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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Building Official Mike Viazanko named Building Official of the Year

The Homebuilders Association of Southeast Michigan (HBA) recently announced City of Sterling Heights Building Official Mike Viazanko as its 2016 Building Official of the Year.


The Sterling Heights City Council honored Viazanko at its Dec. 20 meeting for this outstanding award and his continued leadership.

The HBA is one of 26 local homebuilder associations around the state, part of a professional trade association, chartered in 1948 with the National Association of Home Builders. These associations work to positively promote the building industry and impact legislative, regulatory and legal issues affecting housing affordability. The selection criteria for 2016 Building Official of the Year include outstanding contributions and accomplishments over an extended period of time.  Recipients of this honor provide innovative service to their communities and have demonstrated personal and professional achievement. Building Officials of the Year are first and foremost cutting edge thinkers and inspiring professionals.

In recognizing Mike with this distinguished award, the HBA cited his achievements. “Since taking the helm of one of the largest building departments in Michigan, Mike has focused on creating collaborative working relationships with building professionals,” the HBA cited in Viazanko’s award presentation. “He encourages open dialogue, especially in the pre-construction phase of building. He takes particular interest in all future economic development projects in the city so issues can be discussed in the early drawing phase.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor said Viazanko’s receipt of such a prestigious award comes as no surprise, as he's known throughout the City as a reliable member of the City of Sterling Heights team.

“On behalf of the entire City Council, we’d like to congratulate Mike Viazanko on being named Building Official of the Year,” Taylor said. “Mike continues to prove time and time again he’s an asset to the City. Whether he’s innovating our processes or troubleshooting an issue, Mike is a valuable leader. He’s incredibly deserving of this award.”

Mr. Viazanko’s Sterling Heights’ colleagues were thrilled to hear of his award, said City Development Director Denice Gerstenberg. Under Viazanko’s direction, the Building Department has flourished despite challenges during his tenure. 

“Mike has a positive attitude and can always be counted on to contribute for the betterment of the community,” Gerstenberg said.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle at bdoyle@sterling-heights.net or (586) 446-2471. 

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