Robert Small


Robert Small

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?
Long list but I’d have to go with Robin Williams. He seemed like an amazing man with incredible intelligence and wit.  We could all use a laugh nowadays and I’m sure I’d remember that dinner for a long time.

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
Not one specific but the best ones are the ones that I get to create relationships with that last well beyond the project. My best example is Metro Meeting Centers. We did the fit-out for them about 12 years ago. They didn’t have an OPM and were very unsophisticated at construction. However, I took the time to answer all of their questions. I’d say that client has turned into a friend.

How did you get into construction?
My Dad. It started when I was 5 or 6 years old and my dad was a Superintendent at the time. He was working on a high-rise, 99 High Street. He took me to work with him on Saturdays and I would watch all the trades and walk around the site. I really enjoyed the activity. I remember going up the construction elevator to the roof and I could see out the cage, pretty cool stuff for a young kid. Fast-forward to when I was 20 and my dad was a PM on a project. He suggested I be a laborer with one of his subs. I never enjoyed school, so the trades were the best option for a career at that time.

What is one thing on your bucket list and will you accomplish it?
It changes over time, but I think currently train travel through Europe and North American would be cool.

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