee who had a nice career. But not a HOF career! Hope Da Bears can pull off another one like that, huh?

Watch this video featuring Dick Butkus himself recalling his Draft day posted by Chicago Bears on Apr 27, 2016

  

  

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BEAR CONSTRUCTION MRMH AWARD WINNER

Assurance is proud to award BEAR Construction the MRMH Award for their focus on safety which led to over $3M in savings from potential OSHA penalties while restoring Chicago's Old Post Office. Here's the story.

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SDI Presence, Chicago

JLL engaged BEAR to build out a 15,000 sq. ft. space for SDI Presence at The Aon Center 200 E Randolph. Perkins + Will planned the space with an open, transparent design featuring custom-crafted wood elements and white board paint covering all of the office walls. ESD designed the space with energy efficient lighting.  Sharee Wolff, SDI CFO stated, “I enjoyed working with BEAR. They were on time and on budget!” Project Executive Nick Minella, Assistant Project Manager Katelyn Petraitis and Superintendent Bill Robinson managed the project for BEAR which was estimated by Estimator Terry Kuzel.

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FTD @ 1 N Dearborn, Chicago

MBRE appointed BEAR to construct the FTD space at 1 N Dearborn. The virtual reception area greets visitors into the 42,600 sq. ft. space that features a floral lab, floral cooler, custom floral wall covering and a trendy café. Estimator David Vega, Superintendent Matt Oclon, Project Team Supervisor Pam Kowalski, Project Engineer Nick Kilianek and Project Executive Josh Christ “delivered” the project for BEAR. The stylish space was planned and designed by Wright Heerema, Charlie Greene Studio and Kent Consulting Engineers.

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411 E. Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

BEAR was hired by von Briesen & Roper, S.C. to build out 35,000 sq. ft. of space at 411 E. Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. An expeditious schedule covered improvements performed on 4 different floors. Cherry millwork accents the entire space. A large kitchen boasts commercial appliances, granite counter tops and fashionable floor coverings. Project Manager Neil Ribarchek, Assistant Project Manager Amber Lawrence, Project Engineer Giovanna Sense, Construction Site Manager Adam Hauser and Project Executive Tim Wiedenbauer managed the project for BEAR.<

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Omeda @ 1 N. Dearborn, Chicago

BEAR was engaged by MBRE to construct a 10,540 sq. ft. space for Omeda at 1 N. Dearborn. Column grates, a countertop-penny back splash, a kegerator, jungle wall covering and wood ceiling clouds are just a few space highlights. Project Executive Josh Christ anchored the BEAR team who managed and estimated the project, notably Project Engineer Nick Kilianek, Project Team Supervisor Pam Kowalski, Superintendent Matt Oclon and Estimator Jim Hopkins. Wright Heerema, Charlie Greene Studio and Kent Consulting Engineers collaborated on this project.

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MRMH award

Minimizing Risk Maximizing Health

......BEAR Construction Company is only the second general contractor in the history of Assurance Agency to receive this prestigious award.

Chicago’s Old Post Office was purchased by the 601W Company and a development plan was quickly implemented. This work site contained just about every safety challenge imaginable as the building had numerous code deficiencies and was in a state of disrepair. Before BEAR began work they turned to Assurance to help formalize a plan to ensure safety during all phases of each project and schedule safety advocates to continuously monitor the work site which included 45 subcontractors and dozens of projects.

Achievements
$161,100 savings in potential OSHA site planning penalties

$990,000 savings in potential OSHA training penalties

$2M+ in potential OSHA site audit penalties

$3M + savings in potential OSHA penalties..........real money!

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2018 5K

With the best weather yet, BEAR employees turned out on a late summer day for the annual 5K walk/run. The event was a grand time and truly enjoyed by one and all.

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2018 Intern Olympics

BEAR hired 7 interns for summer work that concluded for many with the “2018 Intern Olympics.”

Hammering a nail, throwing a set of plans, a spelling "B" and BEAR trivia were contested with Matt Pizur winning the prized “Bronze Bear”. The event was followed by food and drinks for the entire company who cheered on their favorite intern.

#BEARWorksHard......plays hard!

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And the winner is...

BEAR’s very own Herman Zehnder won 1st place for the 5th time in the Pro ET Division 3 Championship at route 66 Raceway. Herman beat out race car champions from several other tracks to become the 2018 champion of champions. A Laborer Foreman for BEAR, Herman works at the Chicago’s Old Post office. Way to go, Herman!!!

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BEAR’s catch of the day! 

Project Executive Ryan Mc Donough lands a Musky from Axe Head Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve. NOT! Ryan caught and released this 54 1/4 inch - 44 pounder in Canada.

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Frank Alfano

Frank Alfano is a Project Manager working at the Old Chicago Post Office.

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Allissa Stephens

Allissa Stephens is an Assistant Project Manager working in Rolling Meadows.

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Lety Perez

Lety Perez works from Rolling Meadows as a Project Coordinator.

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Rob Fitzwater

Rob Fitzwater works form BEAR’s new office in Bradley, IL as the Warehouse Manager.

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