TAPPING INTO SUCCESS
(Photo: Robert Lucas, H2M’s Assistant Vice President & Department Manager- Water Distribution)
Melville, NY (February 20, 2017) - Robert Lucas is Assistant Vice President and Department Manager of Water Distribution at H2M architects + engineers. Bob brings over 21 years of experience in the industry. Bob has worked diligently over the years with H2M setting an example for the younger staff in the Water Department to ensure that the work being done is at the highest quality while maintaining client satisfaction.
Bob enjoys working with the staff at H2M and describes the work environment as refreshing. Bob loves how every day on the job is different from the next; seeing how hardworking and intelligent the younger staff is inspires him to be the best manager possible. He also appreciates the relationships that have been developed and strengthened with clients over the years at H2M, making everyday fun and rewarding.
Bob explained that his biggest accomplishment at H2M has been mentoring his staff to adopt great work ethic and habits.
“Teaching staff, and getting them to the point where they think and work as I do, yet bringing in their own strengths and personalities is amazing to see” said, Bob.
It’s gratifying for Bob to see the foundation he built throughout the water distribution department being implemented everyday by the staff. Bob’s reputation and desire for a quality product has been exemplified by a trickle-down effect on the staff engineers, and he is proud of the department’s success.
Bob started off his career in heavy highway construction, and then moved to a water supplier in Nassau County. There he was introduced to a few of H2M’s market leaders. Bob was blown away by how approachable, professional, and company-orientated they were. Bob was also impressed by the way he was treated as if he was already part of the team, and when an offer to join H2M was presented, he felt it was right to pursue the opportunity.
Bob said, “The leadership across the entire company is phenomenal, there are always new challenges to overcome, new things to learn, and new projects to complete. It is truly remarkable to see how all of the different departments work collaboratively to produce a quality product for our clients.”
Although there have been many challenging and important projects during Bob’s tenure at H2M, a few that stand out are: planning the extension and installation of water mains for the multi-year construction associated with The Greens at Half Hollow development, and the trenchless technology of directional drilling that offers unique solutions to transmission and distribution projects. Bob was also intrigued by VOC removal projects, extending safe public water and fire protection to areas of Riverhead that previously had only private wells.
Bob is a family man. He has two daughters Lauren and Nicole and a son named Evan. Bob and his wife Carolyn met at H2M years ago. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, beach volleyball, basketball, and coaching his son’s basketball team. Bob and his family spend a lot of time at the beach, in the pool, and on the boat. He loves the water, and water is a huge part of his life, but most people may not know that Bob does not know how to swim. The Lucas family also loves going back to his hometown farm in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, soaking in the space and freedom. There, Bob and his kids enjoy playing in the creek, riding the quads, and exploring the woods. Bob and Carolyn are making the effort to visit some National Parks across the country before their kids get too old.
Bob’s passion for a quality product, strong work ethic, and love for the water distribution industry shows he is an expert in all that he does for the firm.
H2M is a full-service consulting and design firm offering the expertise of more than 350 architects, engineers (water supply, civil/site, structural, M/E/P, wastewater and environmental), planners, designers, inspectors, surveyors and scientists. H2M meets the challenges associated with buildings and infrastructure and has been serving various markets throughout Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for over 80 years. For more information, please visit www.h2m.com.
H2M continuously seeks motivated college graduates and experienced professionals to join our team. The firm offers a competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefit package that includes: medical, dental, vision, and life; FSA/HSA and long and short-term disability insurances; 401(k) retirement savings plan; bonus plan; tuition reimbursement; and professional development opportunities. To view current job openings, please visit www.h2m.com/careers.