Community

A Sense of Place

As we look back on our history, we see two distinct patterns. We see our humble growth as a company, and we also see our growth and success as a community. We recognize that these two things go hand in hand. As our community grows and succeeds, so does our business, and vice versa.
 
We believe that running a business comes with a responsibility to those around us. That responsibility is to serve. This is why we are so passionate about being involved and engaged in our community. Doing our part as a corporate citizen is one way we give back. Perhaps the most impactful way we make a difference is by empowering our employees to be active and engaged in our community in the following ways…

Building Our Community 50th Anniversary Celebration

Erhardt Construction celebrated its 50th anniversary by recognizing and supporting the work of people and organizations that are serving others in our community.

Through the Building Our Community contest, Erhardt and our 25 project partners donated $50,000 in construction work to a local non-profit organization that received the most votes from the public. Four runners-up received cash donations. “We wanted to do something unique and different to celebrate our fifty years of construction in West Michigan. We wanted to do something that was giving back to our community,” Ben Wickstrom, president of Erhardt said. “Our goal at the very beginning was to find a non-profit organization that had a construction need, and if we could fill that need it would enhance their ability to serve our community and accomplish their mission.”

Fifty nine organizations submitted projects. After eight weeks and over 92,000 public votes, San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming, Michigan, won the construction project. Four runners-up received cash prizes:
  • Camp Roger
  • Crash’s Landing
  • St. Alphonsus Food and Clothing Pantry
  • Women At Risk, International
Erhardt and our project partners completed the grand prize winner's project, a school improvement project, at San Juan Diego Academy. Exterior repairs to the facility will help maintain a quality learning environment for their students and staff. 

WMEAC Adopt-A-Stream Program

Erhardt actively participates in the West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Adopt-A-Stream program.

Since 2006, our employees have been volunteering twice yearly to clean up a one mile stretch of land along of the Grand River. In 2008, we were honored as the Adopt-A-Stream Group of the Year.
 

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

Another way we serve the community is by using our specific skill-set to help the needs of others. Erhardt is proud to work with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County on numerous projects, such as Build Days and their 30th Anniversary Concert.

Our employees came together for a Build Day at a renovation project in the Wealthy Heights area. During our day at the site, we completed more than four days worth of work.  







 

Career Development in Construction

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Erhardt is dedicated to sharing career opportunities in the construction industry with middle and high 
schoolers. We believe it is our responsibility to provide students with experiences and resources to understand alternative post-secondary-education options. Erhardt also has worked very closely with Grand Rapids Board of Education member Jen Schottke to determine additional opportunities to work with West Michigan students to expose them to the construction industry. These opportunities have included job-site tours, interviews, in-class lessons, job shadowing and career exploration days. 
 
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Erhardt also was a key contributor in the first, second and third annual MiCareerQuest, a career-exploration event attended by about 9,000 West Michigan students. Erhardt was part of the event’s marketing steering committee, a financial supporter and a key developer of the construction management exhibits. Students who visited Erhardt’s exhibit competed to complete a project based on plans and directions given by a self-appointed project manager. Students walked away knowing more about scheduling, sequencing, communication, management and teamwork.

Kids' Food Basket Office Extension

Erhardt Construction joined Kids’ Food Basket with the renovation of their current office space.  The project converted a second-story portion of the Kids’ Food Basket Grand Rapids facility, adding an 800-square-foot office space. Erhardt provided construction management, general contracting and industrial construction knowledge for the redesign of an existing space. Collectively, with the support of partnering vendors, Erhardt donated almost $20,000 in in-kind services to support the redesign. 
 
Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization helping communities to address childhood hunger.  Through the Sack Supper program, kids get well-balanced evening meals, filling a gap that schools and families can’t meet.
 

Children's Healing Center

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The Children’s Healing Center provides a safe, clean and 
interactive environment for children with weak immune systems to gather, play, and just be normal kids. Located near downtown Grand Rapids, Erhardt volunteers built an outdoor tree house for the organization.