Diverse plans for Sherwin-Williams global HQ

Five minority-owned or female-owned companies to take roles in Cleveland area projects.

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced that five firms have been selected for minority construction management roles for its Building Our Future project, with additional minority-owned, female-owned and small businesses to be named moving forward.

This new global headquarters project location in downtown Cleveland will include the new R&D center in nearby Brecksville.

The five companies joining the project are: Adrian Maldonado & Associates; The AKA Team; Ozanne Construction Company, Inc.; R.L. Hill Management Services, Inc.’ and Regency Construction Services, Inc.

“We are excited to welcome these talented firms to the Building Our Future project and work together to create exceptional facilities that will further ignite innovation, creativity and collaboration,” said John G. Morikis, Sherwin-Williams chairman, president and CEO.

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'Building Our Future' is the theme of a Sherwin-Williams project.

The initial set of selected firms will provide construction management services, with four of the five also providing skilled trades employees that are able to perform activities such as carpentry, millwork and painting, noted Sherwin-Williams.

“Being part of the Building Our Future project represents a great opportunity to further develop our firm, while working on this once-in-a-lifetime venture,” commented Adrian Maldonado, president of Adrian Maldonado & Associates.

“We commend Sherwin-Williams for engaging with us early in the process and appreciate the deliberate approach used in qualifying and selecting minority construction management firms,” she added.

Since announcing the project, Sherwin-Williams noted it has worked proactively with community, city, county and state leaders, along with local organizations and trade partners, to identify and create opportunities for minority-owned, female-owned and small businesses to participate.

“We understand the impact these sites will have on our community,” said Morikis. “Since the beginning of this project, it has been our goal to involve local organizations, especially those that are minority-owned and female-owned, throughout the design and construction processes.”

Sherwin-Williams is committed to inclusion, diversity and equity and has extended this commitment to the Building Our Future project, it wrote.

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The business value of diversity and inclusion will be among the topics at the upcoming Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply Awards event in Chicago Nov. 10-11.

The event will feature networking with some of the leading women in the industry, plus panels focused on the topic of encouraging women to enter the field, and to support the advancement of women in their careers.

Find out more about the event here.  

“The level of community engagement by Sherwin-Williams and Welty / Gilbane with our firm has been outstanding,” said Dominic Ozanne, president, Ozanne Construction Company, Inc. “The project team was consistent in their approach, transparent with us throughout the entire review process and worked tirelessly to ensure a positive and productive outcome.”

Sherwin-Williams indicated it plans to invest a minimum of $600 million to build both the headquarters and R&D facilities. Combined, the two facilities will house more than 3,500 employees with room to accommodate future growth.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this significant and impactful project,” related Tari Rivera, president of Regency Construction Services, Inc. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to enhance our firm’s experience with a project of this scope, which in turn will expand our firm’s resume.”

The new global headquarters in Cleveland will be approximately one million square feet in size. The new R&D center in Brecksville will be approximately 600,000 square feet in size.


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