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 11 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

North Coast 99

2009-2022 Recipient

Every year the ERC (Employers Resource Council) recognizes 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. We have been a North Coast 99 Award recipient every year since 2009, its first year participating in the nomination process. In 2019 and 2022, Gardiner was recognized as the Top Scoring Mid-Size Company!

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The Plain Dealer Top Work Places

2010-2022 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

In 2019, 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

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. President Todd Barnhart and Gardiner have been named to the list in 2019 and 2022.

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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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Equalis Group

HVAC & Building Solutions Program

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

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Ohio Schools Council

HVAC & Design Build Program

Gardiner was competitively selected as the provider for the Ohio Schools Council’s HVAC & Design Build Solutions program. The Ohio Schools Council (OSC), a regional council of governments (COG) created under ORC 167, is a government agency created and governed by school districts for the specific purpose of saving dollars through volume purchases.

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WELL Building Institute


Gardiner was the first Northeast-Ohio based member of the IWBI (International WELL Building Institute), joining as a Cornerstone member. We actively support the WELL mission by providing WELL assessments and consulting/assistance to clients who pursue the features and standards of WELL buildings.

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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