|Welcome, Lacy John!|
It is with pleasure
that we announce our
What sparked your interest in working for PD&C? The professional, hard-working, friendly personalities, of course!
What is your favorite part about working for Missouri State? The. Bear.
Which recent Planning, Design & Construction project on campus is your favorite? Foster Recreation Center has a fantastic breezeway/pass-through from near campus center to JQH which offers a remarkable view of the pool I find mesmerizing. I think of a tossing a penny and making a wish!
What is your favorite building on campus and why? My favorite building is Strong Hall. I love the giant glass wall that lets in so much light, and I enjoy the view.
Any favorite hobbies that occupy your free time? Free time…? Besides working, I take classes, have three teenagers, do volunteer work when I can, and stay involved with local social/learning groups.
Favorite part of living in Springfield? Almost year-round there are a variety of things to do and many parks to enjoy. Some of my favorite local places are Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturday mornings, The Moxie, The Library Center, Mudhouse, Classic Rock Coffee, Nathanael Greene Park, and Sequiota Park.
How do you feel about hardhats? Ever worn one before? Hardhats are an evil necessity. Yes, I’ve worn one a few times. My family was in the construction business.
Andy’s or Pineapple Whip? Neither. Simply Yo! This sweet little frozen yogurt café sports friendly neutral colors, a great layout, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I have lived in seven states, have three kids, and at one time had nine dogs. (Two bonus facts!)
|Welcome, James McTavish!|
James began his
journey with our
department in 2013,
starting as a
Project Manager -
Engineer. You may
have seen him
walking the labs of
Temple Hall or
cutting through the
dust from the John
After earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, James received a Master's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California.
range from nuclear
is through these
experiences, as well
as his experience
with the University,
that made him a
for this position.
We look forward to working with him as we continue to serve the University. If you have not had the chance to do so, please help us congratulate him as he learns the ropes of his new position.
Who is your favorite engineer? Robert Fulton, the inventor of the first practical steamboat and submarine.
What are you looking forward to the most about this position? I'm excited to become involved in a wide range of projects.
How long have you been at Planning, Design, and Construction? I have been here for two years. I started in the summer of 2013.
What has been your favorite project so far? I think the replacement of the bulkhead at the pool in Hammons Student Center. When I started on the project I had no idea what a moveable bulkhead in a swimming pool was!
Who is your favorite band and why? Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band because he is the Boss.
Do you like the hardhat, safety glasses, and reflective vest look? I have gone with the hardhat look for 40 years. It has served me well.
What is your favorite part about being a professional engineer? It has given me the opportunity to learn new things. There is never a dull moment, and I like to be constantly challenged.
Where are you from, and how did you end up in Springfield, working at MSU? I was born and raised in Detroit, then I lived in Florida, Connecticut, California, Missouri, Illinois, Salt Lake City, Florida, and now I'm back in Missouri. My wife is from Missouri and her dad has gotten older, so we came back for family.
What are the
main values that you
hope to bring to
and Construction as