Gilbane Building Company Team Members in Milwaukee Receive Prestigious Newsmakers of the Year Awards

The Daily Reporter honors multiple Gilbane staff at annual awards ceremony  

Milwaukee, WI – October 26, 2018 – Gilbane Building Company is proud to announce that three team members in our Milwaukee office were honored with The Daily Reporter 2018 Newsmakers of the Year Awards. Senior Vice President Adam Jelen is being recognized as Executive of the Year, Dan Keaveney is being honored as Project Manager of the Year and Chad Knutson is being highlighted as Innovator of the Year.

“We are extremely proud to have three of our employees recognized by The Daily Reporter for their recent achievements.” said Erik Lindstrom, business development manager at Gilbane Building Company’s Milwaukee office. He added, “Adam, Dan and Chad are always looking for ways to improve the building process and continually go above and beyond what our clients ask for to deliver the best results.”

Under the leadership and vision of Adam Jelen, Gilbane has grown into one of the leading builders in the State of Wisconsin. Gilbane recently built the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons and Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s new 19-story hotel in Milwaukee; the Hill Farms State Office Building and Mixed-Use Development in Madison and is currently part of the Foxconn Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park project in Mount Pleasant. In addition to these signature projects, Jelen has been an industry leader in helping put the people of Wisconsin to work on these projects. For the Wisconn Valley project, he has directed a comprehensive procurement (bidding) strategy for subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms that follows a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place Wisconsin First while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses.

Project Manager Dan Keaveney recently worked on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, which has received numerous awards and accolades for the project’s commitment to local workforce success and mentorship programs. He also served as both project manager and project engineer on the 282,000 SF Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Naas, Ireland, which received a pair of Irish construction industry awards and an Engineering News-Record Manufacturing Global Best Project award. Keaveney is currently the project manager on the new high-rise hotel expansion at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee consisting of 119 additional rooms.

Chad Knutson is a virtual design and construction (VDC) manager. His VDC efforts help many clients to better envision their projects, while realizing cost savings and improved schedules. Chad utilizes various technologies to increase effectiveness of design, construction and operation of a building. Going beyond the reach of the construction industry, Chad, a military veteran, has been instrumental in developing ideas on how to use virtual technology to share the Honor Flight experience with veterans who are unable to make the trip to Washington, DC. Chad and Gilbane’s local media staff have provided veterans with a unique virtual reality experience. Wearing an Oculus VR headset, veterans are virtually transported to an in-flight experience where they can visit DC memorials.

The Daily Reporter is a Wisconsin construction news and bidding opportunities resource that has been providing construction news to their readers for over a century and is the top source for construction data and projects for Wisconsin building professionals. Each year, The Daily Reporter recognizes outstanding members of Wisconsin’s building industry with the Newsmakers of the Year awards.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 46 office locations worldwide. For more information, visit

For more than 40 years, Gilbane’s Milwaukee office has served a wide variety of market sectors and clients throughout Wisconsin including Northwestern Mutual, Waukesha County Health and Human Services, Carroll University, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Schlitz Park and Schreiber Foods.