John Kind — Mankato Family YMCA

February 6, 2013

The Mankato Family YMCA is currently in the middle of a big construction project.  We are remodeling all 5 locker rooms, adding an exercise studio and widening our hallways.  More importantly, the infrastructure of our YMCA is getting a much needed update.  New plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems will make our structure viable for our members for many years to come.  We are now about 70% of the way home on this project.  I am very pleased with the results so far.

One of the primary reasons for me being pleased is the performance of our general contractor, Gosewisch Construction.  The reasons are many:

  • The construction superintendent, Clete Frederick has been very, very good to work with.  Clete looks forward and sees problems before they arise.  He has kept us in the loop and in the decision making process where necessary.  He is excellent at laying out options when there are decisions to be made, and not afraid to make his recommendation as to his choice of those options.  And very importantly, because he is here every day – he is a good guy with great personality.
  • The project manager, Brian Gosewisch has done a great job.  He communicates well with us as to the progress on the project and what we can expect next.  He has done a good job of containing costs and coordinating our sub-contractors.  And again, like Clete, Brian is very pleasant to work with.
  • Gosewisch has done a good job of working with the architect whenever issues arise.  When you are working on a building that has had several constructions projects layered one on top of another over the years as is the case here at the Y, dealing with the surprised that crop up makes this extremely important.
  • They consider our needs.  We never shut the Y down to do construction.  This is remarkable.  But in our weekly meetings, always attended by Gosewisch personnel, we were always able to figure out a way to make the Y work while getting this done.  Gosewisch creativity was instrumental in making this the case.
  • Every time I ask for something, they deliver.
  • At a recent construction meeting Gosewisch shared with us that they anticipate coming in under budget on the project.

I am confident when this project is complete, we will be proud of the results.  I can without hesitation recommend Gosewisch Construction.

John Kind

Executive Director

Mankato Family YMCA