CBS Detroit July 14, 2014

W. Bernard White, founder of Detroit-based White Construction, is on a mission.

As head of one of the nation’s largest African-American-owned companies, White has led his company to the forefront of pre-construction services, construction management, general contracting and design build in such sectors as public/municipal, education, industrial, healthcare, religious and residential.

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CAM Magazine
July 2014

Woodward Corridor Revitalization

"Woodward Avenue: The Re-Invention of an All American Road: New Detroit Events Center, Barton Malow-Hunt-White

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Michigan Chronicle-Men Of Excellence 2014
7th Annual Men of Excellence Awards Program

The Michigan Chronicle has recognized over 300 men in our community making tremendous strides and setting an example and standard for future generations.

On Friday, June 13, 2014, we celebrated with President  & CEO of White Construction, W. Bernard White along with 50 other’s that were awarded and nominated Men of Excellence 2014

Thanks to the Michigan Chronicle & Thanks to Detroit!

Detroit Free Press
April 9, 2014
By, John Gallagher

Just over half of the estimated 5,500 construction jobs being created by the Detroit Red Wings’ new arena project will go to Detroit residents under a plan approved Wednesday by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority.

The DDA approved a recommendation from Olympia Development, the private entity of the Ilitch family that owns the Red Wings, to hire a joint-venture construction management team of three contractors: Barton Malow, Hunt Construction Group and White Construction.

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Crain's Detroit Business
April 7, 2014
By Bill Shea

The new $450 million arena for the Detroit Red Wings will be built by a consortium of three construction companies that was submitted for approval today by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

Newly formed Barton Malow-Hunt-White, organized as the project’s general contractor, was submitted today to the DDA by arena developer Olympia Development of Michigan, which issued a statement today.

The authority is scheduled to vote on the submission when it meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The three companies are Southfield-based BartonMalow Co., Detroit-based White Construction and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group.

Details about the consortium’s structure and information about financing were not disclosed.

Barton Malow and White were involved in construction of Comerica Park and Ford Field. White recently was hired as a subcontractor for the $137 million private-public M-1 Rail streetcar project along Woodward Avenue.

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The New Police & Fire Headquarters. A White Construction Project.
March 2014

  • Owner: Detroit Building Authority
  • Architect / Engineer: The SmithGroup Inc.
  • Construction Manager: Turner / White
  • Address: 1301 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48226

White Construction…Built in Detroit and Celebrating 25 Years.

Thanks Detroit!


Michigan Chronicle
February 5, 2014
By, Donald James

The weather was bitterly cold, but not frigid enough to prevent approximately 90 Detroit Black business owners from attending an M-1 Rail Streetcar Project informational meeting, held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Hosted by the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 30, the meeting served as a provocative forum to help Black entrepreneurs in the city learn more about subcontracting opportunities with the much anticipated M-1 Rail Streetcar Project.

Several members of Stacy and Witbeck, the general transit contracting company hired to build the light rail system, were on hand to give a presentation of what the company was seeking in terms of subcontractors and scope of services.

The presenters from the California-based company included Mike Sander (project engineer), Travis Galvin (project engineer) and Randy Olmstead (construction manager).

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Crain's Business Detroit
November, 2013

White Construction is the 18th Largest African American Owned Business.

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Crain's Detroit Business
October 14, 2013
By, Bill Shea

The M-1 Rail streetcar project has told potential vehicle vendors it intends to execute a contract by Dec. 1, according to bid documents on the project's website.

The $137 million nonprofit M-1 Rail effort is seeking a company to design, engineer and manufacture six streetcars for use on the 3.2-mile grade-level rail loop that will be constructed over the next two years on Detroit's Woodward Avenue between West Grand Boulevard and Congress streets.

The system is projected to be operating for paying passengers by February 2016, according to the request-for-proposal.

The bids are due Oct. 21, and the winner will be selected on Oct. 28. Contract negotiations are slated to begin Oct. 31, and the deal is scheduled to proceed by Dec. 1.


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CAM Magazine
September, 2013
By, Roy Jones

White Construction featured in CAM Magazine for the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Public Dock & Terminal. See pages 42-48 to read article.

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Michigan Chronicle
August 7, 2013
By, Donald James

W. Bernard White, founder and president of White Construction, refuses to be outworked or outperformed by competitors in his industry. Since the inception of his Detroit-based company on July 31, 1989, White has led one of the region’s most progressive organizations. The company takes on projects in Detroit, but has left its construction fingerprints on Saginaw, Flint, Battle Creek and many suburban cities. In recognition of its status, Black Enterprise magazine continues to include White Construction on the publication’s list of Top 100 Black Businesses in America.

