Spotlight – Danny Winchester
Danny Winchester is a firm principal and senior project manager/design engineer for the Aviation Team. His experience beginning as a Resident Project Representative has been beneficial in handling challenges and building relationships with clients. Over his 30 years with PSC, Danny has become an advisor and friend to the Midland International Air & Space Port, a leadership example among his peers and a mentor to young professionals.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
DW: I’ve been working with Midland International Air & Space Port (MAF), one of our key clients, for over 30 years. I enjoy working with the airport staff to identify their needs, developing their short and long-range plans and helping them to make these projects a reality.
Q. What is one of your greatest accomplishments in the time you’ve been at PSC?
DW: Being part of the history of PSC for over 30 years and helping PSC to grow. In particular, helping our Midland office grow from a staff of about seven when I started to over 35 employees, currently.
Q. Describe a time you were challenged during a project. How did you overcome that challenge?
DW: During the construction phase of the new terminal building at MAF, our on-site construction manager decided he was ready to move on. I was challenged to fill that role for the remainder of the project which was about a year. Using my past experience as Resident Project Representative (RPR) on projects, my relationship with the client at the time and resources of PSC’s project team, I was able to get up to speed quickly and to handle the daily challenges that arose with the contractor’s staff and client’s staff.
Q. How have your previous experiences prepared you for your role with PSC?
DW: When I started with PSC, I served as RPR on several projects with progression of learning to be an engineer and design projects. This RPR experience allowed me to understand constructability of designs and the construction process performed by the contractor. As I progressed, I was fortunate to work directly with the clients during the life of the project and develop an understanding of the clients’ needs and expectations. All of this experience helps me to mentor young engineers and be a leader for PSC.
Q. What is one of your favorite projects and why?
DW: The construction of the new terminal building at MAF ranks up there as one of my favorite projects. I was able to be involved at many levels of the project from the initial concept/planning through construction. I can look at the terminal building and know that I was a part of a project that helped build community. Thousands in our local and surrounding communities use the facility regularly as well as visitors. More recently, work forces from other communities have begun to use MAF which helps to grow the economy in our community.