I grew up just outside Hartford, Connecticut and went to Tufts University in Boston for my Bachelors and Masters degrees. Even at the beginning of my graduate studies at Tufts, I didn’t anticipate that I would ultimately live and work on the west coast. But I was fortunate to learn the “ropes” of earthquake engineering during my master’s thesis research at Tufts, and I came to work for Degenkolb in the summer of 2007. My now-wife and I made the big move via a memorable road trip from Boston to San Francisco, and we’ve called the Bay Area our home ever since. At Degenkolb I’ve worked on many different types of projects, but I’ve spent the last several years developing experience in Construction Means and Methods (CM&M) services. I contribute to our CM&M working group and also serve as Degenkolb’s coordinator for post-earthquake response activities.
Construction Means & Methods
Joined the Firm:
Little Known Fact:
I spent a lot of extra-curricular time at Tufts doing musical theater. Probably the most memorable experience came my sophomore year when I got to conduct a 14-piece orchestra for Steven Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
Client or Business Philosophy:
Approach every challenge with integrity, creativity, and with an open mind. Each and every project is an opportunity to form a long-lasting relationship with a client.
Driven, approachable, organized.
Favorite Degenkolb Story:
We designed a system to underpin an 80-year-old, 3-story concrete structure in Berkeley and suspend it 15 feet in the air over a shored excavation. The contractor held a “bottoming-out” barbeque to celebrate the completion of the shoring/underpinning installation and allow everyone to walk beneath the underpinned structure, which was exhilarating (and perhaps a bit scary too). Since much of our CM&M work is temporary and ultimately disappears, it was very special to take part in an event that specifically recognized the achievements of our team.
Spending time with my wife and son, enjoying San Francisco’s beautiful parks and coastline, playing the piano, biking around San Francisco, traveling.