Ron Wilhelm has been a member of the plumbing team at Rushing for nearly seven years. As a senior plumbing designer, we asked Ron to give us a peak into his work-from-home life as well as share about how he got into his field and the projects he’s excited about right now.

Q. How did you get interested in plumbing design?
A. While I was in college studying architecture, I started working part time at a prefabricated piping company. I really liked learning about the behind-the-scenes systems that makes buildings work. After several month working, I knew this was a profession that could satisfy my interests in engineering, design and interiors.

Q. How have you maintained a sense of community during this time? 
A. I’ve maintained connections through my volunteer group and neighbors. Also, reaching out to other Rushing employees has helped me a lot. I’m not going to lie, it’s been challenging for me not to be social, but having support or someone who’s experiencing the same issues is a big help.

Q. Have you picked back up any hobbies?
A. Balcony gardening. If there’s one silver lining to our current situation, it’s that this happened during a Seattle spring/summer and not fall/winter. We planted lots of planters on our balconies with flowers and lots of pots with vegetables . It’s been great to watch everything grow.

Q. Which projects are you excited about right now?
A. I’m super excited to play a part in the Northgate Mall redevelopment project and I’m really happy to be part of the Sound Transit team. Being able to watch both major infrastructure projects materialize is amazing.

Meet the rest of our plumbing team or check out more work-from-home employee spotlights:

Linda Coppa, senior mechanical engineer
Stefanie Young, senior sustainability consultant
Brian Hoang, electrical project engineer
Ian Robinson, energy analyst/mechanical engineer