LAQ: Alexander Zuendt of Zuendt Engineering

July 20, 2018

Alexander Zuendt is a man of many of talents and interests. Fly-fishing, playing hockey, being a dad, even firefighting. But what he may be best known for is his work as the head of Zuendt Engineering, which just opened an office in downtown Greenville. Zuendt is a firm that offers; offers: civil, structural, landscape architecture & land planning. They utilize the latest technology to enhance our services for our clients. Zuendt has been involved in some interesting projects in the Upstate including work at Southern Bleachery, Dolly Cooper Park, the Corporate Connection building, Tetrad Brewing and more.  So, who is Alexander Zuendt? Keep reading.

 

What has been your favorite project in Greenville?

 I don’t have many favorite projects, each one is unique and that is why I run my business.  Working with Half Moon Outfitters & Tetrad Brewery on their upfit on Stone Avenue has been a challenge and rewarding seeing how you can fit the uses within the existing building.  That project will work well with the North Pointe project on Stone Avenue and hopefully strengthen that neighborhood. Maybe River Street Sweets may challenge this project, but only because they will make chocolate!

 

What is the hardest part about being an entrepreneur in the engineering world?

The biggest issue that I have faced is breaking the relationships that have been formed with other engineering firms. The barriers to entry for engineering firms are minimal so anyone with a license can start a company. You have to offer something different, or a different way to accomplish the same task as the other firms.

 

What are your growth plans?

Strategic steady growth throughout the Southeast. Our first growth will be focused within the states that we are currently located, South Carolina and Florida. We want to be known as a local company with a national presence.

 

What is the company you wish you had time to work on?

When I get a free moment and have my business where I would like it to be, I would like to start a Catholic high school which caters to underprivileged youth and the poor in our community. I went to an inner city high school run by the Salesians of Don Bosco who specialize in running the schools like this. I saw people from the inner city get out and gain a step in life that public schools don’t provide. The faith and the community of a school like that gives kids which are from the inner city role models and possibly a family which they may not  have in their lives.

 

What is a story that the people who work with you, don’t know?

I am an avid fly fisherman. I got into it when I was four my dad took me on a fishing trip to the Connetquot River in New York.  He helped me catch four fish and land them! I was hooked at that point. I really got into it after high school when I purchased my own rod and learned how to tie flies.  Ever since then I have fished some of the most notable rivers in the country from the West Branch Delaware River in New York to the Clarks Fork in Montana to fish for trophy trout, to the Deschutes River in Oregon for Steelhead, to the flats of Hawaii for bonefish. 

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