Q&A Session with Eric Wolf, Field Manager
Fast Facts About Eric
Discipline: Construction Administration
Hometown: Logansport, IN
Education: Purdue University
Who He’d Pick to Play Himself in a Movie: Robert Redford
From a construction site to a campground, Eric Wolf, construction delivery field manager, feels most at home outside and surrounded by nature.
What drew you to engineering and construction?
Construction is in my blood. My grandfather, father, and sister are architects, and my son is a civil engineer. My dad was a commercial/industrial contractor, so I started working with him when I was a kid. I learned to drive a full-size semi at 13 and still love to operate heavy equipment to this day.
What’s the best part of your job?
It is exciting to see a project go from an idea to a design to bidding to construction to a finished product. My favorite part of my job is the interaction with the owners, contractors, and the designers to make the project come to life.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your career?
I think the willingness of everyone to compromise to make a project flow and be built. I like that architects are willing to take advice from me as someone in the field and incorporate it into their designs. Constructability is the biggest key. They may design something that is difficult to construct, and in the field, I have to figure out a way to make that work.
We’ve heard you love the outdoors. Where did that come from?
I am one of 10 kids—five girls and five boys—and grew up in Logansport. We loved to camp as a family when I was young. I remember we had a school bus that we used as a camper when I was small, but it just wasn’t big enough for our whole family. As a result, dad constructed a 35-foot RV. My mom was an artist and painted a wolf logo to hang on it. That was 55 years ago, and I still have that wolf and hang it when I camp with my family.
Where’s your dream destination to take the RV?
The United States is so beautiful and amazing. I have seen 48 of the 50 states. You go out west and there is nothing out there. It is just awesome! My dream vacation would be to take a rough terrain camper and just go west; see the mountains and just go out on the back roads. I love the idea of just getting out and being gone.
You used to ride motorcycles. Any crazy stories?
My Dad was an avid motorcycle rider. I learned to ride when I was five, so I have plenty of stories.
When I was 16 and my brother was 17, we rode Yamaha motorcycles from Logansport to Daytona Beach, Florida. We camped on the beach a couple days and then rode back.
What is your family like?
I have been married 40 years to my hometown honey, Patti. She is the principal at Landis Elementary School in Logansport. We have four sons, Allan, Jacob, Andrew, and Evan; two grandkids, Payton and Jack; and two dogs, a yellow lab (Bella) and a miniature pinscher (Samantha).