As part of its aggressive growth plan to increase market share in large-scale projects and expand into new sectors, Shawmut has hired Sam Ragsdale as a project executive in Los Angeles.

Ragsdale brings 20 years of industry experience to his role in the firm’s West region and will leverage his extensive portfolio of major projects spanning the education, cultural, and commercial sectors across Southern California. His strategic expertise aligns with Shawmut's ten-year growth plan, with a focus on increasing market share of projects with substantial scope and complexity.

“Sam’s distinct skill set will undoubtedly strengthen our team of builders, infusing strategic expertise and market experience,” said Greg Skalaski, executive vice president of Shawmut’s West region. “His proven track record across the education and institutional landscape seamlessly aligns with our ambitious growth plan, enhancing our capacity to precisely serve partners across Southern California.”

Prior to joining Shawmut, Ragsdale led a series of high-profile projects over the course of 20 years with an ENR California-ranked construction management firm ranging in substantial size and scope, including the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, the Hammer Museum in Westwood, Fowler Hall at Occidental College, and numerous projects for the University of Southern California. Ragsdale holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

“I’m excited to join Shawmut at a pivotal time of growth and lead the team in executing more projects and increasing market share across the education and institutional landscape in Southern California,” said Ragsdale.

Building in Southern California for more than 28 years, Shawmut’s project portfolio, spanning hundreds of projects and sectors, includes the recently completed historic conversion of the UCLA Nimoy Theater, Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, and one of the largest cross-laminated timber mixed-use office buildings in Los Angeles at 843 N Spring Street.