Plateau People – Kris Pierce, Senior Estimator
With a strong foundation built on people, quality craftsmanship, and innovation, Plateau Excavation has become a leader in tackling advanced, large-scale and complex site development projects, but it is our people that truly make the difference and have moved the company forward.
- How many years have you been at Plateau Excavation? 16 years
- What’s your job title? Senior Estimator
- What exactly do you do at our company? My main responsibilities consist of project scheduling, bid preparation, and plan takeoffs. I also assist developers and engineers with conceptual site design, including earthwork and utility budgets.
- So far, what has been your favorite project? I would say Truist Park/The Battery. Even though I wasn’t directly involved with this project, it is very cool to see where that site started and where it is today. That was a complicated project, and most of the people who will visit that park will have no idea what went into making that job come to fruition.
- How would you describe your team or the people you work with? I love the people I work with. We all get along great and try to help one another whenever we can.
- What advice would you provide to someone interested in getting into this industry? Be willing to learn from the ground up. I started out in the field on the GPS/Staking side of things and got to see projects from the beginning to the end. You need to be able to appreciate what it takes at every level to complete the projects that we work on every day.
- What is your favorite aspect about your job, Plateau, or the industry? The people I work with and getting to see a job go from a field or forest to the finished product. It’s pretty amazing what those guys in the field can do.
- What drew you to Plateau originally? I came from a surveying background, and Plateau was just getting involved in the GPS market in 2007 when I started. I was needing to make a move, and luckily, I knew a few people who worked here and was able to get an opportunity to get involved with the GPS layout division they were just starting at the time. Once I started learning about the business, I went back to school, got my engineering degree, and came into the office doing takeoffs and eventually putting bids/budgets together.
- What is something unique about you (a fun fact) that few people are aware of? I love snowboarding. I don’t get to go as often as I used to since having three kids, but I would rather be on a mountain snowboarding than anywhere else.
- Anything else to share? Go Braves and Go Dawgs!
Be willing to learn from the ground up. I started out in the field on the GPS/Staking side of things and got to see projects from the beginning to the end. You need to be able to appreciate what it takes at every level to complete the projects that we work on every day.