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Bryan Aragon joins the Capital Projects and Facilities Department as a project manager

By Kirsten Laskey

Seeing an idea be transformed into an actual building is one of the perks Bryan Aragon, 34, said he enjoys about his new job as a project manager for the Capital Projects and Facilities Department.
“What’s really great about the work I do is I can drive down the road and say, ‘I helped build that building’ to family and friends,” he said.
Aragon, who has worked in his new position for about a month, is already involved in bringing several projects into fruition.
He is currently submitting a design and construction application for the multi-purpose covered arena for the rodeo grounds, conducting a study on a leisure pool to be located in either the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center or in White Rock, and he’s also working on the design and construction of the Los Alamos Golf course clubhouse.
“They’ve been a challenge so far,” Aargon said.
The project he said he is most excited about is the clubhouse at the golf course. “It’s pretty exciting to be involved in that kind of a high-profile project,” Aragon said.
His duties include helping to prepare contract documents and specifications, directing architects and engineers, overseeing construction “and everything else in between,” Aragon said.
Although his to-do box remains fairly full, Aargon said, “It’s fun work. (I’m) just trying to get these projects from ground zero to …being built.”
Capital Projects and Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent said, “Bryan has been a wonderful addition of our project manager division and he brings his civil engineering license, and what really stood out about Bryan was his customer service skills and communication … which is key to keeping everyone stay on the same page.”
Having communication and customer service skills comes in handy when dealing with the public, Aragon said. As a project manager, he helps facilitate meetings as well as communicate the intentions behind a project and where it is heading. He also needs to collect feedback from the public and determine what they expect to see in a certain project.
Before arriving in Los Alamos, Aargon had been involved in land development for the last 10 years so pursuing his new job, “seemed like a good step for me.”
Before coming to Los Alamos, he worked on land development projects for large commercial developments for about five years in Denver. One of his major accomplishments while in Denver was completing a large Target retail shopping area, which opened in 2009.
Additionally, he did land development for about four years in Atlanta and worked for a consulting firm in Albuquerque.
He earned a degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.
Aragon and his wife of eight years, Kimberly, decided to move to Los Alamos to be closer to family. They also have a daughter, Allyson.
Kimberly works as an electrical engineer for Merrick and Company in Los Alamos.
Relocating to Los Alamos is a decision Aragon said he is pleased they made. Not only are the people nice, he said, but he is impressed with the number of activities the community has every weekend.
“(It’s) good to see that kind of community activity,” Aragon said.  
He added it is also great to see the county undertake so many capital improvement projects.
Aragon jokingly said that it not only keeps his job going but also “(it’s) good to see a community in need of restoration providing that.”
When not in the office, Aargon said he and his wife love to ride their bikes and he is also a golfing and motorcycle enthusiast.  

Contact Kirsten Laskey at lareporter@lamonitor.com