Podcast: The Building BITE

Episode: Endlessly Curious: Solving Puzzles in the Built Environment


Please tune in to this episode of The Building BITE Podcast, as we hear from industry experts about key topics to help you be successful. In this episode, hosts Valerie Bono and Mike Diercksen, CRIS, welcome Alexis McGuffin, Director of Business Development at Suffolk Construction. 


Few people share Alexis' wholistic construction background. She's worn many [hard]hats - having been an estimator, project manager, then pivoting to BIM Integration, where she grew to lead as VDC Director. Today, Alexis serves as Suffolk's Director of Business Development. An impressive career for anyone, and even more extraordinary given recent statistics reported by The Construction Dive, showing women still make up only about 10% of the construction workforce – from field to office. So, perhaps it is no coincidence that she has landed her career where their tagline is: Prove impossible wrong.


Suffolk is no stranger to shaking things up, serving as an industry disruptor. Alexis gives an inside look into the exciting initiatives they are taking on as a firm, including their BOOST Program. Suffolk Technologies invests in and partners with early- and growth-stage startups transforming the built world. In addition, they support these visionary founders by leveraging their internal expertise and network to accelerate industry-wide adoption of breakthrough innovations.


Alexis continues by sharing her three takeaways that will help solve puzzles in the built environment: 

  1. Innovate Around Contracts, Liabilities, Model-Sharing and Sharing Digital Assets
  2. Work Together Towards Industry Standards
  3. Innovation Needs to be Continual, not Occasional


Tune in for more on the exciting initiatives Alexis is working on at Suffolk and hear her stance on mentorship and lessons learned throughout her journey.


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