Profile of an engineer: Carl Greene, Principal – Consulting Manager, Roofing & Paving
When it comes to questions about roofing projects, McNeil Engineering’s top roofing consultant is Carl Greene, the Consulting Manager for Roofing & Paving. Carl has worked for more than 15 years as a paving and roofing consultant for McNeil Engineering, rising to the position of Principal and Partner in the company.
Before becoming a roofing consultant, Carl joined the Utah Air National Guard, and has travelled to five continents. He graduated from the Community College of the Air Force with an A.S. in Construction Technology and Personnel Management. In addition, he has an A.S. and A.A.S. in Architectural Technology from Salt Lake Community College, and bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Utah.
On Jan. 1, 2017, he became the first manager/principal/partner of McNeil Engineering in the Roofing & Paving section.
Get to know the partner who’s having an impact on your roofing and paving projects:
Why did you join McNeil Engineering?
“At the time, I was pulling active duty days with the Utah Air National Guard and desperately needed a change of pace.
“My previous employer had used McNeil Engineering to do structural engineering for several projects. I interviewed and felt a connection to the head of the department, Rod Davis. Funny side note: Rod offered me the position in March on a Friday. On Saturday, I received a call from the Utah Air National Guard that my unit had been activated for the war in Iraq. I had to call back Monday and explain that I could not accept the position. However, when we returned from our deployment, Rod was gracious enough to offer me a position, and the rest is history.”
Why did you decide to become a roofing consultant?
“Roofs are a very important part of a building’s architecture and my skillset fits well into the consulting work we do for roofs. We not only design replacement roofs, but we provide contract administration during construction. That type of project management, construction management and contract administration, are what set us apart from our engineering brothers.
“We take responsibility for the successful execution of every part of our projects. That includes paving projects. I believe the challenge of initiating a design and then seeing it through to its completion is one of the most compelling factors in why I chose this career as a roofing consultant.”
How would you describe the ideal project?
“The more creative I can be, the happier I am,” Carl says. And that sentiment is critical to the success of a roofing consultant’s job. “Removing a roof and putting it back on in the exact same way is boring. But coming across a roof that has had a history of problems and complaints, and being given the challenge to find a way to put it back together so that it works better for the next 20 to 30 years? That is what I come to work for each day.”
What do you think is the major strength that you bring to your clients?
Carl brings the traits he developed in his religious mission and other aspects of his life to bear on his role as a roofing consultant. “I consider myself as somewhat a peacemaker. I have a knack for seeing all sides of an issue so that I can better advise and guide my team and clients to a completed project. Being able to respond to crisis or high emotions with respect, a level head, and without a need to blame someone for what is going on has helped on more occasions than I can count,” he says.
What are your plans for the future?
“I hope to continue to expand and enhance the services we provide in the Consulting Department. Building Information Modeling (BIM), point cloud modeling, BIM for facility management, are only some of the possible directions we could move into in the future,” says Carl.
But he also looks beyond being a roofing consultant. “For myself personally, I plan on hanging around as long as I can be useful. When the career ends, I hope to travel, serve the community and provide service in line with my personal religious beliefs.”
Have a question or a project that involves roofing, paving or BIM?
You can always talk with Carl, another roofing consultant, as well as any of the engineering professionals at McNeil Engineering. Just give us a call.