Getting Personal with Steve LaPointe, Project Superintendent
Where did you grow up.
I was born and raised in Caribou. After graduating from Caribou High School, I moved to Southern Maine and served in the Army National Guard for 8 years.
Tell us about your career path.
I started in construction as a laborer for Pizzagalli (now PC Construction) in 1987. I also spent time working as an iron worker for Davis Brothers, BEK, and Dimsmore & Beasley Steel. During those years as an iron worker, I set a personal goal to own my own steel company, and by the age of 32 I was the owner of Maine Steel Erectors.
In 2000, I returned to Pizzagalli as an iron worker and later as a foreman. In 2003, Pizzagalli selected me for their Superintendent Career Path Program–a rigorous, 4-year training program. I successfully completed the program and for the next several years worked as Project Superintendent on a variety of projects including the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics ($37.7M) in Durham; the Stowe Mountain Lodge Phase II ($53M); Bath Iron Works Ultra Hall ($29.3M); and the Sanford Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade ($20.6M).
In 2013, I moved to Oklahoma where I spent the next three years at CMS Willowbrook as a Project Superintendent. The most notable project that I was involved in was the rebuilding of the Canadian Valley Technical Center Campus where 13 buildings had been destroyed by a tornado.
In 2016 I moved back home, and returned once again to PC construction where I served for a year on the new $87M Dover High School and Regional Technical Center before joining Landry/French.
What brought you to Landry/French.
I remember being on LinkedIn in Oklahoma and seeing that Landry/French had been named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. That resonated with me and I got to the point where I wanted to be with a smaller company, one where the owners are involved in the projects.
What is your management style as a project superintendent.
I’m a very hands-on Superintendent, and am very active in the field. I’m lucky if I spend 20 minutes a day in the job trailer. I believe in leading by example. Whether it’s being in a boom lift, pushing a broom, or down in a hole, I believe you gain so much respect by being out there in the field, side by side with the subcontractors.
What do you like most about your role as superintendent.
I enjoy the challenge. I enjoy watching the progress and seeing a building get built. It’s hard work, but very rewarding.
How do you use technology on your project.
I use technology for every aspect of my job. Everything that I need to do can be done with my smart device out in the field. For example, I don’t need to sit in a job trailer to look at drawings. I can easily do that in the field electronically.
What would others say is your greatest attribute(s).
Honesty. Good communicator. Involvement in the field. Guiding people.
I like to spend time woodworking and custom decorating & airbrushing model trains. I also enjoy riding my Harley.
I have four grown children Karly 26, Cody 24, Hannah 20, and Olivia 17; and two step children Austin 32 and Jordan 27. My wife Fran and I live in Biddeford.
What do you enjoy most about working at Landry/French.
I like that Landry/French is a smaller company and that the owners, Denis and Kevin, are on the jobs and involved in the projects. I have a lot of respect for that.