As a construction engineer at CBBEL, Mark has worked on a variety of projects including drainage improvements, road reconstruction, sewer improvements, and stormwater conveyance improvements. He provides a wide range of support for our clients including construction observation and engineering services, cost estimates, permits, specifications, evaluating bond reductions and pay requests, and plan review. Earlier this year, Mark was named Indianapolis Department of Public Works’ 2018 Resident Project Representative of the year. When he’s not working hard in the office, you can find Mark enjoying the outdoors, kayaking or hiking or playing volleyball. He also spends time giving back to the community, offering his skills to Habitat for Humanity. Below, Mark tells us what motivates him and why he would like to be a tree.
1. What are you most passionate about in this job?
Finding the appropriate solution to meet our client’s needs is what motivates me. I enjoy the aspect of problem solving, especially if it means field work, I know, most engineers may say problem solving, but I enjoy the challenge. I’ve had the opportunity to work with like-minded people, being part of great teams with a shared vision and being able to work on a variety of projects. Every day is something new for me.
2. Other people don’t find this exciting, so why do you?
Some engineers might not be considered normal, but it is our duty to protect the public while giving them the understanding of the “why” of what we do, which in turn, should make them excited they hired the right engineers.
3. Why is working for Burke different than anywhere else?
I have spent most of my career working for CBBEL, I believe it is the family atmosphere and the way Dr. Burke takes care of his employees that has kept me part of the Burke Group. CBBEL has allowed me to learn a multitude of skills in the advancement of my career.
4. How long have you been doing your thing?
I have been practicing various aspects of the engineering field for just over 17 years. Geotechnical work, design, utility coordination and construction management are all fields in which I have been involved. I have had the benefit to work with great people in the Burke Group over 15 years in 3 different Burke offices.
5. What, in your opinion, is the most important take away for your clients?
I believe the take away for our clients is that they will learn the depth of CBBEL’s communal knowledge going into the solution to meet their needs. In my opinion, I believe our clients will develop the understanding that our company will go above and beyond to be truthful in our findings, relay the information in the best way and get through every detail until they’re satisfied.
6. If you could be any natural feature, what would you be and why?
Since a tropical beach was already taken, I think I would be a large tree. Something sturdy, providing shade, an asset to other living creatures and mitigated at a minimum 2:1 ratio.