Friday, August 15, 2008

Professional Bio

While majoring in accounting at the University of Kansas in 1980 Richard Reilly took a summer job with a construction crew and was promptly fired due to inexperience. However he caught the bug. The following summer he landed a job as an apprentice carpenter and shortly thereafter knew he had found his calling.

In 1982 he joined Boa Construction Company, a self-performing GC start-up, and he has been with them ever since. His responsibilities have grown as he has helped the company grow. Starting as a carpenter in a company with annual revenues of about $100,000.00, he is now the COO of a Corporation with annual revenue of approximately $20 Million.

Between 1982 and the present he worked as a Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Foreman, Project Manager, & Vice President. Other duties have included design, photography, marketing, & IT coordination for the firm.

In Reilly’s present role he has, along with his staff, developed Operations Systems, which have enabled Boa Construction Company to become the only NAHB NHQ Certified builder in the St. Louis Region and the only one, nationally, to do so without specific NAHB training.

Since the mid-1990s Reilly has pursued opportunities in learning about and integrating energy efficient and eco-friendly practices into Boa Construction’s systems. Most of this has involved early adoption of geo-thermal HVAC systems and more energy efficient building envelopes.

In 2007 he became a LEED AP, a member of the St. Louis HBA Green Building Council and the PR Steering Committee Chairman for the St. Louis Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and a Professional Affiliate of the AIA.

Currently he is working with Habitat for Humanity in order to ensure that the 2008 build of 27 homes are all certified ‘Gold’ or ‘Platinum’ by the USGBC LEED for Homes System. He is also spearheading an effort to bring options for ‘single source’ construction recycling to the St. Louis area.