ENR Southeast's 2011 Top 20 Under 40
Played many roles at a very early stage of his career
34, Director, Multifamily and Hospitality
One of five employees that launched his company’s Atlanta office, Rane rose from the position cost estimator by wearing many hats early in his career. His idea of pursuing “select service hotels” and affordable housing helped the company find new markets and boosted his unit from zero to $25 million.
Led Duke Energy Center project that gained LEED Platinum status
36, Project Manager
From groundbreaking to turning over the building to the client, Curt Rigney has developed an innovative approach that consistently solves problems. Among the jobs Rigney has overseen in his 16-year career, the Duke Energy Center achieved LEED Platinum certification and was the first U.S. building to meet Core and Shell Version 2 standards.
Hopes to return to his native India with transportation solutions
32, Engineer, Project Manager
Inspired to improve and make safer the infrastructure in his home country of India, Swayampakala chose the field of engineering. He was the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2009 Young Professional of the Year, in North Carolina. He wants to return to India to help implement new ideas for the country’s future growth and development.
Crafting a career out of his passion for green building
32, Director of Sustainability
Choate Construction Co.
A true believer in sustainability, Swick strove to educate himself and others at general contractor Choate about the importance of minimizing construction’s environmental footprint. He took the lead in the firm’s green efforts and crafted the position of sustainability director. He conducts weekly green training sessions for Choate staff members while continuing his duties as assistant project manager. He is also active in the Atlanta chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Interested in design at an early age37, Senior Associate
Harvard Jolly Architecture
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Starting out while a teen by designing an apartment for his grandparents, Trezza has designed notable libraries, such as the Spanish River Library and Community Center in Boca Raton, Fla.
Working from the front office, this administrator greases the wheels
West Point, Ga.
A Batson-Cook veteran of 22 years when he was named controller, Turner now oversees the company’s administrative functions. He leads a team to streamline processes, systems and human-resources work and collaborates with the company's imaging department to develop paperless accounting solutions.
A background in military logistics and career in construction
37, Senior Vice President, Operations
After serving in the U.S. Air Force and learning logistics, Wathen worked in the field for two years. He says, “Younger employees don’t realize how much knowledge the general superintendent has acquired” from field experience. He worked as an office engineer and learned project management before rising to his current position, but he says field experience will be crucial as more superintendents retire.