Christopher K. Taylor
Leads company's design-build projects with a lean focus
37, Vice President/Division Leader
Southland Industries
Garden Grove

After earning his master's degree in architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Christopher Taylor worked on numerous design-build government and health care projects for Southland Industries' mid-Atlantic division. Among these were the $195-million Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia, a $190-million renovation of Walter Reed Hospital and a $500-million project that upgraded building systems for four wedges of the Pentagon.

In 2012, Taylor was promoted to lead the strategic vision for the Southern California region, based on his ability to deliver projects under budget and ahead of schedule while still meeting clients' needs. A proponent of lean construction practices, Taylor has structured his management team to devise new lean methods and develop ways to deliver services to develop "customers for life." He is involved in the Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence, where he promotes student-industry interaction. He also partnered with Penn State to provide guest lecturers, promote internships and support student competitions.