McCarthy Building Companies Promotes Brunsman to Business Unit Leader of the Infrastructure Team and Peterson to Project Manager
PHOENIX, AZ McCarthy Building Companies Inc. promotes Joe Brunsman to Business Unit Leader of the Infrastructure team for the Southwest division as well as promotes BJ Peterson to the role of Project Manager for the Infrastructure team. The Infrastructure team offers general contracting, construction management, program management, and design/build services for infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas. The team also covers construction projects in water/wastewater, aviation, prisons, parking, CHP (Combined Heat and Power), and fossil fuels industries.
In his new leadership position, Brunsman will oversee all of the Infrastructure team's operations and supervise project directors who work directly with the owners, design teams, and subcontractors on individual projects. He will also direct the group's strategic planning and new market growth; business development initiatives; and client relations.
Brunsman, who has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, joined McCarthy in 2008 as a Project Manager and has been responsible for more than $500 million in construction projects. Recently, he led the project team on the $124 million McCarthy-Kiewit joint venture Phoenix Sky Train 1a project, and has a keen understanding of Sky Harbor's operations. He also managed the construction of the $106 million Rust Medical Center in New Mexico and several prison projects. Throughout the years, Brunsman has become one of the firm's most experienced managers of the firm's self-perform civil and concrete construction projects.
Prior to his work with McCarthy, he built numerous large construction projects in California, including the $46 million, 26-story Warner Center Plaza III and its $14.5 million, 8-story parking structure located in Woodland Hills, California; as well as the $300 million Los Angeles Convention Center addition and renovation.
"Joe's confident management style and ability to foster ideas and concepts from our partners and team members will serve him well in this role," said Bo Calbert, President of McCarthy Building Companies' Southwest division. "We like to say that Joe grew up on big jobs, and as a result has a strong project management background, particularly on our self-perform work, and excellent leadership skills that make him a great fit to lead our Infrastructure team."
Brunsman has a bachelor's degree in construction management from Arizona State University and is certified LEED AP BD+C.
In this position, Peterson will manage teams from a construction project's start to ensure a successful integrated approach throughout all phases of the project.
He is currently managing the $137 million Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility (OWRF) Expansion and Process Improvement Projects for the city of Chandler, Arizona. The project includes $125 million in new construction and $12 million in upgrades to the existing plant. The project is a joint venture with Sundt Construction Inc.
Peterson has been involved in several water and wastewater projects in Arizona throughout the course of his four years with McCarthy, including the award-winning Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion, Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant, Upper Fruitland Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the Twin Arrows Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Peterson previously served as Assistant Project Manager at McCarthy. He has a master's and bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University. He was recently selected to participate in Chandler Leadership's Class 33.
He is also actively involved in McCarthy's philanthropic efforts and has worked on two successful pro bono projects in Chandler, including converting an old hazmat trailer into mobile showers for the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program as well as a substantial expansion at Matthew's Crossing Food Bank, which enabled the nonprofit to partner with Chandler Unified School District on a Meals to Grow program for disadvantaged students.