Walker Flashlights: Bart Tate
Bart Tate, RRO is a Restoration Consultant in Walker’s Houston office. Prior to joining Walker, Bart served as Sr. Vice President/Sr. Project Manager for a regional building envelope consulting firm where he spent the last 11 years. The lion’s share of his experience has been in the institutional and healthcare sectors. While Bart’s focus is on the restoration and repair of existing buildings, his experience on new construction projects has afforded him a diverse skill set.
Check out more of his story in this month’s Walker Flashlights!
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Texas?
A: Since Texas is so big it has a little bit of everything. The people and places are so diverse. You can spend one day hiking in the high desert and the next fishing offshore. I love to eat and although BBQ is king in Texas the diversity of people allows access to all kinds of food you might not otherwise have the chance to try.
Q: What is your best memory at Walker to date?
A: Restoration College. It was such a great experience to have all of the Restoration Staff from around the country convene and share knowledge. I walked away knowing that Walker has some of the best and brightest professionals around.
Q: What attracted you to this kind of work? How did you get started?
A: By chance. Before I was in this world I worked at an elementary school as a PE coach and coached middle school football and basketball. Before I went down that path I decided to see what else was out there and took a job at a startup building envelope consulting firm where I spent the next eleven years before coming to Walker.
Q: You are a certified RRO (Registered Roof Observer). Could you share with us its significance and how it helps you better assist clients?
A: The RRO is an accreditation through the RCI, an association of building envelope professionals, for personnel who monitor the construction process to assure that roofing projects stay in compliance with contract documents, building codes, and best-practice or warranty stipulated installation requirements. I am currently preparing to become an RRC (Registered Roof Consultant) through RCI as well.
Q: How do you spend your weekends?
A: Chasing my two-year-old and six-year-old daughters around!
Q: Any words of wisdom for a young professional wanting to pursue a restoration career?
A: Find a mentor, or at least expose yourself to as many people from whom you can learn. And not just in your field of expertise. Secondly, learn to work with people. Obviously a strong technical foundation is important but knowing how to work effectively with people is key. Our line of work is ultimately a people business.
Q: What is the most unique aspect of working in the field of restoration?
A: The variety of projects and people on a daily basis. You can go from board room to roof top in a day or find yourself having a conversation with a property development executive one minute and a brick mason the next.
Q: What is something many people don’t know about you?
A: I’m kin to Helen Keller. No jokes please.
Q: What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on while here at Walker?
A: One that is just getting underway. The restoration of a historic building in Paris,…Texas. The project has a little bit of everything from a restoration standpoint. Roofing, brick masonry, stone, terracotta, glazing, below grade waterproofing, the concrete structure itself. Historic buildings are always challenging but also rewarding and the ones you remember most. I’m really looking forward to this project.
Q: What are you looking forward to with Walker in 2017?
A: Continuing to help grow our new construction building envelope services with Architects, Contractors and Owners.
Thank you, Bart!
If you’d like to get in touch with Bart, you can reach him here.