Chris Kavanaugh

Chris KavanaughWhat is your major(s)/minor(s)?
Major: Construction Management
Minor: Architecture, Business Management
Core Concentration: Art/ Architectural History

What internships have you had?

I interned and will continue to work with Gilbane Building Co., out of their Boston office. I learned that the actual construction is the easy part in the development of a project. The most difficult part is managing different personalities and maintaining efficiency. I also learned how safety is enforced with daily toolbox talks and a safety orientation for new workers on the site. Lastly, I learned very quickly the influence that the unions have within the construction industry, especially in an urban area like Boston.

What major projects have you been a part of?

In 2014, I worked with Gilbane in demolishing Winthrop High School and rebuilding a new, three-story middle/high school on the existing footprint. This project is zero waste, meaning no materials will be sent to a landfill. This project utilized rammed aggregate piers technique to strengthen the soil and allow for the flow of water through crushed stone piers to avoid elevating the water table.

What are your post-grad goals?

I would love to work full-time for Gilbane upon graduation.  They treat their employees well and I couldn’t be happier there. I want to one day become a Senior General Superintendent working on large scale commercial buildings.

How has the Construction Management program at RWU helped you?

My favorite aspect of the CM program at RWU is the interaction between the instructors and the students. Class sizes are small, and the professors develop a relationship with each student and can identify individuals’ strengths and weaknesses. Doing this allows the instructors to modify their teaching style and increase individuals’ chances of success. Also, lectures always incorporate different examples, which keeps students’ attention and helps them with retaining the information.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pitcher for the Red Sox more than anything.  I think the happiest day of my life came in 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years.