As a Practice Leader | Architecture, Glenn Woodbury wears many hats! From managing highly complex projects to supervising and mentoring staff to helping grow and develop NKB in the DMV market, Glenn is a key component of driving NKB into the future. This month, to celebrate Glenn’s “work anniversary,” we sat down for a Q&A session to learn more about him and his time with NKB.
Glenn’s experience, passion, and dedication to the profession are evident. An integral part of NKB, we value Glenn’s leadership, and we’re happy to celebrate his contributions to the team!
How long have you been employed at NKB?
What brought you to NKB?
My interest and knowledge in laboratory work and NKB’s contracts to provide design and planning services to Federal Government agencies. With my previous experience in projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the application of their Design Requirements Manual, I was ready to jump on board to assist with these exciting, challenging projects.
Describe NKB in three words or less.
Proactive. Responsive. Diligent.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Solving problems. I love being able to make things make sense for our clients. Putting what can seem like a lot of disparate information into order, setting priorities, and reacting to the challenges of a project is exciting for me.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
That personal success comes from facilitating a strong and talented team. A project manager acts as the tip of the spear: get the right team in place, provide the environment for them to fully apply their expertise, and engage the right resources at the right time.
What types of projects have you been working on recently?
Laboratories and addiction treatment centers. Addiction treatment centers are one of my favorite project types because of the immense good the resulting facility does for individuals and the community.
Most rewarding and/or most challenging project?
I’d have to say the FDA Lenexa laboratory project. We were brought on as an SME to review the designer’s work and make sure FDA’s interests and goals were implemented, and design requirements were met. A nearly 66,000 SF chemical and microbiology lab, this was a hugely complex but rewarding undertaking.
Some of my most rewarding projects would also be the addiction treatment centers I’ve worked on. These directly impact so many lives and make a significant impact in their communities, and I feel privileged to be a part of that.
What is your favorite building in DC?
The Smithsonian Castle.
What do you see as the future of NKB in the DC Metro region?
Along with NKB’s growth and development in the DMV, relationships with local firms will allow us to expand our service to the Federal Government. I’m excited to foster these relationships and see what opportunities unfold from working together.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What is one thing you’ve yet to cross off your bucket list?
What is your “happy place”?
The white sand beaches of Avalon, NJ. It holds great memories for my daughter and me.