JUNE 4, 2020

Welcome to O‑A‑K, Part 2

Take a look at the second part of our new employee and summer intern series featuring Evan Schaap, Brody Baker, Jacob Scholma, Dante Urena and Will McCarthy.

About Evan Schaap, Intern

I'm from Holland, Michigan. I have heard nothing but good things about O‑A‑K; and, in my time here so far, I have enjoyed working with everyone. In my free time, I like doing anything outdoors, especially golfing, campfires, and spending time with friends and family.

Evan is spending the summer on-site at Kenowa Hills Central.

About Brody Baker, Intern

I am from Byron Center, Michigan and a recent graduate from Byron Center High School. My plan is to major in construction management in college, so I am fortunate for this opportunity to gain hand-on experience. Next year, I am planning on playing lacrosse at Wingate University.

Brody is spending the summer on-site at Kentwood Public Schools.

About Jacob Scholma, Intern

I’m originally from the Middleville area, but just recently moved to Walker, Michigan. Four years ago, I was presented with a hands-on internship opportunity at O‑A‑K. I am going on my fifth summer and I have found that the employees here are one big family. I’ve worked with many superintendents who are all willing to put their time and effort into developing my skills. You can only learn so much by going to school. I’ve found the most valuable information comes straight from the jobsite, which is where O‑A‑K excels. Being put in tough situations, or just learning small things to be cognizant of, has been very beneficial.

Fall 2020 will be my last semester at Ferris State University. I enjoy staying busy with side jobs, small projects, or hanging out on the lake when I have free time.

Jacob is spending the summer on-site at Byron Center Public Schools.

About Dante Urena, Intern

I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. What interested me about O‑A‑K was the variety of projects, and the positive impact these projects have on our community. I will be graduating from Western Michigan University in December. I am majoring in civil engineering with a double minor in math and music.

Dante is spending the summer on-site at Portage Public Schools.

About Will McCarthy, Intern

I am from Farmington, Michigan. I was interested in pursuing an internship with O‑A‑K for a few reasons. First, after college, I am interested in seeking a career in construction management. Second, for the past three summers, I have worked construction in Metro Detroit. I am excited to learn about the construction industry in a new city, which I have spent very little time in before. I am starting my junior year at Michigan State University, studying civil engineering.

Will is spending the summer on-site at Michigan State Police.




In Other News

Burchardt Kim

Kim Burchardt named Owen‑Ames‑Kimball…

Kim Burchardt named Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Michigan Controller

(Grand Rapids, MI) April 9, 2024 – Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co.…
01 Paw Paw v2 00 01 06 18 Still011

Paw Paw Public School District Early…

Paw Paw Public School District Early Childhood Center Update

Did you know? The classrooms at Paw Paw Public School…
Harrison Chase

Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Names Charles “Chase”…

Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Names Charles “Chase” Harrison Project Manager

Owen Ames Kimball Company (O A K), a preeminent general…
01 GRR Museum v2 00 01 00 17 Still010

Engineering Day at the Grand Rapids…

Engineering Day at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Video

Grand Rapids Public Museum recently held an Engineering Day…
Steve Mc Caskey Recognition

Steve McCaskey Receives Certificate of…

Steve McCaskey Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Allegan Area ESA Board of Education

At O‑A‑K, we believe that “building the best experience”…
IMG 3767

Grand Rapids Public Museum Engineering…

Grand Rapids Public Museum Engineering Day

O‑A‑K is currently partnered with Grand Rapids Public…
001 thr 5518 twilight

Pikes Peak School Entry Addition

Pikes Peak School Entry Addition

Completed in 2023, this 1,300 sf addition to the school…
Bryce Juan Jr V3 00 01 00 00 Still007

Preconstruction Efforts with O‑A‑K…

Preconstruction Efforts with O‑A‑K Project Managers

Curious about what goes on before construction starts?…
01 Zeeland East West HS Final v1 00 01 15 16 Still021

Zeeland East and West High School…

Zeeland East and West High School Athletic Updates

Join athletic directors Josh Glerum and Jordan Bandstra on…
01 Final v1 00 01 22 04 Still010

Godfrey Lee Public Schools Lee High…

Godfrey Lee Public Schools Lee High School Restoration and Expansion

Following a structural failure in 2019, Godfrey-Lee Public…