Meet Todd Buzard, Vice President of Preconstruction Services
Q: What is your position at Reynolds and what do you do?
A: I am the Vice President of Preconstruction Services. I oversee a department of six that puts together detailed estimates and preliminary designs to control construction costs.
Q: How long have you worked at Reynolds?
A: I’ve been with Reynolds since its inception in 1994, so I’ll be celebrating my 25-year “Reynolds-versary” this year along with the company.
Q: How has the industry changed since you first started?
A: Technology has changed everything. When I started, there were no personal computers, company issued cell phones, or email. There was a single huge IBM main frame computer located across the street and you had a computer terminal at your desk. When you wanted to print an estimate, you had to go across the street to get the printout.
Q: What is an accomplishment at Reynolds you’re most proud of and why?
A: Being a part of the team that built the Bedford Springs Resort was a huge accomplishment. It’s a beautiful, iconic resort with historical significance, but it almost wasn’t restored to its former glory because of bumps along the way. The project took several years in design and preconstruction, and there were many changes in the project team along the way, but Reynolds was the only team member to be part of the process from early concept to project completion. I’m glad and quite proud that we had the fortitude to stick it out.
Q: What is something that people would be surprised to know about Reynolds’ preconstruction department?
A: We’ve estimated $5-6 billion worth of work during my time at Reynolds. Not all the projects that the preconstruction department works on go into construction (or we end up not being the construction manager or general contractor), so the amount of work we’ve done is $1-2 billion higher than what Reynolds counts as construction we’ve put in place.
Q: What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I turned down a job to work at the White House during the George H. W. Bush administration to work here. Also, I was a pole vaulter on the track team in college.
Q: What are some side projects or hobbies you have outside of the office?
A: I like to hunt, fish, garden, golf, and travel.
Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: I’ve been to Greece 18 times and Europe 22 times. One place I’ve never been that’s on my list of places to visit is Ireland.
Q: What is your favorite day of the year and why?
A: Christmas, because it’s a family event.