Aviation: Get to Know Mark Haberer
Written By: Valerie Edgren
Date: September 1, 2021
Mark Haberer, PE, CM, is a Principal, the Director of Aviation, and a member of the Parkhill Board of Directors. He is proficient in airfield design, construction management, and project management and is licensed in multiple states. Above all, Mark’s passion centers around excellence in client service. Mark’s experience includes the management and design of projects totaling near $200M. His focus is on providing relevant solutions for every client, helping to carry out the Parkhill vision of enriching lives and inspiring people. As a Certified Member of AAAE Loretta Scott Academy, Mark has an understanding of the various aspects of airport management and is well-positioned to help advise clients during all phases of airport development projects.
Q: What is one thing you wish more people knew about Parkhill?
We are far more than just a small West Texas-based consulting firm. We have a lot of great people and a lot of great expertise, and the real passion of Parkhill is “Building Community.” Our firm is involved in a wide range of projects all across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and to some degree all over the world – Japan and Germany included. Our very diverse service offering is unique and truly does allow us to impact the community. Some clients only see limited parts of Parkhill and don’t realize the full range of what we do and on what scale we do it. I also want to add that I believe Parkhill is distinguished by our values. Those values are so much more than words on our website. We see them in action every day, lived out in the lives of the people who make Parkhill so great!
Q: What value do you see in our firm having so many facets?
I come across clients all the time that have needs beyond civil engineering. Airports, for example, are almost like a community within a community. Airports have needs for many different services, whether landscaping, architecture, mechanical or electrical engineering. Being able to innovate solutions from our multidiscipline services is a benefit in terms of being responsive to their needs.
Q: As the leader of the Aviation Sector at Parkhill, what direction will you be taking?
From a project perspective, historically, our emphasis has been and will likely continue to be the design and construction management of airfield paving projects. We’re also trying to be more strategic in terms of how we leverage our in-house expertise beyond the Aviation Sector for pursuing different types of projects – for instance, architecture, landscaping, MEP, or even something as specific as hydrogeology. Parkhill is a significant firm, and we need to put forth the full scale of what our firm can do. There are substantial projects beyond taxiway and runway pavements at airports, and that’s one thing we’re considering. Recent examples include land planning at Abilene Regional, an El Paso International Airport FBO ramp addition and taxiway realignment, and a passenger boarding bridge evaluation for Albuquerque Sunport. Whether it’s with Parkhill as the lead or by joining our expertise as support to another firm, these are real difference-making opportunities.
Q: What would be your dream project?
I would probably say my dream project would be to do an airport from the ground up, having a greenfield space and being able to encompass all aspects of an air carrier airport from the airside facilities to the land side facilities. To be able to manage that type of project would be ideal, to me. The opportunity to do a project in a cool vacation destination is also appealing.