Consultancy, North America
Brandon’s project management experience has taken him from coast to coast, transforming commercial interiors across the U.S. As an expert in driving value through workspace redesign, he’s now supporting businesses in Houston while expanding Mace’s service offer across Texas.
- How has your career developed?
Since graduating from college in 2006, I spent much of my early career working on large commercial construction projects for a general contractor on the east and west coasts of America.
The projects varied from core and shell office buildings, new educational facilities, retail and even included some industrial work on a new central plant facility for Stanford University. I also worked overseas in Taipei and Taiwan and spent three years on a new embassy project for the U.S. State Department.
- How did you come to join Mace?
With about 10 years of experience under my belt I started looking for opportunities that would allow me to be more client based and collaborate earlier on in the design process. It was one of the main reasons that I joined Mace. The majority of our projects require us to represent the client and ensure their needs are met from the early design stages right through to completion.
- What project are you most proud of?
It would be our EDF Trading project because of the scale and the challenge. We project and cost managed the fit out of a new 60,000 sq ft office space in downtown Houston and, despite the tight schedule including a number of design changes, we managed to keep the programme on track. The IT and data packages were some of the most complex and demanding that I’ve come up against but resulted in some interesting design solutions that we’ll no doubt use on future projects. We had our fair share of intense meetings but plenty of pat on the back moments.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
Problems can arise at the drop of a hat in construction so you need to be patient, flexible and measured. Assessing a problem quickly and prioritising is critical, even when others may disagree. Trust your gut and experience and never be afraid to ask questions – no one has all the knowledge. A good project manager knows how to collaborate with everyone to keep the project moving.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?
Increasing our presence in Texas. We’ve been working in Houston for a number of years, gradually growing the business and expanding our service offer. Since the price of oil has risen we’ve started to see an increase in activity. It’s great, Houston needs this investment, and my hope is that it will give us opportunities to grow our market-share.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
My family remains my number one priority in life. I have a five year old son and two year old daughter and they keep my wife and I quite busy. We love traveling and exploring new places we haven’t visited before and I enjoy hiking and spending time in the mountains. I like to be outside as much as possible when I’m not at work – it really helps to clear my mind after a crazy week.
“We’ve been working in Houston for a number of years, gradually growing the business and expanding our service offer.”