Bryan Cook started his career as a field engineer for an international chemical company. He enjoyed building in his personal life but didn’t imagine it as his profession until he toured a job site with his girlfriend, an intern with JE Dunn in Colorado Springs.
Since joining the company himself, Cook has done projects in Denver, Spokane and Pendleton. In Portland, his work includes the Collaborative Life Sciences Building & Skourtes Tower for Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University.
“Each of these projects brought opportunities to experience new regions, new teams and new challenges,” he said. “I’ve been a part of some great work extending from Hillsboro to Santa Clara, California, to Malta, New York. Our geographic footprint continues to expand and I keep getting to experience something new everywhere we go.”
Cook said that overseeing a large team allows him to watch young professionals grow and develop.
“It’s truly amazing how much faster they learn than I did; I’m constantly surprised by what I see,” he said, adding he also enjoys reviewing drawings. “It’s like putting together a puzzle, and as you read everything you can see the ideas come to life.”
Mario Sanchez, senior estimating engineer, said he admires Cook’s intention.
“Bryan is intentional about learning, about teaching and about leading. His fervor for knowledge is intentional. Bryan is a foundational piece for any and all projects that I’ve worked on with him. This is what I admire most about Bryan, his relentless intention to make others around him better.”
A frequent guest speaker for college courses, including Portland Community College, Cook often serves as a mentor. Elizabeth Rowe, estimating engineer, said she respects his ability to solve “upstream” problems and share that knowledge with others.
“He teaches others to find as many problems in drawings and blueprints before construction has started rather than reacting to the problem downstream, thus, saving time, money and valuable resources,” she said.
Cook’s volunteer service includes building houses for Habitat for Humanity with a team from JE Dunn. He also sorts food and works in the learning garden at the Oregon Food Bank.