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Oct 30

Frontier Proud to Salute Gary Dorencz with Cornerstone Award

Superintendent, Gary Dorencz with Healthcare Project Manager, Chuck Wilkins

We are proud to salute Superintendent, Gary Dorencz on receiving Frontier’s “Cornerstone Award” for his exceptional demonstration of his commitment to Frontier Construction’s Core Values, Core Focus and achievement of its strategic goals throughout his 14+ year career at Frontier.

“I couldn’t have achieved my successes over the years without the support of a very long list of helpful people. There is no ‘me’ or ‘I’ in success and I have never forgotten that,” said Gary. “I’ve always strived to be honest, read all of the instructions [provided], ask plenty of questions and live by the motto: 'take the time to do [the job] right the first time'. I couldn’t possibly do my job without my team.”

Over the course of his careers with Frontier, Gary has worked for a surprisingly few amount of clients. His ability to consistently deliver some of the most complex and sensitive healthcare remodeling projects has made him a valued and indispensable asset to Frontier’s healthcare operations. Gary has been working on projects in the Advocate Health Care system for over 13 of his 14+ year tenure at Frontier.

“Saying that someone gives 110% seems cliché, but Gary is everything we stand for,” said Health Care Division Project Manager, Chuck Wilkins. “Completing projects with the client in mind and creating long-lasting relationships is what he lives and breathes every day. ‘Can’t do it’, is not in his vocabulary.”

The Cornerstone Award is presented quarterly to an outstanding Frontier employee “for exceptional demonstration of their commitment to Frontier Construction’s Core Values, Core Focus and achievement of its strategic goals.” The Award recipient is selected through a company-wide vote.

Gary’s Background & Career with Frontier

Gary, a third-generation carpenter, started his construction career the way his father and grandfather did – building and remodeling homes in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. This area of Chicago may be best known as the former home of the Union Stock Yards made famous in Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle.

“Every summer instead of going to the beach with my friends, I would go to work with my father sweeping and cleaning up the jobsites, helping out as his assistant and eventually as his apprentice when I joined the union,” Gary recalled. “I always loved working with my hands and building things from a very early age; the money didn’t hurt either! This is when I learned my construction philosophy: ‘take the time to do the job right the first time'. It’s much more costly to come back and redo a job.’

Gary started his vocational training at the Washburne Trade School in the carpenter’s apprentice training program in 1973 gaining the skills and knowledge needed to continue his career in the construction industry. Washburne Trade School was located in Chicago’s Little Village, which is part of the South Lawndale community.

“In August of 1999 I met with Greg Parr to come on board with Frontier to start full time running renovation projects in the health care division. Healthcare renovation project sizes and scopes vary substantially, so I learned quickly to handle all types of projects within occupied spaces,” described Gary.

“Projects ranging from exterior remodels, ancillary areas, cafeterias and public corridors all the way to operating rooms and sterile processing renovations require different considerations. I’ve become an expert at identifying these problems, working with the project team to fully assess the situation and execute efficiently, safely and most importantly, cleanly. I’ve strived to make my construction operations cleaner and more efficient every day I set foot on our healthcare projects.”

More About Gary Dorencz

Gary has three adult children: Scott, Tracy and Julie and recently became a grandfather for the first time. In his spare time, Gary likes to give back to the community through Boy Scouting where he has been an active member almost continuously since the age of nine. He is also a regular golfer still striving for that elusive hole-in-one. Gary and his wife Sharon live in Orland Park, IL.

Project Highlights

  • Advocate Health Care (13+ years)
  • South Shore Bank
  • Lincoln Way East High School
  • School District 159

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