Al Wurster found his fit in Purdue’s Building Construction Technology program, where he valued having professors with a vested and enthusiastic interest in student success. He says the relationships he built here are still proving their value today.
“My Purdue degree has opened doors and connections that would otherwise be impossible to have on my own,” says Wurster. “These connections are not only valuable in the business world, but have been tremendously helpful in my personal life as well. Clients recognize the value of a Purdue degree and the education behind that degree.”
After graduation, Wurster became the third generation to manage his family’s business, Wurster Construction Company, Inc. Under his leadership, Wurster Construction has become one of the most highly awarded construction companies in the state of Indiana.
While Wurster says he’s proud to have built several award-winning projects in recent years, he’s most proud of those awards earned because of the way his company does business every day. “Our motto at Wurster Construction is ‘Built for Life’ because the facilities we build enhance people’s lives,” he says. “Be it in a healthcare environment, religious facility, education, or senior living, we impact the way the world heals, works, plays and prays.”
In addition to serving as president of the family business, Wurster has been a chairman on several boards throughout the years, including Associated Builders and Contractors, Sigma Nu National Educational Foundation and the 500 Festival, and the 500 Festival Foundation. Wurster was the only vice chair of Methodist Health Foundation and a founding member of the Metroplitan Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety. He remains involved with two of the most influential organizations that rounded out his education at Purdue: his fraternity, Sigma Nu, and Purdue Grand Prix.
When asked about his future aspirations, Wurster says he has two goals: “I’d like to continue to have an impact in my volunteer roles. I truly enjoy volunteer activities and giving back of my time, talent and treasure to organizations that have impacted me and others I value. And I’d like to transition our 80-year family business successfully to the fourth generation.”