Tom Richardson Retirement


After an outstanding 36-year career with Mortenson, Tom Richardson, Senior Superintendent II, also known as “Big Daddy,” has retire, October 2020.

Tom began his journey in the Seattle Team in 1984 as a laborer/carpenter helper. After 19 years, he transferred into the Renewable Energy Group performing the role of superintendent on numerous wind and solar projects. Throughout his tenure with Mortenson, he has contributed his expertise to various other groups including the Minneapolis Team on the Wells Fargo & Grizzly Arena, the Denver Team on the Gaylord Hotel, the Milwaukee Team on the Kohl’s Project and in California at Otec.

Tom has built strong ties across the company through his 36 plus years and is extremely well-regarded among many, including the Mortenson Family. He embodies everything the company sets forth for the culture of “One Mortenson.”

A few of his highlights over his long career with Mortenson include the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, California, the Tulalip Hotel and Casino in Marysville, Washington, the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Gosfield Wind Project in Canada. “I will always remember the trust that was given me to do two projects in other countries: Ireland and Guam.”

Big Daddy has lead an incredible career and been a steadying force in the field and as a friend to all of us for many years. Tom reached out to help our craft men and women personally. On many projects Tom held Bible studies on Wednesday evenings, helped individuals in difficult financial situations, and stood by them during personal tragedies. He has exemplified what it means to put We Before Me, Do the Right Thing, and Inspire What’s Possible. Thank you for your service to the company.

Please join us in congratulating Big Daddy on his retirement.

“I give all the glory to God for what He has done.

I want to take this time to mention a few memorable acknowledgements by conveying my sincere gratitude to Wess Hall (at the time owner of Twin Construction) and allowing me the chance to start my very first construction job under his leadership. The project at that time was called Promenade located at 23rd and Jackson. Wess’s encouragement helped me to focus on my hidden skills and goals, as I continued expanding and improving my future in the construction industry. My gratitude and appreciation also go out to my brothers! Jim, for getting me into the union; Jesse for his motivation; Arra for fine tuning my skills in placing concrete; and cliff for all his love and trust. They all wanted me to press on to the mark of success and the higher calling of God! Thanks to all my family and friends.”

Thomas Ray Richardson



After an outstanding 36-year career with Mortenson, Tom Richardson, Senior Superintendent II, also known as “Big Daddy,” has retire, October 2020.

Tom began his journey in the Seattle Team in 1984 as a laborer/carpenter helper. After 19 years, he transferred into the Renewable Energy Group performing the role of superintendent on numerous wind and solar projects. Throughout his tenure with Mortenson, he has contributed his expertise to various other groups including the Minneapolis Team on the Wells Fargo & Grizzly Arena, the Denver Team on the Gaylord Hotel, the Milwaukee Team on the Kohl’s Project and in California at Otec.

Tom has built strong ties across the company through his 36 plus years and is extremely well-regarded among many, including the Mortenson Family. He embodies everything the company sets forth for the culture of “One Mortenson.”

A few of his highlights over his long career with Mortenson include the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, California, the Tulalip Hotel and Casino in Marysville, Washington, the Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Gosfield Wind Project in Canada. “I will always remember the trust that was given me to do two projects in other countries: Ireland and Guam.”

Big Daddy has lead an incredible career and been a steadying force in the field and as a friend to all of us for many years. Tom reached out to help our craft men and women personally. On many projects Tom held Bible studies on Wednesday evenings, helped individuals in difficult financial situations, and stood by them during personal tragedies. He has exemplified what it means to put We Before Me, Do the Right Thing, and Inspire What’s Possible. Thank you for your service to the company.

Please join us in congratulating Big Daddy on his retirement.

“I give all the glory to God for what He has done.

I want to take this time to mention a few memorable acknowledgements by conveying my sincere gratitude to Wess Hall (at the time owner of Twin Construction) and allowing me the chance to start my very first construction job under his leadership. The project at that time was called Promenade located at 23rd and Jackson. Wess’s encouragement helped me to focus on my hidden skills and goals, as I continued expanding and improving my future in the construction industry. My gratitude and appreciation also go out to my brothers! Jim, for getting me into the union; Jesse for his motivation; Arra for fine tuning my skills in placing concrete; and cliff for all his love and trust. They all wanted me to press on to the mark of success and the higher calling of God! Thanks to all my family and friends.”

Thomas Ray Richardson