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HARNESSING DIVERSITY Throughout his professional career, Kevin Phoenix has helped mentor and develop people and foster sound leadership practices and workplace diversification. He learned these virtues the hard way, however. Phoenix says that early in his career, he tried to tackle projects on his own, whether he understood the people his work would ultimately affect or not. It didn’t take long for him to realize he needed help. “You have to get the right people from a cross-functional team to tell you what is needed from their unique perspective,” he says. “Once you have that team together, then you have to foster communication and listen more than you talk. That’s critical to getting the information you need to ultimately be successful.” Phoenix said it’s a tough lesson to learn because disagreements are inevitable. “It seems easier to take four people you already know that think similarly to you,” he says. “But you have to put in the effort to realize you have strengths based on experience but also limitations and prejudices. I want to build a team that supplements who I am.” He says it’s important to choose a support team that has a diversity of opinions, ages, and cultural backgrounds. It’s particularly crucial to be inclusive of the local culture as well, even when you’re talking about a region of the United States. Phoenix says you have to be prepared to hear things with which you disagree. “At the end of the day, the project deliverables and deadlines must be achieved, and the project manager is the captain of the ship,” he says. “Your job is to listen to your team, but you have to have the confidence to make the ultimate call on issues when the time comes to do so.” CIC Construction Group (CIC) is a general contractor with more than 33 years of experience in medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, and industrial projects. Our integrated construction services include: preconstruction services, construction, self-performed trade work in civil, structural, and architectural works, and design-build. CIC has offices in San Juan, PR, and Raleigh-Durham, NC. In 2004, CIC started a longstanding relationship with C.R. Bard, building a new 223,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical devices manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico. Since then, CIC has completed more than eight additional renovation projects to accommodate the manufacturing of new products. CIC’s mission is to provide excellence beyond expectations.

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Juarez, Mexico

The Juarez Manufacturing Plant opened in early 2016. Even though the plant was built in Mexico, C.R. Bard made sure construction was in compliance with US process safety codes.

JUAREZ MANUFACTURING PLANT JUAREZ, MEXICO Shortly after C.R. Bard agreed to acquire Rochester Medical in 2013, executives knew the company would need the additional capacity in order to handle production of Rochester’s catheters. When C.R. Bard settled on a site in Juarez, which is about 20 minutes south of El Paso, Texas, Phoenix and his team met a new set of obstacles. “We build to US standards for safety and functionality—[and do so] globally where feasible,” he says. “Some local codes there were not up to that same standard as US standards in some areas. We used an organization in Pennsylvania to implement process safety design that would be in compliance with US process safety codes. A building with our specifications was a new requirement for the Mexico-based builder.” At the same time, Phoenix and his team needed to learn the manufacturing process for a product C.R. Bard hadn’t produced before. The catheter-dipping process uses flammable chemicals, which added another element of risk to the project. Although the timeline was tight, Phoenix can breathe a little easier now. The factory opened right on time in early 2016.

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