Our Team

Mike White, Owner
Mike White, Owner 

Mike White founded Terra Nova Construction in August of 2000 after spending the previous 22 years working for two of the largest builders in the country. His positions at previous employers include project manager, superintendent and general manager of construction divisions.   Over the years Mike has overseen and managed new construction and renovation projects at various price points in the single-family, multi-family and light commercial sectors.

At home Mike enjoys spending time with his family, which now includes his two grandchildren.    When not at work, Mike can typically be found throughout our many local parks and conservations either fishing, kayaking or biking with his wife of 40 years, Robbie.  Mike and Robbie are proud supporters of the local community through organizations like Mission St. Louis, the Jason Motte Cancer Foundation and a missionary based in Burkino Faso.

Mike emphasizes that his success is not about how large of a project he builds or how many awards and recognitions we receive.  He defines his success by the many repeat and referral customers we have. We take the time to provide a level of service that stands out as a hallmark to our company as we strive to build long-term relationships with each client.  This is the cornerstone of Terra Nova’s mission statement: “Building Homes with Integrity and Customers for a Lifetime.”


Adam Schmitz, Architect & Project Manager

Adam Schmitz is a licensed Architect and Project Manager for Terra Nova Construction.  Having earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Drury University, he spent several years working in the architectural industry before joining forces with Terra Nova in 2011.  Since then he has utilized his design expertise to mold Terra Nova into a design-build firm.  He has a passion for design and creating unique spaces for clients throughout the St. Louis area. 

Outside of work, most of Adam's time is spent being a proud husband and father of two children, Jaden and Elsie.  As a family he enjoys exploring St. Louis, especially his hometown of Kirkwood.  On occasion Adam can still be found playing ice hockey or hitting up the golf course.  

Giving back to the community is as important to Adam as having a successful career.  He is an active member of the Rotary Crestwood-Sunset Hills Club and volunteer at the Journey Church.  At Terra Nova, he is proud to support charities like “Mission St. Louis” and the “Jason Motte Foundation,” as well as partnering with Habitat for Humanity to donate usable goods from our remodeling work.