Month: August 2016

Miron Intern Update: Marc McGuire

Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he heads back to school, we asked Marc McGuire, a project management intern at our Madison office, to share his Miron internship experience.

 

McGuire, Marc

What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?

Coming into my internship with Miron, I had a few broad, general goals for my summer, but not a lot of specific points. I really just wanted to learn as much as I could in the limited time I would be here. As I look back at my summer, one thing that stands out to me is the incredible amount of teamwork that must go into making a large project come together. Working at the Wisconsin Union project at UW-Madison has been a great opportunity to see this firsthand. With nearly 100 subcontractors and suppliers involved in the project, teamwork is an absolute must. I don’t think I ever really realized how much it actually takes to make these large projects come together.

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My first day on site seems like such a long time ago. However, seeing different phases of the project take shape helps to make sense of where that time went. Seeing things get accomplished on site has been one of my favorite things this summer. I have always been a person who enjoys crossing things off a to-do list. In construction, that can be an awfully long list. On the day-to-day level, it can seem like not much is happening, but that brings me back to my first point about how much it really takes to make these projects come together.

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

Many times throughout the summer I was given a task that I wasn’t exactly sure how to start. Sometimes I would go back and ask my superintendent for some more instructions and then proceed with the task. Most times, however, I would struggle through the task at first and figure out how to do it on my own or in my own way. I think this mentality comes from the rewarding feeling you get when you struggle with something and finally figure it out on your own. I believe it is good for an intern to have a challenging time with some tasks as this helps you learn new things.

Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?

I have really enjoyed my summer as an intern with Miron and I could really see myself pursuing a career as a project manager. For me, construction is rewarding because you get to see something actually happen. There is an achievable end goal and, in Miron’s case, that is to construct a top-quality building.

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

For a prospective intern looking for a similar position, the biggest piece of advice I would give is to ask as many questions as you can. I have found so much value in asking a simple question about how something goes together or why something is done one way versus another—I have gotten so much more out of it than I could have imagined. Asking questions has allowed me to discover so much about the construction process and has also given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of great people.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

An internship in the construction industry can be an intimidating experience at first, but there are so many great people who want to help you learn. There is a great camaraderie between the women and men who work in this industry.

 

United Way to kick off fundraising campaign

As campaign co-chair, David G. Voss Jr. (Miron Construction) was on hand at the United Way Fox Cities 2016 Community Campaign fundraising kickoff on Tuesday. More than 200 people were expected to attend the closed event at SECURA Insurance Co. Read more…

Miron Intern Update: Alex Bartelt

Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he trades in his hard hat for a backpack, we asked Alex Bartelt, a project management intern at our Neenah office, to tell us about his Miron internship experience.

 

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What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?

Since my last blog post, I have had the privilege of working on an active project site. There, I have been able to apply my knowledge firsthand, as well as learn new things daily through my insider’s view of the obstacles and challenges that can occur on a project. Of all the different concepts and lessons that I have learned this summer, I would say the biggest lesson has been that you will face many challenges on a project site—especially a large-scale project site. Helping to work through these obstacles has given me insight into how to prioritize and handle challenges efficiently in order to keep the project moving forward and on schedule.

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part about this summer’s internship has been the opportunity to spend my days on the jobsite. Every day I am able to collaborate with many different contractors, field workers, Owners, and architects. This has been a stepping stone in the progression of my communication skills.

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

One of the more difficult aspects of this internship for me was realizing how limited my knowledge was when I first started. While I understood the basic concepts of commercial construction, the detailed knowledge wasn’t quite there yet. There were times I found it a bit frustrating to not know the answer to some of the subcontractors’ questions. Although it was difficult, I soon realized I was fortunate to have these experiences because I was able to grow my knowledge base in the process of finding the answers to these questions.

 

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Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?

Since starting my time with Miron earlier this summer, my career goals have remained the same, though they have become clearer to me. I have found that I get a sense of satisfaction from helping coordinate multiple crews that are working on different things in order to reach the same goal together—to safely construct a quality structure and leave our client satisfied. That said, my goals haven’t changed, but I have become more driven than ever to one day be able to efficiently manage a project site.

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

If I were to give an incoming intern a piece of advice, I would keep it broad and tell them to keep an open mind. This not only allows you to learn from others on the project team, but also gives you the ability to brainstorm alternate solutions that may work better for a specific task. I have found that having an open mind is key when learning about the industry, and everyone in the industry is learning new things every day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

It has been a privilege to work with the Miron team this summer. I have been able to grow intellectually on both a personal and professional level.

Miron Construction begins work on new Fitchburg fire station

Miron Construction Co. Inc., in partnership with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., recently began construction on a new fire station in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Work on the $5.1 million project began in July and is scheduled to be substantially complete by May 2017.

The new 23,000-square-foot fire station for the City of Fitchburg will replace the current, aging fire station and will provide a better location for daily operations and emergency transit. The single-story station will include multiple elevated mezzanines and a geothermal HVAC system.

Fitchburg NW Station

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