Lego Houses

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved Legos. Cliché thing for an engineer, but I was honestly captivated with how simple blocks could come together to make such colorful and intricate things.

My favorites were the Lego Creator sets which allow you to use one set of pieces to build one of three creations at a time. I currently have eight or nine of the house sets, so a few years ago my parents decided to buy me a Creator set, which was a moving t-rex, spider, and something I can’t even remember. It was cool to build but it never really clicked with me, and it ended up in the back of my closet whereas all my houses are currently on display on a shelf. These house sets were how I recognized my love of residential construction.

My initial career thoughts revolved around Dentistry, but then I did a Biology course in high school and realized it wasn’t for me. I racked my brain for things that I would actually want to be doing for the rest of my life, and my Lego houses always lurked around. I looked up architectural and building design programs, but they were all extremely expensive and really specific, which would make my life more difficult in case the exact industry wasn’t there when I graduated. I was also doing a physics and advanced math course at the time, which I really enjoyed, so I looked into the Civil Engineering Program at Memorial University. I saw courses like structural analysis, concrete and steel design, structural building systems, and finite element analysis. Even just typing these courses out right now gets me excited (although I’ve discovered concrete is crazy hard and also gives me slight anxiety along with the excitement lol)! So that’s where I decided to apply, and where I am today with one year left to my program!

Completing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at MUN allows me to complete up to six 4-month work terms. This is currently my 4th, and I remember when, in my interview with Vigilant, they mentioned residential construction projects. I made this random squeak noise trying to hold in my excitement that I thought totally cost me the interview. Thank god it didn’t because this is the first work term where I’ve had the opportunity to step onto a residential construction site, and I couldn’t be happier with what I’m doing. Even sitting in meetings with architects to iron out interior details leaves me captivated for the entire day! I’m pretty much a kid in a candy store with this stuff. Or maybe a younger me in a Lego store? Either or!

-  Taylor

Goodbye (For Now)

Well I thought this blog post was going to be a sad finale. I thought I was going to have to say all of my goodbyes and tell everyone I hope to see them around. If you’d asked me two weeks ago what I was going to write about, that’s exactly what I would have told you. Although this is still going to be sappy I’m sure, I can’t hide my glee, as I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be coming back to Vigilant in May as the newest Junior Project Manager (PM)! I could not be happier to have received an offer last week to join the Vigilant team full-time!!

The last four months have taught me so much about project management and construction, but more importantly, I’ve learned that you can actually LOVE your job. There was not a moment of doubt in my mind that I would be accepting the offer to come back in the Spring as a Junior PM. Vigilant has set the bar so high for how a job should feel; I can’t imagine that many people get to experience that, even though they should. 

I can’t believe four months have already gone by. I am so grateful to have learned so much in this short time, and to have been given so much responsibility and trust. I got to be a real part of the team and really contribute in every aspect. That’s how I managed to learn so much from these incredible people.

Now even though I’ll be back in four months, I still want to say some special thank you’s and goodbyes because I’m going to miss seeing every one of your faces everyday over the next four months. 

Mark, thank you for being an incredible mentor and teaching me so much over the course of this semester. You were always patient and happy to help, and you’ve given me so much responsibility which really allowed me to learn. A great part of what I learned over this term has been thanks to you and your effort to make me feel included and valuable. From our countless drives to Torbay and downtown, I’m glad we got time to chat about podcasts and books and life. You’ve been such a huge part of why I loved my work term so much!

Michelle, what started out as cubicle buddies has blossomed into a friendship; I am so happy to have made a friend from work that I can hang-out with on the weekends, and who enjoys vegetarian food almost as much as I do. You’re always there to help with all of my computer issues and the endless RedTeam questions, and your motivation and leadership motivates me on the daily. You’re an incredible employee and Vigilant is so lucky to have you, and I’m so excited to come back and see you more in May J  P.S. please save me from studying and eat veggie burgers with me next semester.

Sheldon, you’re the WD-40 of the office (lol). You do everything and anything to keep the office running, and you’re always there to lend a hand. I’ve loved working with you this semester, and I’m going to miss your morning “wattya at bys” and the vigorous typing you always seem to be doing during lunch. As the big head of HR, thank you for the opportunity to continue my journey with you guys, gonna miss you!!

