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Brandon Schoborg: Finds rewarding career in community, relationship building |


HUDSON — Brandon Schoborg, 38, began building things alongside his dad. Now he’s executive vice president of one of the largest commercial construction companies in the Cedar Valley, Cardinal Construction of Waterloo.

“My dad (Larry Schoborg) was a tractor mechanic in Union,” said Brandon Schoborg, who now lives in Hudson. “I started working construction after my eighth-grade year. My parents did an addition to the house, and I guess I kind of fell in love with it. I’ve worked construction ever since then.”

“I’ve been with Cardinal for 16 years now. We do large office building, commercial, higher education, K-12, some industrial buildings as well,” said Schoborg, a 2005 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where one of his instructors was another longtime Cedar Valley construction executive, Dave Peters of Peters Construction. “I went to UNI due to them having a construction management degree.”

He became associated with Cardinal through a major project on the UNI campus. “We actually did a project my senior year on the McLeod Center when it was being built, and Cardinal built it.” He caught the attention of Cardinal executive Jon Mixdorf, “and I’ve been there ever since.”

He started out in the field with Cardinal, became a project manager in 2008, when, as a born Hawkeye fan, he had the pleasure to work on many projects on the University of Iowa campus, including a major multi-phase renovation of the university’s chemistry building, and the university data center. Cardinal also renovated the university’s art museum after the 2008 flood.

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“We do a ton of work for Western Home Communities,” Schoborg said. “I would say the most rewarding project would be Jorgensen Plaza. It is just a fantastic building. It’s nice to see the community using that building as well.” It includes the Diamond Events Center. Schoborg also was project manager for the adjacent Deery Suites rehabilitation center.

Most recently he’s been involved in a renovation at Hudson Community School. “It’s a great project we did down there; I feel the students and the community love it.” He should know; he lives in Hudson. In fact, his family built their home there.

“I built our house during my last semester of college,” he said. “I was working at Cardinal at the time, and we’ve been there ever since and love it. Great community.”

His wife and fellow UNI alum Lisa, a native of Conrad, works at Viking Pump in Cedar Falls. They have three daughters, Olivia, 15; Ellie, 13; and Aubrey, 11. He…



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