January 24, 2019

Affiliate Faculty Spotlight

Rob Warnaca

Rob is currently the President of GenCap, a commercial General Contractor based in Kirkland, and also serves as Chair of the Department of Construction Management’s Construction Industry Advisory Council.

As a graduate of the UW Construction Management program, Rob enjoys giving back to the department and sharing his 25 years of professional industry experience with students. He has a passion for teaching and hopes to continue teaching throughout his career and into retirement.

He most appreciates the department’s relative size compared to the larger University because it allows instructors to connect with students on a more personal basis. He also values the close connection and mutual support between the department and industry.

Rob enjoys working in construction because it brings new challenges and opportunities to problem solve each day. He believes it is one of the most complex industries to achieve success as it requires unique people who possess strong technical abilities, a high business acumen, and excellent communication skills.

Before becoming President of GenCap, Rob worked for Mortenson Construction for almost 25 years in various positions ranging from Project Manager, Chief Estimator, Construction Executive, to Director.

In his free time, he likes spending time with family, snowboarding, wakeboarding, attending concerts, and working on home projects.

Larry Bjork

After graduating from the UW Construction Management program (formerly the “Building Technology and Administration” department) in 1969, Larry went on to have a successful 40-year career in construction. He worked for Baugh Construction for over 25 years and for Lease Crutcher Lewis for 15 years.

During this time, a few of his notable projects included working on Phase 1 of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union and on Microsoft’s Buildings 40 and 41.

When Larry started attending the UW, he initially planned to major in Architecture. He later switched his major to Construction Management because he believed it would be more rewarding to see projects built from start to finish and to have a part in the building process.

Since returning to campus as an affiliate faculty of the department, Larry most enjoys the relationships he’s able to build with students in his class and after graduation. He finds it very rewarding to follow their careers and see their successes and achievements.

He has always enjoyed teaching and strongly believes that young people need to be trained and educated from a practical and industry experience perspective, especially in a technical field like CM.

When Larry isn’t teaching, he enjoys traveling with his wife and friends, playing golf, working on home projects, and serving on various boards in his local community.