Welcome to the Magic Mike hour!
In this edition I tell you a little about myself and my background in the world of architecture.
In the beginning there was me and my sandbox, a fun place for a 6 year old kid and an imagination. I would spend hours building small sand forts with stick towers and underground tunnels connecting everything. Didn’t really think of it at the time, but I guess that’s when I started my life long attraction to architecture. As I grew up I started to realize when we went on trips I would be
more interested in the buildings around me than anything else going on, thinking about who built it, what it was used for, if there was any interesting history or stories about the buildings, and of course the aesthetics. The look and feel of the building could have a big impact on you and I realized that’s what I wanted to do, but my interests since I wasn’t as artistic, was about how it went together, and how it got built.
That interest has lead me to the production side of the business. I have worked on projects that range from hospitals, banks, telecom centers, multi-family, mixed-use, high rise and some specialty projects like a rehab of a music venue that burned down. Each one with their own quirks and special attention to the details that keep the work interesting and keep you on your toes. In my career I have worked up the ranks starting as a drafter and running blue prints to being the project manager on a 45 million dollar 420 unit multi-family project, and everything in between.
I currently lead the charge in our office, as the Lead Production Manager, to assemble the best set of documents we can, to bring our designers vision to reality using our know how and the most current software and techniques available. It is actually really fun to take what someone sketches to reality using 3D software and a little imagination, and I get to do that every day with a great team.
In my personal life I am what some people may consider a nerd. I always like to be up, well as much as I can, on current technologies, cars ( my dad and I can talk cars for hours), computer tech, sci-fi movies and I do play the occasional video game. Guess that’s why I am designated as the family call center whenever anyone can’t get things working properly. I am married to an amazing women, Robin, who I think without I would not be where I am today. She has supported and pushed me to be successful in everything I do. No kids, but I do have 2 great dogs (affenpinschers, they look like little ewoks from Star Wars) that keep me and my wife entertained for hours.
We enjoy traveling to new places and exploring, not just the tourist locations but the out of the way places, no maps just get lost and see what you can find. Usually ends up a lot more fun and interesting that way. We also like working on projects. We typically try to design and build out at least one portion of our house or another per year that we want to renovate. We find it rewarding to do the work ourselves and get a little dirty doing it. But one of our favorite things to do is just sit back and relax with some good friends and family and just have a good laugh.