Awesome Associates: Garrett Kiesel (West Palm Beach)
Meet our Awesome Associate Garrett Kiesel, a Designer in our Civil Engineering Division in the West Palm Beach, FL office. Garrett joined our team first as an intern during our 2018 Summer Internship program, and then started full time with us in January 2019. At WGI, we know our success starts with our associates and that’s why we want to share their awesome stories with you.
Hi Garrett! Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school. I was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. I graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering from Florida State University in 2018.
What drew you to Civil Engineering? Ever since I was little I have always been fascinated with how things are constructed and why they work the way that they do. I believe that is the main component to engineering, finding out how things work and to solve problems based off that.
What types of projects have you worked on since starting with WGI? I started my internship over the summer with WGI and have been so grateful for the chance to work full time since January. I have had the opportunity to work on a few different types of projects such as RaceTrac gas stations, the Kravis Center, and a few plan unit developments.
What do you like to do in your free time? I like to spend my free time fishing, hunting, playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.
Have you read any good books lately? Since the show has been so good, I have started to read some of the Game of Thrones series.
What does your ideal vacation look like? My ideal vacation would be to explore all of the historic sites in Europe with friends or family.
What was your first job? My first job was at Jonathan’s Landing Country Club where I was the guy everyone would hit balls at on the range.
Finish this sentence. When I’m creatively stuck I… have to step away for a second and focus on something else. This allows me to come back to the problem and look at it from a different perspective.
What would be impossible for you to give up? It would be impossible for me to give up quality time with friends and family.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?I used to play travel basketball, I know how to play guitar and trumpet. Also I know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube.
Who or what inspires you? There are so many people that inspire me, but my parents probably inspired me the most. They have been there every step of the way pushing me to achieve my goals.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours? I started my internship over the summer with WGI and I noticed over that internship that it felt like a family here. Everyone was wanting the best for each other and would help anyway they could. WGI is a big firm but has the feeling of a small firm.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Garrett. We’re certainly happy to have you on the team!