With a specialization in pre-construction services, construction management, general contracting, and design build, White Construction stays true to its motto: “Constructing your vision…since 1989.”

“For me, it’s always about working much harder than my counterparts and also trying to incorporate some smarts as I get better,” said White. “One of the major keys to my success is that I’m strictly organized in everything that I do, both in my professional life, as well as in my personal life. I feel that I do that a little better than most people in my industry.”

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Crain's Detroit Business
August 2, 2013

In the news! M-1 Rail Project

Today, This Week in Crain's has the latest on M1 Rail's Woodward Avenue streetcar project in downtown Detroit, we talk one-on-one with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr about his vision for restructuring Detroit's debt, and a word of caution for Belle Isle swimmers. In the meantime, we stop by ESP Detroit in Corktown to learn more about the growing printing company.

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Crain's Detroit Business
July 30, 2013
By, Bill Shea

Detroit-based White Construction is subcontractor.

The nonprofit M1 Rail effort has awarded the contract to build the Woodward Avenue streetcar project loop to Alameda, Calif.-based civil construction firm Stacy and Witbeck Inc. 

Stacy and Witbeck, which has built 17 transit systems, was awarded the project's construction manager and general contractor bids from a pool of five companies, M1 said in a statement tonight.

Detroit-based White Construction Co. has been subcontracted by Stacy and Witbeck to work on the project, M1 Rail said.

Boston, MA, May 1, 2008, 8 pm - Today, the 2008 ICIC-Inc. Magazine Inner City 100 list was released, and White Construction is ranked 36th on the list of the fastest growing inner-city companies in America.  Extraordinary growth is the predominant trait of the 2008 Inner City 100, a ranking created by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Inc. Magazine of the 100 fastest-growing businesses in inner city communities nationwide. 

Crains Detroit Business
August 5, 1996

SURVIVOR: Being quality-oriented has helped W. Bernard White build a successful construction company.

Small Projects Jump Start firm

 W. Bernard White had it all figured out:  After sinking $20,000 into his start-up construction company in 1989, he'd jump-start with a $2 million bank-renovation contract.

 "It didn't happen that way," said White, 40, president of White Construction Co., Inc. in Detroit.  After months of planning, the job was postponed.  Worse, just as White was planning his company, construction projects in Detroit slowed to a near standstill.  Undaunted, White set up shop smack-dab in the middle of the standstill, next to a loading dock in Detroit's New Center area.  "My colleagues and I always wanted to start our own business, and I was just crazy enough to try it," said White, sitting in his 1120 W. Baltimore office, decorated with African masks and sculptures.  "I didn't want to wake up one morning at 60 years old and wish I started my own business."  After staking his claim in Detroit he endured endless questions from colleagues about working in a competitive climate.

Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2000
By Daniel G. Fricker

 W. Bernard White's successful construction company, built on years of hard work, is working on some of the Detroit area's most recognizable structures

 W. Bernard White stretches his long legs across a leather chair and ottoman in his 4,600 - square foot Franklin home.

 The home's white walls, high ceilings and cream-colored carpeting serve as a neutral backdrop for a large collection of African art. A satellite is beaming the Discovery Channel onto a large-screen television housed in a wall-sized entertainment center.

 This isn't where you would expect a construction worker to live.

 His White Construction Co. of Detroit, is playing a supporting role in almost every project that holds promise in revitalizing southeastern Michigan:

Detroit News
Spring 1996
By: Bernard White

White Construction

The leaders of construction labor, owners, and contractors in Southeastern Michigan have been meeting monthly for over a year and have joined together to make Southeastern Michigan the best place in the world to perform construction.  One of their missions is to significantly increase and retain minorities and women in the building trades.

To implement this mission, the GARDE (Gender and Race Diversification Excellence) Awards Program has been established to recognize owners, contractors, labor, and other individuals and organizations that have made an effort and achieved the best results in increasing the employment of minorities and women in construction.

It is our hope that everyone in construction will realize the benefits of a gender and race diversified workforce as we move into the 21st century and will take the initiative to reach that goal throughout the construction industry.

By Crains Detroit Business

Bernard White, 38

President White Construction

Biggest Achievement:

Remaining on track to achieve a growth rate of $2 million a year by the fifth year of business.

Current goals:

"My ultimate goal is become a $20 million mid- to small-sized contractor."

Being an optimist and Detroit booster, Bernard White said he is in the best position for a contractor to be right now: a business working in Detroit.

"I think the city is poised for both public and private development.  A lot of pent-up demand exists for housing.  A lot of people have been sitting on the sidelines," said White.

The Detroit native graduated with honors from Lawrence Technological University in 1980 and earned his professional-engineer license in 1991.

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