Certified NACC Glazing Contractor
On April 22, 2016, Empirehouse became the first Certified NACC Architectural Glass & Metal Contractor in the Midwest to meet national standards that receive ANSI’s confirmation in accordance with ISO / IEC 17065.
The NACC program certified that the Empirehouse Company Business Practices, Safety Protocol, Quality Management Systems, Contract Administrative Processes and Glazing Processes have met the North American Contractor Certification Program requirements in Interior and Entry Systems, Building Envelope – Low Rise, Building Envelope – High Rise, and Active Glass.
NACC program certification for Empirehouse is publicly available for review at www.NACCprogram.com.
Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise
Empirehouse is a Certified Women Owned Business Enterprise.
Empirehouse Team Member Certifications
Certified Document Technologist
James Bringle, CDT, CSI
Minnesota Family Business Award
2017 Minnesota Family Business Award Finalist
Out of the many outstanding family-owned businesses nominated who add value to Minnesota’s economy and overall quality of life, Empirehouse was selected as one of five Minnesota Family Business Award finalist who were honored at the awards event held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis.
“The Minnesota Family Business Awards honors five outstanding family-owned businesses and the value they add to Minnesota’s economy and overall quality of life. These businesses have strong records of success, family involvement, community service and philanthropy, multi-generational culture, and a positive family business structure.” —Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Receiving the 2017 Minnesota Family Business Award are third-generation Empirehouse leadership (pictured from left to right): CEO/Treasurer Kristin Hutera, President Mike Gilbert, and Service Manager Adam Griffith.
Empirehouse Safety Awards
2016 FCA CREST Safety Award Winner for Extraordinary Safety Efforts
Empirehouse is proud to be recognized internationally as an industry leader in construction safety by FCA International for the fourth year in a row. Empirehouse was a winner of the 2016 FAC CREST Safety Award for Extraordinary Safety Efforts on May 19, 2017 during the FCA International Awards Ceremony in Chicago. The FCA CREST Awards are given by FCA International (an international construction contractor association) to contractors who prove to be the safest in their respective crafts.
2015 FCA CREST Safety Award Top 3 Finisher
Empirehouse is proud to be recognized nationally as an industry leader in construction safety by FCA International for the third year in a row. This year we were a Top 3 Finisher in the annual CREST (Contractors Recognizing Excellence in Safety Training) Awards, distinguishing contractors for safety excellence. Empirehouse earned the right to lay claim as one of the safest architectural glass and metal contractors and an industry-recognized leader in construction safety. The Top Finishers were celebrated during the FCA Awards Ceremony at the FCA International Leadership Council.
2014 Outstanding Manufacturing Safety Performance Award from ACUITY
Empirehouse was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Manufacturing Safety Performance Award from ACUITY, a Mutual Insurance Company and provider of our commercial insurance for our long-term safety achievements. We are among a select group of ACUITY customers being recognized for providing safe working conditions for our employees resulting in an exceptional safety record. Congratulations to Empirehouse!
Shown receiving the 2014 Outstanding Manufacturing Safety Performance Award are members of the Safety Committee (L-R): Adam Griffith, Jake Reining, Kristine Hutera, Jason Weld, and Trent Johnson.
2014 FCA CREST Safety Award
Empirehouse earned an international award for safety excellence on May 8, 2015 during the FCA International Awards Ceremony in Chicago. The FCA CREST Awards are given by FCA International (an international construction contractor association) to those contractors who prove to be the safest contractors in their respective crafts. This marks the second year in a row that Empirehouse has won this international safety award.
Empirehouse General Manager James Bringle is shown receiving the 2014 FCA CREST Safety Award.
2013 FCA CREST Safety Award
Empirehouse was presented with the 2013 FCA CREST (Contractors Recognizing Excellence in Safety Training) Award in Scottsdale, Arizona. The FCA (Finishing Contractors Association) encourages and recognizes excellence in safety through this international award program for Safety performance each year. Through this program FCA seeks to honor contractors by giving recognition to those companies that lead effective safety programs throughout the year. Congratulations to everyone at Empirehouse for your hard work and dedication.
Shown receiving the 2013 FCA CREST Safety Award is Empirehouse General Manager James Bringle.
Empirehouse Achievement Awards
2018 MCA Subcontractor Project of the Year Award: Westminster Presbyterian Church
During the 22nd Minnesota Contractor Association (MCA) Awards of Excellence held Wednesday, January 31, Empirehouse received Project of the Year in the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category for their architectural glass & metal work on the Westminster Presbyterian Church expansion. Empirehouse was among four other entries in the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category.
2017 Graduates of Architectural Metal And Glass Workers Union Local 1324 Apprenticeship Program
Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates of the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest: Glassworker Kevin Giusto, Glassworker Mary Hoffer, Glazier Andrew Henricks, and Glazier Tom Gramenz! Pictured with our Graduates are Glaziers IATC Member Warren Harder, Glazing/Glassworker Coordinator Brian Hagberg, Glazing/Glassworker Instructor Tony Osborn.