Todd, you have one of the warmest, most sincere hearts than anyone I’ve ever met. You’re always happy to help no matter the task, and you’re freakishly good at LITERALLY EVERYTHING. I haven’t seen a thing that you haven’t been able to do or figure out yet… Please teach me. Thank you for making this semester so great! 

Holly, you are one of the smartest women I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with, and you’re an incredible role model for me as a young female engineer. I can’t wait to learn more from you and attempt to become half of the estimator that you are. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you and receiving not only work-related advice, but life advice too. And don’t forget that you, me, and Michelle are going for sushi soon!! 

*** side note this is way longer than I intended, I hope you’re making your way to the bottom and haven’t quit yet ***

Ian, you’re always so helpful for any random or stupid question that I have. You’re so knowledgeable in such a wide variety of things. I’m going to miss your sass and poking fun at each other every day. I’ve had such a laugh this semester with you. P.S. I’m going to respectfully enjoy my last day having seniority over you J Unfortunately you will surpass me when I go back to school… also, sorry for forgetting your Christmas card.

Lloyd, I wish I could have worked more closely with you throughout the semester but I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to work with you when I did! Your stories are always appreciated, and you’ve got so much wisdom that I hope to learn from. I’m looking forward to coming back and learning more from you!

Krissy, I wish I could have seen more of you this semester, but I hope to do so in the future! You always bring a smile to the office and I look forward to getting to know you better. However, one thing I do know, is that you’re really freaking good at musical trivia. Can’t wait to come back and work with you! 

Grant, you’re such an incredible PM, and you’ve been such a role model and mentor for me throughout the semester. I aim to become a project manager just like you; your productivity and speed is worth aspiring to, and I’ve rarely seen you without a smile on your face. You bring such an upbeat and positive energy to the room - I think we all feed off of it. I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity to work here all semester and to come back and learn from you. 

Terry, please don’t make a comment about saving the best for last. I’m a broken record when I say how much I’ve enjoyed this term and how much I’m going to miss all of you. The company that you, Grant, and Lloyd have moulded is nothing short of exceptional. Your view on how a workplace should be run, and the way you manage all of Vigilant employees, is awesome. Changing the traditional way of doing things is exactly what we need, and I’m glad to be working in a place like this. We had a talk at the beginning of the semester, and I think about it all the time. You really put it into perspective that the sky is the limit at Vigilant. I really can do and become anything that I aspire to be. You made me remember what I went into engineering for, what I want out of it, and that I can be the big boss one day with the right mindset, the right work ethic, and a hell of a lot of work. Like I said in your card, you re-lit a fire that I forgot I had. I leave work with more energy than I come with, which is incredible. 

SORRY this has been incredibly long and I’ve repeated myself a hundred times, so if you made it to the bottom, hats off to you. 

Team, I am going to miss you, and be prepared to see me dropping in at random times, all the time. I can’t wait to come back!!! 

So goodbye, for now.

- Meg

Sleighin’ it

Less than one month left of my work term… Where in the world does time go?! It seems like just yesterday that I started my first day here at Vigilant. So much has changed in this short period of time, yet so much is still the same. My enjoyment at work, the everyday laughs, and the constant support and feedback hasn’t changed at all, but I feel like I’ve grown a lot both as a future engineer and as a person, and the people here have become more than just my colleagues. So prepare for one sappy post in a few weeks when I have to go back to school.

Aside from it now getting dark at 4pm, November was a pretty great month! I got my apartment all decorated for Christmas, and my cats, Alistair and Emery, have destroyed all but about 4 ornaments. They are terribly cute, but man are they ever little terrors. They’re just over a year old now, and this month they’ve FINALLY started letting me sleep through the night. I also booked my flights home for Christmas; I get to spend 10 days in New Brunswick with my family and ring in the New Year at the Crabbe ski hill, I can’t wait! We got our office tree up on Friday too, and I just picked up some more decorations for the office. I’m in charge of the elf on the shelf at the office this year, so if anyone has any good ideas shoot them my way!

This month I had a real first at Vigilant, we all went to a movie IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY for Grant’s birthday and saw Bohemian Rhapsody. How many people can say they’ve done that?? It’s pretty cool the stuff we get to do. When you work hard all week, it’s pretty rewarding to get to go see a 12pm movie with all of your colleagues on a Friday. The movie was great by the way, highly recommend going to see it. I’ve been pretty busy the last month, working two jobs, taking my last elective, and trying to have a social life, so it’s nice to relax and just sit down, eat popcorn, and watch a movie.

