Chris Markus, Vice President Business Development, Marketing & HR
What is the most exciting thing about working in this business?
What I think is exciting about the construction industry is that you get to see immediate results from your work. You can watch tangible results in motion and see progress every day. To me a strong construction market also symbolizes a strong economy where the fruits of our labor as a construction company create new infrastructure in our communities and keep us moving forward.
What is your philosophy about giving back to the community?
As a construction company, we get to point to projects and say: “We built that” – and in a way, that in and of itself contributes to the community. It is with that foundation we truly gain a sense of our communities and how we can engage and contribute as individuals in other ways to really connect not just as a company but with the people in the communities in which we work, live and play. Helping others provides a sense of community pride, accomplishment and belonging.
Name a technology innovation that has made an impact in construction or an area where there are opportunities for innovation.
BIM adds a wow factor to the client experience. It readily allows visualization and more buy-in for the client. The BIM 360 experience can also help with delivering more accurate construction documents and hopefully a reduction in RFIs. It isn’t always perfect, but it’s great to watch it come together from a simple sketch to detailed construction documents.
Tell us an awesome fact about yourself or the role you have in the company.
Awesome fact: I have spent my whole career in the A/E/C market sector. Unlike others in the industry, I have worked in all 3 sectors, starting out on the Engineering side, moving to Construction, then to Architecture and back now again to Construction. This experience has given me the perspective and understanding of what it takes to get something built, from the upfront site survey, to construction close-out. I am excited to be back on the construction side, as I find it to be so satisfying to watch as dreams and visions get built!