Apprentice Glassworkers and Glaziers participate in a three-year program before becoming Journeymen. This training includes day school in addition to 6,000 hours of on-the-job training. These apprentices receive education and training in all phases of the trade necessary to develop as a skilled Journeyman.
Congratulations to our newest Journeymen Glaziers and Glassworkers!
2017 MCA Subcontractor Project of the Year Award: U of M Microbiology Research Facility
During the 21st Minnesota Contractor Association (MCA) Awards of Excellence held Wednesday, January 25, Empirehouse received Project of the Year in the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category for their specialty glass and glazing work on the U of M Microbiology Research Facility. Empirehouse was among six other entries in the Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor category.
Receiving the award were members from Empirehouse with General Contractor M.A. Mortenson Companies and BWBR Architects.
2016 MCA Merit Award: CHS Baseball Field
The 20th Minnesota Construction Association Awards of Excellence Banquet was held January 27 at the Minneapolis Golf Club and was MC’d by our own Alana Sunness Griffith. A team from Empirehouse was present to receive a MCA Merit Award for our glazing and fabrication work on the CHS Field Lowertown Ballpark. In addition, CHS Field won state and national design honors. Architecture MN featured CHS Field on the cover of their March/April 2016 issue showcasing terrific photography of the glazing and fabrication systems installed by Empirehouse.
Pictured left to right: Jason Weld, Alana Sunness Griffith, Adam Griffith, Jennifer Klitzke, James Bringle, Grif Griffith, Kristi Hutera, Pat Lawrence, Leslie Price, Joe Veit, and Mike Gilbert.
CSI Distinguished Member: Alana Sunness Griffith
Empirehouse Vice President, Alana Sunness Griffith, FCSI, CCPR, was bestowed with the prestigious honor of “Distinguished Member” of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) during the CONSTRUCT 2014 Convention on September 9, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. Alana is the first woman to receive this honor in CSI’s history. This recognition is conferred on individuals who have performed distinguished services to the construction industry in fields of activity related to the purpose of CSI. Alana has been a member of CSI for over 30 years and has been active at the Chapter, Region and Institute Levels. In 1996 she was elevated to a Fellow in CSI, and in 1999 – 2000 she was elected as the first Subcontractor to serve as the organization’s President
Glaziers and Glassworkers Apprentice of the Year: Bill Esnough
Congratulations to Bill Esnough, IV of Empirehouse who was honored with the Glaziers and Glassworkers Apprentice of the Year for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest. The event took place during the Graduation ceremony for the Finishing Trades on May 22, 2014 at FTIUM District Council 82 in Little Canada, Minnesota.
We are extremely proud of Bill and this accomplishment!
2014 MCA Merit Award: Minnesota Orchestra Hall
Empirehouse was presented with a Minnesota Construction Association MERIT AWARD on January 29, 2014 during the MCA Awards of Excellence celebration at the Minneapolis Golf Club. The award was presented for their work at Minnesota Orchestra Hall.
One judge commented, “This project showcases a complicated component in a redesign of an existing facility. The team was fully integrated and good management during all phases of the process helped achieve the success that is shown in the final construction. A restrictive site and a unique approach to sequencing delivery of materials allowed the subcontractor to work with other trades to successfully complete the project. Unique methods of performing the installation based on the prime contractors sequence showcased innovation thinking about the methods for installation.” Another judge commented, “Empirehouse went above and beyond the traditional offering of a subcontractor. The extensive pre-design efforts, use of BIM, dealing with and urban site, and managing and coordinating an extensive interior and exterior scope of work was done very well. Great job!”
Shown in the photo (L-R) are Matt Gums, Mike Gilbert, Kristine Hutera, Grif Griffith, James Bringle, Pat Lawrence and Jason Weld.
2013 AIA Convention Booth Award
Empirehouse is proud to announce that we were presented with a booth award at the AIA Minnesota Convention and exhibition this week. The judges commented that our booth was “a clear delivery of an inspirational message.” This is a premiere event for Minnesota and upper Midwest architects, offering exceptional construction related exhibits and educational opportunities. Empirehouse has been an exhibitor at the AIA Minnesota convention since 1977!
2013 CSI Gary Betts Memorial Award: John M. Griffith II
On May 18, 2013, John M. Griffith II was presented with the North Central Region CSI Gary Betts Memorial Award. This award is presented to a North Central Region member in good standing who has been a member for a minimum of 10 years, who has consistently demonstrated advocacy of CSI, and rendered distinguished service and leadership to the North Central Region by following CSI principles and practices and furthering the goals of the Region and the Institute. The award was presented at the NCR-CSI Conference Awards Banquet.
