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Building a solid reputation through achievement. That’s the Paschen Way.

A Tradition of Excellence

F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen is committed to excellence in every endeavor. We are proud to have been recognized for our high quality performance and our role as a steward of the community throughout our history, including being named Contractor of the Year 25 times by 14 different organizations since 1996.

Industry Awards

  • 2016 – American Public Works Association (APWA) – Chicago Area Project of the Year, Transportation $25-$75M (Rollins Road)
  • 2016 – American Public Works Association (APWA) – Chicago Area Project of the Year, Environment more than $75M (Thornton Composite Reservoir)
  • 2016 – American Public Works Association (APWA) – Chicago Area Project of the Year, Structures $25-$75M (Cermak McCormick Place Elevated Green Line Station)
  • 2015 – American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) –Engineering Excellence Awards – Special Achievement Award (Your New Blue Station Renovation – Damen, Western, California).
  • 2015 – American Institute of Architects – Design Excellence Award – Distinguished Building (Cermak Rd. Elevated CTA Green Line Station)
  • 2015 – American Institute of Architects – Design Excellence Award – Divine Detail (Cermak Rd. Elevated CTA Green Line Station)
  • 2015 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – General Contractor of the Year (M-1 Maintenance Building)
  • 2015 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – General Contractor of the Year (Elgin O’Hare Western Access Tollway, Irving Park Rd. to Roselle Rd.)
  • 2015 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – General Contractor of the Year (Grand Avenue Interchange at I-90)
  • 2015 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Contractor of the Year – Work Zone Traffic Control (Ohio Street Ramp Bridge over the Kennedy Expressway)
  • 2015 – Chicago Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Outstanding Transit Contractor of the Year (Cermak – McCormick Place Green Line Station)
  • 2015 – American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Award of Excellence (Algonquin Bypass) 
  • 2015 – American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Award of Excellence (Bridge Rehab & Ramp Construction on I-94/90 at Ohio Interchange) 
  • 2014 – Cook  County Department of Transportation & Highways (IRTBA) – Contractor of the Year (Lake Cook Rd. at Skokie Blvd. & Winnetka Rd. at Edens Expressway West Frontage Rd.)
  • 2014 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – General Contractor of the Year 
  • 2014 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – Roadway Contractor of the Year (I-90 West Mainline Contractors)
  • 2014 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) – Special Recognition Award (Des Plaines Oasis Demolition)
  • 2014 – Chicago Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Outstanding Bridge Contractor of the Year (Division St. Bridge over the North Branch Canal Temporary Bridge)
  • 2014 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Urban Improvement Award of Excellence (I-57 / IL 13 in Marion, IL)
  • 2014 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Portland Cement Concrete Paving Award of Excellence (Algonquin Bypass)
  • 2014 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Certificate of Merit – Bridge Contractor – New Construction (Algonquin Bypass)
  • 2014 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Special Recognition Award of Excellence (Bridge Rehab & Ramp Construction on I-94/90 at Ohio Interchange)
  • 2014 – AIA Chicago – Small Projects Honor Award (Ping Tom Park Boathouse)
  • 2014 – American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Grand Conceptor Award (signifies the year’s top engineering achievement)  (Wacker Drive Reconstruction)
  • 2014 – American Society of Landscape Architects – President’s Award – Design-Constructed Projects/Institutional (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy)
  • 2013 – CISCO – Pride in Construction Project of the Year – New Construction – Chicago (over $20 million) Category - (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy)
  • 2013 – American Concrete Institute, Louisiana Chapter – Award of Merit (East Bank Waste Water Treatment Plant Administration Building)
  • 2013 – Illinois Department of Transportation (IRTBA) – Contractor of the Year – Portland Cement Concrete Paving Category (Route 30 Roadway & Widening in Frankfort & Frankfort Township)
  • 2013 – Association of Licensed Architects – Design Award Gold Medal (UNO Galewood)
  • 2013 – ENR Midwest – Award of Merit – Government/Public Buildings (Engine Company 16)
  • 2013 – ENR Midwest – Best Project – Highways/Bridges (Wacker Drive Viaduct & Congress Parkway Interchange Reconstruction)
  • 2013 – Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project – Safety Recognition Award
  • 2013 – Chicago Building Congress – Merit Award Winner - Infrastructure (31st Street Harbor)
  • 2013 – American Institute of Architects Chicago– Divine Detail Award (CTA Morgan Street Station)
  • 2013 – American Council of Engineers – IL Special Achievement, Waste & Storm Water – Engineering Excellence Award (Rosenblum Park Development)
  • 2013 – Brick in Architecture – Gold for Education (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy)
  • 2013 – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers – Engineering of Excellence Award (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy)
  • 2012: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Structural Contractor of the Year
    (Wacker Drive Viaduct Reconstruction & Congress Parkway Interchange) 
  • 2012: Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting - Best of the Best
    (Behrman Park Stadium for City of New Orleans)
  • 2011: AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award - Distinguished Building Award Citation of Merit
    (UNO Veterans Memorial School Complex)
