History of BBD
Travis began his construction career at a young age. He began working for his Fathers construction company when he was 14 years old. Travis started on the concrete crew working his way from laborer to a concrete and steel erection foreman by his 18th birthday.
Travis accepted a athletic scholarship to Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where he competed in Wrestling and Football. While at FHSU, Travis earned is B.S in Construction Management. Also, during this time, Travis founded a decorative concrete company, paving the way for his entrepreneurial spirit that would serve him later in his life.
After graduating from FHSU, Travis went to work for Daniel-Barry Construction, in Colorado Springs, CO. He served as a Project Manager for 3 years at DBCI, managing over $50M in school and private sector work.
In 2006, Travis decided to pursue his dream of owning a construction company. Since the purchase of BBD in 2007, the company has flourished. Under the leadership and guidance of Travis and Pat, BBD has risen from a small GC to large, diverse, and thriving GC.
Travis enjoys spending time with his wife of 15 years, Leah, and their three children, Kaden, Avery, and Hattie. They enjoy traveling, camping, and sporting events. Between the months of August to February, you can find Travis on the sidelines or on a mat corner, coaching both football and wrestling at Brush High School.
I was born and raised in Brush, Colorado (Home of the Brush Beetdiggers!). It was in this rural community, on the Northeastern Plains of Colorado, that I was raised to believe in the ethics, morals, and principals that Travis and I have used to develop Buildings By Design’s core values.
I am surrounded by, and blessed with, a great family. I was fortunate enough to have worked with them, in the commercial construction industry, during a few of my high school summer vacations. This experience proved to be invaluable, as soon after high school I discovered that “higher” education was not for me.
I was given the chance to start a career in the commercial construction industry. I was afforded the opportunity to start at the bottom, to learn and develop, as my career advanced. This was the beginning of my professional journey, covering 11 years, that included hands on general labor for: excavation & grading, cast-in-place concrete work, metal building erection, conventional construction, and tenant finish. I eventually advanced to crew foreman, then on to superintendent, and finally to Operations Manager.
I capitalized on the experience and knowledge I had gained to establish, and operate, Elevations Laser Screeding (ELS). In 2004, after a successful venture with ELS, I was offered the opportunity to partner in Buildings By Design. I was blessed with this opportunity in 2004 and believe it is my responsibility to steward that blessing in my relationships with our customers and their projects.
Outside of Buildings By Design I love to spend time with my wife, Cynda, and 13-year-old son, Jonathan. I enjoy competing in athletics, volunteering for community activities and civic groups, and owning bulls while competing in the bucking bull industry (‘Diggers Bucking Bulls).
Like many of the top executives at Buildings By Design, Merle began his BBD career inauspiciously. Hired as a crew foreman 5 years ago, he began working his way steadily up the ranks. Today, he serves as Corporate VP and Concrete General Manager. Merle is in charge of overseeing preconstruction, business development, and strategic planning.
He is an active member of the community and serves as a member of the Brush High School football and wrestling teams. Merle says attention to detail and paying keen attention to client needs are the keys to Building By Designs success.
Although Laurie Has only been employed at BBD since 2016, she brings a deep breadth of knowledge to BBD clientele. Her diverse background with over 20 years in accounting and finance is instrumental in her role as office manager.
When Laurie isn’t supporting clients needs at BBD she likes to spend time with her husband and two children supporting their multitude of activities.
Stop by our office to visit Laurie and see how she can help answer your questions!
CJ joined Buildings By Design in early 2017 as a project manager. After CJ graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, he began his career as an estimator and was quickly promoted to a project manager.
Shortly before his start with Buildings By Design, CJ married his high school sweet heart and has since started growing his family by adding a baby girl to the mix. As a project manager, CJ provides leadership overseeing multiple projects to ensure that every owner’s expectations are met and that consistent value is delivered to Buildings By Design’s clients.
Born in Marysville Kansas in 1956, moved to Downs, Kansas in 1957. I grew up in a great farming community, hunting, fishing, and working for local farmers and businesses including my parents at Merle’s Cafe.
My parents were a big influence on my work ethics and always encouraged me to learn new things every day. I graduated high school in 1974 and entered the concrete construction field starting a lifelong career in all areas residential, commercial, and KDOT projects. I have worked for BBD for several years on various CDOT projects while residing in Kansas and started full time in July 2016. My wife and I have 6 kids, 16 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. I enjoy family time, cooking, competition BBQ and classic cars. Hands down Buildings By Design has been the best part of my career!
Former CEO of Lefever Builidng Systems and Original founder of Buildings by Design, With 35 years experience in General Contracting, Negotiations, Metal building Business, and Concrete Construction he has millions of Sq. Footage of projects under his belt, he still today prides him self with customer service, quality of projects, integrity and relationships with his customers.
After Pat Walter and Travis Lefever took over the ownership of BBD years ago, Tom likes getting involved with potential customers and helping them through the purchasing phase of owning a quality building. Working for BBD as a Project and Steel Building Salesman, as well as a hands-on project manager of certain projects.
I am proud of what my son Travis and Brother in-law Pat have done with BBD. This company is a top-rated General Contractor and Building Company earning many awards along the way. BBD has a very solid and good team put together.
In my spare time, I like being in the mountains with my wife and family, fishing, 4 wheeling and just hanging out. Of course, my Grandkids keeps me and Kelly’s life and hearts full.
Please feel free to call me anytime to chat.
Brad joined BBD in the summer of 2018, bringing with him more than 35 years of construction experience. In 2009 Brad was the President of the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.
Brad is married to Dedra. The two of them have three children. In Brad’s free time he enjoys watching his daughter play fast pitch softball, tournament bass fishing, and being outdoors.
I’m a superintendent for BBD, and joined the crew in August of last year. I oversee projects from start to finish while working with subcontractors, architects, engineers, as well as owners, vendors, and suppliers.
With 15 years of professional experience in construction and over 10 years in structural concrete, I have been fortunate enough to be on many projects throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. I grew up in Central Kansas, surrounded by concrete and construction in general. Having a great work ethic instilled me to always do your best work, and put everything you have into something, I’m able to take pride in the things I do.
I enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends. I’m also a huge sports fan, especially for my Jayhawks!
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”