Author Archives: Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com

Dan Shaw is the associate editor at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com or at 414-225-1807.

ON THE LEVEL: At Builder Breakfast webinar, AGC’s Simonson discusses what rising costs, supply shortages mean for industry

Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, speaks on Wednesday during The Daily Reporter's Builder Breakfast webinar on "The future of the construction supply chain." (Zoom image)

Speaking on Wednesday at a Daily Reporter Builder Breakfast webinar on “The future of the construction supply chain,” AGC of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson readily acknowledged that the main culprit in all of the supply chain pressure has been COVID-19. But there's more to it than that.

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Jeff Zutz – Flad Architects


After serving as managing principal of Flad Architects for 12 years, Jeff Zutz took over as president and CEO in 2018. To his new role at the international firm extensive he has brought project experience related to health care, academia, science and technology. Some of his and the firm’s biggest clients have included Johnson & Johnson, Gilead, the City University of New York, Sentry Insurance and both Argonne and Idaho National Laboratories. Flad’s international work has included projects at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and hospital projects in the Philippines and Guam.

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Lawrence Barton – Strang Architects


Architecture, engineering, interior design and master planning. As Larry Barton, president and CEO of Strang, puts it in a video on the firm’s website, “We practice the synchronized interplay between these four disciplines. One project, one team, one voice. Collaborating together. Strengthening each other. That’s what we call design synchronicity.”

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Andy Platz – Mead and Hunt

Andy Platz - Mead and Hunt

Mead & Hunt traces its rootst back to 1900, when it was founded by the hydroelectric and hydraulic engineer Daniel Mead. It got its current name in 1946, when the electrical engineer Henry Hunt became a partner.

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Steve Raasch – Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Steve Raasch - Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Steve Raasch estimates that more than 90% of Zimmerman Architectural Studios’ business is with repeat clients. In the CEO and president’s position since 2018, Raasch has made it his priority to ensure those customers keep coming back while also finding new opportunities. All that is in keeping with the goals Zimmerman has been setting itself in its 115 years as a going concern.

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Nicholas Kent – Plunkett Raysich Architects

Nicholas Kent - Plunkett Raysich Architects

A Milwaukee native, Nicholas Kent found himself drawn back to his hometown during a stint in Chicago after his son was born. The place where he eventually landed, at Plunkett Raysich Architects, gave him an opportunity to develop an expertise in school projects. He has taken that chance and run with it.

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Kevin Allebach – HGA

Kevin Allebach - HGA

In his 17 years at HGA, Kevin Allebach has found a home overseeing the firm’s Arts, Community and Education studio, also known as its ACE Group. Allebach’s first job at the architecture and engineering firm in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, was as a project manager. From there he progressed to being a principal, then to his current role as Practice Group Leader.

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Joseph Sinnett – Kahler Slater

Joseph Sinnett - Kahler Slater

Joseph Sinnett’s recent appointment as team leader of Kahler Slater’s Corporate, Residential, and Hospitality markets comes as the culmination of more than 15 years in the industry working on a large variety of projects.

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