Congratulations to Joe Lipski, winner of the Kraus-Anderson Core Value Award for June 2018. He is a project superintendent in our Twin Cities office.
Joe was nominated by KA Project Manager Andy Thompson not only for his consistently high-calibre work on KA jobsites, but especially for his role in developing great relationships with our clients, and motivating and coordinating our contractors. Below are Thompson’s comments:
Reaching out to the Community
“Joe recently reached out to the Woodbury Middle School special education department, when he saw how the students were enamored with our work at Woodbury. One student in particular was ‘Dee.’ Ever since we started construction, Dee would take daily walks outside the fence to see the machines, our progress, and of course his buddy Joe and our laborer Todd. Joe approached me and asked if we could do something special for the kids last day of school. We had heard through another conversation with the principal that ever since we started construction Dee has been doing better in school, and especially looks forward to his walks every day. Joe and I set up a time and date to go into the school and meet with the kids.
“Beforehand, Joe went to a CAT dealer and bought some toy tractors, backhoes, bobcats etc. and the CAT dealer heard what we were doing and threw them to us for a discount and threw in the hat for Dee. We also grabbed a vest and hardhat so Dee would look just like Joe!
“When we finally got to the classroom, we couldn’t believe how excited the kids were to see us. We could have brought zero presents and they still would have been super excited. Joe initiated everything. We received an email from the principal that the teacher called Dee’s mom to tell her what happened and she cried. This is a small example of the type of person that Joe is, and I think it says a lot about KA as well. He is an example of how we should remember that we do a lot more than just construction.”