About Load-Bearing, Inc.


Since its founding in 1998, Load-Bearing has provided a broad range of construction management and related services to hundreds of projects throughout the Twin Cities, the Midwest and around the country. 

Jeff Garetz, CEO

Before founding Load-Bearing, Jeff worked for over a decade in property management, focusing on low-to-moderate income housing and housing cooperatives. Over time, this work evolved to incorporate construction management services, as properties undertook capital renovations, replacement reserve studies and other physical plant projects.

In addition to his expertise in construction management, Jeff's experience as a general contractor and his exposure to a wide range of properties and problems have fueled his growing expertise in building forensics. He has increasingly been asked to provide inspection and analysis work for complex, systemic building deficiencies, and to provide support to insurance claims and litigation.

Jeff has received certification as a lead supervisor, lead hazard reduction supervisor, and in ADA compliance. He's served as a trainer and presenter at events sponsored by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association and Northcountry Cooperative Foundation.


Becky Clawson, CFO

Becky's career has straddled the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. She has served as an asset manager to both nonprofit and for-profit developers, as administrative director of the Center for Neighborhoods, a nonprofit focused on best practices in neighborhood development, and as a property and site manager for low-to-moderate income housing and housing cooperatives.


Past and current clients include:

Avenues for Homeless Youth

Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities

Clare Housing

City of St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Cornerstone Group

Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood House Services

Face to Face

Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Minneapolis Electrical JATC

National Equity Fund

The Range Mental Health Care

Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

White Bear Center for the Arts