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Durkin embraces technology to help build better projects

Innovator of the Year –
Shawn Durkin, Hunzinger Construction

Shawn Durkin sees every day at work as an opportunity to get better.

Durkin, construction technical services engineer at Hunzinger Construction, started his career with the company last summer as an intern. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in construction management and a minor in architecture, he was hired by Hunzinger full-time.

Recently, Durkin earned his LEED Green Associate accreditation from the United States Green Building Council. LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and are committed to sustainable construction practices.

He was also one of the first people in Wisconsin to earn the WELL Accredited Professional accreditation, which denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities around the world.

Durkin is currently assisting on projects for Northwestern Mutual, University School of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment District.

“My favorite part of my job is being able to utilize technology to help my coworkers, our subcontractors and our owners to efficiently and effectively build our projects,” he said. “It is extremely satisfying to be able to work in tandem with our field workers and our owners to help find and address issues digitally and resolve them to help our project team complete a successful project.

“I’m happy when my work can assist in supporting our builders and our owners in any way possible.”

For the past two years, Durkin has utilized Hunzinger’s trademarked Virtual Design & Construction Coordination on the Komatsu South Harbor Campus Project. VDCC is a five-dimension analysis and collaborative platform that virtually constructs, coordinates and quantifies building systems and assemblies in the three traditional spatial dimensions.

An accomplished musician, in his spare time Durkin enjoys making and recording his own music. He plays multiple instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and piano.

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