Brian Nold is a big fan of KISS. No, not the heavy metal band fronted by Gene Simmons. Nold’s KISS stands for “Keep It Simple, Stupid”.
“Despite enjoying solving complex problems at work or in my own hobby shop at home, I like the KISS mentality,” he says. “Just because it’s complicated, doesn’t mean you have to add more complexity to it. Break down the complexities into simple manageable parts and solve them a piece at a time. Stay calm when adversity presents itself, slow down and consider the angles before jumping to the first response/answer. That way, the complex issues in life aren’t so terrible to overcome.”
Nold’s primary skillset lies with complex building operating systems and building technology. “We call these systems the heartbeat of the buildings,” he notes, adding that the integration of a building’s control systems , how they interact with each other and the occupants of the buildings, requires a level of technological expertise that is often lacking on projects.
In Nold’s current role as director of MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), he serves as a resource for both KDC’s internal team members and KDC clients when they face with issues with existing systems or need guidance for new construction. This role is a first for KDC.
“I’ve always been fascinated with the ‘why’ and ‘how’ things work,” he says. “I generally can’t settle my mind until I figure it out. This is in large part what has made me successful in my career – the need to understand has generated a deep knowledge base of systems and scenarios that I can lean on to help lead a project or solve a problem.”
Prior to joining KDC, Nold was with national general contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP). He interned at the firm while attending the University of North Texas, and after he obtained his degree, he came aboard full time.
While at AP, Nold worked on several KDC projects and got to know many key members of the KDC team. One of the reasons he decided to join KDC is the firm’s reputation for quality.
“KDC’s involvement in the construction process sets itself apart from other developers,” he says. “Individuals onsite working directly with the client and the contractor allows a level of service and control that is lacking with many other development type companies. I believe this contributes to KDC’s continued reputation of delivering quality projects to their clients.”
Nold describes himself as analytic, results oriented, and decisive. He’s always had a strong desire to analyze the information produced in order to form decisions and direction.
“In my day-to-day, my teams of engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners rely on me to gather the information presented, analyze and respond with direction to the team that can be trusted,” he says.
Though most of Nold’s family is in medicine, he much preferred construction, after being exposed to the industry through his uncle’s construction firm. However, he initially pursued a career in computer science with a specialty in network engineering.
While Nold enjoyed the technical aspect of his chosen career path, he also worried that it would be too isolating. That pushed him toward a career in construction engineering.
“The process of breaking the issue down, developing a team of varied expertise and developing a solution is a rewarding process and keeps me interested and engaged,” he says.
The most interesting project Nold has ever worked on is phase two of Raytheon’s campus in McKinney, Texas. The highly technical project will house many different user groups, each with a set of very diverse needs.
When Nold isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He and his wife, Amy, are high school sweethearts, and they share a five-year-old son.
Nold loves the outdoors and has a particular affinity for the mountains in Colorado and the deserts in the west. His favorite vacations are houseboat trips, typically on Lake Powell in Utah. He enjoys being on the water either skiing or surfing.
“Lake Powell is a magical place for me,” Nold shares. “It’s really the only vacation where I totally disconnect.”
Originally from Minnesota, Nold had an exciting childhood as the son of an Air Force mom. Because he grew up around pilots and different types of aircraft, he’s always had a fascination with planes.
At one point early in Nold’s life, he dreamed of being a pilot. Recently, he made that dream come true. After joining a flying club and training with an instructor, he recently obtained his pilot certificate.
“It was a bucket list item for sure,” Nold says, “and for many years, it was a pie in the sky. Pun intended.”