Greg Dedes, Frederick Construction's Senior Project Manager, was hired a little over a year ago to bring his excellent experience to the team. As Senior Project Manager Greg's day to day involves keeping his assigned projects on track and communicating between the client, the architect and the subcontractors who execute the work for each project. His position takes patience and excellent time managment skills to keep each project on budget and on time. As one of the newest members of the Frederick Staff, we would like to introduce our successful and proficient Senior Project Manger, Greg Dedes.
How many years have you been in construction management & how did you get into the construction business?
I have been working in commercial construction since graduating from the construction management program at Western Michigan University in 1996. During college and the years immediately following I worked as a laborer, carpenter and ultimately as a carpentry supervisor for a general contractor specializing in residential and light commercial restoration work. Working for an “old school” general contractor in those days meant being exposed to all of the trades because we were often shifted between the various departments. We self-performed concrete, masonry, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, roofing, siding, mechanical, plumbing and electrical all under the direction of licensed masters in their respective fields. The exposure to all of the various trades has proved valuable in my current position by providing a fundamental understanding of the tasks involved in managing multi-discipline work. I am proud to say I best fit the description of “a jack of all trades and master of none.” I consider the field experience gained in those first 8-10 years to be my most valuable asset.
What do you deal with day to day as a project manager for Frederick Construction?
On a day to day basis, I deal with all aspects of the construction process from conception to completion. I have direct interaction with our clients, architects, engineers, suppliers, subcontractors and other trade professionals with the responsibility to deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget. My primary objective on a day to day basis is to be looking far enough down the road to try and anticipate potential issues before they become problems. This is a guiding principle when reviewing documents, bid scopes, contracts, schedules, etc. that have become a critical part of our business. I believe this is an important complementary role to our superintendents and trade partners who are focused on production.
What are some of your favorite things about being a senior project manager?
The best part about being a Senior Project Manager is getting to help guide our clients through a complex process and delivering a successful project. The demands of the market are forcing us to be able to deliver more sophisticated projects on tighter timelines in a field where the no two projects are ever the same.
I am also fortunate to have worked with many talented and highly skilled trade professionals over the years. The interaction with the thousands of different trade partners has developed many valued friendships. Some of these relationships resulted from projects that went well and others that haven't gone so well. Often the friendships that developed over the course of the challenging projects have proved to be the strongest.
Your favorite build Frederick has done & Why?
Among the recently completed projects, one of my favorites was the renovation work recently completed for PRAB conveyors. We were invited to the project with a strong referral from a local architect to help them deliver a fast track project with both a tight budget and short deadline. The drawings were approximately 80% complete when we started, and we had a week to help assess the budget, value engineer and get the drawings ready to bid. The bid period was approximately ten days, and we expected to start on site a few days after bidding. To meet the project budget and schedule goals we were able to recommend, invite, and award a small group of prequalified subcontractors and suppliers. The fast-paced nature of the project created a high level of energy, trust, and cooperation between all of the parties involved. We delivered a high-quality project and exceeded the client’s expectations.
What are five things you couldn't live without?
Family, good friends, highly skilled trade partners, great clients and good beer.
Favorite place you have been on vacation and why?
We have been fortunate to live on a lake for the past 15 years, so our summers are filled with boating, swimming and relaxing with friends and family. Other memorable trips are camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes, snowboarding trips up north and a well-deserved all-inclusive trip to Acapulco Mexico when our kids were younger.