ARE YOU LOOKING for a mechanical project manager to handle your next project? Do you want someone that you can feel comfortable with? Someone that will take care of what needs to be taken care of to complete the project efficiently while building great relationships for future work?

My name is Zack Lancaster. I’m a mechanical project manager and consultant. When I’m not managing projects, I teach other Mechanical PM’s, APM’s & Super’s how to get organized. An organized team is a less stressed, efficient team that doesn’t let anything fall through the cracks.

I’ll get right to the point…

  • I’ve been a mechanical project manager for 7 years and have worked in construction for 10.
  • I’m experienced with all sizes of Mechanical projects up to $22,000,000.
  • I’m extremely experienced with healthcare projects and what it takes to get them done. From medical gas to AHCA inspections. I’ve completed a total of 21 hospital projects. You can see those projects by clicking here.
  • My philosophy is one that focuses on organization and efficiency.
  • I’m graduated Valedictorian in Construction Engineering from Florida International University.

My story

I’m from Bentonia, Mississippi, born in Jackson and raised on a farm. Growing up, I spent most of my summers working the land, helping my grandfather bail hay & getting up at 5 am to feed the cows.

When I was about 18 years old, I started working with my dad, during the summers, doing construction work. He was the Superintendent. We poured concrete and installed big underground city drainage systems. I learned a lot about hard work, and discovered my interest in building and creating.

It was time to get an education. I knew I enjoyed the construction industry so I moved to Miami, Florida and got my construction degree from Florida International University. With the work ethic, discipline and dedication instilled in me, by both my father and grandfather, I graduated Valedictorian in my class.

While in school I was lucky enough to land a job, working for a great Mechanical Contractor – William R. Nash Inc. I learned a lot from some really talented mechanical PM’s: David Nash, Kris Youlden & Ryan Nash. I would consider them the best in the industry. Really, they are THE VERY BEST. I was also exposed to great men that held company executive positions (Bill Nash Jr. & Russell Nash). These individuals impacted me in a positive way when I saw the integrity of their decisions in an industry that is sometimes lacking in that area.

I continued working for William R. Nash Inc. after I graduated. I was promoted to project manager and given some large challenging healthcare projects. I learned and grew exponentially!

A  habit I have that helped me become a good project manager is: keeping a journal. I’ve been doing so for 10 years.

Here’s an example of how I used it when I first started working as an assistant PM. I’d attend the weekly project meetings, and paid close attention to those around me, successful and those not as successful. I’d take notes as the men would have their turn speaking and ask myself: What made them appear more professional? Less professional? What did they do?

From just one meeting this is what I noticed:

The Successful:

  • Some men are ready to answer any question that may come up. They have obviously reviewed the meeting minutes from last week and are prepared.
  • They have walked the project and talked with the supers and know exactly how the project is coming along.
  • They are dressed professionally.
  • They are well rested.
  • They are tactful and not confrontational.
  • They arrive early to the meeting.

The Unsuccessful:

  • They are not prepared and can’t answer simple questions from the previous week’s meeting minutes.
  • They are wearing wrinkled cloths that don’t fit properly.
  • They are obviously sleepy and look tired, some even napping.
  • They are late to the meetings.

You think this doesn’t happen? Believe it or not I’d say at least 80% of the professionals attending job meetings don’t demonstrate this basic professional conduct.

And this is what I learned from just one meeting years ago by being conscious of the things around me and recording them in my journal. I immediately implemented all of these observations. I’ve been doing this type of conscious purposeful growth for years from the diverse individuals I come across. From experienced plumbing supers, when it comes to labor savings, to company executives and how their actions make me feel as a PM.

In conclusion, I’m not some PM with a big ego. I’m an individual with conviction. I care about my work and I have the experience to get the job done. I really enjoy being a Mechanical Project Manager and taking on the challenges of the job, but most importantly I feel great pride in seeing a project to its completion.

If you’d like to get in touch with me shoot me an email by clicking here.