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Giwa scales heights in short career

Adeola Giwa - Mortenson Construction (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Adeola Giwa – Mortenson Construction (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

It’s a good thing Adeola Giwa is not afraid of heights. Giwa, an assistant superintendent at Mortenson Construction, began working with the company eight years ago as a field engineer. His main job then was to climb wind turbines.

Today, his work still has him scaling the heights. But as assistant superintendent on the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Center’s four-story vertical addition, he’s mainly climbing cranes.

“I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, so the height issue is not a big deal,” said Giwa, who enjoys sky diving and running obstacle courses in his free time. “When working, I’m focused on problem-solving and figuring out how to best serve our customers.”

On the Froedtert project, that involved adding four stories on top of an existing eight-story building housing patients.

“The goal is getting our job done without the patients and staff members below us without noticing it,” Giwa said. “It’s definitely a complex job and, at times, can be daunting.”

Since joining Mortenson, Giwa has worked on a large variety of projects. They’ve ranged from a renovation of General Mitchell International Airport’s inbound-baggage claim to the gigantic Uline Distribution Center and Conference Center projects. While on the Uline project, Giwa received a Pinnacle Award, Mortenson’s internal award program for his work, from Keith Kumpula, an assistant project manager.

“Ady truly makes a difference in team performance,” he said. “We thank him for everything he’s done.”

Giwa’s work at Mortenson goes beyond the construction site. He has served as co-chair of the company’s young professional group, Leaders in Training, and is now the company’s liaison to the ACE Mentorship Program and helps with the TechTerns Program, a three-year, real-life learning curriculum for Milwaukee Bradley Tech High School students.

“Working with the students is great. We are giving them an opportunity to see what’s involved in construction and showing them possible careers they might not have known about,” Giwa said.

When away from Mortenson, Giwa stays busy by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and performing with the Whitefish Bay Players and the VPW.

“Being in theater helped me with my public speaking, which is an asset with Leaders in Training in making presentations and leading monthly meetings,” he said. “Being a part of Leaders in Training has been great. The program is a great way to share ideas.”

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