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Sometimes project milestones also become community milestones. Last week we helped the local Italian-American community in Milwaukee celebrate their heritage at St. Rita Square, with the hoisting of the 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the archangel Gabriel atop St. Rita Church. You can read about the history and the event in an article by the Journal Sentinel. 

It's moments like these that bring life to the structures we build. Different community members, representing multiple generations, came together to witness a meaningful artifact being restored to its rightful place. Yet their focus was on the future. In his remarks, Mayor Tom Barrett stated, "The community requires different generations to flourish." He's right. It's no wonder St. Rita Church has thrived since it was blessed as a new independent parish in 1937 and why it's the church of choice for young Catholics on the east side today.

We’re excited to be a partner on this important project that will give back to the community for generations to come.  It will be rewarding to see the parishioners’ reactions as they move into their new space next spring.

About the Author

Jeff Johnson

Jeff JohnsonSenior Vice President, Wisconsin

With more than 30 years of experience, Senior Vice President Jeff Johnson is an accomplished lean construction practitioner and a recognized thought leader in Integrated Project Delivery. He has served in an executive role on several integrated projects and has worked with all contracting methods, including tri-party agreements. As such, Jeff advises project teams in all locations on collaborative project strategies. His experience includes projects in healthcare, higher education, commercial and industrial markets throughout the Midwest.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Montana State University. As an industry leader, Jeff is a member of Lean Construction Institute (LCI), ASHE and AGC of Wisconsin. Jeff gives back through support of the American Heart Association, City of Hope and Habitat for Humanity.