- Job Title
- Project Manager
- Iowa State University
- Construction Engineering
I believe that hard work and dedication are the secrets to success. These values have definitely helped me achieve my goals and advance in my career.
In high school, I worked in the field for an electrical contractor that specialized in higher education and healthcare projects. I enjoyed working on these complicated facilities and continued working there while pursuing an engineering degree at Iowa State.
I was introduced to construction by my father who was a plumber as well as an owner and manager of apartment buildings. His accomplishments and work ethic inspired me to work in the building industry at a young age.
During my sophomore year at Iowa State, I visited a McCarthy jobsite where they were building a containment laboratory for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was a unique project that required building a temporary “bubble” over the lab to allow for construction through the Iowa winter. The technical aspects of the project sparked my interest in a career with the company.
After interning as an estimator with another firm on a biotechnology project, I was given the opportunity to intern with McCarthy on the new Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The family atmosphere, complex projects and self-performed work inspired me to pursue a career with McCarthy.
After graduation I was hired by McCarthy as a Project Engineer on the Children’s Hospital of Colorado project where I had interned. This was a massive project, especially to someone growing up in Iowa. Learning to manage a job with over 1,000 workers provided me with a great first experience as an employee partner at McCarthy.
Relocated to Houston to work with our Texas Division on the $240 million University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Alkek expansion. Building a 10-story vertical expansion on an occupied cancer center required immense coordination with the hospital.
While on the Alkek expansion job, I was promoted to Assistant Superintendent with an opportunity to lead renovation work, MEP coordination and utility outages.
Attended American Society for Healthcare Engineering Infection Control Training
Participated in National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code Training
Invited to participate in McCarthy Foundations of Leadership Program
Promoted to Project Superintendent to work on a $13 million Infrastructure Upgrade project for University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The challenging aspect of this project was upgrading the HVAC system without impacting hospital operations or the patients.
Attended the American Society of Healthcare Engineering Healthcare Construction Certificate Program.
Invited to participate in McCarthy Management 101 Training
As a Project Superintendent, I had the opportunity to move into our new Houston, Texas office and help with preconstruction for another University of Texas MD Anderson project — the Cancer Center Pavilion.
The construction industry provides you with exposure to many different experiences and people. One minute you may be working with a construction trades person in the field and the next, meeting with a hospital executive. Working in the field and in various positions helped me navigate this eclectic environment and advance in my career.
Returned to our Central Division to partner with McCarthy’s sister company — MC Industrial, Inc. I was the lead Superintendent in charge of the MEP systems and process installation on portions of the new MARS Chocolate North America manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan. As my first light industrial project, I was able to learn about the candy making processes and everything involved to get a facility like this up and running.
Promoted to Project Manager and transitioned into Design Management and Preconstruction for future candy production lines in Topeka, Kan. I also had an opportunity to work on many project pursuits with our newly formed Kansas City, Mo., office.
Helped our McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers build a new ramp at Heartland Therapeutic Riding facility. The ramp made it easier for children with physical or cognitive disabilities to mount the horses.
It’s not only gratifying to use our building expertise to help others in need, but it also helps us connect further with people in the community where we are building.
Attended the Iowa State engineering job fair to help recruit new McCarthy engineers. I’ve been going back every year since 2006.
Sharing my knowledge and experiences with aspiring engineers and coaching new hires at McCarthy is one of the highlights of my career.
Relocated to Charlottesville, Va., to lead the University of Virginia Healthcare System Educational Resource Center project. This project entails construction of a $21 million, 46,000-sf expansion of an existing outpatient cancer center. Bounded by two existing structures, the railroad and the main entrance of the University of Virginia Medical Center, the most challenging aspect of the project is its logistics.
Traveling to different projects around the country has provided me with greater career opportunities and has allowed me to work on tougher and bigger projects.