This week marked the mid-point of our 2022 Intern Class’s Summer. Our interns have been hard at work across many WMJ projects in Virginia and the Carolinas, however it is always nice to get everyone back to our home base in Newport News to celebrate what they have learned and get ready for the second half of the summer.
To start off the week, our interns met in our Newport News Office, where they had a seminar on personal finance, giving them some key advice and guidance as they prepare for their careers after college.
The interns then heard from our estimating team, including Vice President of Preconstruction, Michael Daniels and Assistant Project Estimator (and former intern!) Logan Wetzler. Michael and Logan reviewed the entire preconstruction process, including what all goes into putting together an estimate for a client.
W. M. Jordan’s Virginia Beach Embassy Suites project was the next stop for our group, where Project Manager David Ancarrow and Project Engineers Ace Ermlich and Taylor Lawson took our group throughout the jobsite, highlighting what goes into a hospitality job when working for a large client like the Embassy Suites.
On Wednesday, the interns headed back to the Newport News office, where they heard from Vice President of Development, Skip Smith and the WMJ Development team. Skip and his team went over the different functions and capabilities of WMJ Development, giving our interns insight and understanding into another option for a career in construction. The interns then enjoyed a luncheon with many members of W. M. Jordan senior leadership before joining WMJ Director of Wellness, Julie Dixon, for some fun and team building exercises! Congratulations to the Orange intern team on a sweep of jenga trivia, PPE relay challenge and the ever-popular tug of war! Finally, our interns and Newport News team wrapped up the day with a relaxing ice cream social.
Finally, on Thursday our team loaded up and traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, where they got an in-depth tour of the brand-new UVA Darden Inn and Conference Center from Project Superintendent Clint Patman and Senior Project Manager Patrick Barbier. With so many different aspects of construction going on at the Darden Inn (interior finishes and installations, masonry and hardscaping), our interns got to see a lot of unique aspects of an ongoing construction project.
W. M. Jordan Company takes great pride in giving our interns real-life experience that will benefit them as they continue their careers in construction. A BIG THANK YOU to our WMJ team members who took time out of their busy schedules to educate our Interns this week. Stay tuned for more intern updates as they continue their WMJ journey!