(by Charissa Durst, originally posted on October 3, 2012)
When facilities planner and architectural engineer Bill Faciane first started work at Hardlines Design Company in 1997, he assured me he would work on anything we needed, except he would not pick out any colors. Bill came to us with a pretty impressive range of experience (Navy builder, construction superintendant, cost estimator, and facilities planner), so we found plenty of things for him to work on, including construction management, roof repair and replacement, interior renovations, and work on exterior building envelopes (To date, we’ve never had to ask him to pick out colors). A few years later, Bill told me he went to boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes and swore he’d never go back. Well, that’s one promise I had to make him break multiple times, since we’ve had several projects there since 1998.
Bill Faciane, doing his thing
Bill also told me that when he worked at the City of Hampton as a facilities planner, he and his coworkers would pass around a Mr. Potato Head figure to whoever was the most ornery employee that month; Bill was proud to be its guardian numerous times. In honor of Bill’s 15th anniversary with HDC, we presented him with a gilded version of the legendary figure in honor of 15 ornery years and the hope of many more to come!