Q & A with Alex Bertolini

Alex Bertolini, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – Western District Office

What is your role at Hensel Phelps?

As a project manager, essentially what I do is I work with a team of builders to construct any given project. It’s about getting a team with one purpose working together to achieve that goal.

What’s the project you’re most proud of?

The project I’m most proud of is the construction of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. Not only was it a challenge building overseas and in a country that speaks a different language, but it was extraordinary in that not only did we have our American building partners, but we also had the opportunity to work with local German companies, which was fascinating from a cultural perspective.

What’s the best part about working at Hensel Phelps?

I like to say we mass produce one-of-a-kind structures. The quality and flexibility of our employees allow us to take on any project, no matter how large or how complicated.

Also, we are an employee-owned company, so every individual is invested in giving their best performance.  Everyone’s got a hand in how well we do as an organization and how well we show with our clients.

Of course, one of the most exciting things about working in the construction industry is that for years to come, you can look back and say “I helped build that.”  It’s a great source of pride to see something you have worked on and will be around for your grandchildren to see.

What would you like Hensel Phelps to be known for?

I’d like Hensel Phelps to be known for the high quality of the people that work for the company.  Having the highest quality people working for us allows us to take on those projects that no one else wants to do, whether it be a rocket launch facility, an airport or a theme park.

Where would you like to see the company headed?

I’d like to see us to continue to grow, and personally I’d be excited to see us continue to expand our work outside of the United States.

What issues are important to Hensel Phelps?

I think that education is really important.  Training allows us to maintain high quality individuals working with the company and since we are employee owned, people have the incentive to learn and create more opportunities for themselves and the company as a whole.

Employee satisfaction is another important issue.  We have a lot of young people in our organization and our goal is to keep employees for the long term, so it’s important for us to have people who are happy and invested in what they’re doing.

How does Hensel Phelps give back?

In every area we have offices we engage with the community by participating in various events.  We’re really a fixture in the communities in which we live and work. To name just a few, here are some of the events we participate in; Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Phoenix, community events, volunteering at local elementary schools,  Dr. Martin Luther King Service Day, and we’ll participate in local sporting events.

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