Daniel Waller, Senior Project Manager
What is the most exciting thing about working in this business?
I’ve always loved construction – ever since I took a drafting class in 9th grade and we built a house out of popsicle sticks. The flame was ignited and I never looked back. I went to my guidance counselor and she introduced to me to civil engineering and architecture, but building was my true passion. I love the art of the negotiation, I love working with our subtrade partners, I love the whole process – from plans and conception to completion. It’s a challenge, much like a game of chess. To me, renovating a building or building something from the ground up is a noble profession – you start the project, often times with nothing and have the opportunity to see it come to fruition right in front of you. It’s amazing to have the opportunity, virtually everyday of my professional life.
What is your philosophy about giving back to the community?
My particular philosophy is that you should give back with the talents you were given. My talents are in construction, so in the past, I have worked with Habitat for Humanity, and with the RBCA on construction projects. It’s a way to give back in a meaningful way. I have also tried to be a good mentor to other trade partners who are coming up in the business and to provide opportunities for other minority partners who are coming up in the business.
Name a technology innovation that has made an impact in construction or an area where there are opportunities for innovation.
Critical path scheduling has been instrumental in providing scheduling accuracy and deadline adherence.
Building Information Modeling
Cameras with 3D digital image capability – especially on renovation projects, you can build a model with the exact architecture of the drawings.
Tell us an awesome fact about yourself or the role you have in the company.
I had an opportunity to work at the La Maddalena Sardinia, Italy – US Naval Base. I was the construction manager of a water treatment plant upgrade and worked directly with the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction. I performed bi-weekly meetings with the Navy’s Mediterranean Engineering Manager and got to tour Italy for a week after the assignment was complete.