YP Spotlight: Adam Jesberger
Adam Jesberger joined DPR Construction’s D.C. Metro office in March 2016 as a project engineer and where he is responsible for project communication such as RFI’s and submittals focused on interior commercial projects. In addition, he assists with the Special Services Group/Interiors department in estimating and procurement.
With a Masters in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and several internships under his belt before joining DPR, Adam’s experience in the building industry covers structural design, lean manufacturing, construction technologies and project engineering. He has worked on a range of projects including interior build-outs, large scale facilities, historical renovations, forensic engineering, and large retail stores.
Adam currently resides in Arlington, VA and works on projects throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Q1: Why did you decide to join the national YP group?
I was looking for an organization to join in an effort to collaborate with other young professionals that want to make in impact across the construction industry when a colleague told me about ABC. The ABC national YP group has allowed for interact with others in a similar role within both general contractors and subcontractors.
Q2: What value and potential value do you see in the group?
The group’s potential value is exponential. With the right people, the group has an opportunity to improve the entire industry in a way no other generation has done before. Currently, ABC young professionals is providing value by offering an open forum to start conversations about improving our industry.
Q3: Why is it important to you to be involved in an association early on in your career?
Being involved in an association gives you the opportunity to interact with people you may have never met. For me directly, it is not common to interact with other general contractors at my job, but through the organization, I have the chance to talk to others about ideas and issues we all face on a daily basis. By being involved early in your career, it only magnifies the network potential as relationships grow as your own career develops.
Q4: What sort of mentorship/learning opportunities do you think would help you further your career?
My grandfather once told me “Never stop learning.” Simple conversations with others in the group give me the chance to learn on a daily basis. I once encountered an issue at work that no-one seemed to be able to solve. Through a connection I made at an event, just by saying hello, I ended up learning so much about the issue through mentoring the connection offered me.
Q5: What is your favorite aspect of the construction industry?
I believe we’re in the middle of a very exciting time for the construction. Technology has finally caught up to the demand of our industry, which has opened the potential to revolutionize the way we operate. My favorite aspect is that potential—we have the opportunity to define how we move forward into the future.
Q6: What is one piece of advice you would offer other young professionals in the construction industry?
My advice would simply be to get involved. Whether it be at your company, your community or national organizations, there is so much to learn in the first few years out of college, and getting involved is the best way to gain that knowledge.