WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEE: Kristopher Soyland, MEP Coordinator, Building Group

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEE: Kristopher Soyland, MEP Coordinator, Building Group

How many years have you worked in the construction industry?
8 years

How/why did you chose to work in this industry?
I began my construction career working for a mechanical contractor in the NYC market. I was able to work on some notable projects including Grand Central Madison and the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. It always amazed me to see the end result along with the various MEP systems working together at project completion. After working at the mechanical contractor, I worked for two NYC-based two general contractors/construction managers, one of which is where I met my wife, Victoria.

What inspired you to join the O&G team?
I’ve always lived in CT and wanted to be closer to home. It has been very nice to be able to work within the state instead of traveling to New York or New Jersey for projects. During my initial interviews, it was clear this is a company that I could see myself having a home with and advancing my career. I always knew of O&G Industries for concrete & asphalt production but never realized that they did building construction too.

Tell us something about your career development.
When I began working in the industry, I quickly understood that you need to learn to listen to others and ask the right questions. In construction, there’s always a progression of various ways of doing an activity, and certainly in the mechanical, electrical, & plumbing fields. Technology, tool, & process advancements are constantly being made which makes working in this segment of the building stage extremely fun and interesting. There’s always something new to learn.

What do you think is the most important skill that a successful professional should have?
In my opinion, the most important skill would be respect. Every construction professional needs to learn how to provide someone with the opportunity to explain, and know how to respond to any item in a conversation, either verbal or written. A respectful demeanor goes a long way in this industry.

What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned throughout your career?
One of the most important lessons is patience. Being patient in conversations in meetings or on-site can save much aggravation. A simple misunderstanding can cause a headache for all parties involved and taking a step back to evaluate the situation can be extremely beneficial.

Kris earned his BE in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Maritime College. He and his wife, Victoria, have two dogs, Sam and Patrick, who they do a lot of hiking and exploring with. He’s a huge lover of vinyl and an avid skier. His favorite mountain to ski is Alta outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.