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Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity to Gain Construction Management Horsepower

Feb 22, 2024

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Contact:    Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity – Executive Director Chad Bouley: (612) 328-4184 

 

Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity to Gain Construction Management Horsepower
Builder/Project Manager Dan Kurowski to leverage local residential and commercial expertise,
solid industry relationships and vision to bolster and expand program offerings 

(St. Cloud, Minn. – February 22, 2024) Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity  

Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) is pleased to welcome Dan Kurowski as its new Construction Manager. Kurowski has committed to continuing the legacy built by his predecessors Art Buhs and Caleb Larson. “Art’s 7-year tenure as the construction manager (and previous 3 years as a volunteer), followed by Caleb’s one year tenure, will be tough shoes to fill,” says CMHFH Executive Director Chad Bouley. “We wanted a perfect fit with a mission-oriented individual. We found just the right person for the job.”  

Chad continues, “Caleb did a great job in his tenure, and Art has a legacy of impact spanning a generation. Impact not only for the families we serve, but all those he has touched, including volunteers, donors, community leaders, and industry partners. Art will continue to offer his time during this transition. We continue to be blessed with his service.” 

While new to the nonprofit setting, Kurowski is a seasoned pro when it comes to all areas of construction. He brings solid project planning and organization skills, along with an abundance of positive energy and enthusiasm to give back to our local community. He has spent the last several years working as a commercial project manager at BCI Construction in Sauk Rapids, where he enjoyed the opportunity to first partner with CMHFH on a school build project three years ago.  

During his years at BCI, Kurowski successfully led dozens of large-scale commercial builds, from robust contracts, complicated permits and estimates to timelines, budgets, specialty certifications, and high-profile deliverables. This experience helped him hone his organizational and communication skills, as well as expand his valuable network of professionals in the trades industry. As Kurowski moves back into the residential space with this new role, where he spent the first half of his career, he is excited to embrace the new learnings he will gain by guiding volunteers who have all levels of skills and working in a nonprofit service capacity. 

“I loved being a part of something bigger than my own personal gain when I was able to get involved with my first Habitat house,” Kurowski reflects. “It was incredibly fulfilling to partner with Sartell High School, both the dedicated staff and eager students. As I helped connect some local subcontractors and repurposed surplus resources from other projects, I recognized that this is a remarkable program that makes great impacts and it was clear to me that I’d be drawn to continue volunteering.”  

Several years after Kurowski’s first contributions to CMHFH, one of the teachers he partnered with encouraged him to explore the job opening that would soon be posted at the organization. Kurowski recognized that this role would be a growing experience for him personally, as well as an opportunity to use his gifts to strengthen the program and give back to the community in new ways.  

Kurowski intends to support the organization’s goals of expanding its offerings, exploring the possibilities of helping other area construction education programs to establish curriculum centered around Habitat homes. “Establishing the foundation and resources to see how to bring this to life will be an amazing way to impact not only the family who will eventually purchase and move into the house, but also students and staff, as well as the broader community,” states Kurowski. “What better way for students to gain that hands-on experience than in an educational setting! Plus, there’s nothing that creates community more effectively than volunteering together.” Kurowski plans to build out additional opportunities for contributors, including businesses and social groups, to get involved in the ways that best suit them. 

About Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity 

CMHFH, serving Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties, was founded in 1989 in response to concerns about the lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing. By putting faith into action, CMHFH works to build safe, decent, and affordable homes with, and for low-income families. Families gain stability and self-reliance by investing their time and purchasing their homes, ultimately creating change for themselves and the generations to follow.  CMHFH is the Builder, the Bank, and the Bridge. CMHFH builds and rehabs homes (the Builder), educates families on finances and how to maintain their homes (the Bridge), while providing affordable mortgages (the Bank).  

Alongside the hundreds of volunteers CMHFH engages to build the homes, in 2015, CMHFH expanded its footprint when it began partnering with local high schools, colleges, and youth organizations for School Build projects. Students gain real world transferable skills to the construction industry, an industry hungry for a young workforce. Studies to date have shown approximately half the students who participate in a Habitat build have gone on to continuing education or work in the construction industry.   

“We are delighted to welcome Dan into this role,” says Executive Director Bouley. “Between his industry expertise and can-do approach to improving our community, we can see clearly that there’s an abundance of good ahead of us.” 

To support Central Minn. Habitat for Humanity or explore the variety of ways to get involved, contact Executive Director Chad Bouley at CBouley@cmhfh.org or (612) 328-4184. 

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