I’ve been pretty heavily involved in a lot of projects lately, and I’ve been learning so much from everyone here. I dipped my toes (and fell in head first) into my first buildings estimate with Holly, which was both interesting and challenging. Watching her put together the last of the estimate was mesmerizing, and someday I hope that I can be THAT good. I’ve been going on site a fair bit too, sitting in on a lot of meetings, and helping write reports with Mark. I’m getting such a diverse range of experience here, it’s wonderful. I learn something new every day!

Now changing gears a bit, with Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone has it as good as us. Stay grateful this month, count your blessings, and try and give back as much as you can! There are a ton of organizations around St. John’s or wherever you are reading this from that collect donations, gifts, non-perishables, etc., so make an effort to contribute. It may make all the difference to someone’s Christmas! I’m so grateful to be surrounded by great colleagues and friends this time of year; since my family is all in New Brunswick, it’s nice to have my 9-5 life so cheerful and fun. I try and make a conscious effort to be grateful for the little things every day, and what a difference it makes.

Anyways, I’ve been rambling about a whole lot of nothing in this post, and it’s time for me to go study some Spanish (never take Spanish 1000 by the way). Have fun tackling the Avalon Mall and Stavanger drive this month while you Christmas shop!

Until next time (in 3 weeks)!

- Meg

A Concrete Way of Thinking

Well I’m starting my ninth week here at Vigilant and I can’t believe how fast time has been going by! Every day comes with a new challenge and opportunity to learn, and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. On top of the work experience, I’ve been lucky to have such a great group of people to spend the busy days with. From talking about food to pets to movies and books, every day is filled with laughter and (friendly) debates and positivity.

A team is kind of like building a foundation wall. Ian could probably write a cooler metaphor about an engine or a pump or something, but I’m a Civil so bear with me. The three major things you need to build a foundation wall are your concrete, formwork, and rebar. All three are completely different materials, with different properties, strengths, weaknesses, and purposes. Without your formwork, your concrete is going to pour all over the ground, and basically make a big hard mess of concrete without providing any purpose. Without the rebar, your foundation wall isn’t going to be very strong, and it’s going to be susceptible to failure. Lastly, without your concrete, well… you know where I’m going with this. Similarly, every member at Vigilant is unique in their own way and bring a different edge and attitude to the team. Without each and every individual, Vigilant would not be who they are today. Every member has their own strengths and weaknesses. Standing alone they’re all great in their own way, but together, they form a solid, strong, useful base.

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with so many things in the last eight weeks.  Mark has been an incredible mentor, helping me learn and challenging me to be better every day. I’ve learned so much about project management from him, Grant, Holly, Lloyd, Ian, and Todd, in addition to the business side of things from Terry, Michelle, and Sheldon. My only wish is that there were more hours in a day.

Well I just spent an incredible weekend in Halifax visiting friends, so I’d best get back to work! Until next time! 

- Megan

A Warm Welcome

If you’ve read the other blog posts, you will notice that most get away without having to write them for the first month or two… but not me!  I just finished my first week here at Vigilant, and Terry already has me writing one. He must think that I’m going to be good at this (sorry in advance!) [Editor’s Note: Extremely high expectations indeed - Terry].

I was asked to write about how I expected my first week to go versus how it actually went. To start, I’ve wanted to land a work term with Vigilant since my first year in engineering; their work interested me, it sounded like a place that I could learn a lot about my Civil discipline (along with much more), and they held a very high reputation amongst the students at Memorial University. I remember being jealous of every student who got the opportunity to work here and kept applying semester after semester, despite not being chosen. Finally, for my fifth and final work term, I was selected for an interview and got the job! By this point, I had pretty high hopes as to how my work term would go, excited and nervous to join a team that seemed more like a family. All I can say is that Vigilant has exceeded my expectations in every way. Within only a week, I already feel like I’m a part of the team. They’ve entrusted me with tasks that I know I can do but haven’t been given the opportunity to prove prior to working here. I’ve learned more in my first week here at Vigilant than I could have ever expected, thanks in particular to Mark and Grant. I expected my first week to be filled with orientation documents, introductions, and with small tasks to help out, however I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be highly involved from day one. I've already gotten the opportunity to help with a quantity takeoff which I spent most of my first week doing, I was able to go on multiple site visits with Mark, Todd, and Holly, and I attended a tender opening on my first day with Michelle and Ashley. They all make sure that I’m involved and answer any number of questions that I may have.

