TOM HAVERKOS, PRESIDENT MIDWEST
FIRST PROJECT | DICONIX | 1984
In the spring of 1984, I started as a Project Engineer at Diconix, the first building in Research Park, Dayton. Marv Goldschmidt was my Project Manager. It was a fast-paced job and we worked seven days a week. It was a great project because of high-tech and innovative work the client would be doing in the facility. The facility had four underground fiberglass tanks and 220 fully equipped high-end labs with specific airflow requirements.
We were called back six months after completion regarding a possible airflow problem in one of the labs. The client said that one of the employees was propping the door open to the lab because there was an air balance problem with the fume hoods. I walked down with the client and we found the scientist in his lab with the door propped open. He said that actually, there wasn’t an issue with the air balance in his lab; he just couldn’t remember the keypad code to gain access to his lab.
BIGGEST CHANGE. In the 1984 market, we were 80% hard bid and 20% construction management. We are doing larger projects now and we have moved to the majority of our projects being proposal based. There was a progressive need for technology and we adapted quickly. We focus on relationship building. We have also been progressive with our Co-op program. It started in 1984 and has grown from there.
FAVORITE PROJECT. I have several favorite projects for reasons that include working with great owner teams and working design-build projects. My favorites are UD Arena, Mead Paper, Greenfield Hospital, and MCSI.