Dan L'Esperance
Associate, Senior Architect

Dan L'Esperance
  • Roger Williams University
Licenses & Registrations
  • Massachusetts - MA NCARB

What does successful workplace culture mean to you?

A successful workplace culture is one that works as a team. A team is only as strong as its weakest link. If someone is left out of the team/not contributing they will not feel a part of the team and fall off or not provide/contribute to the team thus becoming the weakest link. Leaders of the team should recognize this and make sure everyone is involved and making a contribution to the team. This also means that if the leader needs to dig down and get their hands dirty that they do just that. No one should be above one another and everyone should work together to achieve the main common goal/objective.

What would you be doing if you were not working in this industry?

If I was not in the construction industry I would either be a firefighter, construction worker/site super, or professional ice hockey player. Firefighter due to many of my family members and friends being involved in the industry, construction worker due to my past experience of restoring homes and construction foundations with my cousins, and professional ice hockey player because it was always a dream of mine that I unfortunately ran out of time to compete competitively in.

Do you have a talent (outside of being your talented self at Bergmeyer) that you are proud of?

I have many talents outside of Bergmeyer. I grew up in town where it was important to learn to do things yourself from fixing lawnmowers to building homes. I have kept that philosophy through my whole life and currently restore cars, service my current cars, complete house upgrades, and maintain all of my equipment (lawnmowers, pressure washer, wood chipper, and too many other things that I can’t list due to the list being so long). I am also very proud to be an ice hockey player. I unfortunately haven’t had the time as of late to play due to the newborn and the COVID situation but I plan to play until I die. In my hometown a majority of the players play up until their 80’s. I also have won a championship at every level of hockey I played at from Mites to College. One last thing that I am proud of is being able to compete and keep up with all of the sports I participate in road cycling, mountain biking, baseball, and running. In the end I will always be most proud of the accomplishments that my family has had over the years and their continued success.

Where do you feel most at home?

There are many places that I feel at home but the best place would be on the ice at the closest hockey rink. I grew up in an ice hockey town where the thing to do on Friday and Saturday night was to go watch the hockey games at the rink. I was fortunate enough to play at every level and win a championship at every level since I was 5 years old through college.

What’s your most powerful characteristic?

My ability to lead by my actions/hard work and through my voice. I captained many championship ice hockey teams and this has continued into my architecture career.

What are your top three travel destinations?

Top 3 in order from first to third would be Ireland, New Hampshire, and Boston. Ireland for family/relatives, New Hampshire for mountain biking and skiing, and Boston for the history, memories, and friends. Boston isn’t much of a travel destination since I live and work here but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else other than the first two places mentioned above.

Coffee or tea?

Depends on the day - usually it’s split during the week between Starbucks coffee at home or Celestial Seasonings Fast Lane Tea.

What's your favorite season?

I like all the seasons with each of them focused on sports activities. Fall for mountain biking, winter for ice hockey, spring for mountain biking, and summer for road biking.

In a parallel universe, what is your profession?

It would have to be firefighting as I would be a 3rd generation firefighter within my family. I grew up volunteering and helping my dad at the local fire station and every time I hear the siren I perk up to see where the trucks' are heading.

Where do you go for a weekend getaway?

Weekend getaways are split between mountain biking in New Hampshire and going back home to Burrillville, RI to hang out with my family and play ice hockey. Sunday’s are ideal with ice hockey in the morning and a big family dinner to cap the day.

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