As we celebrate 25 years in business, we sat down with FP’s first employee, Dave Eddy, to learn more about his construction career and what has kept him passionate about being part of our company. A Colorado native and son of a superintendent, Dave always knew he wanted to be a part of the robust construction industry. Starting as a carpenter apprentice, Dave worked his way through the Associated General Contractor’s training program over four years then opened his own small construction company that he had for ten years. Through a contact at AGC, he was referred to Fransen Pittman. At the time, FP had just begun. With no projects on the radar, in a 400 sq. ft. office complete with a card table as the front desk, he gave it a shot. Within the first year, FP landed a $17M dollar project. Dave remembers serving as the assistant superintendent for this project alongside John Pittman (current president) as the estimator and project coordinator, Jim Andrews (current VP of Operations) as the project manager, and Tim Williams (current VP of Field Operations) as the superintendent – a team that is still strong today. Dave wore many hats in the beginning years of FP including assistant superintendent, superintendent, estimator, senior estimator, and chief estimator. Now he serves as director of preconstruction services overseeing an established firm with over $200M in work annually and 12 estimating professionals. Through the years, he has seen two economic crises, 305% growth, and over 500 projects come through FP’s doors. “What has driven me is the challenge of delivering great buildings that are of significant value to owners. I feel compelled to improve our processes and be an integral part of improving the construction industry.” Dave credits FP’s founding values for keeping him motivated for 25 years. “FP is different than any general contractor I have been around. Unlike the cutthroat world of construction, FP has found a way to keep priorities and moral values high, giving unmatched opportunities to their employees and treating everyone with respect.” Q & A with Dave What advice would you give someone just starting their construction career? Be in it for the people and the transformative projects, not the money. What is your favorite part of being estimating director? Being a part of the beginning of projects from interviews to conceptual ideas. Precon pulls ideas from a diverse group of people and creatively brings a project together. What has been the most rewarding project? Our Lady of Peace in Greeley, CO. Seeing the passion from the owners for making this church a reality and successful was humbling. What has been your most challenging project? University of Colorado IPHY building. This project was essentially deemed “dead” due to previous attempts to work with the budget. We were able to make realistic changes that did not sacrifice quality or needs to bring this project back to life. Congratulations Dave and all FP employees for a fantastic 25 years!
From the left: John Pittman and Dave Eddy
From the left: John Pittman, Jim Andrews, Tim Williams