Contractor Spotlight: Tooles Contracting Group

damon-toolesTooles Contracting Group is a full service general contractor that has operated in Detroit for the past seven years. The team of estimators, schedulers, project managers and administrative employees are proud of the world-class results with their “out-of-the-box” thinking.

While most of its work is in Detroit, Tooles Contracting Group also has an office in Las Vegas and was recently nominated for an award for its outstanding work on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Tooles Contracting Group President and CEO Damon Tooles shared with us his thoughts on contracting in Detroit.

What are some of the current projects you’re working on in and out of Detroit?
We just completed our work on the Cobo Center project. We’re currently working on the Dearborn Intermodal Passenger Rail Station, which is a new $28 million train facility in Dearborn Michigan that affects Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. We’re also currently completing 14 incinerators at the Detroit Waste and Sewage Department (DWSW) facility. Another great project in the works is the Mt. Elliott Park, which is an extension of the RiverWalk in Detroit for the Riverfront Conservancy – it’s a $12 million project.

What types of services do you provide?
We are a general contractor and deliver services related to that, as well as design-build contracting and construction management. We have self-performed services and self-perform drywall, metals and concrete.

How have you partnered with the DEGC in the past? Do you hope to continue a partnership in the future?
The DEGC is a great group to work with. We’ve had some projects with them in the past, like the Capitol Park project and the Cobo Center convention center. We look forward to continue working with them in the future.

What aspects of contracting in Detroit do you enjoy the most and why?
We’ve had the opportunity to work on some very unique and diverse projects in the city, like the DWSW project and the new Cobo Center renovations. Working on various projects throughout the automotive industry in Detroit is enjoyable. We also get to do some architectural and industrial work in the city, like the Guardian building project, a $22 million renovation of the 80-year-old building for the County. The diverse number of projects that we get the opportunity to get involved in is wonderful in Detroit.

We’ve been in Detroit for seven years and we have 37 staff members in the city. We enjoy all of the excitement that’s happening downtown. The things that DEGC is getting into is refreshing. Looking at Detroit’s growth over the past years is interesting. There used to be a time where you could go to lunch at noon and get a seat immediately. Now you have to go at 11:30 a.m. because there’s a lot of activity down there.

What was it like to be nominated for the Contractor of the Year Award by the Nevada Minority Business Development Council?
We’ve had an office in Las Vegas for five and half years. We had an opportunity to work on the strip at the New York New York casino, as well as the MGM Grand. It was very nice to be recognized as a company that was coming from halfway across the country and have the Nevada Minority Business Development Council recognize and see the work we were doing to meet their goals. It was very rewarding.

Waymon Guillebeaux
Executive VP, Project Management

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