At Opus, we start every project by asking the right questions and listening to the client. It's an important part of our process of ensuring our buildings support their goals and vision for the future. But the conversations don't stop there. When construction starts, our superintendents take an active part in that dialog, bringing forth ideas to make the building better, save the client money and accelerate the construction schedule.
When asked how he approaches constructing for clients, Senior Superintendent Greg Woelfel says he manages every project “like I'm building it for myself." That's exactly what clients want and need, making Greg an incredible asset to Opus and our clients.
30 Years of Experience Building for You
With more than three decades of experience in the construction industry, Greg has gained a wealth of knowledge. His interest in the trades started at a very young age, watching his father work with his hands to help family and friends with home improvement and other projects. As history would have it, his father was also an Opus superintendent. He piqued his son's interest in construction and the trades, setting the stage that led him to Opus. “By seeing what he accomplished both at home and work, I knew what I wanted to do," said Greg.
After graduating high school, Greg completed a four-year carpenter apprenticeship program and become a journey carpenter at Opus. That laid the foundation for him to move into roles offering progressively more responsibility, including carpenter foreman, general carpenter foreman, associate superintendent, superintendent and his current role as senior superintendent.
“Greg is a highly respected senior superintendent at Opus," said George Myhre, general superintendent. “He has spent most of his adult life at Opus and has worked in all the disciplines of self-perform. In addition to deep knowledge and expertise, he has strong leadership skills that guide and motivate our teams to deliver high quality products to our clients, on-time and within budget."
Tackling Challenges with Enthusiasm
Greg has delivered a long list of projects and has extensive experience in commercial, industrial and residential construction. The projects he enjoys the most are the challenging ones, like The Carlyle and Grant Park, both high-rise condominium projects on tight urban sites.
“I enjoy overcoming challenges, and working in urban areas is always more complex, especially when building high-rises," said Greg. “The condominium projects added another layer of complexity since 250+ units were designed and built according to individual owners' specifications."
Greg is currently managing construction at MoZaic East, a speculative office building our Client Direct Services group is constructing for Ackerberg Development. It's an eight-story building in the heart of Uptown in Minneapolis, so space is limited and there are existing structures to operate and build around—like a parking ramp and an operational restaurant. Needless to say, Greg likes the challenges. As a Client Direct Services project, Greg is laser-focused on ensuring the team delivers exactly what the client wants.
“We are very client-driven at Opus," said Greg. “Giving them exactly what they want started from the very beginning when Gerry Rauenhorst founded the company and it remains at the center of everything we do today."
Greg and all the superintendents at Opus understand that our buildings are incredibly important assets for our clients. They take great pride in producing well-constructed buildings that provide efficient and safe environments for our clients, their tenants and occupants.