In this blog post, we’ll be sitting down with Jason Mantle, our Vice President of Preconstruction here at The Korte Company. Jason is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently is part of the adjunct faculty at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. You can connect with Jason on LinkedIn.
How long have you been in the construction business?
I started working with my brother pouring concrete when I was 12 years old. I finished concrete all the way through college. I then started working for The Korte Company straight out of college and have been here for almost 20 years.
What is your role at The Korte Company?
My current role at TKC is VP of Preconstruction. I’ve also been a field engineer, project manager and a quality assurance manager.
Define Preconstruction for us and how it relates to Design-Build construction?
The preconstruction phase of the project effectively outlines the parameters of the job and defines project cost and schedule. Having a fully integrated Design-Build team in place like we do at The Korte Company, ensures the right decisions are being made early on. And with any project, there are factors that continually influence the outcome, which is exactly why Design-Build is such an effective delivery method, especially when coupled with solid preconstruction capabilities.
Describe the industry as a whole. Where is it going?
Not sure where we are going! I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure that one out. But, when we get there, we will be better for it!
What is the biggest obstacle people are facing in your industry?
Getting profitable work.
What isn’t on your resume that separates you from others in this field?
There’s nothing special about me. Like all satisfied people in this business, we work hard, like to build things and like doing a good job – that’s what makes us sleep good at night!
What is your most significant professional accomplishment?
Getting my Professional Engineer’s (PE) license.
What’s your favorite book? Why?
Call of the Wild, as it’s a book about humility and overcoming adversity.
What are your favorite pastimes?
Hunting, fishing and building things.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?