Greg Snyder, Petra’s Director of Infrastructure recently sat down with us where we discussed how he got into the industry and the proudest moments of his career.
Q: What is your role at Petra? Describe what you do day-to-day.
A: My title at Petra is Director of Infrastructure. This means that I bridge IT technology with construction. In practical terms, I help develop IT infrastructure and telecom spaces into the building construction project. I also help with IT equipment budgets for our projects and coordinate equipment procurement within the construction schedule. Part of my job is to ensure sure there is a spot for IT systems and that’s it’s connected properly within the network.
Most of this planning is done years ahead of a project during the schematic and design development phases of the project and requires extensive coordination of all parties including architects, engineers and contractors. Then, I follow it the whole way through from strategy to go live at the hospital.
Q: How long have you been with Petra and why did you choose this profession?
A: After getting my degree in architecture, I worked for a number of corporate companies within facilities management. Eventually, I had the opportunity to work on a project with data-center design and from there I took a job with St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) in IT managing their Data Centers. I eventually landed a role with the SJHS construction group and this group spun out into Petra. Between SJHS and Petra, I have been here for 28 years.
Q: What are 3 words to describe your team?
A: Knowledgeable. Collaborative. Supportive.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: I really enjoy working with IT personnel during projects because it gives me a chance to see new technologies that are coming into the industry and how they work to help patients. I am always learning something new.
Q: What has been your proudest moment working at Petra or in your career?
A: When I left the IT group and moved into construction with the SJHS/Petra, it brought me closer to what I hoped to achieve with my architectural degree. During my career, I have been involved with the construction of four flagship hospitals; getting to work on these projects from beginning to end gives me great satisfaction to know I contributed to something that plays such an important role in our society. I love being able to participate in the build out of healthcare spaces.
Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
A: I like to see things come to a completion. Every day, I see little pieces of the project come together and know we are moving towards the light at the end of the tunnel – that’s what motivates and drives me.
Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
A: I am an avid golfer. I have a twin brother and we go all over the nation to different golf destinations. The coolest destination I have ever golfed has to be at Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.
I am also a music buff and have a huge collection of records and CDs. I play several music instruments: guitar, bass guitar, piano and a little bit of drums.
Q: How do you define success?
A: Having others recommend your talents to someone else is a true measure of success. To me, it shows that they trust in my knowledge and see value in the services that I provide.