January 12, 2020 posted by

– I originally come from a
background in construction, worked for a general contractor
doing pretty extensive remodels and residential construction. Decided to go back to school. I just graduated from
Portland State University with a a degree in civil engineering. – I graduated from Oregon State University with a construction
engineer management degree. After that I worked as an
estimator for a designing company, and now here learning a lot from J2 team. – My other job that I did
structural engineering for about 10 years and
it was very technical, very code oriented, but this industry is more
than just the technical. – What made me choose
J2 is that they focus on existing buildings. – I love the challenge of tapping
into old building methods, and kind of exploring problems or seeing other people’s methods, and having to tap into them
or kind of figure things out. As opposed to new construction, which I’ve experienced and
there are its challenges, but is a heck of a lot easier than dealing with old mistakes so to speak. – I started in construction
at 16 years old, been doing it for 22 years, and really enjoyed that
side of construction, to go in and right the wrongs
of the previous contractor, to fix the buildings and
make the client whole again. – Mostly it’s multi-family housing so we do anything from
apartments to condominiums. I was doing mostly commercial work so this was a new challenge for me. – It’s more challenging, because then you have to deal with people living in the buildings. And also more rewarding
because at the end of the day, you know the work is
satisfied and they are safe, and they like the final product. – I like working at J2. It’s exciting to come to work every day, and I never know what’s gonna happen because there’s always new challenges. – There’s always something
new and exciting about it. – I think what I like is kind
of the combination of skills and different backgrounds
that everybody has. I mean ranging from engineers,
to architects, to designers, to people with 20 plus
years in construction, and not just construction, but you know, roofers or siding contractors. So you have this like cornucopia
of specialized skills, and it’s all kind of
coming together as a team. – I love to work with the team. They have a lot of experience
that I can observe from them, and they’re very willing to share that information and knowledge. I really enjoy working with them and getting the most out of them, like just information
and a lot of experience that they have under their belts. – A really broad range of experience. We got a really solid team. I think one of the
things that sets us apart is that we listen to our clients, we understand what they’re going through. We understand that not everybody
has the same objectives, the same budgets and we give them options, and listen to them and try
to work with them to find the best solution for their problems. – So some of my favorite projects are the most difficult projects. I really like being able to dive into the weeds, and find some of the underlying issues that don’t normally well up to the surface until much later in a project and become a much larger issue. So weeding those out on the front end, even though it’s not
very heroic at the time, I know the impact that it
ultimately would have had. – Everybody is really, you know, trying to satisfy the owner, especially the owner is number one. They’re the client and we’re
all working for the client. – They do what is right, always looking for the best
interests of the client. – The culture at J2 we
focus on the work product and the client relationships, and there’s a focus on
continual improvement. We’re always trying to learn
and do better every time. The construction industry,
products and performance of those products are
changing rapidly every day so we stay on top of market trends, and we also try to really stay
on top of the clients’ needs. We touch base with them
often and frequently to make sure that we’re
meeting their goals or exceeding their goals. And that’s what drew me to J2, is I wanted to work somewhere with ethics and responsibility to the client. – Well, I have learned a lot
in a very short period of time. Probably it’s interacting
with the owners and clients, and just how to approach them or that I be able to communicate with them the way they expect me to or the way they understand better. Some buildings are about to collapse and the owner doesn’t know it. Very serious and concerning. – We really are the experts, and we understand how this comes together. Other people don’t always have time to get into the science of it, and so we really dial it
in so we can get everybody kind of together and
so do it economically, but at the same time do it the right way. – You know, it’s figuring out
what is best for the property, what’s best for the owner. There’s owners that have
different objectives, and I guess it’s one of the benefits that we bring to the table. – Oh, there’s a lot of
benefits of hiring consultants. They know the construction language, and they have the tools
and resources to determine building deficiencies and
also have the solutions for those deficiencies. – I think a carpenter or
a bricklayer, a mason, a roofer, they want to roof. They want to build, they want to frame, you know, they don’t want to think about some of those details that you
really have to think about, and you have to stop and
come up with a game plan. So for a consultant to come in, and have that game plan
that map drawn out, and all’s those guys have to do is boom start at the beginning and go to the end. That’s where a consultant
is an asset to any project. And having a consulting
firm that consists of people that have practical
experience in the field, building, design, architecture,
engineering, whatever, to be able to take those skills and bring it and now we can advise people it’s like we’ve been
there, we’ve done all this. – I think normally a
consultant pays for itself. If a owner were to just hire a contractor, and there was a change along
the way that was extra cost, maybe they’re skeptical of that change, that it’s just extra money, and when a consultant is
working with a contractor, and working with an owner, and the three are working
together really well, and when we run into a problem, we can collectively come
up with the solution, and that solution usually ends up paying for the consultants’ fees. – One thing that really separates J2 from the other consultants in the industry is to come in and say that
there’s some problems, and everything needs to be
torn out and replaced new, is very easy consulting. There’s really no risk
there and it’s kind of lazy, and it’s not often the
most cost-effective method for repairing somebody’s home. So to come in and really
evaluate what’s working and what’s not, what can be repaired, and what needs to be replaced, and what can be deferred, to present a proper
maintenance or repair plan to the HOA to effectively
use their funds is critical, and it’s an exercise
that a lot of consultants don’t go through because it is work, and it’s a lot of critical thought, and that’s where I feel J2
really shines to get in, educate the client on what the issues are, and what their repair options are, so they can make an informed
decision on their own.

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