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Behind the Build: Interview with Nick Sundberg, Warranty PM, Josef Gartner USA/Permasteelisa NA

Have you had a chance to look at the amazing construction photos from our 5th Annual Axe Contest? If you haven‚Äôt, take a look at our blog. In the meantime, we are continuing to dive into the incredible stories of the people behind the photos. Last week, we featured one of our winners in Behind the Build for the category A Day in the Life. This week, we speak with the other top winner for the category Picture Perfect‚ÄďNick Sundberg, Warranty PM, Josef Gartner USA/Permasteelisa NA. ¬†

Below, Nick reveals some of his most memorable moments from the start of his now 43-year-career, as well as shares why he‚Äôs proud to be a part of the building team for the project he captured for the Axe Contest‚Äďthe Canadian Museum of Human Rights. ¬†

What first got you into construction?  

My Grandfather came from Sweden in 1922 and started the family Construction Business shortly thereafter. My father joined him after he returned from WWII, I truly grew up in the business‚Äďit’s in my blood.

How long have you been building?  

I started building 43 years ago‚Äďsince the creation of dirt!

Why do you continue to build today?

As I mentioned, I come from a long line of builders. I love construction people. They are the most dedicated and hardworking people I know.

Do you have any good stories from your friend experiences on the job?

My father made me labor for every trade. He felt it was the best way to learn the business. My first day as a laborer for the Masonry Crew, the foreman instructed me to go to the truck and get a bucket of “mortar joints.‚ÄĚ A mortar joint is a space between bricks that is filled with mortar, so obviously, you cannot have a “bucket” of them. I spent 20 minutes looking for this bucket until I noticed the whole crew doubled over in laughter!

What do you love most about the industry?  

I love the people including their camaraderie, honesty and work ethic. A construction project takes an entire group of diversified professionals, all working together for a common goal. I have never witnessed a truer definition of teamwork in any other profession.

Tell us more about the project you photographed for the Axe Contest. Why are you proud of this project?

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights is one of the most famous buildings in Canada. In fact, the new Canadian $10 has the image of the structure on its face. Not only is the structure an amazing work of art, the stories told within, from slavery to the Holocaust, are emotional and important to be presented in this manner so to be never repeated.

1 Canadian Museum of Human Rights

How has technology changed the way you work in construction?  

Drastically. The efficiency and speed of sharing construction information and data not only improves crew and customer communication but accuracy is also improved and human error is lessened.

How did you first start using PlanGrid?  

I am fairly new to PlanGrid as an actual user. I started researching it over two years ago. Once I saw the capabilities and success the active construction side was having, I pushed hard to get it for my Warranty/Service Division.

PlanGrid allows me, and my site managers to not only review all pertinent drawings and specs, but the ability to keep a Warranty issue history with notes and photo documentation is extremely beneficial, not only when resolving the current issue, but for knowing the history if the issue reoccurs.

Any recommendations you want to share with the next generation of builders?

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and actually “learn” the physical skill set required.

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