Anniversary Story

Technology: Bridging the Generation Gap

Jim and Cris Landefeld

Jim and Cristofer Landefeld may be 30 years and a generation apart, but they’re both tech-savvy and forward-thinking. This father-son duo is just one example of HITT team members bridging the generation gap to drive innovation and challenge the building industry’s status quo. 

Jim joined HITT in late 1989 in our Building Construction department, the predecessor to today’s Corporate Office - Base Building sector. He gained significant experience leading large-scale base building projects and also headed our Healthcare, Biotech, and Major Projects sectors along the way. Jim’s aptitude for technology, coupled with a passion for improving business processes, allowed him to implement multiple impactful tools at HITT. He was instrumental in implementing both our accounting management software and Procore for construction management, which have increased productivity and efficiency. 

Jim instilled a passion for technology in his son Cristofer. Cris received the gift of his first computer from his father as a young child, and Jim taught him everything he knew, sparking his curiosity for technology. During high school and college summers, Cris interned in the HITT IT department, eventually advancing to assistant project manager on the Base Building team. He continues to flex his tech talents on the construction jobsite, piloting HITT’s drone for aerial jobsite photography, which is important to his work in virtual construction modeling. 

Although it was Jim who introduced Cris to the world of computers and tech, Cris has returned the favor in spades. “From our early days of building and programming computers to present day technical questions, Cris has actually taught me more than he realizes,” shared Jim. “No matter my challenge, when I call upon him for help he’s always ready to jump in.”