Veneklasen Construction of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been recognized for architectural excellence by being awarded two Hall of Fame awards by Varco Pruden Buildings, one of the nation’s largest building-solutions companies.

Two West Michigan buildings constructed this year by the general contractor Veneklasen Construction have been named to Varco Pruden’s 2024 Hall of Fame: Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs, MI and Tender Lawn Care in Grand Rapids, MI.

Varco Pruden’s highly competitive Hall of Fame Awards are presented annually to builders whose work reflects innovation and excellence through the integration of VP building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use, and design. Submissions include a range of industrial, commercial, retail, and municipal structures, and builders may submit multiple projects.

2024 Varco Pruden Hall of Fame Projects

Mobile Defenders Grand Rapids, MI office space Irish Boat Shop is a 15,250 SF retail location located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Veneklasen Construction acted as the steel erector for this project and worked closely with designer Bluebird Day Architecture and Varco Pruden’s Conventional Steel Services to design and erect the steel to the client’s specifications. This close collaboration resulted in a beautiful and functional building that was recognized by Varco Pruden in the category of Conventional Steel Building.

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Mobile Defenders Grand Rapids, MI office space Tender Lawn Care’s new building is a 33,696 square foot pre-engineered metal structure designed by architecture firm Ghafari Associates. The building houses the company’s offices and is used to store, clean, and maintain Tender Lawn Care’s vehicle fleet as well as other landscaping and snow removal equipment. Locating offices and important operational functions on one property is allowing the growing company to improve efficiencies and better serve their customers. This building earned Hall of Fame recognition in the Miscellaneous category.

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Veneklasen Construction CEO Chris Veneklasen had this to say about the Hall of Fame awards: “We are immensely proud of these achievements and grateful for the opportunity to showcase the talent and dedication of our team on a national stage. Being recognized by Varco Pruden, a respected authority in the industry and a valued business partner, further validates our position as leaders in builders of conventional and pre-engineered metal buildings. These awards not only recognize the expertise of our team but also highlight our relentless pursuit of innovation and quality in every aspect of our work.”

About Veneklasen Construction

Veneklasen Construction has specialized in high-quality industrial, commercial, and multi-family, residential buildings since 1975. Using our experienced internal team and our VENEBUILT design-build delivery method, Veneklasen Construction adds value to each project throughout the entire construction process. Today, a people and relationship focus drives our growth. Prioritizing investment in our team and strategic leadership provides impactful client experiences and we are proud to be the general contractor of choice for many repeat customers, including Fortune 100 companies.

About Varco Pruden Buildings

Varco Pruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, Varco Pruden provides innovative steel building solutions worldwide for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company markets its products through a network of nearly 1,000 authorized builders within the United States and Canada. For additional information, visit

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