From uncovering a woolly mammoth in the oozing tar below LACMA to mitigating toxic chemicals in a contaminated well, Greg Wade has finessed countless sticky situations. A MATT employee since 1996, Greg graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering. He went to work as a surveyor for Peck/Jones, field experience that still serves him today. Among his projects are the Broad in downtown Los Angeles and the LACMA Transformation project (which included the BCAM, the Resnick Pavilion, the Urban Lights installation, the new underground parking structure and the renovation of the Ahmanson Building). For his previous employer, Greg also worked on the Getty Center project in Brentwood, California.
“Some architects and owners believe that a building can be built like a Swiss watch,” he says. “My role is to educate them that buildings are not Swiss watches—I align the architectural expectations with the latest means and methods available for building something.” He is eager to show examples of how architects and MATT Construction have collaborated and wrestled with a particular challenge.