Meet Shanen, General Structures Superintendent. Shanen grew up in South Carolina and then his family made the move to the valley of the sun in 1990. During his high school summer breaks, he worked as a home framer in Prescott, AZ eventually this harvested his interest in the construction field. He went on to become a carpenter while in his early 20s and later joined a local union. Shanen learned the trade while in the field learning all he could from many veteran tradesmen he had the opportunity to work with. He worked as a bridge carpenter and then moved up the ranks to foreman and then superintendent.

Through the years he added a few highlighted projects to his resume building water and wastewater projects from municipalities to national parks, highways and bridges. One of his most well known projects was the City of Phoenix Taxiway Sky Train Bridge, which is the only bridge in America that planes can taxi under.

Shanen joined Haydon’s heavy civil division in 2017 as a General Structures Superintendent. He currently manages over 40 structures crew members on the heavy civil self-perform side. He is proud to work with each and everyone of his crew members as he stated, “without the guys that wear the hard hats, we don’t make the money.”

He takes pride in managing people to be successful and complete quality work. One of the reasons he joined the industry is to show his family a little piece of legacy he has left behind in building work. He is proud to work for Haydon who has the unique ability to perform building in three different divisions with the help of the self-perform scope of work.

When Shanen is not managing structure work, he is spending his free time roping with his wife and daughter. Shanen is a professional team roper and spends most of his weekends traveling to compete or traveling to see his daughter while she studies and professionally competes at New Mexico Jr. College.