“I do what I love. I’m proud of my work and that it results in a hard material, an object that I can see. I can look back and say, ‘We built that and I remember the story behind it.’”
Alija Zukanovic knows how to connect. As a student in the Construction Management program at the University of Minnesota, his résumé was sent to companies across the Midwest for internship selection. After being selected by Steve Day to complete an interview with SullivanDay Construction, Alija began his internship in May 2013. He was hired as an associate project manager in January 2014.
To better understand the full construction process, Alija has experience acting as the Superintendent and overseeing multiple sites, ensuring that each project goes as planned. He also fulfills our traditional Project Manager role by providing estimating, pricing, bid analysis and responding to bid invitations and proposal requests. What makes him perfect for his role is his love of communication. Alija is always connected and knows what’s going on at his project sites. He keeps clients in the loop through their preferred communication channel, providing progress photos if they can’t make it to the site.
Alija understands the connection a client has with their project which is why he works to ensure that they’re on the same page throughout the process and that they are comfortable with how it is being handled. He has many years of experience in the hospitality industry, which is evident in how he interacts with clients, subcontractors and the SullivanDay team. His connectedness allows him to better manage projects and, although projects rarely go exactly as planned, Alija is a fast-thinker and focuses on keeping the project on track.
Learn more about Alija by contacting him.
Education and Credentials
Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, University of Minnesota
Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences, Rochester Community and Technical College
Professional and Community Involvement
Southern Minnesota Adult Soccer Association (SMASA)
Alija plays on an adult soccer league and participates in other sports including volleyball and beach sports. Originally from Bosnia, Alija moved to the United States in 2004.