Meet the Associate: Doug Smith, Project Manager, Civil Engineering

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Doug Smith is a project manager and associate in MSP’s Civil Engineering Department

When did you come to MSP?
I came to MSP in June of 1987, right out of College.  I left for a short period in 1991, however returned to MSP in 1995 and have been there ever since.

What is your role at MSP and what are your job responsibilities?
My main role is project manager.  With that said, I’m involved in every aspect of completing a project. I’m the draftsman, the designer, do the invoicing, involved in bill collections, client relations, and assistance with project approvals from local government municipalities. Since COVID, and being someone in the office on a somewhat regular basis, I’ve even been the one to change the rolls of paper in the plotter and reload the paper in the copy machines when they become depleted.

How long have you worked within this industry?
I’ve worked in the industry for 34 years

What does being an associate mean to you?
It provides a sense of pride and accomplishment for all the years I’ve worked at MSP.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Client relations is my favorite part of the job. I enjoy interaction with the clients as we proceed down a sometimes “long and winding road” to have a project go from concept stage to completion.

During your time at MSP what has been the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?
I enjoyed working on the new corporate office building for the Balluff Company located in Florence, KY. A good friend of mine was and still is the HR representative for the company and introduced me and Craig Rambo to the potential project. Craig and I proceeded through the interview process and were fortunate enough to win the project and design their new facility. Balluff is a German-based company and it intrigued me how German companies viewed the work environment for their employees. They wanted the building to have a lot of natural light, and the interior was painted a bright white. They wanted a large modern lunchroom for employee social gatherings as well as workout rooms. It was the first time I heard of the term “huddle” rooms.  They wanted us to design a pedestrian bridge to connect their new facility to the old facility as well as provide walking paths and charging stations for their Segways. Keep in mind, this all started back in 2010, 12 years ago prior to the new influx of electric cars requiring charging stations.

Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a bourbon enthusiast, I enjoy buying and tasting different bourbon whiskeys.

What is something that you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy doing house renovations outside of work.  If I had the time, I would consider “flipping” a house for the fun of it.

How has your career grown since starting at MSP?
Ron Roat and Jim Watson have been a great mentors to me. I have grown from a young “green” college graduate to a seasoned, successful project manager.

What makes you proud to work at MSP?
When driving around the different Cincinnati communities with my family, I’m proud to show and explain to them the various successful projects that MSP has been involved with. From residential subdivisions to office and commercial developments, it’s nice to know that MSP has had a “hand” in the growth and prosperity of many local communities.