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Meet Ryan

Job Title
Senior Project Manager
Washington University, St. Louis
Civil Engineering & Business Administration
Fishing or Surfing?
Dance or Sing?
Sing -- I like The Voice
Call or Text?
Hard hat or baseball hat?
Hard hat -- I feel lost without it.
Wood or Stone?
Tractor or Car?

My parents both taught me that success was earned through hard work. This strong work ethic has helped me overcome many obstacles and has shaped me into the person I am today.



As an undergraduate athlete pursuing a double major in civil engineering and business administration, I lived and breathed school work and basketball. Some said I was too short to play college basketball and thought the double major would be too much, but I proved them wrong. Sheer determination and a good sense of humor pulled me through. Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything differently. My athletic and academic pursuits allowed me to travel to new cities and taught me better organization, team building and related career skills that I’ve used throughout my professional life.

I’ve never let someone tell me, it’s not possible or slow me down from pursuing my goals or finding solutions to problems.



Ryan playing basketball at Washington University

Recipient of the Robert L. Pearce Basketball Award from Washington University.


I interned as a construction engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation and also worked two summers as a Union laborer on a highway blasting crew. I learned what it was like to carry buckets in the heat, dig holes and swing a hammer. Today, when I manage 100-plus workers on a jobsite, I understand their challenges, because I’ve lived them. These experiences helped me decide to work for a large construction firm like McCarthy that builds big, complex projects.

Construction has been in my blood practically all of my life. My dad was a superintendent in the materials division of a heavy/highway contractor, and I fondly remember visiting the quarry where he worked. It was awesome seeing the big equipment in action. This experience gave me the drive to study civil engineering and pursue a career in construction.


First Job

My first job out of college was as a Project Engineer for a general contractor who built primarily healthcare, big-box retail and education facilities. Later, I was promoted to Project Manager before joining McCarthy.



Attended American Society for Healthcare Engineering Infection Control Training


New Hire

My previous healthcare experience led me to a career in the Central Region of McCarthy as an MEP Superintendent for the $94 million St. Anthony Medical Center renovation and expansion project in St. Louis. While the project had considerable challenges related to building a new tower addition and conducting a massive renovation on an active medical center campus, the close-knit onsite team made my first experience at McCarthy a great one. 


Participated in McCarthy Superintendent 101 Training



Promoted to Project Manager while working on the St. Anthony Medical Center project, just one year after joining McCarthy.


Completed McCarthy Project Manager 101 and Building Enclosure Coordinator Training sessions.

Always seek to learn something new and never fear hard work and getting your hands dirty.



Attended McCarthy Project Manager 201 Training.


Headed To Rolla

Served as Project Manager on the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in patient Imaging Renovation project in Rolla, Mo. The 17,000-square-foot interior renovation was completed in five major phases and a tunnel/work platform was built to allow all hospital departments to function throughout construction. By resequencing and combining phases, the project team reduced the schedule by 22 weeks.

Although McCarthy is a national leader in construction, every employee is treated as if they ar eworking for a small, family-owned company. Since I walked in the door at McCarthy, the company president knew me by name, and I never felt like just another number.


Rebuilding Joplin

After a devastating tornado severely damaged the existing Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, a temporary facility was needed until a new hospital could be built. I served as Project Manager for the construction of this temporary facility.

The Mercy temporary hospital project was probably the most difficult, yet rewarding experience of my career. When our crew arrived on site, the devastation was ten time worse than the images we saw on the news. This heart-wrenching realization motivated our team to deliver a temporary hospital within just six months. While the journey was difficult, I look back on the experience with pride knowing we helped a community in dire need.


Completed McCarthy Management 201 Training.


Historic Renovation

Ryan discussing the project with another McCarthy employee on site.

Onsite Project Manager for the $8 million St. Louis University Center for Global Citizenship, transforming an old gym originally built in 1925 into a center focused on international studies. Upgrades to all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems as well as other infrastructure were required. Through MEP design-build delivery, we shaved more than two months from the construction schedule.



Achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certification.


Repeat Client

Project Manager for the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Waynesville Medical Plaza project inWaynesville, Mo. This was McCarthy’s fourth project on the campus since 2010, and it was completed on-time and within budget while achieving an exceptional safety record with zero recordable injuries. 

As someone once told me, my job is to create an environment in which others can succeed. I do this by sharing my construction and company knowledge on a daily basis.


A New Home

Moved on to manage the $40 million Saint Louis University Residence Hall project. We’re taking advantage of the most recent technology, including a web-based electronic plan room giving the entire project team immediate access to reliable and up-to-date project information and a voice-to-text based mobile reporting solution to help with the project’s daily reports.

You can’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes you just have to make light of the moment, and let it go