Don Interdonato

Director of Development

Education:

Centenary University

  • Bachelor of Science: Business Administration

Experience:

24 Years

  • 8 years as BIM/VDC consultant (VEC, Microdesk)
  • 11 years as MEP Engineering Consultant (WSP Group Lincolne Scott)
  • 5 years as electrical subcontractor (Cupertino Electric Inc.)

Certications:

  • CM-BIM
  • Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
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What is your personal 'WHY' that has lead you to VEC?

Simple answer for me... Always push the boundaries of what can be done with design and construction technology. Being an early adopter of building information modeling in 2004, half of my career has been spent in the pursuit to create real efficiency in building design and construction processes by pushing the limits of what technology offers us today. I was a client of VEC previously during my time with a top five electrical contractor delivering a complete lifecycle model (design and construction to FMOM handover) on a one point five-billion-dollar terminal project here in the Bay Area. Their ability to integrate seamlessly with the engineering and asset infrastructure I developed internally was a first in my career. The continued success we achieved collaboratively between our companies and clients ultimately determined my next destination. We are all in a transformational period in the evolution of building construction, and I have chosen to surround myself with likeminded advocates who continuously meet or exceed the realm of what is possible for the AECO industry.


What is your favorite VEC customer success story and/or what is your proudest moment working on a project at VEC?

I have had the honor of completing many incredible projects over the course of my career from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii to the Harvey Milk Terminal One at San Francisco International Airport to the University of California San Francisco Precision Cancer Medical Building. However, my most satisfying customer success story comes from a three hundred thousand square foot tower project in eastern Washington. Our team was engaged by the general contractor and owner to review the models prior to construction for feasibility, constructibility, and technological efficiency. Our findings were based upon understanding the synergy between building construction in the real world as well as the virtual environment. The report VEC created was pivotal to the direction the project would take due to the critical errors contained within the models reviewed, impacting countless systems and subsystems downstream and the financial impacts the owner would incur. Our ability to identify these issues early on in the project lifecycle allowed the owner to pivot and reposition the project forward to a path of success.


What is your favorite memory with the VEC team?

My favorite memories can be found in the grey areas between successes and failures, or life changing events, real talk, and change. What becomes more apparent to me is the resiliency and desire of my coworkers to strive to be the best versions of themselves personally and professionally. I value those opportunities that afford me to the time to listen, ask questions, guide, and share my experiences and challenges as we continue to create a unique place in this industry as an organization and as individuals.