Split Spotlight: Meet John Horvet
The traits of a Superior Construction employee are a lot like that of a bridge: they’re strong, reliable, and designed to withstand stressors to ensure a quality job.
Assistant Project Manager (APM) for Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls John Horvet is no exception. In fact, his role as an APM for the North Split project in downtown Indianapolis has given him a wealth of perspectives on the job that make him a critical teammate for the project’s success.
“My role consists of getting MSE wall drawing approvals, overseeing material fabrication and delivery, and directing construction sequencing operations,” said Horvet.
In summary, Horvet works with vendors and the project owner, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), to resolve issues and expedite resolutions. Overseeing fabrication includes working with vendors and concrete pre-casters to make sure products are completed on time to begin construction. Sequencing is defined as stationing crews properly and providing logistical oversight to keep obstacles out of their way.
For Horvet, his favorite part of being on the North Split project isn’t just his interaction with multiple stakeholders – it’s keeping those stakeholders aligned and working together. “I enjoy working through the complex sequencing of the work, and that includes making sure everyone involved is on the same page,” he shared.
And it just so happens that Horvet’s favorite part of the job has also been the most rewarding. As an engineer, he is a problem-solver by trade, and has used his skills to keep the entire project team informed and aware of every step of the MSE wall building process, in addition to understanding required submittals and moving walls into places where they can be constructed.
Horvet’s greatest accomplishment to date has been the reopening of a major traffic movement on the project, the Michigan St collector distributor, which reopened to travelers in October. For him, being part of a greater team – Team Indiana – has made him feel like part of a family.
“Getting the wall completed for the reopening of the Michigan St ramp was time consuming, but it was worth it,” Horvet explained. “There were a lot of late nights working around traffic movements, as well as working with the vendors to optimize the wall designs for constructability.”
Every Superior teammate is committed to their roles on the North Split, many of them also wear additional hats outside of work and for Horvet, two those include being a husband and father to his three-year-old son. “When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my family camping, hiking, and riding bikes,” said Horvet. His family also enjoys frequent trips to the Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo.
A bridge builder, a family man, and a vital addition to the North Split project team, John Horvet exemplifies the ideal Superior teammate. “Having the team that we do makes working on this project that much more fun to be on,” said Horvet. “The family feel you get at Superior – whether it’s working with my immediate team or being able to interact with our president, COO, and even the owner of the company – makes Superior an enjoyable place to work.”