Seasoned project manager brings coordination skills and problem-solving mindset to leadership team
[Gurnee, IL] – Legat Architects’ Scot Parker took on the role of architectural project manager of the new University Center of Lake County. The project, the first of its kind in Illinois, would require Parker to balance the needs of 17 colleges and universities, coordinate many consulting firms, and detail a complex curving façade of glass and metal.
Today, nearly 15 years later, the award-winning University Center of Lake County houses 21 institutions and stands as a model for the Midwestern multi-university.
Parker’s resourcefulness in leading the University Center and many other projects was a key factor in his recent appointment to firm principal. Parker, who started at Legat in 1989, will join seven other principals in oversight of the firm’s operations, including identifying barriers, finding opportunities, and working around challenges.
Legat President/CEO Patrick Brosnan said, “Scot is accomplished, fair, and always willing to consider the opinion of others. He loves problem-solving, and he’s equally adept at team coordination and design details. It’s a great example of what we want our next generation of leaders to be like.”
Parker will continue in his roles as senior project manager and director of Legat’s newest studio in Gurnee, Illinois.
A Respected Leader
For years, Parker has been one of Legat’s go-to project managers for large, complicated construction projects. In this capacity, he has not only served as a client advocate, but also earned the respect of contractors and employees. Many successful architects have grown under Scot’s wing.
Among the many influential projects that Parker led since joining Legat are Warren Township (Gurnee) High School Almond Road Campus (Legat’s first new high school), Vernon Hills High School, the Joliet Junior College Campus Center, and a 175,000-square-foot addition and renovation at Highland Park High School.
While pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Illinois, Parker focused on structures. This was the foundation of his strong infrastructure knowledge that has saved costs and time for many building owners.
A Dedicated Advocate
Clients appreciate Parker’s willingness to do whatever is necessary to make their project a success. For instance, during one four-year-long project, he drove 88 miles door-to-door at least once a week.
One client that exemplifies Parker’s long-term commitment is the College of Lake County. In the mid-’90s, he led the coordination of the architectural and structural details for the college’s Performing Arts and Multiuse Classroom additions. Today, Parker is project manager for the college’s soon-to-be-completed Science and Engineering Building.
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