Carpenter Superintendent Tony “Spino” Birschbach has been in the construction industry for over 16 years. In 2005, Tony joined C.D. Smith as a carpenter.
"My grandfather was a carpenter and was my inspiration to pursue a career in the trades. Ever since I was five years old, he let me tag along with him to his jobs. He taught me a lot. When I was in first grade, he gave me an 8-foot measuring tape for Christmas, and I still have it to this day!" Tony says.
Tony is currently working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sellery Residence Hall renovation project in Madison. The three-year project will retrofit 600 rooms with new flooring, ceilings and high-efficiency windows. A new connecting link will connect the two towers of Sellery on all floors, including new elevators and floor lounges in this central section. The renovation will include expanded bathrooms on each residential floor. The first floor and basement levels will also see upgrades, with improved classrooms, kitchens and study spaces.
"I love the trades because I Iike to turn nothing into something. I enjoy starting a building from the ground up and seeing the progress. I especially love working with my hands and my crew. Every day there is something new to learn, whether in carpentry or the other trades. Being a carpenter, you have a hand in every trade," Tony shares.
Tony is an all-around family man and sports enthusiast. "My wife, Allison, and I have been married for ten years. She is a third-grade teacher, and we have two boys, Thomas (5) and Simon (2). I'm a big Cubs and Packer fan. While I no longer play baseball or softball, they used to be a big part of my hobbies. Now, I bowl during the winter months and golf in the summer."
Thank you, Tony, for sharing your inspirational story of living your grandfather's legacy through carpentry! Your love for construction and passion for turning nothing into something with your own hands and through your crews' talents is the perfect representation of an authentic boots-on-the-ground mentality across leadership and our teams. We appreciate your dedication and representation of Who We Are!
Date: May 27, 2021 | Author: Molly Haack
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