October 18, 2021


Anything but ordinary

What’s it like to kick off construction for Clark at Amazon’s HQ2?

After months of speculation, Amazon declared previous calendar year that it experienced picked out Arlington, Virginia, as the web site of its second U.S. headquarters.

For the recent period of the undertaking, scheduled to be comprehensive in 2023, the retail large options to build two 22-story office towers at the Metropolitan Park web site in the Pentagon Town community exterior of Washington, D.C. The undertaking group features advancement partner JBG Smith, normal contractor Clark Design and ZGF Architects. 

Clark began perform on-web site in mid-January with the demolition of existing warehouse buildings. Here, Design Dive talks with Clark Design Senior Superintendent Monique Holley about functioning on these kinds of a high-profile undertaking.

Design DIVE: Please describe the perform you are doing at the Amazon web site. 

Monique Holley: We are functioning on the profitable delivery of two LEED-Platinum buildings, 65,000 sq. feet of road-degree retail and more than a half mile of protected bicycle lanes. Crews presently are functioning to take out and recycle design components — an early initial phase in obtaining the undertaking team’s intention of LEED Platinum certification. This spring, we will commence guidance of excavation, mass excavation and get started perform on the below-quality framework for the new office structures.

Monique Holley

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In addition, Amazon is fully commited to making certain the community is engaged and informed all over the design energy and we share that dedication wholeheartedly. Our undertaking group has currently started the course of action of finding better acquainted with spot people, corporations and civic associations. We are focused on currently being fantastic stewards of the community, supporting nearby corporations and possessing a long lasting positive affect on the bordering community.

What is your function on the undertaking?

HOLLEY: Specifically, my function is about motivating the men and women I perform with to fulfill the tangible goals we build on-web site every day. My obligations are tied to basic safety, excellent handle, scheduling and scheduling. Although I’m not positive I’m meant to have favorites, I genuinely appreciate the basic safety and scheduling facets of my perform as they are both equally integral to each individual facet of the work. I’m passionate about basic safety and acquire my duty for preserving a risk-free jobsite incredibly individually.

Ultimately, I want all people to go home as risk-free and healthy as they arrived to perform that morning. Organizing is intrinsically tied to that intention. I appreciate to plan the perform since it calls for currently being revolutionary, thoroughly vetting ideas to establish new strategies to make a course of action better and functioning collaboratively with men and women from all unique disciplines to get the work performed. 

What are a couple of of the most important difficulties on this undertaking?

HOLLEY: ​All design jobs have their difficulties. We’ve approached this work with the mentality that we will need to be well prepared for the difficulties to come, but equally focused on capitalizing on the prospects that lay ahead. People prospects come in several varieties — from integrating with the community close to the jobsite to determining new strategies to innovate and build smarter to generating expansion prospects for small corporations or for individuals intrigued in developing a occupation in our business.

I constantly “challenge” myself and my Clark group associates, along with all of our trade associates, to current new ideas that will help us enhance the way we build, strengthen the community and assure we supply an expertise and finish product that exceeds our clients’ expectations. 

As a superintendent how do you motivate and encourage staff members?  

HOLLEY: ​As a chief, I considerably price conversation, transparency, instruction and respect. I generally check out to be conscious of my actions and words, and perform to remove roadblocks so that the men and women I perform with can be profitable. Ultimately, if the trades and my undertaking group are profitable, I’m doing my work. 

My possess own perception of pride and unwillingness to are unsuccessful also remind me of how vital it is to be a resource to all who will need help. The ideal way to be that resource is to evidently communicate our perform plan with all stakeholders, educate these who are managing or examining the excellent handle course of action, and constantly look for better strategies to plan the perform and perform the plan. I firmly feel if there is a foundation of respect in spot on the jobsite, matters like conversation, transparency and instruction observe accommodate.

You were section of Clark’s Discipline Improvement Group. How did it enhance your occupation?

HOLLEY: ​The Discipline Improvement Group (FDG) is Clark Construction’s inner skilled advancement application geared toward wonderful tuning the technological and management expertise of the company’s future superintendents. The application features a three-calendar year curriculum that blends classroom finding out, fingers-on expertise and mentoring.

I am a graduate of the FDG and presently direct our Mid-Atlantic division application, which has fifty five contributors distribute throughout two courses. Remaining included in the application is genuinely a passion of mine. The FDG gave me a better comprehension of the technological expertise necessary to plan a work more competently, it aided me develop my Clark community and better leverage organization assets, and ultimately aided me fully grasp who I desired to be as a industry chief, which was an evolutionary course of action. I am so grateful for the expertise.