DIRECTOR – MEP DESIGN AND COORDINATION
Nearly all of them! Like other experienced specialists at RJM, I touch almost all our projects at one point or another during the process. Our preconstruction team (which I am most heavily involved with) starts every project off with a project strategy and preconstruction deliverables meeting. I make every effort to attend all these preconstruction project kick-off meetings, as we inevitably discover some nuance to the project during the discussion that helps us do a better job to earn the project award and exceed our clients’ expectations. In addition to heavy involvement in the preconstruction process (especially for MEP design-build projects), I also follow many projects during construction along with Jake Fisher, our virtual design specialist, to work through field coordination, change management, and issue resolution. I am available to all RJM team members and clients if there are questions or concerns that need to be addressed either in documents or on the job site.
I very much enjoy the diversity of projects that we engage in at RJM. Staying nimble, competitive, but also responsible while meeting our clients’ needs can be very challenging. Having seen our team perform both from the outside as an owner, and from the inside in my current role, I can say with confidence that RJM strives to maintain this balance and is very committed to continuing this culture.
Complexity abounds! Both technically and psychologically. Successfully navigating both the technical and interpersonal challenges of design and construction requires a very experienced and engaged team. All the while, a strong safety culture must always be forefront and respected without exception.
As a part of a detached garage/shop project at home I am working toward an off-grid capable PV solar and battery storage electric system. When complete, the system should be capable of handling all of our electrical needs year-round, 24/7 with no grid power. Eventually I hope to have it be capable of charging two electric vehicles without grid power as well. Gotta have a stretch goal . . .
Our team is dedicated to enriching the communities we serve—whether through volunteering, financial contributions, or donating our construction services to nonprofit organizations. As a company, we’re proud to do our part in supporting community members and causes for the benefit of all.
At RJM Construction, we believe that the measure of our work is the positive effect it has on others. We are proud to give back in any way we can to lift others up, strengthen communities, and change our world for the better.
At RJM, we understand the importance of moving beyond good intent in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices to measurable impact. We are invested in developing the cultural competence of our internal teams and identifying ways to weave sustainable DEI practices and principles into our company policies and strategic goals.
Incorporated into our mission, vision, and values are DEI best practices. At RJM, we
Diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our business are important to us, so we make it a priority to build relationships with small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises (SMWBE) with whom we can partner for subcontract work in the community. To create these important relationships, RJM proactively solicits SMWBEs through targeted outreach, job fairs, partnering programs, mentoring opportunities, and networking events.
In addition to networking with organizations like National Association of Minority Contractors, MEDA, and Association of Women Contractors, we host pre-bid informational meetings to present local and SMWBE contractors with potential opportunities. We also invite contractors to open houses to explain bid packages, procurement schedules, and processes.
Through our engagement with higher education institutions and other organizations, over the years RJM has developed an internship program that aligns with our values and mission. Not only does this program allow us to provide mentorship and outreach, having young talent here at RJM touches many aspects of our business in positive ways:
We attract interns through outreach at career fairs and involvement with numerous industry- and community-based associations. We also encourage our employees to stay connected with their alma matter and to share our intern message whenever possible. We also attract candidates through word-of-mouth from interns who have successfully completed the program.
At RJM Construction, we are committed to helping each other develop and grow—both as people and professionals. We achieve this by building workplace solutions and benefits that put our team at the forefront. From professional development and educational opportunities to team lunches and happy hours, we encourage each other to learn, innovate, share our successes together.
These efforts help us bring collaboration, positive attitudes, and cutting-edge solutions to every construction project we take on, ensuring our work helps clients achieve their unique vision.