Keller, Inc. Recognized for Excellence in Construction for Mineshaft

Keller, Inc. is being recognized for construction excellence in 2020.

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin honored Keller, Inc. with a GOLD Projects of Distinction Excellence in Construction Award for Mineshaft located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Mineshaft project is a 36,600-square-foot restaurant, including a large commercial kitchen, dining room and game room by Keller, Inc., who integrated a mineshaft theme into all aspects of the design. The exterior looks like an old western mining shack that would have been common in the mid-1800s, while the inside resembles an actual old timber framed mineshaft from the same period. After six years of planning, bank financing issues and site search, the project landed on an old abandoned Walmart site at a prominent Oshkosh intersection to become the largest dining and gaming facility in the state. The city of Oshkosh provided many obstacles with specific and expensive exterior requirement and an attempt to burden the owner with city storm water improvements, which resulted in endless city meetings to achieve approvals. Keller continued to modify the design to meet city and bank requirements.

The project was judged in a rigorous process by a panel of construction experts based on a number of criteria, including safety, quality, owner satisfaction, execution and coordination, budgeting, difficult and unusual challenges and overall distinctiveness.

The Projects of Distinction Awards is designed to recognize the most distinct construction projects in Wisconsin, and to elevate the awareness of the quality construction performed by ABC member firms and their employees. A virtual awards presentation was held January 28, 2021 to celebrate the company’s given these prestigious awards.

The event recognized 51 projects — mostly general construction — but also in specialty trades from electrical to plumbing to thermal and moisture protection.  A full list of the award winners can be found at