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White follows early interests to work on big Cullen projects

Project Manager of the Year
Devin White – JP Cullen

Devin White – JP Cullen

Growing up, Devin White was always drawn toward construction and design.

He took a drafting class in high school and decided that he wanted to learn how buildings are built and what makes them useful.

“After going to college for architectural engineering, I ended up finding myself in the construction-management field,” White said.

He was hired by JP Cullen in 2011 as an estimator after graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. White rose up the ranks over the next few years. In 2016 he was promoted to project manager.

White has since gained experience on many projects throughout the Midwest. He now specializes in health-care construction.

“Devin provides advanced project leadership during the design phase as it relates to customer experience, financial performance, scheduling, estimating and design,” said Colleen Wischnewski, marketing coordinator at JP Cullen.

White’s most notable projects include Advocate Aurora Health’s 5th Floor renovation. Midway through it came the pandemic, bringing in tow a host of new difficulties.

“The integrated project team came together to find innovative solutions to conduct team meetings and complete the project successfully while keeping safety as the No. 1 priority,” Wischnewski said.

White said his proudest achievement at JP Cullen has been his work on the Milwaukee Intermodal Station shed project — specifically procuring the trusses needed for the building. “It was challenging enough erecting the shed with freight trains between two buildings, much less getting the material to our site,” he said.

“We rented flatbed rail cars and worked with Canadian Pacific Railyard to ship the trusses down to our site safely. Nothing like this had been shipped via rail so it took extensive communication to figure out how to orient, crib, chain and stage the trusses. I will never forget the day that first shipment rolled into our site.”

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