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Expert Spotlight: John Eckman

Years at Nave Newell: 7 years

Current Role: Recently promoted to Site Design Engineer

First Role at Nave Newell: Started as a Widener Intern  

Education: Widener University – Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering

Expertise: ADA Design, PennDOT HOPs, and office shenanigans

Favorite Nave Newell Project: 1103-1113 Ridge Pike Redevelopment – Amazon Delivery Station

The project’s tenant ended up being Amazon, who’s using the property as a distribution warehouse. It was nice working on a project for a user everyone recognizes, and so many people use on a daily basis.

Favorite Nave Newell Way Fundamental: Fundamental #30 – Keep Things Fun.

Anyone who’s familiar with our line of work knows how stressful it can be. It’s nice to be able to take a step back and laugh during the day and organize fun events.

Family and Fun Facts

Family: Mom (Connie) & Dad (Wayne)

Favorite vacation destination: Disney World

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, home renovation projects, scuba diving, winemaking, woodworking

Hidden talent: Cooking

Favorite way to relax on the weekend: Spending time with friends and family, gardening, cooking, and doing home renovation projects

Professional Questions

What attracted you most to Nave Newell?

A smaller office where I would get to know everyone personally and not just being a face in a crowd.

What do you like most about your job?

I like how each project and day presents its own unique set of challenges. While every project starts on A and ends on Z, the in between is always different.

How did you become an expert in ADA Design?

When I first started, I was helping out a lot with retail store remodeling projects to bring the outside of their stores up to code with the ADA Regulations. After helping out on a couple dozen of these projects, the regulations stuck in my head. They’re important to know because each project we do needs to take them into account, and they have a significant impact on how a site will be graded. Also, having grandparents who have needed to use a wheelchair at some point in their life. I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to have these areas to gain access to site elements and buildings.

Favorite motivational phrases: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work and Risk it to Get the Biscuit

Who’s your mentor?

Jim Bannon – Nave Newell’s Civil Department Manager and the rest of the management team

Projects you’re currently working on:

I’m working on the Waynesborough Country Club course renovation, Valley Suburban Center mixed-use development, several AutoZone retail stores, and multiple projects at the Chesterbrook Corporate Campus.

What are your goals for the next year?

Pass the PE exam!

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