Innovator of the Year
Donnie Bogle-Boesiger – Findorff
Donnie Bogle-Boesiger grew up in Illinois and, as a kid, would go with his parents on trips to Chicago, where he would admire the tall skyscrapers along Michigan Avenue.
“I was always amazed by the buildings there, and I constantly stood at the feet of the skyscrapers wondering how they were built,” he said.
That curiosity led him to the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he earned degrees in construction management and architectural engineering. Bogle-Boesiger worked for a couple of different companies after college before joining J.H. Findorff & Son in 2019 as a virtual-construction specialist.
Within a year he was promoted to senior virtual-construction specialist. Bogle-Boesiger now leads Findorff’s 10-member Milwaukee virtual-construction team. This involves developing virtual models, using building information modeling and solving problems with data.
“As I got more familiar with virtual construction and BIM, I wanted to apply the information to both the field and project management staff to upgrade the system and problem-solve,” Bogle-Boesiger said.
Josh Baysinger, virtual-construction manager at Findorff, said Bogle-Boesiger has a love for figuring out new ways to use technology.
“He expertly breaks down complex problems and processes digitally and communicates opportunities for improvement,” Baysinger said.
Bogle-Boesiger is now working on several important projects, including The Couture high-rise, Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and The Trade Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Bogle-Boesiger said one of the hardest parts of his job involves communication.
“While Findorff is a very forward-thinking company, the way that we build buildings is ever-changing,” he said. “Being able to educate our project teams and communicate the value of doing things differently is very rewarding. Being able to perform work and show the value of BIM and virtual construction is so much fun and why I love what I do.”