Lightning Mitigation Towers
(Cape Canaveral Air Force Station)

Lightning Mitigation TowersThe Lightning Protection Towers were designed and built by RUSH Construction to hold the Cable Catenary System in place, which protects the rocket from lightning strikesEach of the eight 125-ton towers rests on 85 ft deep foundations and reaches as high as a 40-story building.  


Critical U.S. Air Force schedules dictated that this project be completed in two highly accelerated phases. Successful management of highly specialized subcontractors and daily schedule monitoring of the $11 million, seven-month project, prompted Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) to select RUSH for a construction achievement award following completion of the project.


The Heart of RUSH: Our People
Meet David Humphrey:
David and his wife, Cheryl

David Humphrey has worked as a project superintendent at RUSH Construction for the past 17 years. A native of Covington, Kentucky, David's family relocated to Titusville in the 1950s so that his father could pursue a career with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (later to become NASA).


Humphrey had worked with William Chivers (President, RUSH) and Paul Stewart (Director of Safety and Quality, RUSH) in a previous professional life, and was familiar with their respective reputations and characters. When they joined the RUSH team, the decision to follow them was a "no-brainer" for David.


"RUSH is so diversified in the types of jobs it does, every job is a new experience," says David. "It is truly a great place to work, committed to the highest standards of performance, safety, and quality."


In 17 years at RUSH, David sites his most memorable experience as the first company cruise they took together. "We were able to really get to know the members of our team and their spouses outside of work," says David. "I believe this was when RUSH became our second family."


When asked about his favorite RUSH project so far, David mentions the job renovating Firing Room 4 to Operations Control Room 1 in the Launch Control Center at NASA. The most challenging project to date for him was the Satellite Alert Building, because of the unique formwork and the amount of concrete that was poured.


Married for the last 36 years, David and his wife Cheryl have two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Those close to him get to enjoy his culinary abilities, which span from dishes like Gumbo or Jambalaya to Crawfish pie. When he's not cooking up Cajun specialties, David spends his free time scuba diving with his son Kyle, offshore fishing, and taking the grandkids on weekend trips. 

David's Favorite Quote:  "You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness
that created it."  - Albert Einstein

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence."

- Unknown

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