Member Spotlight- Coleman Harrison
Coleman Harrsion of Coreslab Structures
Give a Short Bio:
Born in El Reno, OK on Oct. 20, 1960. Graduated from El Reno High School in 1979. Received an Associate Degree in Structural Drafting and Design from Platt College and have class credits from El Reno Junior College, OSU OKC, Redlands Community College and OCCC. My adult jobs have been; draftsman for HK&S Iron Co.; Draftsman/Bridge and Building Inspector for Sturm Engineering; Construction Administrator with ADG; Project Manager for Advanced Masonry/Structural Stone and Project Consultant for Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.. Married my wife, Debbie, in 1981. We have two children, Lauren 30 and Joel 26, one Grandson Michael Joe 2 and one Granddaughter (due early April) Harrison.
How long have you been an Allied Member of AIA? 9 years
What's your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Tours
What's your favorite thing about AIA
? Being able to meet so many creative people through the various events.
What drew you to the precast concrete business? I have always been interested in the structure of things. I love the aesthetics of beautiful buildings, but I always think of the structure that is holding them up. So this was a natural fit.
Do you do any volunteer work? I have been a volunteer for El Reno Main Street for 26 years.
What's your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The Skirvin Hotel - I love older buildings and especially old hotels. The newer hotels typically do not have the character of the older ones and wouldn't it be fun if those walls could talk!
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Superman, it would be great to have superhuman vision and to be able to fly, for starters.
Window or aisle? I use to be a window person, but on a flight to Paris a few years back I was converted. In the middle of the night over the Atlantic, I thought I was the only person that could not sleep. As I was watching a movie, Here comes this adorable little 2 year old girl with her Daddy walking the aisles to keep her entertained. I looked at them and smiled and they both smiled back. For hours, every time they passed, she would touch my arm and give me the sweetest little smile and occasionally she would say something in French that her Dad would translate . So now I am an aisle person.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Out on a long bicycle ride with my wife.