After two decades with Lamp Rynearson, Design Group Leader & Colorado Office Leader Pat Hillyer celebrates his success.
Pat noticed Lamp Rynearson’s respectable reputation during his college career, while co-opting for Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) in Omaha, Nebraska. At OPPD, Pat worked in distribution design and his tasks included the design of neighborhood electrical layouts for new subdivisions. Lamp Rynearson was also working on some of these projects. Seeing Lamp Rynearson represented so well at pre-construction meetings lead Pat to eagerly apply after his college graduation.
Pat has been leaving a lasting impact on two communities, as he spent his first 18 years with Lamp Rynearson in Omaha, Nebraska, and has spent the last two as the Office Leader in Fort Collins, Colorado. Within the last year, Pat has thoroughly enjoyed the Lake Bluff project.
“As I transitioned to Fort Collins, Lake Bluff was a great project fit. As the first large subdivision the Fort Collins office has worked on in the last four years, we worked closely with the Client and the City of Greeley to accomplish such a large and multi-faceted project. To-date, all the construction plans are approved, grading has started, and the plat is recorded.”
Pat reflects on his most fond memories and experiences at Lamp Rynearson over the last 20 years.
“I was thrust into some very large projects from the very beginning. I remember finishing up our Home Depot center plans and staying at work until 2 a.m. That’s one of the best aspects of being employed at Lamp Rynearson, even our youngest engineers can attain great experience early on in their careers by working on large, critical projects.”
Pat has left a stamp on the two communities, and his work has been a crucial part of some of his biggest life milestones.
“After my wedding, I was thrilled to take the whole wedding party in our limo ride to view my first full subdivision I designed, which was Pebblebrooke.”
Midtown Crossing is another favorite project of Pat’s.
“Midtown Crossing is my baby. Being a part of such a community-changing project and having stamped all the plans for grading, sewers, paving, and other unique aspects of the project make me feel like I’ve left a lasting impact on the community.”
Pat has started many traditions at Lamp Rynearson and a spirit of giving back.
Inspired early on by Jim Siedlik and recruited by Mike McIntosh, Pat encouraged participation in Mustache 4 Kids annually for nine years. He was able to raise over $25,000 for various children’s charities in Omaha. Pat takes great pride in growing out his mustache to full bloom every year for a good cause.
“My lip caterpillar accompanied me to Fort Collins, and this year we raised over $8k for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.”
Pat recognizes his new Group Leader position in Fort Collins as a pivotal point for his career.
“In a way, moving to the Fort Collins area feels like the early days of my career. The community is great, and we have a talented, passionate office.”
In the future, Pat would like to achieve a single digit handicap in golf and welcomes the company of clients, partners, and community leaders to join him in the process. In addition, he looks forward to his three sons growing more independent, taking on new opportunities, and thriving in the great state of Colorado.
“It’s not easy to relocate your family in the middle of a pandemic. Moving to a new state has had its share of challenges, and a lot of fun. I look forward to a multitude of fond memories still to come and continued success for the Fort Collins office.”
Congratulations on your success, Pat. #WorkHereGrowHere