Employee Spotlight: Shardul Singh

Name: Shardul Singh
Title: Project Engineer / Estimator
Brief Professional Biography: Since joining Lewis in 2013 as a project engineer, Shardul has become a key part of Lewis’ Preconstruction department as estimator. He has been in the construction industry since 2010. Shardul is a LEED Green Associate and earned a bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering & Management from Purdue University. He is currently working on a variety of projects, from residential and mixed-use highrises such as Rainier Square and 1001 John to lowrise offices to building renovations. 
Q: What attracted you to the construction industry?
A: The idea of creating buildings that eventually impact the society we live in is my biggest motivator. This industry is tough, but it’s equally rewarding.
Q: How did you end up working for Lewis?
A: I was looking for a progressive company that embraced technology at the core of their operations; a company that really “walks the talk” and was at the forefront of utilizing technology in the construction of high quality buildings. Lewis fit the bill perfectly and I get to work with some of the smartest people in our industry. It was a pretty simple choice in the end!
Q: You work in our preconstruction department. What's a day in the life of a Lewis estimator like?
A: It’s a very fast paced environment. At a given time I can be working on two or three different projects. One minute I might be interfacing with the design team to find an optimal design solution and the next I could be putting together costs for an owner based on napkin sketches.  You have to love change and ambiguity!
Q: Do you have any advice for students looking to get into this field of work?
A: It’s important to love the idea of building and be really inquisitive, but you also have to be patient. Seeking learning opportunities from those around you is crucial, as they are often your best resource at the end of the day. Prioritizing your efforts and time is really important as typically preconstruction projects are on a tighter timeframe and a lot needs to be accomplished efficiently.
Q: At Purdue, you organized and led intramural cricket teams, winning two titles.  Tell us more about this experience.
A: Coming from India, I was mildly surprised that cricket was pretty big at Purdue. A group of other enthusiasts and I formed a team, and over a period of two years found the right winning combination. My role as captain is an experience I draw from a lot in my professional life because at the end of the day construction is a team orientated activity—you heavily depend on the people around you for successful outcomes.
Q: What does Working Safe for Life mean to you?
A: Being mentally and physically aware of my surroundings at any given point of time. Further, making sure that the work plans we develop in preconstruction are realistic enough to be effective on the jobsite and ensure each employee goes home safely at the end of their work day.
Q: What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have probably completed about six cross country road trips in the last eight years since I have been in the USA. I love discovering and traveling, mostly road tripping!