Employee Spotlight: Mike Kosters, Senior Project Manager at Elder Construction

Mike Kosters joined Elder Construction’s Colorado Springs team in September of 2018. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, spanning both preconstruction and operations. Currently, Mike’s talents are being utilized at Aspen Valley Middle School, Pikes Peak Community College Cypress building, Colorado College Innovation building, and The Navigator’s Headquarters.

Growing up in Northwest Iowa, Mike learned how to work hard at a young age.  “My mother took me to get a work permit before my 15th birthday to ‘get me out of the house’ during the summer.” Mike’s Grandfathers established a curiosity in him about how ‘things’ work and how they are put together. His father was also influential in establishing Mike’s passion for building. “My dad worked for Denver University in atmospheric research and was always building research equipment. He would bring home the old electronics, I would dismantle them and sell them for scrap.”

The passion in Mike’s career stems from a sense of pride at the completion of a job well done and knowing it will be a physical landmark that will benefit people and communities for generations.  “For example, in a small town like Mosca or Center, Colorado, a new school building will have an impact on the entire community. I’ve been honored with opportunities to impact many communities on various projects all over the state.”  From start to finish, Mike views each project as a competition with himself and strives to do his best every step of the way for the success of the team and to provide the best experience for the client.

When asked to choose his favorite of Elder’s Core Values, Mike chose G.R.I.T. (Guts, Resolve, Integrity, Toughness) – specifically, Integrity.  He says, “Do the right thing, always!”