At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. This spotlight is on Steven Rowe, PE, Senior Engineer in our water/wastewater department.
What is your position here at Larson Design Group and when did you join LDG?
My current position Senior Engineer and I joined LDG in May of 2018.
Describe a typical day in your role:
I’ve always thought one of the best aspects of civil engineering was the variety of work – there is no typical day! On any given day I might be working on water/wastewater design, project management, submittal reviews, site visits, or proposals.
What attracted you to join Larson Design Group originally?
Originally, I started looking for new employment in order to find something closer to home. Having a 3-hour roundtrip commute to and from work finally got old after 10 years! An old coworker recommended the Apalachin LDG office to me, based on his experience of working with the Apalachin team. After interviewing with the team and learning about the company’s culture, I felt it would be a good fit for me.
How has Larson Design Group helped you in your career development?
I was nervous about joining the water/wastewater division, as my previous work experience was all site related. But the guidance I’ve received (shout out to Jason Bellis and Greg Cummings) has allowed me to branch out into new directions and learn new things. In short, I was provided new opportunities and the support to learn and grow along the way.
What is your proudest moment at Larson Design Group?
I feel pride anytime a project is completed. Being able to put an idea onto paper, and then help guide it through the construction process is always satisfying. In particular, I get a lot of satisfaction working on projects within my community. For example, working on new campground loops at Lackawanna State Park and Rickett’s Glen State Park – both of which are parks that I frequent a lot for camping, hiking and fishing.
If you could switch places with anyone else at Larson Design Group for a day, who would it be and why?
I’d have to pick Greg Cummings. Coming from a family of small business owners, I have an interest in the operational side of running a business/department.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My brother and I run our family business (a car wash).
What advice do you have for a prospective candidate considering Larson Design Group?
I would tell any prospective employees that they shouldn’t be afraid to try new things. Not only will they be provided with the opportunity to try new things and grow, but they will be provided with the tools, learning and mentoring to succeed.