LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MATT Construction, known for undertaking signature projects that have become recognized landmarks in California, has announced that Jennifer Halstead has joined the Santa Fe Springs-headquartered general contractor in the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer & Executive Vice President. Halstead has nearly 30 years of commercial construction experience and has built more than $2 billion of projects in both domestic and international markets. Over the last twenty years, Halstead has served in numerous leadership roles with the Society of Women Engineers, Rocky Mountain Section, including as President and as Chair of the National Conference Planning Committee. Halstead oversees all construction activities and reports to MATT Construction’s Chairman & CEO.
“Jennifer will expand the capacity of our C-suite and support our continued growth as well as the development of our next generation of leaders. Her experience encompasses a wide range of market sectors. She is a gifted bridge-builder and will strengthen our ability to enhance our outstanding reputation in constructing unique buildings and achieving win-win solutions,” said Steve Matt, Chairman & CEO of MATT Construction.
Halstead’s construction career spans operations positions from Field Engineer to President. She has held leadership roles on numerous well-known projects including LA Metropolis Condominiums, UC San Francisco and UC Davis’ biomedical facilities, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, the Getty Center Museum Tram Guideway, the Seaport San Diego Redevelopment Project and the Stratosphere Tower and MGM Grand Hotel and Parking Structure in Las Vegas. She was project manager on the Staples Center Arena, a nearly one-million-square-foot venue which opened in October 1999 and is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.
“Throughout my career, I have embraced innovation and collaboration. MATT Construction is the perfect place to grow my passion for working with great people to build one-of-a-kind projects. My hands-on approach matches the MATT Construction ethos. It is a true pleasure to join a company that is well known for its ethics in delivering quality service,” said Halstead.
Halstead holds a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering with a secondary concentration in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Southern California. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Denver and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California.
Halstead joins MATT Construction President Marvin Wheat, who has taken on the additional role of Chief Commercial Officer to oversee strategic marketing and business development initiatives and all aspects of project acquisition and preconstruction, as well as Chief Financial Officer Ken Blakeley on the company’s C-suite leadership team.
ABOUT MATT CONSTRUCTION:
MATT Construction is a family- and employee-owned general contractor that has built some of the most iconic buildings in California, such as the Broad and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. For two consecutive years, AIA awarded MATT the Building Team of the Year Award for “excellence in design collaboration.” In 2010 and again in 2017, MATT received the AIA | Presidential Award for “contributions and commitment which have enriched the practice of architecture and the built environment.” Founded in 1991, MATT has four offices serving the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, and the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area.