Chief Construction Officer
Lou Dorso is Chief Construction Officer and is responsible for all of the firm’s construction activities. Lou has over 20 years experience and has managed over $500 million dollars worth of construction. His breadth and depth in the field spans numerous U.S. cities and several countries, and a wide variety of project types including hospitality, retail, major league stadiums, convention centers, class A office, light industrial, government offices and public art. Lou has managed the construction of several high-profile, complex projects including Xcel Energy Center, the Ecolab Corporate Sculpture Park, and the award-winning renovation of the Mill City Museum and Office Complex. For the past decade, Lou has successfully managed multiple construction projects simultaneously: mixed-use retail developments in Boston; industrial developments in Cleveland; and class A office buildings and light industrial projects in Minneapolis and Costa Rica consistently delivering his projects on schedule and on budget.
Lou received his degree in construction management at the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. He gained extensive hands-on experience early in his career serving as construction superintendent and project manager for numerous complex projects. Lou’s strong knowledge and experience, both technical and practical, provides an invaluable approach to his work.
Lou provides the development team with expert insight through all phases of development: his input on constructability and site assessments early in the process allows the company to evaluate project costs with a high degree of accuracy and confidence. His responsibilities include initial site inspection and due diligence, estimating and budgeting, schedule development and implementation, consultant selection and management, project entitlement, bidding, subcontractor negotiations, project accounting, as well as day-to-day site construction oversight.
Lou is LEED accredited and drives efficiency in the construction process to produce both environmentally and financially sustainable results.