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Impact - Fall 2005

Alumni Profile:  Steven Hamlin ’94, bets on new company

Including minority and women-owned businesses in the construction markets in which he works is a passion of Engineering alumnus Steven M. Hamlin ’94.  As owner and vice president of operations of a new company, Tre Builders, LLC, with two partners, he is in a key position to make a difference.

Tre Builders, founded earlier this year, is a Las Vegas-based company with offices also in Detroit. It performs construction management and project management services with a focus in the hospitality and gaming markets.  Projects have included the MGM Grand Detroit Casino and remodeling at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

“Being a superintendent and project engineer with Perini Building Company the past three years was instrumental in promoting and enforcing policies to include minority and women-owned businesses, providing opportunities to companies historically not involved in projects of this magnitude,” says Hamlin.

He served as Perini’s superintendent on projects at the MGM Grand Mansion Casino/Robuchon Restaurant and MGM Grand Skylofts in Las Vegas as well as the Ritz Carlton–Lake Las Vegas Resort and the Green Valley Ranch Station Casino, both in Henderson, Nev. He served as project engineer on remodeling, expansion and other work at the MGM Grand Casino, Caesars Palace Spa Tower, Harrah’s Casino and other sites.

While at Perini, he was a two-time winner of the President’s Safety Award. At UDM, he was president of the UDM Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vice president of the E&S Student Council, finalist for the Engineering Student of the Year Award and founder of the E&S “King of the Geeks” Volleyball Tournament.

“My time at UDM prepared me for my career by encouraging creative, analytical thought within an uncompromising ethical framework,” he says. “The value-based UDM education provides students with the technical abilities to excel in the workplace while instilling a ‘moral compass’ to help steer our decision making as we encounter ethical challenges.”

In addition to his career, Hamlin has organized fundraisers to provide holiday meals for families in need. He also volunteered to present with the Engineering Road Show, about which he says, “I believe that engineering will play a vital role in determining America’s future position in the rapidly evolving global community. High school students, given the exposure to what is involved in an engineering career, will be more likely to consider it as an attractive, socially important and often exhilarating option.”