The people who plan, manage, and build our projects are all experts in their field, and an integral part of our company’s success. Matt McCann is a superintendent currently working on higher education projects in Tennessee. Here’s eight questions to get to know him.
1. What project are you on now?
Columbia State Community College Parking Garage
2. What’s your day-to-day look like?
Like most superintendents, my day-to-day changes throughout the week. Typically, I start my day by visiting every one of our trade partners’ work areas to check for safety, talk through their plans for the day, and discuss any potential issues that need additional coordination. Based on those conversations, I’ll update any Quality Control or Safety checklists as needed. I’m currently on a concrete frame project so I spend a lot of time coordinating our trade partners on every pour, and then checking and completing the elevated deck checklists. The rest of the day is spent wherever I’m needed — answering questions and constantly checking the quality of work being put in place.
3. What’s the best part of your job?
Seeing our projects built from start to finish and admiring the finished product.
4. What’s the one lesson you’ve learned in this industry that’s stuck with you?
You can never check something too much and the finer details are very important. Construction is a fast-paced industry that’s driven by production and getting the job done. Because of that fast pace, things can be missed easily. Clients pay us to build quality buildings — our job is to dive into the details and make sure that the quality our clients expect is exactly what we’re delivering.
5. Describe the last challenge/problem you solved on the job?
On my current project at Columbia State Community College, the drawings originally showed the electrical switch and underground manhole in a location that didn’t provide enough clearance between the switch and the building as required by Middle Tennessee Electric. I worked with our trade partner and design team to relocate the switch to another area to solve the clearance issue. This solution also saved roughly 100 feet of conduit and concrete encasement and several days of excavation — savings that went back to into the project’s budget and schedule.
6. How long have you been in the industry?
7. How did you get started in the industry?
I studied Concrete Management and worked for a commercial concrete contractor throughout school.
8. What’s your fondest memory from your time with Hoar Construction?
All the memories from working the teams on every project. We work a lot of long hours and form some great relationships — there’s too many great memories to pick just one!