Dan Allard

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Dan Allard

Project Manager

How did you arrive at WCDB, what path brought you here?

I grew up in West Chester in houses that were sort of “fixer uppers.” We decided to renovate our basement and our neighbor was an electrical engineer. He taught me a lot about what he was doing, and it sparked an interest in this line of work.

I was a Boy Scout and in order to earn my rank as an Eagle Scout I had to complete a service project. Because of my love for working with my hands, I chose to design, estimate and manage the construction of a boat dock for a local Summer Camp.

After high school I attended Drexel University and studied Information Systems. During my college years I had friends that renovated and flipped rental properties, so I worked with them making repairs while simultaneously earning my degree.

I worked in the technology field for a while after college, but I sought more variety and activity than I was getting behind the desk, so I decided to take a different route and explore my passion for building.

I had been working at Habitat for Humanity for 5 years as a Construction Site Supervisor. I loved the work I was doing but I was ready for a new chapter of my life. Phil Moses and I have been climbing together for over 15 years and he encouraged me to apply at West Chester Design Build. Phil knew that the company was growing, and they were in need of some experienced Project Managers. The rest is history!

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

In my previous position I did a lot of educating because the people I worked with were volunteers. This led me to become a “jack of all trades” and has made me knowledgeable about all the different aspects of construction. I enjoy educating people about what I do and this experience helps me as a Project Manager because I can educate the customer and keep them informed.

What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?

Helping my customers stay informed also gives them peace of mind. Often the people I work with comment on how calm I am and how it helped them feel calm.

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

I worked at Habitat for Humanity for 5 years as a Construction Site Supervisor to oversee the construction of affordable housing in Chester County.

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

I enjoy what I do because the work is different every day and because the work we do is positively impacting our clients overall life. I get excited about the fact that we are contributing to the place where people spend their lives and make memories and we get to make it a happy, positive and a safe space.

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

I am definitely a man of the outdoors. My number one passion is rock climbing, and I share it as an instructor at the Downingtown Rock Gym. Besides climbing, I immensely enjoy hiking, sailing, camping, kayaking and spending time with my family.

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

If I am not working, I am probably climbing with friends at the Gunks. The Gunks is a spot in New York that has a huge variety of quality climbs. There is a point in the climb where you are above the trees and see for miles – the view is amazing. Climbing here feels like a true adventure and it is close enough that I frequent it on the weekends.

How long have you been doing what you do?

6 years and counting!

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

I grew up in West Chester and I am still here – my family and my friends are here. I enjoy the culture and music scene in the city as well as the easy access to the outdoors. I truly believe that this area is a great hub for traveling up and down the East Coast, nothing is too far!

Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?

I volunteer with nature conservancy groups like Natural Lands, planting trees and other preservation efforts. I also am active in my climbing community with advocacy groups that lobby for the preservation and access to public lands. As volunteers we participate in stewardship opportunities like trail building and clean up days.

Any nonprofits you love, & why?

Of course, Habitat for Humanity is close to my heart because I have spent a lot of time working there. I believe everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live.

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

Eagle Scout

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Climbing, are you noticing a trend here? And music.

In the end, how do you want to be remembered?

As someone who is dependable and willing to help.

What is your favorite Movie?

Pulp Fiction

What is your favorite restaurant?

The Social Lounge

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Long Island, New York – Hampton Bays