W.M. Jordan Company

Employee Spotlight: Brooks Ballance

May 28, 2014

Brooks Balance, Project Manager and Project Executive

Brooks Ballance, Project Manager and Project Executive


Name: Brooks Ballance

Position: Project Manager & Project Executive (RVA Office)


Q. How long have you been with WMJ?

A. June 1999


Q. What is your most memorable moment from working with WMJ?

A. I don’t know, it’s all been fun, and it’s kind of hard to put my finger on a single event…I would say that my most memorable moments would be when I worked on the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, then later worked on the Westminster Canterbury Richmond, and when I worked on the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) Critical Care Tower, each of which were the largest project the company had ever completed at the time they were completed.


Q. What was your favorite WMJ project?

A. My favorite would have to be the VCUHS Critical Care Tower


Q. …And why?

A. Because it was extremely challenging.


Q. What was challenging about the VCUHS Critical Care Tower project?

A. The VCUHS Critical Care Tower was challenging because of the project was in downtown Richmond and the footprint of the building actually cantilever spanned over two streets once it got 6 floors up. This project, we had connections to the adjacent buildings on three different sides, one with a bridge over an active street. We had to build a temporary bridge to get vehicles and pedestrians out of the parking garage on one side. We had to be aware of incoming medical flights to the next door hospital since our tower crane was a real hazard being in their flight path. Everything had to be well thought out and we had to be very clever or we would hear about it from the hospital on many different fronts such as, public administration, employee relations, pedestrian flow, traffic flow, patient flow, etc.  The project had a whole host of challenges, mainly building a building this complex right in the heart of one of the largest most active hospitals in the region.


Q. If you weren’t in construction you would be…

A. A charter boat captain somewhere warm.