As destiny would have it, long-time superintendent Carmen Micale began his 44-year career with COST performing simulated rockwork in Milwaukee, and today, he completes his final work at the Milwaukee County Zoo elephant exhibit. Traveling the nation over four decades, his projects aligned full circle.
Carmen started in exhibit fabrication in 1974 as a COST laborer. His ability to lead and his passion for creative sculpting quickly elevated him to superintendent. Carmen’s long history in union environments and his ability to work collaboratively with numerous trades were keys to his longtime success. He established himself as the go-to superintendent for several of our repeat customers and general contractors.
Not surprisingly, his finished work will be remembered by the industry awards and accolades received. Philadelphia Zoo, Big Cat Falls received AZA Top Honors, while the Cincinnati Zoo Africa (Phases 2-5) was awarded AZA Significant Achievement as well as an ENR Best Project Award. He also constructed simulated rockwork, earthen textures, faux trees, and other theme finishes at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, and other Milwaukee County Zoo projects.
Yesterday, COST’s executive team, including Jon Stanwyck, Mike Schmuhl, and Greg Marks, along with other COST superintendents and field crew members, threw a lunch party for an irreplaceable family member.
Congratulations from everyone at COST, including this blog writer. We wish you all the best on your next journey. Enjoy your first weekend of retirement at the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary, Live to Ride, Ride to Live Carmen!