To Josh Halvorsen, there is something special about working on a construction site.
“It is really like a family,” said Halvorsen, an assistant superintendent at Mortenson Construction. “I really enjoy the people – we all come from different backgrounds and everyone has a story to tell. The construction industry is amazing: You can literally go from starting off sweeping the floor to some day running the site.”
Halvorsen relishes seeing how an idea on paper will turn into reality on a construction site.
“You are bringing people together from different companies to work towards the same goal,” he said. “I also like the problem-solving aspect of the job.”
When Halvorsen joined Mortenson in 2014, he was assigned to work on a $100 million expansion of Acuity’s corporate headquarters and parking structures in Sheboygan. As project engineer, he brought subcontractors onto the project, negotiated change orders and interpreted site plans.
Halvorsen next worked on the St. Camillus Community-Based Residential Facility & Jesuit Residence in Wauwatosa. Rob Myers, construction executive, said Halvorsen led the way by using innovative prefabrication technologies on the site, which reduced onsite congestion and shaved weeks off the project’s schedule.
“With only seven years of experience, Josh proves his mastery of industry knowledge along with his passion for advancing the construction industry,” he said.
Giving back to the community and industry is important to Halvorsen, who is the current chairman of the Construction Leadership Council of Greater Milwaukee. That role has him serving as a board member of the Associated General Contractors Education & Research Foundation and an ex officio member of the AGC Board of Directors.
“You get to meet a lot of people through the CLC and we do a lot of service projects that allow us to use the unique skill sets many in the construction industry have,” he said.
While working on the Acuity project – which lasted three years – Halvorsen decided to attend grad school part time. He earned his master’s degree in business administration in project management from Southern New Hampshire University.
“It was always a goal of mine to get my MBA. Looking back, you realize just how much work it was – I was working on weekends and at night on the coursework,” Halvorsen said. “I got through it with a lot of coffee and a patient wife. It’s nice to now use weekends for fun and not school work.”