Awards & Affiliations

We don’t like to brag, but GARDINER is a pretty great place to work.  You don’t have to take our word for it.  Research the companies in Northeast Ohio who’ve been honored as often and as consistently as GARDINER and that list gets very short.

It’s not by accident, either.  A key part of executing our Mission is being able to attract and retain the best talent the industry has to offer.  With a staff that has grown to over 200 full-time Associates with an average tenure of more than 12 years, our unique culture of performance and family-feel has led to GARDINER’s status as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work.

In addition to being honored by local organizations, we also maintain an extensive network of partnerships and industry affiliations.

Professional Awards

Creating a Culture of Recognition

NorthCoast 99

2009-2020 Recipient

Every year the ERC (Employers Resource Council) recognizes 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio.  We have been a NorthCoast 99 Award recipient every year since 2009, its first year participating in the nomination process. In 2019, for the first time ever, GARDINER was the Top Scoring Mid-Size Company!

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The Plain Dealer Top Work Places

2010-2021 Recipient

Since being named the #1 mid-sized company to work for in 2010 (the first year of The Plain Dealer Top Work Places Awards), we have maintained a consistency only a few companies can boast, including being one of only 2 mid-sized companies to be awarded all ten years.

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Crain's Best Employers in Ohio

2019 Recipient

In 2019, for the first time, GARDINER ranked #10 in a state-wide top employer survey. Crain’s Best Employers in Ohio recognizes employers who distinguish themselves by promoting work-life integration, employee productivity and overall employee well-being.

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Smart Business Smart 50

2018-2019 Recipient

The Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Northeast Ohio region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. For the past two years President Todd Barnhart and GARDINER were named to the list.

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Professional Affiliations

Establishing Key Partnerships

Energy Star

A focus on Energy Efficiency

The Energy Star Buildings program has been around since the early 90’s, helping facility owners and managers all over the country to benchmark and improve their energy performance.  In which we are a formal energy services partner with Energy Star. We practice what we preach, too. In 2011, our Solon Headquarters building was certified as an Energy Star building, a rating we’ve maintained every year since.

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Sourcing Alliance

HVAC & Building Solutions Program

GARDINER was competitively selected as the provider for the Sourcing Alliance’s HVAC & Building Solutions Program for public entities. Sourcing Alliance is a free, national group purchasing organization helping members save time and money by leveraging group procurement experience & expertise.

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Additional Affiliations

Solving buildings isn’t something that’s done alone.  GARDINER has been an active participant in a number of industry and community organizations. Among them:

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Association of Energy Engineers

American Society for Healthcare Engineers

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & AC Engineers

Association of Water Technologies

Auburn Career Center

Building Owners & Management Association

Healthcare Financial Management Association

Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce

International Facility Management Association

Lorain County Joint Vocational School

Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce

Northeast OH Chapter of US Green Building Council

Northern Society for Healthcare Engineering

Ohio Association of College & University Officials

Ohio Association of School Business Officials

Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board

Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association

Ohio School Board Association

Refrigerating Service Engineering Society

Solon Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Green Building Council

International WELL Building Institute