  • 2011: AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award - Distinguished Building Award Citation of Merit
    (CTA Brown Line, Belmont & Fullerton Stations Renovation)
  • 2011: Association of Licensed Architects - Design Awards - Merit Winner
    (UNO Veterans Memorial School Complex)
  • 2011: Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist - New Construction
    (Benito Juarez Community Academy Performing Arts Addition)
  • 2011: Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist - Infrastructure Construction
    (CTA Brown Line, Belmont & Fullerton Stations Renovation)
  • 2010: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Structural Contractor of the Year
    (West Jackson Boulevard Viaduct over Union Station and Portions of the Bascule Bridge) 
  • 2009: CISCO—Pride in Construction Project of the Year Rehabilitation Category
    (Veterans Memorial School Campus)
  • 2009: Metra (IRTBA)—Contractor of the Year
    (Reconstruction of Metra Electric District Bridges over 75th & 79th Streets)
  • 2009: Lake County Highway Department (IRTBA)—Concrete Paving Contractor of the Year
    (Washington St. Reconstruction—Gurnee)
  • 2009: Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award, School Category
    (Veterans Memorial School Campus)
  • 2009: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA)—Tri-State Corridor Special Recognition Award (Various Projects)
  • 2009 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards—Honor Award (Carlson Cottage)
  • 2008: Chicago Department of Transportation (IRTBA)—Outstanding Architectural Contractor of the Year (Monroe Street Bridge Houses Rehabilitation)
  • 2008 Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA)—Special Mention Award – Roadway Contractor of the Year (Willow Rd. Roadway & Bridge Widening & Reconstruction)
  • 2008: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA)—DBE Advocacy Award for Various Tollway Projects
  • 2007: National Partnership for Highway Quality—Gold Level Winner
    (South Tri-state Tollway Re-build & Widening)
  • 2007: Congress for the New Urbanism—Award of Excellence
    (Kedzie & Rockwell Stations—Brown Line Reconstruction)
  • 2007: Association of Licensed Architect—Design Award, Silver Medal
    (Marine Safety Station)
  • 2007: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Architectural Contractor of the Year
    (Blue Line – Jackson/Van Buren Station Renovation)
  • 2007: Illinois Department of Transportation—Contractor of the Year, Special Recognition Category
    (I-80/94 Flyover Ramp to I-394)
  • 2007: Illinois Department of Transportation—Contractor of the Year, Bridge Contractor – New Construction (I-80/94 Flyover Ramp to I-394)
  • 2007: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Plaza Construction Award
    (Toll Plaza 37 Improvements)
  • 2007: Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates, Chicago—General Contractor of the Year
  • 2007: Los Angeles Unified School District—JOC Contractor of the Year
  • 2006: American Institute of Architects—Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award
    (Millennium Park Bicycle Station)
  • 2006: Association of Licensed Architects—Design Award, Silver Medal
    (CTA Brown Line—Kedzie & Rockwell Stations)
  • 2006: Chicago Transit Authority—Contractor of the Year
    (Brown Line Capacity Expansion)
  • 2006: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority—Special Recognition Award
    (ISTHA - Plaza 41 Retrofit)
  • 2006: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority—Special Recognition Award
    (Plaza 19 (River Road) Roadway & Bridge Reconstruction)
  • 2006: Chicago Department of Transportation—Structural Contractor of the Year Award
    (Reconstruction of Archer Ave. at Ashland Ave. Over the S. Fork of the S. Branch of the Chicago River)
  • 2006: American Public Works Association, Chicago Metro Chapter—Public Works Project of the Year, Structures (Village of Plainfield, Public Works Facility)
  • 2005: Masonry Advisory Council—Excellence in Masonry, Bronze—Governmental
    (Pubic Building Commission, 10th District Police Station)
  • 2005: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Structural Contractor of the Year
    (South Clark Street Ramps Reconstruction, N & S of Roosevelt Road)
  • 2005: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Architectural Contractor of the Year
    (State Street Subway, Lake / Randolph Station)
  • 2004: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Transit Contractor of the Year
    (Millennium Park Bike Station)
  • 2004: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Skyway Contractor of the Year
    (Westbound Skyway Reconstruction—Deck Reconstruction)
  • 2003: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Transit Contractor of the Year
    (State Street Continuous Platform & Jackson Transfer Tunnel)
  • 2003: Masonry Advisory Council—Excellence in Masonry, Craftsmanship Award
    (Chicago Public Schools, Ronald E. McNair Elementary School)
  • 2003: Masonry Advisory Council—Excellence in Masonry, Bronze Award
    (Evanston-Skokie, School District 65, Early Childhood/Administration Building)
  • 2002: Chicago Department of Transportation—Contractor Achievement Award—Outstanding Contractor Performance, Highway Projects (126th Place & Torrence Avenue Improvements)
  • 2002: Chicago Department of Transportation—Contractor Achievement Award—Outstanding Contractor Performance, Bridge Construction
    (South Damen Avenue Viaduct Reconstruction)
  • 2002: Illinois Department of Transportation Contractor of the Year, New Bridge Construction Category (Darmstadt Road and the CC&P Railroad over the I-88 Ramp to I-290, Item 5X)
  • 2001: Chicago Department of Transportation—Outstanding Bridge Contractor of the Year & Outstanding Contractor of the Year (South Lake Shore Drive Over 47th Street Viaduct Reconstruction)
  • 2000: American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter—Honor Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement (Jackson Park Pavilion Fountain Court & Town Square Court)

