Engineering Alumnus Mitchell Honored with

Sunday, October 24, 2010

1994 Civil Engineering alumnus Dave Mitchell, general manager of Engineered Building Design, Washington, IA, has been honored by the Corridor Business Journal of one of its 2010 "Forty Under Forty" class of young professionals.  Mitchell was selected among "men and women who have made a significant impact in their business or community early in their careers."  He is one of three UI Engineering graduates who received the honor within the past two years.  In 2009, Engineering alumnae Katie Coates and Sadie Greiner were among the Corridor Business Journal class.

David Mitchell
General Manager
Engineered Building Design

He's building success for his community and his company. David Mitchett, who played as an inside linebacker for the Hawkeye
football team between 1990 and 1992, started his own business in 1995, just months after graduating from college.

"We started from scratch 15 years ago," he said. "l went from graduating from college in December and starting a business in February."

His company is Engineered Buitding Design in Washington; it builds custom wood trusses, floor joists and wall panels for the residential and commercial construction industry. His business territory covers the southeast two-thirds of lowa, as well as west to just beyond Des Moines, north through Cedar Rapids and parts of lllinois and northern Missouri. Mr. Mitchell also serves as president of the lowa Truss Manufacturing Association.

Maintaining his company's success throughout the recession has been a challenge but an achievement for which he is proud, he said.

"ln our business, probably the biggest thing in a construction-related industry is surviving the recession," Mr. Mitchett said. "You don't want to say that you're just surviving, that you thrive through it, but we haven't really done that, but we're here and that's been a challenge. I've lost many competitors already."

By Gigi Wood
Corridor Business Journal