Ancon Construction Receives Three “Excellence in Construction” Awards

Ancon Construction Receives Three “Excellence in Construction” Awards


Back row (L to R): Derek Lamson, Superintendent, Chris Morrical, Project Manager, Doug VonGunten, President, Bryan Baer, Designer. Front row (L to R) Ben King, Architect, Glen Kauffmann, Project Manager, Tony Garrett, Superintendent, and Matt VanSoest, Designer.
Ancon Construction is happy to announce they received three awards at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky, Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards Gala ceremonies on September 29. The EIC Awards Gala took place at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
Two awards were Awards of Excellence: one for their Shady Creek Winery Project and a second for their Kryder & Harr Veterinary Clinic Project, both in commercial categories. The third award was an Award of Merit for their TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre Project in the Healthcare category.
Ancon Construction President Doug VonGunten shared, “Each of these projects showcases Ancon’s strong design-build work and commitment to excellence. I could not be more proud of our team for their talent and hard work. This recognition reinforces the great things our employee-owners are doing. I am really excited about the future and what our team can accomplish.” 
A brief highlight of each project:
Delivers a state-of-the-art winery experience.
•            Heavy timbers used to construct some of the building were sourced from Austria.
•            A transparent barrel room and racking system displaying their wine, fabricated in Italy!
•            A mixture of small, intimate spaces and areas for larger gatherings.
•            A private tasting room, upstairs lounge area, event space, bars, fireplaces, and outdoor seating areas all overlooking a beautifully landscaped scenic outdoor seating area.
A deeply rooted business in Northern Indiana that has been providing veterinary services to our region for decades. This project was designed and built to create a facility that was welcoming to all.
•            The entry features a large and very welcoming lobby with distinct seating areas nestled between their trademark lobby fish tanks, also showcasing beautiful timbers.
•            The Ancon Construction Team and the owner worked closely together using lean thinking to improve day-to-day processes and operations.
•            The building allows beautiful natural daylight, transparency through critical work areas, and strong sight lines.
The eco-friendly build offers a warm, inviting, modern farmhouse feel – simple yet elegant.
•            Rooflines are cladded in solar panels.
•            Abundance of windows offers spectacular natural lighting and transparency between the indoors and the scenic wooded property.
•            A 24-foot-wide glass garage door separates the lobby and a seminar room that can be opened, allowing the separate spaces to become one large event room.
Ancon Construction is a commercial in-house design-build contractor offering a full range of services, including planning, site selection, development, architectural design, rezoning, code compliance, construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Based in Goshen, Indiana, Ancon is a 100% employee-owned company and a regional leader in commercial design-build that has defined architecture and construction in the Michiana community since 1975.


Helping our community youth understand design and architecture.

Helping our community youth understand design and architecture.


Pictured left to right: Ancon Construction Designer Matt VanSoest, Ancon President Doug VonGunten, Intern Shelby Mack, Designer Bryan Baer, and Architect Ben King.

Starting off this new school year, Ancon Construction is happy to welcome a Northridge High School intern junior, Shelby Mack.

Shelby has had a love for architecture since she was a little girl. Playing games on her tablet, she often chose programs where she could design houses. She plans to continue her college education in architecture after high school.

One of her first assignments at Ancon will be getting up to speed using Revit design software and putting her new skills into action, assisting in the creative design process for a local church project.

Ancon is no stranger to having interns join their team. In fact, it is a big reason so many of their current designers and employees have joined them and are so successful.

Bryan Baer, a designer for Ancon, interned as a senior at Goshen High School through their ICE program. “To me, that internship was invaluable, as it helped me confirm what I wanted to do for a career and taught me a lot along the way. It was key in getting accepted into architecture school at Ball State University. When I had the opportunity to come back to Ancon, I didn’t think twice about it. It is great to have my internship come full circle,” said Bryan.

Matt VanSoest, designer, also interned with Ancon during his schooling at Ball State. “The Ancon internship program during my collegiate studies at Ball State University prepared me for real-world scenarios regarding high quality and cost-effective design and how it parallels general contracting and construction management. Being fully immersed within the profession extremely early within my career has been a rewarding experience,” added Matt.

Our Ancon design team is passionate about pouring into the youth and helping them understand design and architecture. We are delighted to have Shelby on board and look forward to helping her learn and grow as a designer even before she enters college.


Groundbreaking for new 60-unit apartment complex in Goshen, Indiana

Groundbreaking for new 60-unit apartment complex in Goshen, Indiana

Ancon Construction held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new apartment complex in Goshen, IN on July 14, 2022. The 60-unit development will provide new housing opportunities for the community, a first step towards addressing housing needs in the area. There is a significant need for housing of all types in Goshen, and this development (final name is still being determined) is a first step towards addressing those needs.

““Having a sense of place is important for any community—this project will give others the opportunity to find their sense of place here in Goshen,” said Ryan Kring, Vice President of Business Development at Ancon Construction said. “We are proud to be the Design-Build team to help this project come to life. We would especially like to thank The City of Goshen, Indiana, IN, Goshen City Council, Redevelopment, and Goshen Chamber of Commerce for their support. Lastly, we want to thank the Garcia Family for their vision and their passion to continue investing in the City of Goshen”.
This project is also significant in the fact that it was the first project to obtain incentives from the City. Without these incentives, this project would not have been feasible. A huge thank you to The City of Goshen, Indiana, Goshen City Council, Redevelopment, and Goshen Chamber of Commerce for their support during this process.
Completion is scheduled for the Summer of 2023.
40 Under 40 Recognizes Ancon’s Own Matt VanSoest

40 Under 40 Recognizes Ancon’s Own Matt VanSoest

Every year 40 regional leaders under the age of 40 are recognized by The South Bend Regional Chamber’s 40 under 40 award.  This recognition shines the spotlight on 40 of the area’s most talented and dedicated young executives, professionals and leaders who demonstrate career success and community engagement.  The 2017 class will represent the 11th Michiana Forty under 40 class with 400 leaders already receiving recognition. This program is an annual collaborative effort between the South Bend Regional Chamber, the Young Professionals Network South Bend, and other partners in the Michiana region.

Ancon is proud to announce that Matthew VanSoest has been chosen for the class of 2017.  Matt is a lead designer on the Ancon Design-Build team. As employee owner, Matthew and a holistic team of architects, engineers, project managers, and construction crews, work together on a daily basis on design and construction projects. The Design-Build method, a very unique and rare project delivery method in the area’s construction industry, promotes daily collaboration on design, cost, scheduling, and construction methods. Furthermore, Matthew and the team push the boundaries and are on the leading edge of innovative, creative, and cost effective methods in architecture and construction – making sure both the design and cost are in sync with one another – a very large feat in this day and age! 

Since 2012, Matthew has served on the transition team for ETHOS Science Center in Elkhart. He worked with the ETHOS team in developing several short term and long term visions and master planning concepts. Matt earned his Bachelors of Architecture in 2008 and went on to earn his Masters of Architecture 2010 with concentrations in educational design and community redevelopment. Matt has a gift for creative design and has been honored for several of his designs.  Congrats Matt and we are proud to have such a leader on the Ancon team!