Pushing the industry
Bryan's desire to share his commitment to quality in concrete construction reaches beyond his own company and employees. Birdwell & Associates often tests equipment and offers manufacturers feedback on how to improve their offerings for increased quality and productivity. Bryan is an active member of ACI, serving on six committees, and he recently started teaching classes on constructing specialty commercial and industrial concrete floors for Wacker Neuson's Technical Academy.
"The class teaches fundamentals — the A, B, Cs of concrete so to speak. It is based on ACI-recommended practices and what I have learned through my years of on-the-job experience and the experience of others," Bryan says. "I want to continue to strive for and set a standard that pushes others, and I want to see other companies install slabs that push us to do better as well." Bryan says the key to achieving quality is simply possessing a desire and willingness to do things the right way. He wants to share that message with other contractors in the industry. "There were so many times we were turned down by banks and investors and struggled through other aspects of business. But we enjoy concrete work so much it keeps us going," he says. "That is why we are here today in a terrible economy still striving to offer what we think is 'the world's finest' in quality concrete construction."