I knew from just the interview that the energy at Vigilant was positive, and that has completely upheld for the entire week. I never expected to be so delighted to come into work every morning and leave feeling excited to come back. I’ve even been spending evenings at coffee shops playing around with AutoCAD, reading reports, and trying to catch up on projects. It really makes you want to become a useful member of the team as quickly as possible, because just being here makes you want to do better and be better. It's incredible how far a "great work today" comment from a coworker can go, especially being a student, and it’s what drives you to go from good to great. I once had a supervisor tell me to “become comfortable with being uncomfortable, because it means that you are learning”. I’ve kept this in the back of my mind for years; even though learning new things can become overwhelming, frustrating, and awkward, you need to stick with it nonetheless. It means that you’re growing, and with the right team to turn to like here at Vigilant, it has made that so much easier.

So, I guess overall, I came in with the expectation that this was going to be a great work term. I shouldn’t be getting ahead of myself, but I already know that it will be.

- Megan

Here I Come Term 6

My time here at Vigilant has come to an end. How did 16 weeks go by so fast? I’ll admit, the first couple of weeks I wasn’t sure if I would be kept busy enough for my liking, but I later learned that I would become an important part of the team when it came to getting tasks done.

Growing up I was told that “a day not having learnt something is a day wasted.” Whether it be something big or small, it’s always fulfilling to go home knowing you’re a little more educated than you were the day before.

I’ve had the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience both in and out of the office from every person who works here. It’s a small company so you get to know everyone pretty quickly, and you come to realize that each one of them are ready and willing to help you out whenever possible.

I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with a team that is so dedicated to bettering the construction industry while also ensuring their students gain valuable knowledge and experience. It was never about how much I already knew, but how much I was willing to learn that made me a good fit for the Vigilant team. It was a pleasure working with each of you and I’ll be sure to visit during the fall semester :)

P.S. I’ll give you a heads up when I’m dropping by to make sure you guys don’t crank the heat!

- Kerri

The Rainbow

It’s my 9th week at Vigilant and I’ve managed to avoid the “Have you written a blog post yet?” discussion… until now. It’s my very first blog post so bear with me.

Have you ever taken the time to look up at the sky after a rainfall and see the rainbow? That’s a rhetorical question – of course you have. As I’m sure you know, a rainbow has seven colours, and each colour is associated with its own traits and characteristics. Well, the way I see it, you can imagine the colors of the rainbow as members of a construction project.

Violet – The Client. Violet is the first inner color of the rainbow. It is surrounded by the rest of the colors and without violet, there wouldn’t be a rainbow.

They “sometimes have high expectations for themselves and others,” and rightfully so. The Client is putting their trust in someone that they probably don’t even know, to potentially complete a huge project that they want to turn out perfectly. However, we all know that “perfect” doesn’t happen in the construction industry.

They are sometimes “taken advantage of” and that’s where Vigilant comes in to help.

Indigo and Blue – Vigilant. Indigo and blue separate violet from the rest of the colors in the rainbow but still play an important role by making sure the other colors of the rainbow all fall in line after them.

 “Integrity and sincerity.” Vigilant has always been honest with their client and has never wanted to just profit from a project. Ensuring their client is happy with the results has always been their main priority.

 “Serious about responsibilities.” Vigilant manages all risks associated with a project in an effort to protect the clients’ interests and minimize any negative impacts that can arise from the execution of a project.

Green, Yellow and Orange – The Engineer and Architect. These colors form the connection between the other colors in the rainbow.

Their “mentally analytical and critical thinking” helps to ensure a project is designed to meet all technical regulations so that the project can be constructed.

They are “creative, energetic and ambitious.” A great deal of the credit for the functional capabilities and aesthetics of the end result of a project should ultimately be given to the Architect. The Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the many systems in a building work well together.

Red – The Contractor. Red is the outermost and largest color of the rainbow. Much like violet, without the color red, there wouldn’t be a rainbow.

 “Active and energetic.” The Contractor is the most physically active participant in a construction project. The Contractor gets to witness all of the little details and surprises first hand.

 “Strong willed” and not in a bad way. They are determined to complete the project as they see fit since they have a lot of hands on experience.

In summary, all of the above colors play an important role in actually forming a rainbow just like all of the members play an important role in executing a construction project.

