BLDGWORKS, founded in 2015, is structured to allow it to perform as an investment firm, an architectural design firm and a construction management firm. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is implemented for superior organization, goal alignment and proactive mindsets that creates an environment conducive to collaboration and teamwork.
Founder / Principal
Erik utilizes his background in architecture, consutruction and business to challenge BLDGWORKS and individual projects to push the boundaries of design, sustainability, and traditional AEC practice.
Previous to fuonding BLDGWORKS, Erik was a Senior Project Manager at SHoP Construction where he managed client communications, A&E consultants, BIM/VDC integration and SHoP project teams. Erik specialized in managing the design process on projects that used advanced methods of construction such as pre-fabrication. As an author, he has written on the changing roles of architects, publishing “Re-Negotiating Architects’ Relevancy - A U.S. Perspective of IPD and BIM.”
Erik has also managed the design and build of single family homes including two of the first in the LEED-H program. As a consultant he has worked with Clif Bar on sustainable packaging initiatives, Gerding Edlen Developers in Portland, OR on financing Living Building Challenge projects and with Gehry Technologies in Paris on technology development. At the University of Oregon, he developed the community design-build program, designBridge, into a nationally recognized program. Erik received a BA from Brown University, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect in the state of New York.
Director of Project Integration
Vail specializes in the use of advanced technologies for project delivery. Most recently he was a senior associate and BIM implementation manager at SHoP Architects where he worked with A/Es, general contractor/sub-contractor teams, and clients to develop mutually beneficial BIM strategies.
During his time at SHoP Vail lead a major research and development project for the Department of State and Overseas Buildings Operations to fully utilize the benefits of BIM, QTO, and virtual reality in their project delivery methods. He also designed and lead R&D efforts at SHoP to enable the use of cloud based BIM technologies and parametric modeling office wide.
Previous to SHoP, Vail was a design technology leader at world renown offices such as Perkins+Will, Pelli Clarke Pelli, and KPF. He has worked from concept design to construction documentation on many large domestic and international projects. Vail received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo as well as a Masters of Architecture from the advanced placement program at Parsons The New School for Design.