Career Path: Construction Management

Chris Lawton

Q: Describe the path that brought you to the landscaping industry?
A: Just the love of the outdoors. I love working outdoors and being in nature. And then, you know, being able to see the beginning of a project and the final product is just awesome, amazing.


Q: What brought you to Outerland?
A: Seeing everyone so invested in the company and the care for the employees at every level of the company. A lot of thought has been put into every little aspect of what is Outerland.


Q: What do you tell your friends you do for work?
A: Landscape construction. Specifically landscape construction management.


Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: Like I said, just being able to hear the thoughts of a customer or what they picture for the project and then seeing the actual completed final project come to life.


Q: What do you find most challenging about your job?
A: The client relationship


Q: What’s one thing people might not know or expect about your job?
A: The backend work that has to be put into it to be successful. Personnel management, contracting, estimating, and putting the jobs together.


Q: What skills or characteristics do you think your job requires?
A: An open mind. Hard work. Room for learning.


Q: What makes Outerland unique?
A: That it’s a service company. We’re not just pushing the landscape, landscape, landscape name. It’s more of a service company with a people focus.


Q: What do you like about working in the landscaping industry?

A: The fact that I’m outdoors, I love seeing these beautiful projects come to life. I love machinery and getting my hands dirty.


Q: What advice would you give someone who’s looking to get into our industry?

A: Be ready to work hard. It’s not always roses. There’s a lot of hard work that has to go into it. A lot of people look in from the outside and say ‘Oh, you know you’ve got this beautiful amazing yard.’ but usually don’t see that there’s a lot of work that goes into it.


Q: What makes you proud to work at Outerland?
A: Everyone cares so much, everyone is so invested in this. It’s nice to be surrounded by people that are just as invested as I am.

The Outerland Team

Our team brings together dedicated landscape design, maintenance, property management, and garden specialists with more than three decades of local experience. We value hard work, personalized care, and the unique ways that outdoor spaces frame our days.

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