My Story

My name is DuWayne Baird, and I am an emerging professional.  By that, I mean I am in the midst of an unconventional transitional journey through the architectural, engineering, and construction industry.  For most of this journey, I have been fortunate to simultaneously function as both a construction management college student and professional.  I began working as a carpenter in the residential market after high school, and I quickly realized I had found my niche.  After several years in the field, I knew I wanted to stay in construction, but I wanted to reach higher.  With that in mind, I enrolled in the Construction Management program at Columbus State Community College.  It didn’t take long for some of my more ambitious peers, people like Craig Stanton and Pete Waddell, to make an impression on me.  I learned from them that the most proactive path to success would also include networking and extracurricular activities, so I joined the student chapter of CSI (Construction Specifications Institute).

In the summer of 2008, I traveled with to CSI’s national convention, Construct.  That experience blew me away, as I was exposed to practicing professionals from all over the country who were dedicated and passionate about their industry.  It was also at that convention where I was exposed to LEED for the first time.  I didn’t know it at the time, but LEED would subsequently impact my career development in a substantial way.  I knew when I returned to Columbus, I was ready to elevate my ambitions as a construction professional…

More to follow!


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