Michael began his career in construction working summers with his father, Joe, with his company J&L Builders. After high school, still working summers with his father, Michael attended the University of Rhode Island. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. After college, Michael joined J&L Builders full-time as a carpenter. He decided that continuing his education would be best for his career, so he started taking classes at Roger Williams University toward a second BS in construction management. Half-way through obtaining his second degree, Kennedy and Rossi, a large construction firm out of Boston, offered him a job as a project engineer.
He worked primarily on projects at MIT. This was a three million dollar project which included complete renovation of chemistry labs and offices. It included the complete renovation of offices, laboratories, and the student center. After working on multiple multi-million dollar projects, Michael decided to move on to a new company and new challenges.
He joined George B. H. Macomber as a project engineer, renovating Higgins Hall at Boston College. This was a three year, three phase, 56 million dollar project. He stayed on through phase 1 before being promoted to assistant project manager for a new assignment.
This new project was worth 85 million dollars and was a 360,000 square foot building being constructed for EMC. The project was to be fast-tracked with design development drawings to have substantial completion in 14 months. Inside the building was an Olympic-sized swimming pool and raised access flooring throughout.
As the last project neared completion and the commercial market slump deepened, Michael’s priorities changed. He wanted to be closer to home for when he and his wife started their family. He brought his knowledge and experience back to J&L Builders and became a partner with his father in the family-owned business. In the twelve years Michael has been with J&L, he has been an enormous asset. He has brought his large company skills and knowledge to a small family-run company to better serve J&L Builders’ clients. Email Michael.