27th Annual Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel H. Burnham Award Dinner

Photo by Brittany Harthan

Photo by Brittany Harthan


GMA President, Cornelius Griggs, had the distinct pleasure of giving remarks at the 27th Annual Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel Burnham Dinner. The dinner celebrates outstanding business and civic leaders. This year’s honoree was Christopher M. Crane, President and CEO of Exelon Corporation. GMA was featured in Chicago Magazine for its participation in the event. Photos from the event can be seen here. The full story on the 2018 Burnham Award Dinner from Chicago Magazine can be read here.

NEW PROJECT AWARD: A Safe Haven Veterans Studios


GMA and Joint Venture partner, Old Veteran Construction (OVC) were recently selected for the Safe Haven Veterans Studios project. This five-story 90 unit SRO will include first floor support spaces and new landscaping.

NEW PROJECT AWARD: Chicago Police and Fire Training Academy


GMA Construction Group in a Joint Venture with Bowa Construction, Berglund Construction and AECOM-Hunt is excited to announce that we have been selected to build the new $85M Police and Fire training academy on the far westside of Chicago. Cornelius Griggs, GMA’s Founder and President, was recently quoted stating “A community that has long been underserved will now see a revitalization that will spawn new businesses and positively impact community residents. As a once long time resident of the neighboring 28th and 27th wards, I am excited to see revitalization impacting all Chicago Communities.” GMA Construction Group is excited to be a part of this great project that will surely impact the community in a positive way!"

GMA wins Metra’s 2018 Emerging DBE Award


GMA was recently awarded Metra’s 2018 Emerging DBE award in recognition of significant business growth.

The award was presented during Metra’s 4th Annual On Track to Success Vendor Fair. The event recognizes and honors prime contractors, subcontractors, assist agencies, and staff members that have provided exceptional service and promote diversity and inclusion. GMA is honored to receive the award and looks forward to our continued partnership with Metra and fulfilling our mission to transform the communities in which we work.

GMA Construction Group wins James Tyree Award! Read the story on ABC 7 Chicago.

Read the full announcement from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.


Today, our President, CORNELIUS GRIGGS, accompanied by our Vice President, Erica Kirkwood, took part in the final presentations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce James Tyree Emerging Business Award. The final decision will be made this week and the winner will be announced at the Chambers June 5th annual meeting. Keep your fingers crossed for #TeamGMA........We are proud of President and the entire GMA Team for all the work they do to Transform the Communities in which we live work and play...Thank you for the opportunity Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Mesirow Financial and CBIC! Your support of emerging businesses should not go unnoticed.

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The GMA Technical Assistance Program launched its emerging businesses Boot Camp "Digging Deep" this past February. This highly specialized cohort takes an intricate look at several construction processes delivered by team lead, Cornelius Griggs.

Cornelius shares important strategies and tactics learned from his more than 15 years in the business operating as a GC and sub. Each cohort runs four-weeks and is only open to clients of the GMA Technical Assistance Program. The boot camp engages small groups so that each participant can personally benefit from his hands on guidance and insights.

The last cohort began on Tuesday, April 10. Clients interested in participating should be on the look-out for details.

Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with Wintrust! Leon Rogers interviews Cornelius Griggs, President of GMA Construction Group who is building up Chicago every day!



We are excited to be featured in the 2017 Fall/Winter edition of The Blue Book Network's "Who's Who in Construction". Our team is doing a fantastic job of transforming the communities in which we live work and play!