Principal Spotlight – Eric West
Eric is a Principal and Sector Director for the Site Development /Site Civil Sector. As a site development expert, he has directed engineering services for over 4,000 acres of commercial and residential land, and he has master planned more than 11,000 acres in the Permian Basin. He has also been instrumental on large municipal and transportation planning projects in the region, including Comprehensive Plans, Master Plans, Feasibility Studies, and Route Studies. With a passion for the profession, he has served in leadership roles including president of the local chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers and Texas Society of Professional Engineers, as well as state and national roles for the National Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers in Private Practice. For his dedication and professional conduct Eric has been recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year on a chapter, state and national level by TSPE and NSPE. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers. In 2018, Eric was recognized as the TSPE Engineer of the Year. One of his biggest accomplishments was winning the 2014 PSC Principal’s Dance.
What does Building Community mean to you? This phrase is so rich in its many facets. I love that what we do as a company is physically helping to build the communities where we live and work. It’s a rewarding profession to be a part of. I also love that as a company, we are committed to those same communities in ways beyond our projects. This takes the form of service projects and seats on boards and committees. It also turns up in employee and corporate giving to non-profits, our entire Community Investment Initiative, and everyday living in such a way to make our neighborhoods a better place. Ultimately, building community is also about the family of PSC, and the way we come together to have fun or to comfort each other when we’re hurting. For me, when we use that phrase, I hear all of those things coming together to make PSC what it is and was meant to be.
Why did you choose PSC? At times, I think PSC really chose me. Towards the end of my time at Texas Tech, I had received offers and was continuing to interview in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but as lifelong West Texans, my wife and I longed to stay here and raise a family. We had identified Midland as a place we would enjoy living, for a number of reasons. So, when the call came from Kyle about an opening here, we jumped head first and never looked back. It was much later that I experienced the family atmosphere, the great projects, and the wonderful people. Only then did I realize why I would have chosen PSC after they had chosen me.
Why did you become an Engineer? Looking backwards, it seems inevitable that I would become an engineer, but growing up I didn’t know any. So, my strengths in math and science, combined with my tiny amount of artistic desire, led me to try the dual Architecture/Civil Engineering program at Texas Tech. It was during that first year of college, experiencing both programs, that I realized my heart and my future was in Civil Engineering. In time, that became my vocation, as I learned how particularly suited I was for it.
What are your hobbies? I love playing the acoustic guitar, songwriting, reading both fiction and non-fiction, traveling, and time with family. I’m also trying my hand at genealogy, but finding it hard to set aside enough time for it.
Tell us an interesting tidbit about yourself. I have appeared twice, in print, on the pages of Sports Illustrated. First, as a 7-year old soccer “prodigy” when my dad submitted a few sentences about a recent season. Later, in a special issue that followed up with some of the “Faces,” I was mentioned in an article about those that carried that honor proudly throughout their life. I think they really liked the fact that my wife and I performed as a musical act for a number of years under the moniker “Faces in the Crowd.”
Before PSC, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had? , I ran a window washing business that I got from my brother, who inherited it from another friend. We washed the windows of businesses once a week, mostly on the town square of Snyder. It was not bad work until just after Christmas time, when we had to scrape all the painted art from the windows in the freezing cold.
Tell us 3 things most people don’t know about you. 1) I was a Top 6 National Finalist for Cub Scout of the Year. Part of my reward was meeting the Governor of Texas, Mark White, and praying over the opening of the House of Representatives as a 4th Grader; 2) I’ve had a 2nd job for the last 4 months as worship minister at my church; and 3) I’ve appeared, by name, twice in Sports Illustrated.
What has been your favorite project at PSC? Woodland Park Subdivision – It was a project that brought every aspect of my design capabilities into one set of plans. I love the use of the tiered ponds as runoff storage and how well that functions as well as the overall sense of the neighborhood, which is to take you back to nature and a setting that is very uncommon in Midland. We loved how it turned out so much, we decided to move there several years ago.