Manuel is originally from Guatemala. He moved to Colorado five years ago to obtain his degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He began his construction career his junior year at CU interning as a field engineer for a general contractor who self-performed their concrete work. After graduating, Manuel interned as a Project Engineer, remodeling the Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. Knowing Spanish, English and Chinese has helped him communicate efficiently with all different trades in the industry.
Outside of his job, Manuel enjoys playing volleyball and has played the sport ever since he was a kid. He played on the Guatemalan National Volleyball team when he was 15. He also loves playing tennis, hiking, snowboarding and cooking. His parents own several restaurants in Guatemala and therefore he has always been around the food business.
His curiosity in construction has led him to be drawn to many ancient structures such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Golden Gate Bridge. His goal for his own career is to build a structure that future generations will be inspired by as well.
“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” – Adrienne Clarkson