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Al Quickel Employee Spotlight

 

 

ROBERT ALONSO, PE, SE

What inspired you to choose your career path?
I’ve always been fascinated about how things are made. Even as a kid I wanted to take things apart to see how they worked and then put them back together again. I chose structures because I enjoy the thought process behind developing the details and also like the opportunity to get out in the field, get my boots dirty, and see my design come to life.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people. The projects are always interesting but the people you work with are what makes you want to come to work every day. It is a team effort that includes not only the engineers, but the owner and the contractor. Every member of the team brings a different perspective and can help provide innovative solutions.

What are you most passionate about?
I’m passionate about doing good work and having fun while doing it. I believe that anything worth doing should be done to the best of your ability. I try to set high standards for myself and others and take a lot of pride in delivering a quality product, while also making time to have some fun along the way. If you enjoy what you do and have fun while you do it, I believe you will do it even better.

What is your greatest challenge?
Most engineers are perfectionists. We like to focus on the details. I constantly remind myself to balance that internal need for perfection with the need for extreme efficiency in modern-day accelerated schedules on Design-Builds and other contractor-driven projects. I really enjoy these types of projects because it teaches you to filter and focus on what is most significant. If you have the ability to recognize what is important, you can often times save time on a project, still provide a quality product, and learn a little bit in the process.

Name an important “lessons learned” moment you have experienced.
I once worked on a project that had a major issue during the construction on a critical part of the structure. As soon as I got the phone call, I headed to the airport before I even had a plane ticket. I flew across the country and was on site that same night. All parties involved met immediately and worked together on a solution. I helped solve the problem and the Contractor was able to move forward with minimal delays to the schedule. The cost of the delays would have easily been more than the cost of the fix. This experience showed me that it’s more important to move forward together with a common goal, rather than pointing fingers and delaying the project. It also helped teach me that I can’t control everything, so coordination with other engineers and disciplines is very important to make sure each piece of the puzzle fits together properly.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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