Speaking professionally, and about my day job to be specific, 2017 has started with a transition for me, making it a very busy time. It's easy to predict that I'll spend the year juggling a few priorities, especially with the brewery preparing to open in the spring. For now, I'm planning to do what I've always done when faced with busy times - I'll just hunker down and try to keep moving forward.
I've just completed nearly five years as a construction executive at the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda, which we knew as "ICC-B." Basically a redevelopment project, this effort used a campus design approach to transform a group of six buildings built from the 1940's through the 1980's into a modern office complex. The early rendering of the design is shown in the graphic at the start of this post; while the final result is slightly modified, and the work on the campus grounds has yet to start, this perspective is pretty similar to what a pedestrian passing by the front of the campus will see.
In military and intelligence circles, there are traditions for times like these. The company observed the transition phase by commissioning a "challenge coin," shown in the photo above, and there was a signed memento as well. As I took my leave, I sent some emails and texts - and received some, including this one, from one of the government leads I worked with:
"...it was great working with you. The [Program Management Office] wouldn't have been nearly as successful without your time, energy and insight. We accomplished so much and I learned so much during that period. Good luck in your future endeavors..."
To say I learned a lot is an understatement - as I like to say, "I'm an economist, not an engineer." Even with more than 20 years in the field, working on A/E projects, I'm still learning about the real estate and facilities field. Every project, even our brewery, has its challenges, and I am not ashamed to say that there's a lot I don't know.
We can't be afraid of moving on. We're on a journey - there are so many metaphors about the road ahead - we just need to remember to take each step one at a time. It's the only way to get somewhere.