Staff Member Spotlight: Patrick Byrne

October 31, 2013 by Brad Lingvai

As BIG RED DOG continues its expansion, we like to reflect on our team members that make our organization strong, creative, and supremely capable.

Patrick Byrne has more than two years of experience with development in the Central Texas area. His professional experience includes design preparation and permitting of commercial and residential site development plans; including water quality/detention pond design, site investigation reports and due diligence investigations, grading, drainage, and utility plans, subdivision plats and construction documents. He has experience with State permitting including TCEQ water and wastewater permitting and Edwards Aquifer protection permitting.

Patrick Byrne at the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Patrick Byrne at the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

But more importantly, here are some interesting things to know about Patrick.

Where are you from?

Austin, Texas. Born and raised.

Tell me something really interesting about you.

I was on the drum line while I attended Purdue University.  This gave me the opportunity to travel and perform in some unique places including Beijing, China (performed on the Great Wall of China), New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and all throughout the Midwest.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

My parents have always been there for me and have supported me in everything I’ve ever sought after.  They have truly helped shape and guide me to be the person I am today. One of the main lessons they taught me was to be able to handle myself independently and be able to motivate myself to work hard.  This profession is one that requires continuous learning so being self-driven helps me find the inspiration to seek out answers independently (being surrounded by fantastic colleagues always helps as well).

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. Tell me yours.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern here over the summer before my senior year of college and was able to get a glimpse of how unique the BIG RED DOG culture, work environment, and people were.  When I was offered a position, it was a no brainer to accept.

What was your first job?

It was an internship at umm … a different firm.

What is your ideal vacation?

Anywhere that opens my eyes to how large the world really is. I enjoy visiting places that make me question if where I am standing is real. Traveling to Beijing, China was definitely one of those moments. My most recent vacation was to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico which has some stunning scenery as well. Overall, I enjoy traveling whether it is out of the country or just a day trip to somewhere nearby. It’s always fun to visit places you aren’t familiar with and haven’t been to before.

What do you listen to on the way to work?

I don’t listen to one thing in particular. Sometimes it’s a random radio station, sometimes it’s NPR,  and other times, I’m halfway to work and realize I’m not listening to anything. I’m a fan of pretty much all kinds of music.

What is your favorite news source?

CNN, local news stations, The Business Journal, NPR, and whatever else I come across online.

Do you have any pets?

A dog. She’s a miniature Australian Shepard, and her name is Emmy. She has one blue eye and one green eye and tons of energy.

What’s your favorite sports team if you have one?

I mean I want to say the Purdue Boilermakers, but we’ve fallen on hard times in the sports department so it can be a little difficult to watch sometimes. I’m a Houston Texans fan of course and am looking forward to following the Houston Dynamo.

Let’s say you had to have one song stuck in your head all day long, which one would you choose?

I like so many different types of music so I’ll have to say that I would rather have nothing in particular stuck in my head so I could come up with my own stuff.

What was your first car?

Honda Accord. Most dependable car ever.

Written by Brad Lingvai

Brad Lingvai

Mr. Lingvai received his BSCE from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) in 2000 and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Since co-founding BIG RED DOG in 2009, Mr. Lingvai has been the Principal in Charge of hundreds of projects in the City of Austin, City of Round Rock, and surrounding communities. As President of our Austin office, Mr. Lingvai is responsible for managing our Austin team of over 30 engineers and designers, overseeing the operations of the office, and for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients. Austin-area projects of note that have benefited from his expertise since his arrival in Austin in 2000 include Waller Creek, the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (“Mueller”) redevelopment project, and The Domain shopping center. Brad is currently the Principal in Charge of the Waller Creek redevelopment effort in downtown Austin. He and his wife Rachel live in the Allandale neighborhood of Austin.