Michael Trapuzzano, better known as Mike “Trap,” knows the importance of hard work and family. He has been in the construction industry for 44 years. He began in the industry as a skilled craftsman and successfully transitioned into his current supervisory role.

Life with a Non-Union Contractor

Trap has long known the importance of a strong work ethic. He began working at the age of 14 just to help pay bills. Instead of going to college, he accepted an opportunity operating trains for U.S. Steel at the age of 18. By the time he was 20, Trap found his calling in the field of construction. He began as a union carpenter, working his way into a supervisory position but soon figured out that non-union life was better. It was then that he joined Franjo Construction, one of the largest non-union contractors in the Pittsburgh area. The company won a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top Workplaces award in 2019, in part due to their family-first culture.

He feels strongly about that culture. So much so that his son, Anthony, also began with the company 2006. Anthony began as a laborer and has worked his way up to his current role as Director of Business Development.

An Experienced Construction Superintendent

Mike is skilled in field supervision and serves in an on-site administrative and technical management capacity. The best words to describe him would be conscientious, dependable, and a highly capable supervisor who operates independently. He has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of construction and provides coordination of subcontractor and supplier work, safety, manpower, equipment, quality control, productivity, and scheduling. So it comes as no surprise that he was one of the first major superintendent hires at Franjo Construction. Since that time, he has managed many of our most complex and difficult projects.

Mike shares his love of golf with Anthony, but he also really enjoys bowling, hunting, and fishing. In fact, he once drove from Pittsburgh as far west as he could go (ultimately British Columbia) over the course of 3 weeks, stopping to hunt and fish. He also played semi-professional football with the Sto Rox Vikings and was a Defensive End. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife of 42 years and their grandson, Cole.

Superintendent Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring accurate and timely completion of projects
  • Prioritize work distribution and assignments to meet production goals
  • Communicate with subcontractors to expedite projects
  • Troubleshoot problems and production issues for all crews
  • Supervise and motivate team members
  • Ensure the safety of all persons on the job site
  • Ensure control over inventory and reduce scrap waste
  • Management of field personnel
  • Maintaining schedule
  • Self-performance and subcontractor production
  • Subcontractor coordination
  • Jobsite safety
  • Quality control
  • Monitor subcontractors’ Scope of Work

Due to his ability to identify and implement strategies to reduce costs and improve operational processes, Mike is a proven commodity and a valuable asset to the design and project teams on any given project. Some of his favorite and recent projects include the Hampton Inn in Cranberry Twp, Portal Place Apartments in Oakland, Otto Milk Condos in the Strip District, and the apartments being constructed at 800 Penn Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh.