Project Managers share their stories from the field.

People are the Key to My Success

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By Daniel Vogel, Safety Specialist Being a young professional in the construction industry is not without its challenges. In January 2018 I was offered the opportunity to step into the role of Safety Specialist and be a resource for promoting a safe culture throughout the company. Transitioning from my previous role as a laborer in [...]

Lessons Learned: Schedule Critical Projects

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By Matt Nysse, Project Manger Schedule Critical projects seem to have become the norm in today’s construction world; not the exception. Customers are asking for weeks – even months – to be cut from the schedule to provide them with a quicker ROI. So what can we do to account for and manage this expectation? [...]

Lessons Learned: Becoming an Owner’s Rep

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By Jay Thomsen, Project Manager Vogel Bros. Building Co. will be celebrating 89 years in business this December, but we have been building for over 130 years. Throughout our history we’ve built trusted, long-term relationships with our customers. Last summer we were approached by a longstanding client to represent them as an owner’s representative. Since [...]

Lessons Learned from the New Kid on the Block

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By Tia Endres, Project Engineer I joined Vogel Bros. Building Co. as a Project Engineer this summer right after I finished school and walked across that stage. I was eager to begin my career, and excited at this new opportunity. It’s been a crazy month and a half, but I have enjoyed every part of [...]

Lessons Learned: Managing a Struggling Subcontractor

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By Jason Courtney, Project Manager Subcontractors are critical to the success of our projects and Vogel Bros. Building Co. is very fortunate to work with some of the very best. Over the course of our 88 years in business, there have been times when a subcontractor wasn’t performing as we needed them to. When this [...]

Lessons Learned: Improving Communication Eliminated Waste

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By Gage Vincent, Project Engineer Preplanning is critical to the success of a construction project. One aspect of the preplanning is creating the schedule. An accurate schedule ensures success from the preconstruction phase, all the way through to final completion. I was recently working on a large ($12.8 million) project that utilized nearly a dozen [...]