Kansas Chamber Announces 2021 Ad Astra Award Honoree


Topeka, KAN. – The Kansas Chamber announced Crossland Construction Company, headquartered in Columbus, Kansas, is the Chamber’s 2021 Ad Astra Award honoree.

Each year during the Kansas Chamber’s annual dinner, the Chamber and its members recognize a Kansas company with the Ad Astra Award. The award identifies a Kansas business for its unique contributions to the economic health and welfare of the state. This honor is presented to a business that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state.

“Crossland Construction and its family of companies exemplify the spirit, hard work, and determination upon which our great state was founded,” said Chamber President and CEO Alan Cobb. “It’s motto, “Real People. Real Purpose. Real Builders.” directly reflects what Crossland Construction and its more than 1500 employees achieve every day. Whether it is working with cities to improve their infrastructure, building award-winning structures, or providing a hand up by investing in communities, this family-owned business is dedicated to making a difference in Kansas.”

Cobb continued, “Additionally, the company’s success across the country is a testament to its leadership’s vision. Crossland Construction represents the best of the Kansas entrepreneurial spirit. The Kansas Chamber and its members are thrilled to recognize Crossland Construction and its employees for their contributions to Kansas with the 2021 Ad Astra Award.”

The 44 year old company offers a wide range of constructions services in six locations. It includes its own heavy construction company (Crossland Heavy Contractors), two in-house precast plant (Crossland Prefab), and a development and holding company (Crossland Realty Group). It ranks in the top 100 general contractors in the nation, and is among the top 250 largest contractors in the world.

“We are so honored to receive this award. We came from very humble beginnings, with my dad, Ivan Sr., starting this company from our family garage in 1977,” said Ivan Crossland, Jr., the company’s CEO. “To be recognized amongst the ranks of the past years’ honorees is an honor I hadn’t ever imagined. I have to give credit to our passionate employees that continue to drive this company forward.”

From entire school campuses and community parks to apartment complexes and medical centers, Crossland builds it all. In the last year, the company had the opportunity to impact a number of communities across Kansas, including:

  • The new Washburn University Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka equipped the school to host national events.
  • Stryker Sports is the largest sporting complex of its kind in the Wichita area. It can now host more than 900 teams per event in one location.
  • The Deloitte Smart Factory at Wichita State University provides students with an immersive experiential learning environment that will accelerate the future of manufacturing.
  • Crossland Heavy Contractors completed the Olathe Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements that enhance the water treatment process allowing for easier routine maintenance and flexibility.


“No matter the project—our goal is always the same. To build the impossible so our clients can do the impossible,” said Crossland, one of five brothers who lead the company today.

Crossland Construction also believes it is important to participate and contribute to the communities it serves. Each year, Crossland donates time, money, and efforts to local organizations and programs that the company and its employees believe contribute to the greater good of their communities.

The 2021 Kansas Chamber Annual Dinner is Monday, May 3, 2021 at Vaerus Aviation at Forbes Field in Topeka. The dinner is one of the largest annual statewide gathering of business and political leaders in Kansas.

This year’s keynote speaker is Fox Business Network commentator and host Charles Payne. You can learn more about the annual dinner atKansasChamber.org/AnnualDinner/.



COVID-19 Precautions: The Kansas Chamber takes the safety and health of its members and guests very seriously. All Chamber in-person events will follow COVID-19 protocols put in place by the local county health boards where the events are held.


For more information, contact:

Sherriene Jones-Sontag at SherrieneS@KansasChamber.org.

Posted March 31, 2021



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