To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure where this blog post was going to go when I got the rainbow idea, but hey, in all fairness I did choose Civil Engineering and not an English Major.

In all seriousness though, the construction industry is a remarkable field with numerous surprises to keep everyone on their toes – it’s what keeps the work so interesting and enjoyable. I’m fortunate to have gained the experience I have so far with Vigilant and I look forward to the knowledge I have left to gain over my remaining seven weeks. I also look forward to hopefully further exploring my interests in the construction industry over my remaining two work terms, wherever I may end up!

- Kerri

A Thank You to the Vigilant Family

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. Seriously - where have these last four months gone? This work term has flown by like none other, and as cliché as it sounds, it really feels like my first day was last week. Unfortunately, due to some rather frantic changes to my travel plans home, I didn’t get to cherish my last day at Vigilant like I hoped I would and hardly got to say goodbye to my adopted Vigilant family from the past four months.

I’ve learned an insane amount during my short tenure at Vigilant; from a scary amount regarding Tommy Wiseau and one of the worst movies of all time “The Room”, to the inner workings of the construction industry. I’ve learned that much more goes into a construction project than the current in-game meta (which is quickly approaching meme status) of the wildly popular game Fortnite to “Just Build”. A staggering amount of preparation takes place prior to construction even coming close to starting. I was privileged enough to be a part of that process on many exciting projects and able to witness many different stages of construction through numerous site visits.

I will cherish my time at Vigilant, not only for all that I learned about, but also because I was treated with respect and trusted to complete important tasks vital to construction projects. As a company, Vigilant is definitely going places, and I would like to thank them for allowing me to tag along for four months. It was a wonderful learning experience and I truly enjoyed my time interacting with everyone in the office. Vigilant taught me how one should feel coming into the office every day and by far has the best company culture I’ve experienced to date. I will miss it dearly during my next four months of school.

As I try and wrap up my last blog post I’d like to take a moment and say thank you and so long for now to everyone, as I envision it would hopefully have happened if I did not have to take off unexpectedly to catch my flight.  Although, it is rather unlikely it would have went down like this as I suck at goodbyes!

To Terry and Krissy:

Thank you for giving me the incredible opportunity to prove myself to the company and become part of the Vigilant family. For showing me the right way to conduct both myself professionally and how to run a business successfully. For talking baseball and chicken dinners/victory royales with me and keeping our sweets cravings well-fed. Finally, thanks for being a constant bright spot at the office.

To Lloyd:

Thank you for all of the stories and imparted wisdom every morning. It was a pleasure to get to know you and allowing me to soak in as much of your incredible knowledge and experience as I could. Thanks for showing me how to own my job and be proud of my work. I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved break in Florida!

To Mark, Todd, Grant and Holly:

Thank you all so much for keeping myself and Noah busy throughout the term. For guiding us and giving us valuable feedback throughout the trials and tribulations of a work-term student. Thanks for letting us tag along on numerous site visits and trusting us with some pretty heavy hitting tasks and treating us as equals. Thank you for showing us what a work ethic looks like. All of your combined experience is staggering and proved to be useful resources throughout the term. All of the stories and jokes will be sorely missed.

What are ya at Sheldon?

Thanks for talking hockey with me and for all of your incredible impressions. Thank you for making sure we had everything we needed to feel at home and making sure we were a part of the family. The effort you put in so that Noah and I were comfortable is greatly appreciated and won’t be forgotten any time soon.

To Michelle: 

Thank you for being an awesome desk neighbour, even if you did break my heart in the final hours by saying you hated “the great 8”. I guess maybe your hatred for Ovie can be cancelled by me telling you that I hear all the movies you go to see aren’t very good!

Finally, to Noah:

Thank you for sharing you journey through Game of Thrones with me, helping me out with Eng. Econ, and being a sweet work-term buddy. All the best on the upcoming term, I’m sure I will see you around school lots!

I wish everyone all the best in the future and bid you all adieu as my story at Vigilant comes to a close for now. Thanks for the memories and I hope to see everyone soon!

