Ever since high school, Michael has had a passion for history and a passion for buildings. The latter brought him to Michigan Technological University to study structural engineering where he found that of the three main construction materials (steel, concrete, timber), he liked timber the best. This interest lead him on a search to find a company that would fuel his passion for engineering with wood and help expand his knowledge. After a long hunt and some professional leads, his search led him to Fire Tower’s Calumet office just north of Michigan Tech.
Upon completing his BSCE in 2018, Michael interned in the Calumet office, spending the summer learning what heavy timber engineering and construction is all about. He realized that working for a company that specializes in traditional heavy timber design would allow him to mix his interest in historical methods and buildings in a modern setting of building design. The following fall Michael returned to school to complete his MSCE. He couldn’t stay away though (and really never left for long). The call of the outdoors and the opportunity of combining passions has lead him to stay in the beautiful Keweenaw to work full time with Fire Tower starting in 2019.
Now it’s impossible walk into an old timber building, bridge, or other structure without looking at the complex joinery, especially living is such a historic place.