As a marketing professional, I regularly talk/write/tweet/post about our projects using available project data and images that have become very familiar to me. I speak with the engineers and designers about what they do or have done on a project, to give me a good feel for how best to present our work to existing and potential clients. I’m proud of what we do here at Purdy-McGuire.
Now, this ain’t my first rodeo. I have worked with technical people for some 30+ years off and on – much of that time in the A/E/C industry. But there is always something that gives me a new appreciation – indeed respect – for the work my fellow employees do on behalf of my firm. That “something” happened yesterday when I toured UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Thermal Energy Plant where we provided the MEP expertise.
I must say that I spent most of the tour forcing my gaping mouth to close. What I’ve read and written about this amazing project does not do it justice. Even the pictures I have seen pale compared with what I saw with my own eyes. I thought about how many times I’ve read or typed, “The project is a 10,000-ton Chilled and Heating Water Central Plant for a 1,000,000 SF University Hospital.” Now I’m thinking about how different it will feel for me to read or type those words again, because I saw and touched super-sized 2500-ton water-cooled chillers and 500 BHP dual fuel-fired boilers, and it gave me a whole new perspective. It gave me fuel to do my job better.
As part of my job, I get out of the office often enough. But I rarely ever have the need to go to a job site; at least, I didn’t think I had the need. I’m willing to bet that most of us who have the important job of supporting our technical professionals are so busy that we just don’t feel we have the time to go out and see some of the projects that we so diligently support.
I challenge everyone – and I mean everyone – in the firm to get out of the office and see some of the work that makes your firm special. It’ll give you a renewed sense of pride for your firm and the trained professionals that work with you.