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American First Wins!

American First Contracting was the low bidder to replace the aging transformers at the Edward Hines VA Hospital Campus, Building One.   American First will be replacing the transformers as part of the renovation of the administration building on the campus.  American First recently upgraded the fire alarm system of the same building as part of their $5M Job Order (JOC) contract on the campus.  "We are delighted to be involved in this important project," said Mark Roeckell, President of American First.  "We continue to be committed to upgrading the buildings at these facilities that treat our Veterans that have done so much for us." 

American First gets more work with the IL Tollway!

American First is extremely happy to announce we received 4 sub consultant contracts related to the latest IL Tollway Bulletin, 14-3.  We are extremely grateful to our teaming partners Jacobs Engineering, Clark-Dietz, H.W. Lochner/HDR Engineer/Quigg Engineering and Terra Engineering for including us on their winning submissions.   It is great to keep the momentum going with the Tollway and our Teaming partners, said Mark Roeckell, President of American First.  We have now been given the opportunity to showcase our Engineering capabilities to go along with our Construction expertise on four additional contracts!" 

American First Contracting selected for Construction Inspection work for the IL Tollway!

American First Contracting was selected as a sub-consultant by Bollinger Lach and Associates for the Elgin O'Hare East-West expansion project starting in June 2015.  The IL Tollway decided it was time to put Veteran Owned Business requirements on their projects.  "We are delighted to see the Tollway supporting our Veterans this way.  American First has been working hard to become a highly capable company and we are extremely pleased that the Tollway has opened the door for companies like American First, said Mark Roeckell, President of American First.  We are looking forward to showing everyone at the Tollway what Veterans can do when given the opportunity!" 

American First Wins Again!!!

American First Contracting was just awarded a prime contract with the Veterans Administration to replace the #3 Chiller in Building 188 at the Lovell VA Hospital in North Chicago, IL.  "We could not be more pleased to be awarded this contract.  We have extensive experience with HVAC projects and welcome the opportunity use this expertise in the service of our Veterans on this most important project", said Mark Roeckell, President of American First Contracting, Inc. 

American First Contracting Awarded Site Work Contract in Hanover Park!

American First Contracting was chosen to perform the site work at the new Harbor Freight Tools location in Hanover Park. Work includes complete tear out and installation of a new parking lot, while maintaining access to the busy facility, installing storm sewers, light poles and fixtures and a new ADA compliant sidewalks and a masonry dumpster.   "We are very excited to perform work for such a great client as Harbor Freight Tools.  This store will bring jobs and affordable products to Hanover Park.  "We're happy to help!" said Mark Roeckell, President of American First Contracting, Inc. 

American First Contracting awarded $20 Million in Job Order Contracts (JOC) at VA Hines and VA North Chicago! 

American First Contracting was the low bidder and awardee of 4 separate JOC contracts.  Each contract is for $5 Million dollars.  Two are at Hines VA  and 2 are at the North Chicago VA.  "We are so proud to be working at these high profile hospitals here in Chicagoland that provide such important services to our heroes.  The VA is to be commended for not only what they do in support of their mission, but their commitment to work with Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business", said Mark Roeckell, President and Owner of American First Contracting, Inc.  

American First Contracting Certified as an SDVOSB in the State of Illinois! 

American First Contracting received it's official certification with the State of Illinois as an SDVOSB.  Mark Roeckell, President of American First stated "It's great to see the Great State of Illinois follow the Federal Government in providing this most needed set aside for our Veterans here in Illinois.  We are very pleased that Illinois used the same stringent criteria for certification that the VA uses to determine eligibility to maintain the integrity of the designation at the State level.  We look forward to doing work for the State and putting our heroes to work in Illinois!"

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American First Contracting Recertified as a SDVOSB!

American First Contracting received its re-verification letter certifying that American First meets all the requirements to represent itself as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.  We at American First are proud of our SDVOSB status and are very pleased that the Department of Veterans Affairs is making the process to be certified more rigorous and substantial.  Mark Roeckell, President of American First had this to say.  "It is important that the VA maintain the integrity of the SDVOSB designation.  This set aside was put in place to help our returning men and women in uniform and the rules should be enforced and compliance verified."

    

American First Contracting Awarded Federal Contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

The United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded, and subsequently re-awarded American First Contracting, Inc. the contract with continuous total scope for 2 1/2 years to provide 24/7 facility caretaker services for the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Electrical Dispersal Barriers.  "We are extremely proud to be awarded this contract by the Army Corps" said Mark Roeckell, President of American First Contracting, Inc.  "This high profile keeps the invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and is extremely important to the Great Lakes Ecosystem. We are very proud that the Army Corps chose us to do this work!" 

Asian carp have been found in the Illinois River, which connects the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan. Due to their large size and rapid rate of reproduction, these fish could pose a significant risk to the Great Lakes Ecosystem.  To prevent the carp from entering the Great Lakes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. EPA, the State of Illinois, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working together to install and maintain a permanent electric barrier between the fish and Lake Michigan.   American First is providing Engineers 24/7 to perform maintenance and upkeep on the barriers.

American First Contracting Awarded the Masonry Contract for the General Services Administration's State Street South Building, Chicago, IL

American First received the contract to perform the masonry work for the remodeling of the GSA Building, located at 10 W. Jackson in downtown Chicago.   This federal project includes the build out of a new masonry room to house the electrical equipment, brick remodeling of the entrance, repair to the granite on the exterior of the building and the granite cladding located on the exterior of the building.   The remodeling is part of an IDIQ contract awarded to M. A. Mortenson Company.  "We are very proud to be awarded this contract," said President Mark Roeckell.  "We are looking forward to working with Mortenson and demonstrating the capabilities of American First!"

    

American First Contracting Awarded Lake in the Hills Facilities Management Contract!

American First Contracting, Inc. was awarded a site facilities management contract for the Provena Med Care 24 hour acute care facility in Lake in the Hills, IL.    The clinic provides 24 hour emergency services for Provena Health, a Catholic health system that includes six hospitals, 16 long-term care and senior residential facilities, 28 clinics, five home health agencies and other health-related activities operating in Illinois and Indiana.   "We are extremely proud that Provena choose us to provide facilities management services at their clinic.  We are looking forward to helping Provena continue their quality health care services in Lake in the Hills for many years to come," said Mark Roeckell, President of American First Contracting.

  

American First Contracting Awarded Contract!

American First Contracting and its team was awarded a $3.1 Million Dollar contract to replace the chiller and air condition systems at Harper College in Palatine Illinois.  Harper College is one of the leading community colleges in the nation, with plans and systems up to 4 decades old.  This is one of the first contracts awarded by Harper under the $153 million referendum passed by the voters in November of 2008.

The replacement chiller is a high efficiency magnetic chiller design.  American First expects that awards will be designated for it's energy efficiency and low maintenance.  American First and the college achieved very substantial energy savings, comfort and noise reduction. 

"We're very excited about this project," said Mark Roeckell, President of American First Contracting, Inc.  "We are particularly proud of the fact that this was won under an open, competitive process that was not related to our Service Disabled Veterean Owned Small Business set aside status."