Becomes first African American member at Ferris State Ceremony
Detroit, Michigan (November 10, 2011) — Larry S. Brinker, Sr., chairman and CEO of Brinker Group was recently inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame at Ferris State University. He also received the Distinguished Constructor award for his significant achievements in the Michigan construction industry. Brinker has led the Detroit-based company for more than 20 years. The Brinker Group consists of five successful commercial contracting firms, including Brinker Team Construction (interior architectural solutions); L.S. Brinker (general contracting and construction management); Universal Glass & Metals (full-service glass and glazing); City Carpet & Flooring (award-winning flooring solutions); and Edgewood Electric LLC (design, installation and service).
Ferris State University created the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have left a significant mark on the construction industry and community because of their consistent service and achievement. In its 10th year, the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame serves as an inspirational display of industry leaders who challenge students, staff, visitors and construction professionals to strive for excellence.
John Clark and Charles Clark of Clark Construction Company; Edgar Boettcher, Jr., former president of Michigan Mason Contractors Association; and William Verrette, chairman of Champion, Inc., were also inducted in the 2011 class. Previous inductees consist of a list of who’s who in construction. Brinker joins Ben C. Maibach III, CEO, Barton Malow; John Rakolta Sr., former chairman and CEO, Aldinger; Alton L. Granger, chairman, Granger Construction; and others. “I am honored and humbled to join such a prestigious list of inductees. This recognition will serve as a catalyst for me to work more diligently to provide quality service to my customers but more importantly, to help our youth build on my success,” said Brinker.
Dr. David L. Eisler, president of Ferris State University, inducted Brinker at the Awards Banquet. Dr. Eisler expressed his esteem pleasure in welcoming Brinker, “I am thrilled to induct Larry Brinker into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame. Although we honor you, you have honored us through your work,” said Eisler.
Brinker Group has provided services on several construction projects such as, sports related: Comerica Park and Ford Field; healthcare related: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (University of Michigan), Detroit Medical Center, Beaumont Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; hospitality related: MotorCity Casino and Doubletree Fort Shelby Hotel; educational related: Wayne State University and Detroit School of the Arts; museum related: Henry Ford Museum and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; and commercial related: General Motors and PNC Bank. Brinker Group remains active in the Detroit market and is currently providing construction management services with a Brinker/Barton Malow joint venture on the Pediatric Specialty Center for the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital.
In addition, Brinker Group has a regional office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PPG Industries recently awarded the distinguished 2011 Crystal Achievement Award to Universal Glass & Metals for its work on the Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Arena. Consol Energy Arena was named the “most innovative energy efficient glass project” and became the first NHL arena to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.