What do you find most challenging about retail commercial construction?
Mike Maira: The hours required are a challenge, when you factor in the deadlines and the amount of changes that get made without any time extensions. We just put our nose to the grindstone and get it done.
What’s your personal philosophy on retail commercial construction?
Mike Maira: Do everything possible to accommodate the customer. Bring in every project on time, and under budget if possible. Treat everyone involved the way you would like to be treated.
Tell me one of your best moments working at Fulcrum Construction:
Mike Maira: A great Fulcrum moment was the completion of the 2-story Dick’s Sporting Goods in Tampa, FL. The project had many challenges due to the existing building structure, mall connection, and other uncovered existing conditions. We completed it in less than the original specified time frame.
What’s it like working with your partner everyday?
Mike Maira: It’s very enjoyable working with Mike Arasin. He’s created a company culture that has a real team atmosphere. He has a real caring nature to his personality. Somehow Mike can remember literally everything. That being said, I think I’m the one with better organizational skills.
What movie, no matter how many times you have seen it, do you have to watch when it is on and why?
Mike Maira: The Shawshank Redemption. It’s such a great movie with a strong message about never giving up that really resonates in my life and work. Not to mention the terrific acting and directing.