In 2013, I was presented with an opportunity to purchase a small, and long standing general contracting company. The business was started in 1971 and was well respected, but the owner was ready to retire. The thought of owning my own business was exciting to think about, but honestly, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I knew I had the ability to do it, but financially it was a stretch. Thankfully two of my good friends and colleagues became partners, and we hung our shingle in January of 2014. We all wanted to get back to the fun of doing the work that we loved. Often in life and business, well intended bureaucracy can rob an organization of what is simple and pure about the work that we do. I believe that there is a better way to do business, and this is what we strive to accomplish. We know how to provide the same services offered by bigger companies. I wanted to capitalize on those capabilities and offer them in a smaller more personal company. I wanted to create a company that would be the boutique hotel of the construction industry. Not bigger, just better. I wanted to get to know my clients. I want to be friends with the clients that we worked with, not just associates like the bigger companies. I wanted to be able to give personalized service and get to know the people that we worked with. I want to treat them with respect and get respect in return.
I don’t like the perception that contractors are always out to take advantage of people. I want to help people and my community. I want to build things that last. I want to build things that my children are proud of. I want my kids to be proud of the work that I do. One day, they will be able to take my grandkids by a building and tell them that their grandfather built that. I want to see my fingerprints all over the communities where I live and work. And be proud of the legacy that I left. I wanted to have fun doing what I love to do. To me, it was simple. You start by surrounding yourself with people that you love, respect, and laugh with, to help you do the work. That’s exactly what we did. We have created a second family at our office and boy do we have fun! This business has always been about people and relationships. It’s about the relationships that we have with the people that we work with internally, and the relationships and trust that we create with our clients that become our friends.
The presence of these physical expressions of my work and thoughts, are an extraordinary way to be remembered by the people that come after us. The architect in me believes that these buildings shape our communities. The built environment and its impact on our society is a big responsibility and I have to get it right. These buildings affect our wellbeing, our work patterns, and how we feel. There are many studies that demonstrate how the built environment can help us heal and influence our emotional health. This confirms that the buildings we create are a very critical part of the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. A room is transformed by the simple addition of light through a window. It’s important work, and I am proud to be part of it.