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Influencer Interview: Benjamin Girardin

Published on: November 7, 2018

Ben Girardin, 10 Nine Design Group

 10 Nine Design Group was founded in 2008 by Benjamin Girardin, the principal architect for the firm. Since its inception, 10 Nine Design Group has completed over 500 projects throughout the country, with 90% of business being from repeat clientele. Over the last ten years, Ben Girardin has created an architectural firm comprised of a highly talented group of professionals who are dedicated to working as a team and always going the extra mile to provide the highest level of service possible. Ben and his team at 10 Nine Design Group have been a longtime partner and have worked with SR for over 13 years on numerous projects. Recently, 10 Nine Design Group merged their practice with PGAL, an international design firm, and will continue to serve the Nevada region as PGAL, LLC. By merging with PGAL, 10 Nine Design Group can enter into new markets and accelerate the company’s growth plan all while holding onto the established vision of 10 Nine Design Group. We are excited to share more about Ben and the incredible business he has built! 

What made you want to be an architect? 

As a kid, I really liked construction and the entire process of creating something. Fast-forward to college . . . and Architecture seemed to fit all my interests. 

What inspired you to start 10 Nine Design group in 2008? 

I was managing teams of Architects and Engineers for SR Construction from 2005 to 2008. I just felt I could provide a level of quality that I wasn’t getting from the firms that I was hiring.  

What’s new with 10 Nine Design Group? 

As of October 1, 2018, we merged both our Architecture and Interior Firms with PGAL, a large international Architecture Firm. This is very exciting for everyone and will allow us to excel our growth in the Las Vegas market. I now have 22 partners and unlimited internal resources. 

What is something that architects do that no one knows? 

Don’t sleep very much. It’s a very time-consuming profession and constant deadlines force to typical work day to be extended much beyond most professions. 

What is your favorite kind of project to work on? 

All projects are fun at some point, but the best ones are when the entire design and construction team are engaged with a common goal. 

What advice would you give to aspiring architects? 

Read “The Candid Guide to the Architectural Profession.” It’s not a positive book because it speaks the truth of the reality of being an architect. Despite reading it as a freshman in college, I’m still at it over 25 years later. I think I skipped over a couple chapters . . . 

How long have you worked with SR Construction? 

I’ve worked with SR Construction for 13 years. Three as an employee, then the past ten years as an architect on mostly healthcare related projects. 

Since starting the company, what have been your favorite projects you’ve worked on with SR? 

I enjoy most projects that we do together in the hospitals. SR makes our lives very easy on design/build projects. The SR team really knows health care better than anyone I’ve worked with locally. Together, our experience with successful projects is unmatched in terms of the number of completed healthcare projects. It’s always more comfortable and more fun when you know the project is going to be a successful one from the very beginning. 

In your opinion, what makes SR Construction stand out from the rest? 

Focused primarily on the healthcare market is unique for a Las Vegas-based General Contractor. Rather than just building something, the team members that we work with are genuine experts and want to understand all aspects of the projects from design to installing the last piece of equipment. Most everyone that I’ve worked with at SR is very proud to be there and share a high level of ethics and commitment to client satisfaction. Scott has set a standard that everyone who works for SR should be very proud of. 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

What’s free time? The job is very demanding of most of my time. When I’m not working, I’m trying to spend time with my wife of 20 years and our 3 wonderful children who are all under the age of 6. If I had some free time, I would like to spend time with my hobby of collecting and restoring cars, but that will have to wait for a few more years.