Travis’s favorite part about AP is the family feel and close-knit community that constantly develops within the company. He was originally drawn to AP nearly 14 years ago and since then, has been offered complete access to the industry, with all its perks. Travis sees the value in AP and has taken advantage of many in-depth trainings the company offers, which further enhances his abilities to be a top-notch superintendent. A common phrase spoken in the office, “I wish we had five more Travis Thompsons.”
His favorite experience with AP was his role as superintendent on the construction of St. David’s Medical Hospital in Austin, TX. He has since been promoted to senior superintendent, and takes on some of the toughest, most rewarding projects the company offers. Travis’s advice to future superintendents is, “…to always think about what’s next. Next move on the job site, next move within the company, and next move with enhancing your industry knowledge.”
His proudest moment at AP was the completion of a 33,000-sf underground parking garage for a private resident, which included a 100’ subterranean tunnel and corridor, joining the basement of the existing house with the new underground garage.
Ever since she was little, Emma loved building things. Seeing the daily progress of a project and knowing she contributed to a facility that will serve communities for years to come is something she finds enormously satisfying. “I like driving around town and seeing all the AP jobsites,” Emma says. “It makes me proud to wear the AP gear.”
Emma started as an Estimator in AP’s Preconstruction department. Viewing her career in the long term, she wanted to gain field experience to give her estimating skills more context. Moving into her current role as a Project Engineer/Field Engineer (PE/FE) has helped her better understand the scope gaps and unforeseen conditions that could arise on a project. Her position as a PE/FE is one she enjoys because every day is different. “I get to learn new things,” she says, “from my team and our trade partners.”
In fact, what fuels her career is her pursuit of learning opportunities everywhere she can find them, such as AP’s in-house training, and classes from Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “I take advantage of any training opportunity that comes my way,” she says.
Her advice to others pursuing a career in the construction industry is this: “Ask questions and keep an open mind – everybody has something that they excel at. We can all learn from each other.”
Kevin Lind’s career trajectory is a prime example of the many advancement opportunities that are possible at AP. Kevin began at AP in July 2008 as a Virtual Construction Engineer. Since then, he has advanced his career, had various job titles and worn several different hats. Currently, Kevin is the Manager of Technology Development and manages technology development, innovation, VDC, and creating project solutions for AP projects.
In the process of moving through the ranks at AP, Kevin fondly remembers working alongside tradesmen and tradeswomen on the Loring Park Apartment project. His role on the project team was to support the advancement of technology, specifically self-perform concrete. For eight months, Kevin was onsite with his laptop, tool belt and hammer in hand. Throughout that time, he was able to utilize virtual construction and implement technology on the jobsite in real-time. Kevin said, “It was an eye-opening experience and I appreciated the opportunity to receive instant feedback from the field about the technologies we were implementing.”
Kevin is one of the many examples of how AP is willing to help their employees with their career aspirations. Kevin noted, “There is an understanding here at AP that the position an employee joins the company with is not indicative of where they will end their career. AP allows flexibility to get involved in the organization and supports their employees’ desire to evolve.”