Our Company

We deliver construction management and development integration solutions second to none in quality and efficiency, with a focus on uncompromising honesty and integrity.

Our Mission

Altius Building Company pledges to act as a tireless advocate for our clients, ensuring that their best interests are voiced and protected during the entire development and construction processes. We are always endeavoring to safeguard our most cherished assets – our people and our clients. We achieve this through our synergistic and transparent development integration and construction management service offerings. Our clients value our responsiveness, devotion and realistic yet innovative solutions. We are one of the industry’s most honorable construction management companies – delivering safe, sound and secure buildings to commercial clients across the state.

Client Perspectives

Altius was great to work with and did what they said they were going to do. They said the demolition would be clean and it was. It went exactly as they said it would. As a property manager, I can't ask for more!

Sam Denny

General Manager, Schlitz Park: National General Insurance

We are passionate about taking care of seniors, and this building now enables us to continue that passion.  In every aspect of the project Altius performed professionally. I would absolutely consider working with Altius again.

Jim Richards

Former Director of Development Harbor Retirements Associates

Part of what makes or breaks a project is the site superintendent. Altius Building Co. was great to work with. They had a very good handle on the big picture but were also able to focus on the smaller details.

Andrew Alden

Senior Planner and Designer Eppstein Uhen Architects

The therapy room ended up being a really complicated piece because you are tacking on to the front of an existing building.  It had a lot of different components, but Altius gave us great ideas in order to make it all flow together.

Ed Somers

Former Chief Executive Officer Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc

I truly appreciate the relationship between our companies with many amazing collaborations to come.

Matt Rinka

RINKA+

This was the best multifamily project I’ve ever been involved in.

Chad Griswold

RINKA+ The Quin

Big thanks to the whole team... I can’t begin to tell how much better our
experience with you guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Scott Richardson

Linden Street Partners The Quin

Having worked with Altius for 20 plus years, the relationship between us is stronger than ever. That is the sign of a great contractor. Altius has shown a strong acumen to excel with our high design projects. Altius has always handled us with respect, integrity, and hard work.”

Rick Barrett

BLVD (Barrett Lo Visionary Development)

Meet Our Team

The success of every project we complete begins with our team of construction management experts. At Altius Building Company, our project teams are handpicked for the needs of each project. They have outstanding skills managing complex deliverables, uncovering efficiencies, solving problems, and executing projects.

 

Although each project and partnership is unique, one thing never waivers, our core values. As a company, we continually pursue excellent service, safety, integrity, quality craftsmanship, accountability, and professionalism. Every member of our team plays a critical role in ensuring that our client’s needs come first, while completing our projects on-time and often, under budget.

 

Leading the company is Scott Drees, President & CEO; Jonathan Ward, Vice President of Development Integration, and Darren Smith, Controller.

Scott Drees

Drawing on his broad background of over 19 years of experience, which includes all facets of construction, Scott manages the operations of the company and oversees each project team. Clients seek his personable demeanor and have come to rely on Scott for a winning combination of sophistication, cost structure, and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. Scott holds a B.S. in Construction Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He also holds a LEED AP BD + C certification and is a Certified Professional Constructor (Level 1AC) from the American Institute of Constructors. He also serves on the  Froedtert & MCW Digestive Disease Board.

Jonathan Ward

As Vice President of Development Integration, Jonathan focuses on assisting clients with the planning, modeling, and financing of their projects. He has a wealth of experience in tax credit financing, grants, leverage loans, subordinate loans, and TIF financing. Prior to Altius, Jonathan was a Project Manager for several real estate development firms and worked in tax credit investments for a large national financial institution. Over his career, Jonathan has closed financing on projects worth nearly $200 million. He studied city planning, architecture, and public space design in Barcelona, and was awarded the Lauble Fellowship in Community Development from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. Jonathan is also a member of NAIOP-Wisconsin. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management in Development at Carnegie Mellon University.

Darren Smith

As Controller Darren’s responsibilities include cash management, cash flows, projections, financial statement preparations, monthly closing financial statements, and compliance. Prior to joining Altius Building Company, Darren’s experience included work as a Director of Finance at Select Sound Service, Inc., where he was responsible for all human resources and financial functions of the company. He also was an Accountant for Nabco Entrances, Inc., completing all day-today accounting functions for the Wisconsin Branch. Darren has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Lakeland University. He is currently pursuing an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants designation.

Environmental Leaders

Our subcontractors utilize LEED and Green Globe standards to continuously evaluate the environmental performance of our green buildings and the materials we utilize for each during construction. We are active participants in the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and are proud to be a Trade Ally with Focus on Energy.

Firm History

Altius Building Company was founded in 2002 to serve a niche construction management marketplace; one that offers a boutique experience at a lower cost. The company was acquired in 2016 in conjunction with Construction Management Group, Inc., the managerial and administrative entity of Beyer Construction (est. 1951). This established the company while providing a new vision and an evolution for the company. It also leveraged one of our pivotal value advantages by retaining the institutional knowledge of staff members with tenure of 25+ years each.

Safety Matters

Our safety program starts with Upper Management and flows to all front-line workers who are required to take safety training, including the OSHA 30-hour certification course. Our strong commitment to safety leads to improved performance and favorable results. To complete a quality and successful project on schedule, Altius eliminates job site hazards and risks, deploying a workforce that follows all rules and regulations, including new COVID-19 protocols, and invokes a relentless, always improving safety culture.

Innovation

We use the latest construction technology. With IR Thermal, we can determine moisture damage, electrical issues, and energy conservation. Using drones provides an on-demand visual record, making it easier to determine distance, perimeter or volume. We use innovative management and scheduling software as well, establishing our company as market leaders in the industry.

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