2013 MCA Project of the Year: American Swedish Institute – Nelson Cultural Center
Empirehouse is proud to announce that we received Project of the Year for the American Swedish Institute – Nelson Cultural Center from the Minnesota Construction Association on January 23, 2013. We won in the ‘Contractor – Project Under $10 Million / Subcontractor – Project under $1 Million’ category, and are the first subcontractor ever to win in this category. It was an exciting evening of celebration.
Shown in the photo (L to R): Bill Blotske and Clyde Terwey of Adolfson & Peterson, Inc.; Mike Gilbert and Pat Lawrence of Empirehouse, Inc.; Kyla Clayon and Dave Herzberg of Adolfson & Peterson, Inc.; and Andy Weyenberg HGA, Inc.
2012 AIA Convention Booth Award
Empirehouse exhibited at the AIA (Architects Institute of America) Minnesota Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center November 6-8 and was presented with a Booth Award for our unique display which best used the graphics and logo for this year’s convention. Featured products in our booth this year included Goldray’s Glass marker board along with some of our favorite art glass designs, Pilkington Planar’s structural glass wall, Livers Bronze distinctive glass railing, Arcadia’s curtain wall, and H Window’s composite wood and aluminum window. Empirehouse has been exhibitor at the AIA MN Convention since 1977.
2012 Graduates of Glaziers Architectural Metal And Glass Workers Union Local 1324 Apprenticeship Program
Empirehouse is proud to introduce our two newest graduates from the Glaziers Architectural Metal And Glass Workers Union Local 1324 Apprenticeship Program. On April 26 at the Union Hall in Roseville, Minnesota, Empirehouse employees Jeremy Meyers and Adam Griffith both graduated from the program and are now Journeymen glaziers.
At the event and ceremony, the graduating apprentices were honored as guests at a luncheon. Speakers at the event included Empirehouse’s general manager James Bringle. Mr. Bringle is also the 2012 President of the Twin Cities Glass Contractors Association. During the ceremony, Jeremy Meyers was announced as the Apprentice of the Year. Jeremy was selected by the Union officials for this honor and was the recipient of a gold watch.
Apprentice Glaziers participate in a three-year program before becoming a Journeyman. This training includes day school in addition to 6,000 hours of on-the-job training. These apprentices receive education and training in all phases of the trade necessary to develop a skilled Journeyman.
Congratulations to our newest Journeymen Glaziers – Jeremy Meyers and Adam Griffith.
2011 AIA Convention Booth Award
Empirehouse exhibited at the AIA (Architects Institute of America) – Minnesota Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center November 8-10 and received recognition and an award for our display! We had an outstanding group or architects, designers, and contractors visit us during the convention to see our featured products including bullet resistant windows, specialty and art glass, structural glass walls, glass handrails, and curtainwall systems. This was our 34th year of exhibiting at the AIA MN Convention.
Pictured in the booth award presentation are (L-R) President Stephen Fiskum, AIA, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.; Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President of AIA MN; Alana Sunness Griffith, FCSI, CCPR, Vice President of Marketing of Empirehouse, Inc.; and John “Grif” Griffith, FCSI, CEO of Empirehouse, Inc.
Empirehouse’s John “Grif” Griffith and Alana Sunness Griffith were presented with the Construction Specifications Institute – Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter “President’s Certificates” at the Annual CSI-MSP Chapter Banquet on May 19, 2011 held at the Edinburgh Event and Conference Center in Brooklyn Park, MN
Fellowship in CSI at the 2010 Annual CSI Convention CONSTRUCT
Construction Specifications Institute – John M. Griffith II elevated to Fellowship in CSI at the Annual CSI Convention CONSTRUCT in Philadelphia, PA.
2009 National Glass Association Crystal Achievement Award: Most Innovative Security Glazing Project
National Glass Association Crystal Achievement Award – Most Innovative Security Glazing Project of 2009. Oldcastle Glass Engineered Products – 2008 Star Performer.
Shown receiving the 2009 National Glass Association Crystal Achievement Award is Empirehouse General Manager James Bringle.
Empirehouse Team Member Awards
The annual John M. Griffith Sr. Memorial (JMG) Award is selected by employee ballot and presented to an extraordinary employee who exhibits the Empirehouse core values of teamwork, innovative, and going above and beyond, as well as leadership and dedication to process improvement, communication, and quality control. The JMG Award was created in 1999 to honor the late Empirehouse co-founder John Griffith, Sr. who held these important employee attributes close to his heart.
Congratulations to Empirehouse John M. Griffith, Sr. Memorial Award Recipients:
2017 Leslie Price
2016 Jeremy Meyer
2015 Joe Veit
2014 Brandon Schindele
2013 Matt Gums
2012 Mitchell Schindele
2011 Mark Waggoner
2010 Trent Johnson
2009 Jason Weld
2008 Lisa Nesteby
2007 Stanley Haedt
2006 Robert Faue
2005 Michael Gilbert
2004 Mark Schidele
2003 Patrick Lawrence
2002 Mary Faue
2001 James Bringle
2000 Dave Johnson
1999 John M. Griffith, Sr. (presented posthumously)