Get to know Consolidated
You could say Consolidated Construction Co. specializes in design-build construction, general contracting, and construction management. But, we’re most proud of how we build business. Your business.
Our team is comprised of entrepreneurial folks who know that your building project is more than the outcome of your success; it’s the tool that will help you achieve greater success. And, while we’re very good at construction (national award-winning, thank you), we think you deserve a project that delivers a better balance sheet, too.
From interior build-outs to multi-million dollar facilities, our seamless building and construction management process is the most user-friendly in the business. Make one call to us, and you’ve instantly engaged the resources of an entire team, with specialists in funding, architecture, construction, and service. The experts you need are altogether working in synchronicity, equally accountable, interacting daily to ensure a smooth project and a successful outcome.
Our process is lean and results in an insanely low change order rate, a faster construction schedule, better communication, and higher return on investment. It’s not just our tagline; we really can prove it’s best to “Consolidate It. Make 1 Call.”
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Founded by brothers Melvin and Alvyn Novotny near Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1950, Consolidated established itself first as an industrial and agricultural metal building general contractor. After 14 years in North Dakota, the company moved with the family to Wisconsin in 1964 and remained family-owned until 2006. Under the Novotny family ownership, Consolidated specialized in pre-engineered construction for industrial and commercial customers and adopted the streamlined, design/build method of project delivery. Self-perform services included concrete foundations and flatwork, steel and carpentry.
After a well-strategized succession plan, the family’s ownership shares were transferred to 15 employee minority shareholders and four majority shareholders in September, 2006. These majority shareholders comprised Consolidated’s executive team and included: Rick Bickert, Mark Schwei, Jim Perras, and Pam Talavera. After acquiring the company in 2006, the new team spent years expanding market share, increasing project bookings, instituting new best practices, and re-establishing a presence in the company’s home state of North Dakota by opening a branch office in Bismarck in 2013. Also credited to the new management team was the formation of the company’s economic development division. This division assists customers in navigating the public-sector financing process and assists in identifying private financing resources. In the ten-year period following the company transfer to the new leadership, Consolidated earned dozens of state awards and four national awards for excellence in construction. Annual sales in that period also grew more than 700%.
In 2016, four new majority shareholders were added to the company’s leadership team to add depth and expertise: John Schneider, Gene Schleusner, Brian Vincent and Steve Diedrich. At this time, the company also expanded its self-perform capabilities with the purchase of Vincent Interior Systems (VIS), allowing Consolidated to perform work installing interior finishes and furnishings in hotels, multi-family residential buildings, and other commercial buildings.
Illustrating Consolidated’s growth throughout the country, the company opened its second branch office in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2017. The company now serves customers in nearly 20 states from the west coast to the southwest and throughout the Midwest. See our geographic reach.
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Our Leadership Team
- Rick Bickert, Chief Executive Officer
- John Schneider, President
- Pam Talavera, Chief Operating Officer
- Gene Schleusner, Sr. Vice President of Business Development
- Steve Diedrich, Vice President of Risk Management
- Mark Schwei, Executive Vice President & Market Leader
- Jim Perras, Principal & Market Leader
- Brian Vincent, Director of Vincent Interior Systems