My name is Kendan Iverson, and I am currently studying Construction Management at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. This past summer I completed my third internship with Frattalone Companies as an assistant project manager.
My fascination with the construction industry began at a young age when heavy machinery was brought into our developing neighborhood. Many young children had toys such as tractors, off-road trucks, bobcats, and backhoes that they could only dream of seeing. I was fortunate enough to witness these amazing pieces of machinery firsthand, which only intensified my attraction to equipment and construction.
As I continued to grow up, many of the most influential role models in my life were linked to the construction industry. My weekends were spent with these positive influences building decks, deer stands, and other interesting projects in which we shared the familiar “Midwestern Work Ethic” that presented common ground between hard work, accomplishment, and community. It was through these great relationships that I decided I wanted to be a part of the construction community.
Through my accomplishments and relationships, Frattalone Companies stood out to me for their commitment to their clients and employees. I hoped to start my construction career while in high school and pursued a position within Frattalone Companies because of their values in family, relationships and commitment. Frattalone hired me as an intern knowing that I had very minimal knowledge in heavy civil construction, but understood I was determined to be involved in the construction industry while finishing school. Through my time here, I have had the pleasure of being an assistant field engineer and assistant project manager. These positions allowed for me to develop strong attributes related to estimating, scheduling and communication.
This summer I was asked to be the assistant project manager for the Minnesota Vikings Training Facility located in Eagan, Minnesota. The project consisted of a complete ground up campus that was design-build. With many projects occurring at once on site, I was responsible for assisting in scheduling our work, coordinating work with other subcontractors, and obtaining material from suppliers and vendors.
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