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May 15, 2015
Jim Davis is known simply as “JD” at the jobsite no airs, no ego, a builder’s builder and a great teacher.
“He knows good design and he knows how to build, but more importantly, he knows how to build alliances,” said Jim Broadlick, Vulcan’s senior director of design and construction. “He’s the most proactive person I know.”
The project team for the Block 44 office complex was faced with a wide array of challenges. Enter Davis and his multitasking ability, analytical thinking and excellent communication skills.
“He was exactly what we needed,” said Broadlick, “a highly collaborative leader with absolutely everyone’s best interest in mind. He knows every system, learns every detail. He never stops thinking about what could affect the building.”
Davis’ character and discipline was evident in all aspects of GLY Construction’s Block 44 project, including the project’s safety record. With no lost-time incidents and a total of 259,468 man hours, it made a significant contribution to GLY’s record-low 0.4854 EMR.
Davis graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and celebrates 40 years in the industry this year. Since joining GLY in 2005, he’s delivered over 2.4 million square feet of new construction in South Lake Union, playing a significant role in the revitalization of the neighborhood. But he’d be the first to tell you his finest moments have nothing to do with personal milestones.
His focus, apart from keeping Block 44 stakeholders satisfied, is mentoring the next generation of GLY leaders.
“It’s really a joy to watch Jim around the young project engineers on the team,” Broadlick said. “He’s very good at educating and coaching, but he challenges people, too. That’s how they grow.”