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise/Women-owned Business Enterprise Awards

  • 2014 – Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IRTBA) Tollway Earned Credit Program Advocate
  • 2014 – U.S. Minority Contractors Association – Contractor of the Year
  • 2013 – Coalition for United Community Action – ORTC – Contractor of the Year
  • 2013 – Hispanic American Construction Industry Association –Finalist for General Contractor of the Year
  • 2010: Black Contractors United—Majority Contractor of the Year
  • 2010: Federation of Women Contractors—General Contractor of the Year
  • 2008: Hispanic American Construction Industry Association—Project of the Year
    (Veterans Memorial School Campus)
  • 2008: Black Contractors United—Majority Contractor of the Year
  • 2008: Federation of Women Contractors—Capital Projects Award for the CTA Brown Line
  • 2006: Black Contractors United—Recognition for Significant Contributions to the Growth and Health of Black Contractors in Chicago
  • 2005: Illinois Road & Transportation Builders—DBE Program Special Recognition Award for Illinois State Toll Highway Authority projects
  • 2005: Coalition for United Community Action-ORTC—Contractor of the Year Award
  • 2003: Black Contractors United—Majority Contractor of the Year Award
  • 2003: University of Illinois at Chicago—South Campus Development Team Minority, Women, and Local Business Participation Award (Student Residential Apartment Building A)
  • 2002: Capital Development Board—Certificate of Recognition for Fair Employment Practices Advocacy
    (in recognition of outstanding achievement in providing construction opportunities to the minority and female construction community)

Community Awards

  • 2015 – Urban Land Institute – Smart Transit Solutions & Neighborhood Impact (CTA Morgan Street Station) 
  • 2014 – March of Dimes – Transportation Project of the Year (Dan Ryan Red Line Stations)
  • 2013 – Richard Driehaus Foundation – Finalist for Award (UNO Galewood Campus)
  • 2013 – Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy) 
  • 2013 – Friends of the Chicago River – Green Ribbon Award (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
  • 2013 – Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award (31st St. Harbor) 
  • 2012 – Friends of the Chicago River – Chicago River Blue Watershed Action Ally (in recognition of demonstrated commitment to a healthy and accessible Chicago River)
  • 2012: March of Dimes - Transportation Award
  • 2010: Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award—First Place Architectural Excellence in Community Design (Veterans Memorial School Campus)
  • 2009: Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)—Award of Distinction for Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments (Veterans Memorial School Campus)
  • 2009: ACE Tech Charter High School / Youth Guidance Project Prepare Program—Firm of the Year Award
  • 2008: Commission on Chicago Landmarks—Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence (Lincoln Park Zoo – Carlson Cottage)
  • 2007: Leukemia Research Foundation—Star of the Year Award
  • 2006: Landmarks Preservation Council—Richard Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation (Lindblom Math & Science Academy)

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