While Hardman Construction prides itself on our quality work; we also take great pride in the ability to give back to our community.
Hardman really has the greatest employees and their willingness to help with our local community engagement projects are proof of that. While we work all over Michigan and the Midwest, our primary focus for community involvement is in Ludington where our corporate office resides. Our most recent projects are highlighted here.
Ludington Area Center For The Arts Frames
In 2021 our shop fabricated frames for the Ludington Area Center For The Arts to use in the Ludington area – 3 of the 5 frames built by our very talented shop employees have been installed along the City of Ludington’s Cartier Trail recently and LACA hopes to add the remaining 2 frames in 2024.
The frames are being used to display local artwork for the cARTier trail project. If the city allows LACA to continue this project after the year-long trial run they will select new artwork for the frames each year.
Ludington Splash Pad
Hardman Construction had the pleasure of getting involved with the new Ludington Splash Pad by helping with fundraising efforts and labor to help build it. This 3,000-square-foot splash pad with non-slip surface overlooking Pere Marquette Lake features 12 ground sprays, six water features, plus a variety of showers, streams, and mists at different heights for recreational water play. The free splash pad is adjacent to the playground and picnic grounds at Copeyon Park daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day (possibly extending if the weather stays warm), from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The splash pad is connected to the parking lot via an ADA-accessible paved path. The splash pad opened in July 2020. Hopefully, this will be something generations of local children can enjoy for years to come.
Habitat for Humanity Neighbor 2 Neighbor Program
For two years in a row, Hardman Construction employees have donated time to the Habitat for Humanity’s Neighbor 2 Neighbor program helping put in windows and doing siding for area homes that qualify for the program. It has been a valuable team-building experience for the employees and a way to give back in the local community.
Sandcastles Children’s Museum
In 2019 Hardman worked with Sandcastles Children’s Museum to open the Building Foundations Exhibit which is an interactive construction play area that gives children a space to learn about building strong foundations. The exhibit features a crane that children can ride and operate, a bridge that they can build using instructional blue prints, and a sandbox with various construction equipment to play with. Of course, no construction zone would be complete without the proper protective equipment! There are hard hats, safety vests, and gloves for the children to wear. Hardman’s shop employees were instrumental in building the crane and helping in the planning phase and implementation of the exhibit. Special thanks to Jami, Joe, and Todd for their vision and planning, Hershel Smith, Danny Ruggero, Dave Kronlein, and the rest of the HCI shop team, Agile Safety for the safety gear donation, Give Em’ A Break for the safety sign donation, Anna Rogers for her design work on the magnetic construction site mural, support and enthusiasm from the HCI staff, and of course the Sandcastle’s Board and Staff! Thank you to everyone involved in this great project!
Hardman Construction Employee’s took the plunge at the Ludington Lakejump on April 13th to raise money for the Ludington Splash Pad. Hardman graciously matched up to $10,000 which was again matched through a grant from the State of Michigan. Hardman Employees ended up raising the most money for the Lake Jump earning them the traveling Lake Jump Trophy! Thank you to Jami, John, Joe, Dave, and Rachel for jumping into Lake Michigan on a frigid day for a great cause and to all the other employees that helped with the fundraising efforts!
Three times a year, Hardman Construction employees participate in MDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program and are responsible for keeping clean a two mile stretch of road along M16 in Mason County!
For more information or comments regarding our work in the community, please email Heidi Anderson at email@example.com.