(Itasca, IL – January 7, 2015) – completes their 11th year in business, firmly committed to treating clients the right way.
The year 2004 marked the beginning of the American dream for PREMIER President Alan Zocher and Executive Vice Presidents Brian Paul and Alec Zocher when they incorporated PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC. Starting what would prove to be a journey of success as a design + build firm, they hired their first employees, Controller Chris Carlborg and Director of Field Operations Ron Nelsen, and began working their first projects together.
The uniquely dynamic personality of the company stems not only from the versatility of projects but from the core character its founders created. By applying a realistic approach to their business methods, the firm based their business model on the progressive value-based management system by embracing a problem-solving mindset, tackling each hurdle with a valuable balance of pragmatism and positivity. This combined with a client-centric motivation amplified all of the qualities that would take the firm through 11 years of award-winning achievements they proudly reflect on today.
Their very first project was an industrial freezer/cooler facility in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The following year, the company gained a new team member with addition of Superintendent Bob Retzke, and began building its first medical office building, Kovach Eye Institute in Elmhurst, Illinois. Local geographic limits were stretched with an industrial build-to-suit in Ohio, marking their first out-of-state project.
Growth throughout the Midwest was matched by growth in the office with the addition of Project Coordinator Rosa Schwartz and Project Manager Mark Melone. Together, their versatility shined on a myriad of diverse projects including the construction of Hosanna! Lutheran Church, a 30,000 sq ft build-to-suit in St. Charles, Illinois. The conclusion of 2007 was highlighted with the construction of two out-of-town industrial facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and South Brunswick, New Jersey. During the same year, additional accolades were achieved with their first LEED designation garnering green building expertise. Even more impressively, the company broke $100 million in cumulative construction in just a few short years.
These achievements fueled the fire for continuous growth at PREMIER. In 2008, Project Manager Joe Ahrens was brought on, and the company received its first LEED Gold Designation for a 168,000 sq ft, Class-A, four-story commercial office building in Lincolnshire, Illinois. A project was signed in yet another market with an industrial build-to-suit in Boston, Massachusetts in 2011.
In 2013, Project Manager Julie Mahnich joined the team. Cross-country projects created a need to expand operations and a Florida office was opened to service the southeastern part of the country. While looking towards the future in Florida, PREMIER was honoring the past with the Harper Theater historic renovation, which received the 2013 Driehaus Preservation and ULI Vision awards.
After their 11th year, with the dial of success turned to 11, they won the prestigious NAIOP 2014 Contractor of the Year Award.
The company managed to create a path of its own successes and persevered through the recession as a young company, proving their ability to maintain a unified vision, act as problem-solvers and adapt to their clients’ needs. This realistic understanding and approach is also applied to the 27 company-wide team members, who demonstrate the positive outcomes that happen when employees are truly valued.
Though PREMIER has set the stage for continued growth in the industry, they owe their true success to the loyal clients they have had throughout these 11 years. It is their clients who truly helped them go to 11, and only they can help them keep amplifying to 12 and beyond.