loves Construction Administration. The VOCs and the smell of framed wood, loud construction workers shouting coordination instructions to each other, huge machines lifting, lowering, moving...there is no other feeling that can come to seeing your drawings come to life. Of course there will be questions! Of course your drawings aren't perfect always! Of course they framed it tight... but that's what makes it special...I still miss my #Crestavilla
days though, filled with problem solving every moment of my working day, and kept me awake at night sometimes.
Back in 2010, when I first started going to site with my Principal, I used to listen - observe - learn - take notes. I used to scan the drawings ahead of time to anticipate the type of questions, and there was definitely some amount of OAC meeting preparation. These days, it's second nature... I know my building systems, I know my materials and I know when to speak and when to shut up. There is a Victoria's Secret sparkles and pink bag in my car always, with hard hat, caterpillar shoes, work socks, note pad, SPF, and my vest. I use Plangrid/ Procore on my iPad mostly, and never need a notepad, but some days, the sun is so hot, my iPad discharges while I am walking the site. It's not always easy... it rains and everything is messy. Last year, I drove home and the landslide shut down the route I had taken later that night.
This project isn't big or grand like #luxiara
, but with 88 units and two-three story buildings, it has it's own charm.
Six/ seven months out for occupancy.... #lot9olas
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