23 Sep GGInsights: Q&A with Q&A with Superintendent David Erickson
David Erickson joined the Gillis Gilkerson team in June of 2023 as a Superintendent. Originally from the Lewes area, David graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 2018 before heading to Liberty University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration – Project Management in 2022, followed by his Masters of Business Administration in 2023. Since joining GGI, David has spent time working on construction of the Cambria Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Hi-Tide Liquor in Milford, DE, the Harrison Group Offices in Ocean City and Frito Lay in Dover, DE.
Welcome to the team David!
In a nutshell, how would you describe your role as a construction superintendent?
My role as Construction Superintendent is to ensure job safety at all times, and to help projects run as smoothly as possible, maintaining communication to keep the customer satisfied.
How long have you been a part of our construction team? What initially drew you to this field?
I joined the company about 3 months ago. I have always had a desire to be in construction.
Can you share a memorable or particularly interesting construction project you have worked on? What made it special?
Hi-Tide Liquor Store in Milford, DE was memorable for me because I took the project over for about a month, being the first project I was in charge of really showed me the ins and outs.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Any specific achievements you are proud of?
The most rewarding part of my role as Superintendent is being able to help people achieve their goals, whether it be something big or small.
How do you approach managing and coordinating construction projects? Any strategies you find most effective?
I approach tasks with an open mind and use my foundation of knowledge to result in the best solution that makes all parties happy.
What are some challenges you face in your role? How do you overcome them?
The biggest challenges I have seen revolve around scheduling and communication. If one little thing happens, it can affect the whole timeline of the project and every other subcontractor involved.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in construction?
The best advice I could give someone who is looking to start a career in construction is to learn as much as you can from the superintendents above you and listen to what they have to say because the more knowledge, the better!
Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or interests? How do you unwind and recharge?
I played baseball my whole life, including in college. Now after college, I am really enjoying hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. I am also involved in my church community.
What is the hottest/favorite lunch place for superintendents on our team right now?
Ole reliable packed lunch!