Brian joined McAlvain in September of 1991 as a carpenter out at Micron’s Boise Campus constructing a water treatment plant. Brian quickly advanced within the company and has served as superintendent for more than 20 years on many notable projects including the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, SkyWest Aircraft Maintenance Facility, Idaho Water Center, the Grove Hotel and Events Center, East ParkCenter River Crossing, Roaring Springs Waterpark, the Boise River Whitewater Park and PA2/PA3 Apartment buildings. Brian was awarded the honor of Superintendent of the year in 2009. Brian also served as General Superintendent for McAlvain from 2003 to 2008. As Superintendent, Brian is responsible for project supervision, safety, scheduling, procurement and quality control on each of his projects.
Question and Answer:
When did you join McAlvain? I started in September of 1991.
How long have you worked within the construction industry? Since the summer of 1982.
What made you choose construction as a career? I have been in construction since I was 17 years old, starting as a laborer. With the help or push from some great mentors, the construction industry has become my career.
About yourself? I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. My father was a crane operator for American Bridge who hoisted steel on famous buildings, such as the John Hancock and Standard Oil. There was no shortage of construction stories around the dinner table growing up. I also have 3 older brothers; all of whom are crane operators.
What Hobbies do you like to do in your spare time? There are a few things that I enjoy: fishing on the lakes and streams is definitely one of them, the other is trying to restore a 1961 Impala.
What project are you currently working on? Indian Creek Plaza – Downtown Caldwell, Idaho. Outdoor ice skating ribbon, outdoor stage structure, extensive fountain and multiple architectural hardscape finishes.
What has been your most challenging project while working at McAlvain so far and how were those challenges overcome? I would have to say Roaring Springs Water Park. It was one of my first projects as a superintendent. There was an extremely aggressive schedule with no room for missing the opening date of Memorial Day weekend. What started out a fast-track project became hyper-track! From the day we broke ground until opening day we worked 2 shifts, with the McAlvain family, Doug, Serena, Torry and Tony right beside us on many occasions.
What do you enjoy about working at McAlvain or working in construction? In my ten years previous to working at McAlvain Construction I worked for a multitude of companies. Right away I noticed that there was something different about this company; there was and is a sense of family and pride. It wasn’t just a job.