As a new project manager for Titan Interiors, Scott Parish hopes to pay it forward by passing along lessons in construction management that he learned during the past 20 years on how to do a job right.
The first lesson: give customers a great project at a fair price. That means estimates have to be thorough and accurate, and the construction team needs to ready to handle some unknowns going into the project to keep on budget and on time. No surprises for the customer.
That all sounds simple enough, but simple doesn’t always equate to easy, says Parish, 45, who worked his way up in the Huggett Betten Corp. in Stevensville from truck driving and purchasing to project management. He says the old saying “common sense isn’t all that common” is sometimes true in the construction trade.
“Sometimes they are teaching people construction management by handing them a book and expecting them to teach themselves – turning them loose without a whole lot of oversight,” he said. “But there’s the book way, and the way that someone has done it tried and true.”
Parish credits his former employer and teacher, Larry Huggett, as the man who taught him the tried and true methods that have been so valuable as he managed projects in southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. Some of those projects included renovation of Class A office space in the Key Bank Building and construction of the Madison Geropsych Institute projects in South Bend, Ind. , as well as projects throughout Gary, Ind., St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and Niles.
Customers have included corporations, hospitals, churches, municipalities and big box retailers, which has given him range of projects where several stages were bundled into single bids to save time and money, Parish says. Work included metal stud framing, drywall finishing, sound and thermal insulation, acoustical sound panels and finish carpentry – the same sort of specialties offered by Titan Interiors.
Parish says he is excited about tackling projects both big and small in metro Grand Rapids market, which is the second largest construction market in Michigan with major employers such as Spectrum Health, Amway, Meijer, and Steelcase.