To whom it may concern,
My name is Joshua J. Baumgartner, I am from North Pole, Alaska and: I am a builder.
My first experience in construction was a tree house I formed from old railroad plywood I “re-claimed” and 2 x 4’s I may or may not have been allowed to use from my father’s stockpile. After the initial first floor platform, I found that the higher I went and the more floors I added, the more impressive my structure was. Ultimately, it was not only my first experience with construction but also my first experience with engineering as I ended up falling through the top 3 floors out of 9 about 40 ft. up.
I chose construction management because I love the idea that a concept, whether it be a treehouse, apartment complex, overpass or skyscraper, can become a reality through teamwork and a conglomerate of expertise from all types of people. The process of engineering, and the implementation of that into a reality is, I feel the backbone of our society. It inspires us at every turn from the city skyline, to the homes we live in. With that said, I feel as if I didn’t choose Construction management as my vocation, but that it chose me.
As for myself, I am a single 31 year old born and raised Alaskan living in Anchorage, Alaska. I have reaped the benefits of the construction and oil industries my entire life here in rural Alaska from my family moving here in 1979 looking for a fresh start, until now as i am working for Turnagain Marine Construction as a construction management intern here in Dutch Harbor, far out in the Aleutian chain. I love this country and I plan on doing my best to incorporate honorable and moral management of people and resources in the constant development of our structures.
Most of us can relate to the feeling of accomplishment when working with one’s own bare hands. The small victory of energy converted to product has empowered builders to attain the highest level of quality they can achieve since people first began to create. That sense of pride is the same as I walk onto the job site and fulfill my role. For now, I’m an intern.
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