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May 6, 2024

BEAR Featured in The Daily Reporter Milestones Issue

The Daily Reporter Milestones 2024 Issue

BEAR Construction: A 40-Year Success Story

BEAR Construction has performed thousands of projects around Chicago, Milwaukee and other locations throughout the Midwest in its 40-year history.

From its nine offices in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida, BEAR’s 200 team members service all commercial markets including Interiors, Healthcare, Industrial, Education, Municipal, Retail/Hospitality and New Construction. Completing over $3 billion in work, BEAR’s growth has been driven by uncompromising attention to quality, the highest levels of client satisfaction and a code of company ethics that pays homage to the firm’s family roots.

“BEAR is best known for the historic redevelopment of the 2.8-million-square-foot Old Chicago Post Office, but it is repeat business in buildings such as 111 E. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee that has really kept the lights on at BEAR,” said Tim Klinger, Vice President of Construction.

Most recently, BEAR completed a 10,000-square-foot renovation to the O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing office, connecting the 14th and 15th floors inside the iconic Chase Tower building.

The experience and expertise BEAR has accumulated over the past 40 years allows it to take on challenging, high-profile projects, but its embrace of new building technologies has also made a difference.

One of the most notable changes for both the company and the industry over the past four decades has been the evolution of technology.

“When BEAR Construction began operations, it relied on typewriters to complete paperwork as well as pagers and payphones to connect with clients or subcontractors,” said Executive Vice President Scott Kurinsky.

While these methods have been replaced with computers and cell phones, the challenge has been figuring out how and when to embrace the technology.

“Progress can be a double-edged sword — technology has certainly made our work easier, but it’s also much more fast paced, which can lead to challenges keeping up with and adapting to progress,” Kurinsky said. “Whatever new technology or product we’re considering, we try to do our research and ensure that we’re making the right decision at the right time and cost.”

BEAR believes that the success of all their construction projects is due to careful planning, swift execution and the ability to make changes in the face of curveballs when designs or plans inevitably change. But timely follow-up might be most important.

“You can do the greatest job in the world, but if you don’t close out the loop on your punch list or take care of those little things, that’s all your client will remember,” Klinger said. “It’s important to us to always finish what we start and do it well.”

While the company is always looking toward growth, President Jim Wienold said the company’s primary focus is on consistently providing a positive experience for both its employees and client roster.

“Instead of working toward a goal of becoming a billion-dollar company in the next five years, we want smart, sustained growth that allows us to maintain a great work environment for our employees and exceptional service for all of our clients,” he said.

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