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Meet Project Engineer Antoine Golle

I have the opportunity to work for the world leader in construction with a true international dimension and the challenges and rewards of a fast-paced industry with great career opportunities.





Safety Manager Talks About 40 Years at Hubbard

When I began my career at Hubbard, I was fortunate to be working with a company that always made safety a priority. What I did over these years is try to keep that tradition alive. I see each day as a learning experience, I always reevaluate our practices to see how we can get better - because, no matter what, we can always be better when it comes to safety.






An Interview with Hubbard Employee Antoine Golle, Project Engineer

Antoine (seated right) goes over US-411 scheduling with Project Engineer Damon Cottingham (left) and Division Controller Nicolas Lhuillier (middle)

Where did you receive your training?

Golle: I studied Mechanical/Industrial Engineering in Toulouse, France. I also spent a year studying on an exchange program in Madrid, Spain.

Tell us about your early experience at Hubbard.
After interning for six months with the equipment division of the Spanish subsidiary of EUROVIA, I was hired by Hubbard as a Construction Engineer in September 2005.

Who were your Mentors? Who trained you?
I started working on the SR-408 job for the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority. Engineers Damon Cottingham and Ken Wallace, as well as Superintendents Jimmie Waldon and Kelly Denton, gave me a warm welcome and introduced me to the world of heavy highway construction.

What are some of the challenges you face as a Project Engineer?
My job as Project Engineer is very challenging. I like to think of my job as "Keep the field moving without ever losing track of costs."

What do you like about working at Hubbard?
I have the opportunity to work for the world leader in construction with a true international dimension and the challenges and rewards of a fast-paced industry with great career opportunities.

Any advice for new engineers?
Get as much field time as you can in the first couple of years. Ask as many questions as possible but always remember there is often more than one solution to every problem, Just because "we've been doing it this way for ages" doesn't mean it's the best way! And of course, always make safety your first priority wherever you go.



Interview With 40 Year Veteran Safety Director Chuck Davis

From left to right: Charlie Davis (Chuck's father), Chuck Davis, and Hubbard Chairman Frank Hubbard in 1974. Chuck is receiving a reimbursement check from Hubbard for his college tuition

In 1967, a young man by the name of Chuck Davis joined Hubbard Construction in the survey department. Little did he know that 40 years later he would still be at the same company as its Director of Safety. Davis has seen a lot of changes in the industry and in Hubbard Construction over the years.

How did you begin your career at Hubbard?
In 1967, I joined the survey department. At that time, Dick Pardue was my boss and he oversaw both the survey and safety departments. Before I joined the safety department full time, I went back to school and completed a degree in Engineering Technology, with the support of Mr. Hubbard and Richard Pardue. They even paid my tuition.

As time went by, you began to work full time on safety. When and why did your career move in that direction?
You can say that Mr. Pardue was my mentor and influenced me to move in that direction. In 1974, he asked me to join the safety department full time. One thing that is important to know is that Hubbard Construction was ahead of its time in their safety values and leadership. This was due in part to Mr. Hubbard's commitment to a safe workplace. At that time there were no safety specific degrees. Much of my training came from Mr. Pardue and my own experiences.

How have you seen safety change over the years at Hubbard?
When I began my career at Hubbard, I was fortunate to be working with a company that always made safety a priority. What I did over these years is try to keep that tradition alive. I see each day as a learning experience, I always reevaluate our practices to see how we can get better - because, no matter what, we can always be better when it comes to safety. Let's not forget communication. That has been an important aspect of safety that I have worked to improve over the years. Overall, I have seen a lot of changes in the industry overall. These changes bring new challenges to safety and safety management. But as long as safety is a huge part of our culture and we strive to improve our program and work together, we can form a sound safety culture at Hubbard. And since I don't plan to go anywhere anytime soon, I look forward to reaching that goal!
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