Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 85
'Succeeding is only within the power of
your people, and that's what we have.'
"Knutson relies on them from the day they bid a project until completion," he says. "We value those who take initiative in their jobs
and offer solutions-oriented approaches to their work."
Everyone on the jobsite is valued as a member of the Knutson
team, Hunwardsen adds, noting the company maintains a positive,
productive worksite environment. "I've worked with a number of
the same subcontractors over the years," he says. "They're all very
good and that's part of the reason why they are first priority for selection. The subcontractors for this project, for example, were chosen
based on their abilities to perform as well as their commitment to
Having worked with the same subcontractors for years not only
ensures quality control, but it also builds a positive rapport, Hunwardsen notes. "Integrity is key to maintaining these longstanding
relationships," he explains. "You have to act as a team and have
respect for each other. Those key components, and more, are vital to
completing a project."
Additionally, with more than 250 employees on-site at peak, the
health and well-being of those involved with its projects are most
important. To maintain a culture of safety, the company has made it
a priority to have zero injuries and no lost-time accidents.
"On all Knutson projects, each subcontractor is required to
have their own safety department walk the site to ensure safety is
incorporated into their work," Hunwardsen says. "Also, everyone
has to attend site orientation before starting work on the project to
understand the logistics of the job and how to remain safe, which is
"With everyone working as one on this project, at this point, we
are right where we want to be," he concludes.
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