Foreman Focus Friday: Chris Howard

Jan 8, 2016 | Foreman Focus Friday


The complexities of mechanical construction are at the root of Hermanson’s culture. Needless to say, those who excel at leading this effort are near and dear to our hearts, and brilliant, devoted people like Chris Howard make us proud by sharing and embodying our vision every single day. Over two decades ago, Chris and his good friend (and Hermanson employee), Jes Stewart, were flipping through the yellow pages searching for employment when they found an ad for Sheet Metal Local 66. They made the mutual decision to join the union, and the rest is history. A bit of good luck and good timing may have guided Chris to the industry - his unlimited talent has made him one of Hermanson’s most well known and esteemed field leaders. Chris has spent his entire career with Hermanson, serving as a Foreman and Superintendent for a wide range of projects including hospitals, data centers, government and high tech office buildings. He specializes in high efficiency / low impact methods such as pull-planning, fast-paced schedules, and working in areas that remain fully functional while construction occurs. Chris was Lead Foreman on our largest project to date, Providence Colby Cymbaluk Tower, and survived two stints working and living in Alaska, first completing sheet metal construction for the Kodiak Hospital in the 1990’s and then as mechanical lead for the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute for NOAA! In addition to the challenge of installing complex systems, Chris thrives on collaborating with general contractors, engineers, and owners to execute successful projects. Even after 25 years, connecting with people is still his favorite part of the job. Our clients enjoy working with Chris because of his ability to build and maintain relationships and trust.