McGough Construction expands staff, work in Duluth

From left, Philip Johnson, Mike Gassert and Laura Hart.

McGough Construction added Philip Johnson, Mike Gassert and Laura Hart to the company's Duluth office.

“We’re incredibly proud of our growth in Duluth,” said Executive Vice President Jim Frisell. “As we expand McGough’s presence in northern Minnesota, Mike, Laura and Philip each bring notable experience and excellence to our Duluth team. We’re excited to have them on board.”

Johnson joins McGough as a project manager after having worked in similar positions in the Duluth area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and legal studies from the University of St. Thomas.

Gassert joins McGough as a superintendent and has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He most recently served as superintendent on the new K-12 Moose Lake School. In his position with McGough, Gassert will provide strategic oversight and leadership on a variety of projects.

Hart joins the McGough team as a project engineer. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Hart will assist with subcontract management, materials purchases, shop drawings, project meetings and all general items pertaining to successful project completions.

McGough’s portfolio of recent work in Northern Minnesota includes:

  • The Maurices Headquarters – Completed April 2016
  • College of St. Scholastica Health Science Center – Completed June 2016
  • Cirrus Aircraft Completion Center – Completed October 2016
  • Giant Voices Corporate Office – Completed May 2017
  • Cook County Hospital and Care Center – in progress
  • Grand Marais Public Works Facility – in progress

On July 11, McGough broke ground on the 56,000-square foot University of Minnesota Duluth Chemical Sciences and Materials (CAMS) facility, which will address the growing research and learning needs of students in chemistry, biochemistry, material science and engineering. This project is scheduled to be complete in December of 2018.