Super Super of the Year
Dan Von Rueden – Hunzinger Construction
From overhauling Summerfest’s American Family Ampitheater to building Komatsu’s new headquarters, Dan Von Rueden is overseeing some of Milwaukee’s most complex projects.
As a superintendent at Hunzinger Construction, Von Rueden strives to exceed expectations on every project. He becomes engrossed in whatever he’s working on and seeks to overcome unexpected obstacles.
“I dive deep into any new project head first and I get super excited to take on the new challenge,” he said. “On every project, if you are paying attention and soaking in the highs and lows along the way from your previous project, you usually get excited to implement the new ideas or strengths you gained from your last job.”
Lately, Von Rueden has been working on the new headquarters and factory being built for Komatsu. The project redeveloped a site that had been marred by contamination from decades of industrial use.
Von Rueden oversaw the construction of the 170,000-square-foot headquarters at the lakefront site – a project that has employed 1,000 construction workers since it got underway last year. The company’s plans call for the complex to have offices for hundreds of workers, research and development labs, training centers and a data-solutions center, among other features.
Despite the outbreak of the pandemic and the workplace constraints that came with it, Von Rueden and Hunzinger have been meeting all the project’s schedule deadlines.
Before taking on Komatsu’s project, Von Rueden oversaw an ambitious project to overhaul Summerfest’s American Family Amphitheater. The primary goal was to make the venue suited to bigger acts by lifting its roof.
Von Rueden said the project remains one for his “personal record book.”
“It has been a treat to be able to work on both of these projects,” he said. “I am very proud of all my projects, but there are definitely a few that I hold near and dear to me.”