EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Evan Nelson

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Evan Nelson

Superintendent, Building Group
Farmington High School Farmington

How long have you been with O&G? 8 years

Did you attend a trade school or college? I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Construction Management.

How did you get started in the industry? I worked through high school and college doing residential remodels in Providence, RI.

How has your role at O&G evolved over time? I started as a project engineer and am now an assistant superintendent on the Farmington High School project.

What is your proudest accomplishment in your career at O&G? I created a newsletter for my current project – Farmington High School, that is distributed to faculty and staff of the school and district, parents, and students. It gives readers an inside look at the project and keeps them updated on important information. It has received a lot of positive feedback.

What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on here, and why? I found the Beman Middle School project in Middletown to be interesting because of the high-end finishes I got to work with, including a massive glass chandelier in the main entryway, finished wood paneling and perforated metal clouds installed in the auditorium, and limestone panels on the exterior of the school. We also installed an unusually large amount of Ground Face Block in the main hallways, with epoxy floor covering. It was my first experience working with all these finishes, and I learned a lot during the process.

Tell us something interesting or unique about your current project. Farmington High School is interesting because we are up against a tight, two-year deadline to build a new 240,000 SF facility with STEM learning spaces. Our team works closely, using Lean management to ensure we stay on schedule every day.

What do you enjoy most about working in the industry? I appreciate that every day is slightly different, forcing me to always think on my toes and be ready to shift gears when necessary. The ever-changing landscape allows me to expand my knowledge and skill set.

What do you think makes our culture unique?

Construction requires many different people with varied skill sets to make up a successful project team. O&G does a great job attracting and hiring the right people for the job. I’ve enjoyed each team I have been a part of and have learned a lot from each person I have worked with.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in construction?

Join our team at O&G! There are many different types of opportunities here. It’s a great place to start your career because you will be exposed to many various projects and people.

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