Laura Leber
Director of Design Phase Management | Chicago

Laura joined Mortenson in July 2012 as a Senior Project Manager and currently serves as Director of Design Phase Management, providing design phase oversight to local projects and in leading the Chicago office design phase team. She has worked on many notable projects over her 20+ year career and is known for her collaborative, customer-focused approach and her ability to maximize value through insightful analysis.

Whether it’s placing a new stadium within the shell of an old one at Soldier Field or setting temperature and humidity requirements at the largest underground library retrieval system in the United States, the value that Laura brings to a project’s programming and conceptual design activities is unmatched.

Prior to joining Mortenson, Laura was a Design Manager on the Adaptive Reuse of Soldier Field project. Throughout the project, she managed outstanding design issues by working directly with the design team, owner, and construction team.

Laura also successfully delivered the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, which features an organic and continuous structure. She provided intelligent management to combat the challenges of tight site restrictions, temperature and humidity requirements for the library’s books, and delivered the largest underground library retrieval system in the United States.

In providing preconstruction services for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management building, Laura was familiar with the constraints and intricacies of the Northwestern University campus. Along with the team, she created and implemented a streamlined system for optimizing the schematic design phase of the project.

Laura graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Mathematics and also earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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