Christopher Gorthy
Using broad industry knowledge base to mentor others

35, Preconstruction Manager
DPR Construction
Falls Church, Va.


With 14 years of experience in preconstruction, estimating, business development and project management, Gorthy has a broad knowledge of design and construction. He started his career as an estimator at Barton Malow, working on several projects each valued at more than $100 million. "Understanding a project's specific logistics and operations are keys to the budgeting process and helped me become a better estimator," he says. After joining DPR in 2003, he went into the field for two years and served as project manager on a $68-million headquarters and laboratory project for US Pharmacopeia in Rockville, Md. Since then, he has been promoted to preconstruction manager. Last year, Gorthy was one of 25 individuals in the firm selected to participate in its management training program. Today he is active in mentoring and growing the firm's next generation of leaders.



Charles Hendricks
Sustainability movement leader in the Shenandoah Valley

39, Principal/Architect
The Gaines Group
Harrisonburg, Va.


Hendricks is a leader of Virginia's green building movement. He designed the first LEED for Homes project in the southeastern U.S. and the first LEED NC certified industrial projects in Central Virginia. He is also working on the first privately owned LEED-Platinum projects in the Shenandoah Valley. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1997, Hendricks began his career at The Gaines Group in Charlottesville, Va. With his passion for sustainable design, the firm allowed him to explore fundamental design practices, giving him exposure to residential, commercial and light industrial design projects. He earned a master's in architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2003, focusing on sustainable design. Returning to The Gaines Group after graduation, he was soon named a partner. He now runs the firm's Harrisonburg, Va., office, managing staff, projects and client relations in the Shenandoah Valley.