“I try to make the client’s project run as smoothly as possible by being attentive to every detail. I try to make the process fun and enjoyable; if I keep them happy, then I know we’ll get another opportunity to work on their next project.”
As vice president, Jim Feldmann takes the lead on Rhodey’s healthcare-related construction business. His 20+ years of experience give him deep knowledge of medical facilities and a real sensitivity to the nature of these jobs. “I work with each institution’s facility and design team to develop a plan to keep the patients safe and the staff functioning,” he says.
Jim guides projects through the design development phase, providing valuable insights on construction feasibility and ensuring that renovation plans work with existing conditions and systems. He outlines each phase of construction (often involving simultaneous projects) to meet schedule and budget requirements while also respecting patient care.
With his strong communication skills, Jim maintains frequent contact with the client, subcontractors and with his right-hand man on the job: the superintendent. “Communication is key to being successful in this business. There are always issues that arise from field changes, conflicts in existing conditions or delayed lead times. As long as we communicate with each other, most situations resolve themselves easily.”
He earned his BS/BA degree in construction management with a minor in business from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. He also received his Healthcare Contractor’s Certificate training from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
At Rhodey, Jim appreciates that the organization is built on mutual trust and respect for employees’ knowledge and experience. Pam Duffy, he says, encourages and enables her team to make their own well-informed decisions.