Chris Heller

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Chris Heller

Estimator


How did you arrive at WCDB? What path brought you here?

I knew Chris the owner for 15+ years prior to working here. Chris and I were co-workers at a previous employer. We have stayed in touch all these years and when the estimating job opened up here WCDB, I joined his staff.


What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?

Estimating. Shooting for being consistently accurate is what it all about.


Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?

I worked in industrial construction for 4.5 years prior to working in residential construction. Everything is on a much larger scale and on very long timelines. I found that not only are the timelines on the projects are way too long but industrial construction didn’t really capture my interest, so I switched careers and went into residential construction. I worked at another architecture firm for 16 years before coming to WCDB. Residential architecture is far more interesting and the timelines are much shorter, so you aren’t waiting 3 years to see a project go from start to completion.


What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

Making sure that my schematic estimates line up as closely as possible with our final projected costing for a project.


What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

Renovating my house. Although I renovated my house quite a few years ago, I think it was the best ‘outside work’ professional learning experience in my career.


Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

I love going to car shows in the summer—or when I go on vacation.


How long have you been doing what you do?

About 25 years.


Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

I grew up on a small farm in central PA. The jobs in my field are here—so I moved to suburban Philadelphia.


Any awards or medals, or even medallions? Personal okay, too.

I graduated cum laude with my BA from PSU.


What would be impossible for you to give up?

Coffee.


What is your favorite TV Show or Series?

I love most everything on HGTV and the Velocity Channel. I can be found (way too often) on my couch watching Fixer Upper or Chasing Classic Cars.


What is your favorite restaurant?

Yardbird Southern Table in Miami. I love the shrimp and grits and the fried chicken. We usually have dinner there twice so I can get both meals while I’m on vacation. They also have a great mixed drinks menu too!


What is your favorite vacation spot?

Mexico. I lived there for 2 years—and try to go back whenever I can.