When he was growing up, Mike Smith would visit job sites with his father and quickly came to appreciate how each came with its own set of difficulties that needed to be overcome.
“I liked the idea that your hard work was actualized into a physical building or space that had its own purpose,” he said.
Smith is an estimator and project manager LEED green associate at Moore Construction Services, in Menomonee Falls. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a construction-management degree and a minor in safety risk and business management. He quickly went to work for a national real estate developer, learning about the complexities of project conception, approvals, finance and risk management.
One of the first projects Smith was on was for Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. It was renovation work for a Boys and Girls Club, a job that had him helping to make improvements to an existing pool and pool house. Both features were completely demolished and replaced.
“I enjoyed being a part of a project that had meaning for the community; kids would be able to use for many years to come,” Smith said. “I also enjoy projects that incorporate multiple building types in one phase of construction, like the 44- unit CBRF, multipurpose facility and storage facility at an existing senior living campus in Watertown. Those are always a challenge and opportunity to learn something new.”
He now oversees projects of all sizes.
“The fact that every day is different, every project brings different challenges and new professional connections really resonates with me,” Smith said. “I’m the type of person that always needs to be active; this industry allows me to do that – splitting my time between job sites, the offices and different project meetings.”
Mike Moore, president of Moore Construction Services, said Smith is a strong professional because of his “can-do attitude,” and willingness to learn.
“Mike makes our industry better in many ways, but most importantly he makes a positive impact on our clients and his team,” Moore said.
Smith said he wants to build his project portfolio in the future. He said he thrives off of building relationships and delivering results and he wants to take on more responsibility.
“For me, it comes down to the clients and the people – achieving, and hopefully exceeding, their expectations,” he said. “I am always trying to efficiently deliver a quality product while effectively managing the budget.”