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Michael Kenig: Outstanding Alumni Award

By Michael Kenig

Michael Kenig: Outstanding Alumni Award

Author: Michael Kenig
Event Date: April 13, 2018
Magazine Section: Engagement
Article Type: Feature
After growing up in the Chicago area, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University in 1986.

Michael Kenig is the Vice Chairman of Holder Construction Company in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he teaches the subject of Integrated Project Delivery Systems at Georgia Tech, which has kept him in touch with students for over 13 years.

After growing up in the Chicago area, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University in 1986.

During his time at Purdue, he interned with Paschen Construction in Chicago for three summers. Upon graduation in 1986, Michael started working with Holder Construction in Atlanta and has been there since. He started in preconstruction and ran that department very early in his career. In the 32 years he has been with Holder, he has served in several roles including running other support departments including Business Development, Human Resources and Associate Development.

Today, Michael continues to provide strategic leadership in a $1.4 billion/year company.

Outside his work at Holder Construction, he has been active with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), and has had advisory/juror roles with the State of Georgia, General Services Administration (GSA), National Association of State Facilities

Administrators (NASFA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He also served 15 years on the Construction Engineering and Management Advisory Board.

Michael wrote a textbook for the AGC on “Project Delivery Systems for Building Construction” now in its 3rd edition and developed the “State Construction Manual” for the State of Georgia a best practices process for state agencies to plan and execute capital construction. Michael recognizes that construction is not a one-sided process and that owners have an important role to play in getting good construction accomplished through a wide variety of project delivery methods.

Michael has a passion for helping others to be successful and always “making systems and processes better” particularly with issues that seem too difficult to do so. His philosophy is captured by the following: Sometimes things appear to be beyond hope and have been that way for too long that any hope of changing them seems hopeless. Other times it seems that no matter how bad or difficult something may appear, there are always things you can do to make things better and move them in the right direction. Michael subscribes to the latter, that there is always something you can do to improve and make things better!

Michael and his wife, Marcy Louza, are active in the Atlanta area supporting a number of local charities and efforts. They work with groups to encourage students to learn more about career opportunities in all areas including those that might not require four-year college degrees. They have four children, Kathryn, Sarah, Jacob & Halle, and two grandchildren, Carter and Charlotte. In his spare time Michael likes to travel, eat and spend time with his friends and family.