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People of Willow: Kris Cadiente

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Hey there Kris, tell us a little about your role at Willow.

I’m a Senior Digital Coordinator. My key responsibilities include leading a team in Manila to carry out deliverables and managing building information models, as well as overseeing, defining, and reviewing workflow documents and procedures. I also provide guidance to the team in understanding and implementing company standards and best practices in complying with Willow’s digital strategy. Moreover, I contribute to the creation of reports like model audits, model federation, and data audits.

What were you doing before Willow?

Prior to Willow, I worked as a Digital Model Manager for Ridley. I performed tasks related to the general health and function of several models making sure they were easily workable and effective. Any modelling or documentation challenge encountered could be directed to me, from which I would provide solutions that are compliant with the BIM execution plan and company standards.

Prior to Ridley, I was based in Doha, Qatar working as a BIM Architect for an architecture firm from 2014-2017. In my time there, I was the first BIM specialist in the studio, and went on to spearhead the BIM execution of one of the firm’s flagship projects called DohAlive. I also organised an in-house workshop and over-the-shoulder training for my colleagues wherein I demonstrated and taught them the fundamentals of BIM and how to utilise Revit as a BIM tool.

What led you to Willow?

Whilst in Doha, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in technology management in the Philippines. Simultaneously, I wanted to continue working so I researched companies based in Manila, and Willow was of great interest to me. I researched the company, browsed through the website, and found it aligned with my interests with the company’s drive to bring digital transformation in the industry I was passionate about.I decided to apply for the job while still overseas and lucky enough, I got the job and flew in within the next month.

What do you love most about working at Willow?

I love how we get to be a change agent in the built world. The opportunity to make ripples of improvement in the industry and to help people understand their built environment are some of the things I personally take pride in.

I love how we get to be a change agent in the built world.

Another would be goal-oriented leadership. I love how the company provides its employees with the tools to identify and reach their smart goals. This tends to make me more driven and focused on my work.

What is unique about Willow’s culture?

The collaborative environment that continues to radiate despite the current pandemic. This has allowed teams to communicate well and work together. I believe maintaining a collaborative environment is one of the tough challenges other companies must suddenly face since the pandemic has forced them to make working from home available in order to keep their business running. Willow has been consistent in keeping a strong communication with their employees and making everyone part of its culture. With teams across different parts of this planet, it’s amazing how the company has managed to keep reaching out to each and every team member.

Willow has been consistent in keeping a strong communication with their employees and making everyone part of its culture.

What do you find most exciting about working in tech?

Other than the fact that technology has become integral to the success of several different fields, the most exciting for me is that it thrives on innovation. In our industry, tech and continued innovation are the major factors in shaping the “future of building”. With this, tech has encouraged the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) players to innovate themselves as well and expand their intellectual horizons.

What projects are you currently working on?

Right now, I’m working on an awesome project for a large multinational in the USA. It is the company’s global headquarters, and is undergoing a major redevelopment. Our scope includes 31 buildings, 12 offices, 7 amenity buildings, 2 central utility plants, and 12 parking decks on a 774,838 sqm site. I’ve been on the project for more than one and a half years now and it continues to be exciting and fulfilling not just because of the tasks we’re able to deliver, but also because of the people I get to work with every day.

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