Charles Edwin Haltenhoff was born in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 19, 1923. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1942. After serving in World War II he graduated from Lehigh University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.
His first job after Lehigh was at Merritt Chapman & Scott Corporation, which brought him to Michigan to work on the Mackinac Bridge. In 1954 he was appointed project engineer for all on-site construction engineering pertaining to the foundation for the Mackinac Bridge. In 1956 he joined the Mackinac Bridge Authority as chief engineer and remained general manager.
In 1965 Ed joined Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. as general manager. Peter Elzinga, founder of the company, was looking for a leader who could guide and mentor Paul Elzinga and his brother Marshall in the leadership and management of the general contracting company. While at Elzinga & Volkers, he was a leader that ascended to president and chairman.
In 1968 Ed, along with three registered professionals, founded a professional architectural and engineering corporation now known as GMB Architect and Engineers. It was also during this time that Ed began the development of the CM project delivery system. Ed soon became well known as the foremost author and authority on construction management in the Midwest. While he was president of Elzinga & Volkers, he presented seminars on CM at the University of Wisconsin and began to lecture at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. In 1978 he authored his first draft of the book “The Construction Management Project Delivery System,” which was the beginning of CM becoming an industry standard.
In 1980, he joined the Civil Engineering department at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., where he received the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1990. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award four times and was designated a Distinguished Lecturer in 1992. His final award at Michigan Tech was the Alumni Outstanding service award in 1995. While at Michigan Tech, he published articles on construction management as well as wrote and published a construction management textbook.
Ed was active in his church and served as a board member and president of the West Ottawa Board of Education in Holland, as well as industry and educator organizations. He was a member and Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America.