Josh Dretchen, LEED AP
| Senior Project Manager
“At Columbia, I am surrounded by people that truly care about their clients, their work, and the end results we deliver. Each day presents new challenges that we need to collectively overcome to deliver on our promises, but working through them as a team is what makes us great.”
As a Senior Project Manager in Columbia’s Interiors Division, Josh collaborates with clients, owners, architects, engineers, and subcontractors. He strives to keep all parties informed, happy, and moving in a positive direction while making sure the project is completed on time and on budget. Josh’s favorite aspect of his role at Columbia is working with clients to make their dream space a reality, and seeing their excitement when the completed project is revealed. In the office he is focused, helpful, and (most importantly) always lets coworkers know when there is free food in the kitchen! Josh has bragging rights as PM on the project that earned the first ever Sam Lilly Award, a highly coveted internal prize. The project was successfully completed in under six weeks at a pace he calls ‘a highly coordinated sprint’.
According to Josh’s fifth grade yearbook, he wanted to be an Architectural Engineer when he grew up, based on his affinity for Legos. While not exactly accurate, he got much closer than most people’s childhood predictions! Josh enjoys traveling, exploring and learning about different food and wine, and taking what he learns home with him to give it his best shot in the kitchen. His attitude towards both food and life in general is ‘try everything at least twice’. Josh can also do a full side split – bet you didn’t see that coming. Well, neither did we, but we now have video evidence that it’s true!