Above, pictured from left are Mike Haenbank, Marlene Schram, Chris Christopherson, Pat Hoese, Stacey Hanson, David Owen (MC) and Randy Hanson. All but Owen are with Mills Construction Inc. Below, pictured from left are Michael O’Neal (AGC of South Dakota), Greg Miller (Safety Director), Marlene Schram, and Randy Hanson of Mills Construction, Inc.

By: AGC of South Dakota

The South Dakota Building Chapter AGC Build South Dakota Awards are given in recognition of excellence in the construction industry. The Build South Dakota Awards are presented to projects selected by a panel of contractor’s toughest critics; industry peers from other regions.

Mills Construction, a design/build construction company in Brookings, received two awards at the AGC of South Dakota’s Annual Convention. Mills Construction was recognized for outstanding safety in construction and received the Safety Excellence Award for Outstanding Company. The team was honored with a second accolade and took home the Build South Dakota Award for their renovation work on the 20,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, The Farmstead, in White.

The Farmstead was truly a collaborative community effort as the owner, Dedicated Investment Group, White City Council, mayor and citizens, Brookings County, Mills Construction, Heartland Consumers Power District and SD USDA Rural Development all worked together to revitalize the community, provide needed housing, amenities and jobs. The former White Care Center closed its doors in 2015. 

Prior to development, Mills Construction Architectural Department led a series of community discussions focusing on the needs and desires of local residents. All of these elements working together end up creating a hub of activity in the community, and hopefully the success of those businesses helps create even more opportunities for growth in White. 

The renovated 20,000-square-foot building now includes a restaurant space, healthcare clinic, hair salon, a massage therapist, laundry facilities, a fitness center, 13 apartments and 14 enclosed garages. At the end of the day, this project is about more than just saving and re-purposing a building – it’s about helping to build a community. 

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