- Will

Night Gathers, and Now My Summer Term Begins

My time at Vigilant Management has sadly come to an end. As my remaining hours in the office dwindle, I find myself wanting to stay even more. The Vigilant experience is truly like no other. From day one, I felt connected to everyone in the office and that connection has only grown stronger since. I felt very accepted on both a professional level and personal level. The month of March was certainly the busiest of my time at Vigilant. Myself and Mark had plenty of lunch breaks that only consisted of a quick bite to eat and a mugful of coffee that went “straight down da troat/gullet.” That’s not to say that those were bad days by any means. Having a busy day at the office was incredibly fulfilling. I really felt that I was a part of the team and that the work that I was doing really mattered to Vigilant. Mark and I made sure to make up for that lost time at lunch by playing Contra on our break when we had days that weren’t as busy.

As I think of the long nights that I’ll be spending in the lab during my fast approaching semester, I reassure myself that the advice I was told and the stories I heard at Vigilant will guide me to the end. Before Lloyd left in early April, he sat down with Will and I, and explained how he conducts himself within Newfoundland and Labrador’s construction industry. He said to us, “When I’m managing a job, I make sure that it’s mine and that I know everything there is to know about it.” That really resonated with me. “Knowing everything” was a foreign concept to me. I never thought that I could “know everything” about anything! My standards were always set at working hard and being satisfied with whatever the outcome was. Now I fully intend on trying to “know everything” about the course material I’m going to be studying soon. Whether or not it works will be seen.

I could write quite a bit about all the things I’ll miss at Vigilant, so in attempt to cover it all here’s a list of some of my favorite. Don’t worry if you don’t quite understand all of them; it’s a Vigilant thing.

  • Chatting with Will and Sheldon about Game of Thrones (while simultaneously spoiling it for Michelle)

  • “Controlling the Avalon”

  • Playing Contra at lunch with Mark

  • Sharing Lloyd’s excitement about Fridays

  • Saying “Whadda y’at bys?!” every time I come into the office

  • Hearing hilarious stories from Grant, Holly, and Lloyd

  • Grant’s dogs

  • Hearing “I can’t believe you’ve done this” from Sheldon or Todd in their spot on British accents

  • Krissy’s unending enthusiasm

  • Terry’s hilarious office antics

  • Todd’s ever so kind presence (and intense Overwatch skills)

  • Company lunches

  • Getting emails of top notch memes from one of the bys

  • The coffee

Fare thee well Vigilant. Perhaps we’ll meet again some day.

- Noah(Liam)

Fool in the Rain

We moved to Newfoundland from Nova Scotia to join team Vigilant 3 years ago on April 1st. The driving conditions were terrible but we were optimistic. I was nervous moving to a new province that I had only visited once a decade before.  It was a life changing journey that I embarked on with my future wife and pug Roland, both of which had never been to the island. Our families thought we were fools for leaving our home province for Newfoundland, especially since we gave them very little notice. The decision to move to Newfoundland was a quick one, after accepting the position at Vigilant. Within a month my partner and I packed up all of our belongings and moved into an apartment that we had only seen online. As you can imagine, this was a big shock to our friends and family.

This pivotal moment in my life was not lightly taken. I had several video interviews with the team and I felt that my personal goals aligned perfectly with Vigilant’s vision and culture.  The great thing about video interviews is that you can relax at your own house and are only required to have interview attire from the waist up. This allowed me to be comfortable and let my personality shine through.

I love nature and being outside and have absolutely fallen in love with Newfoundland’s scenery, in particular the breath taking East Coast Trail. I try to spend as much time as possible on the trail, often by hiking or Trail Running (fast hiking). Through my hobby of running I’ve learned to look at construction projects as though they are a marathon. A marathon is much more than the time you put up at the end of the race (or date of occupation of the building); it is also the months of training in preparation of the race (pre-design and design phase). What some people don’t realize is that the actual marathon is the easiest part in comparison to the training. Much like a construction project, the more effort that you put into your preparation, the better the race and end result.

The construction phase I visualize as the race. You have to stick to your race plan (drawings & specifications), run at your desired pace (the project schedule), and you have to be able to adjust to unexpected situations as they arise - such as a leg cramp or a surprise discovered within a wall during a renovation.

Vigilant has been with me the whole way and continues to provide the support needed to continue along my path.  They have provided funding and time for me to pursue my educational goals and have encouraged me to complete an MBA . I have grown a lot throughout my time with Vigilant and have accomplished many personal and professional goals including getting my P.Eng and PQS designations, being a project lead on a $4M project, completing an ultra trail marathon, buying a house, and getting married!

My wife and I are very happy that we decided to take the leap three years ago and move to the island, we certainly weren’t April Fools.

-Mark