Matt Gronniger, PE, LEED AP
What’s your current position at Randall Lamb?
Principal Electrical Engineer, San Francisco
What is your favorite hobby?
Running. I started running when I arrived in San Francisco 12 years ago. I like putting on a pair of shoes and getting lost in the City, ending up in an area that I’ve never been to before. It provides an opportunity to mentally escape from the daily routine, and with the Bay Area’s beautiful scenery, it’s easy to enjoy. My favorite places to run include Golden Gate Park, The Presidio and Rock Creek Park, the latter when I visit Washington D.C. I have met many of my best friends through running – including my wife, who was thankfully able to look past the smelly running shirts, and see me for who I was.
What is your favorite cause?
My favorite cause is Habitat for Humanity, since it allows you to donate hard work and sweat, in addition to money. Throughout college, I held jobs in construction and I always enjoyed swinging a hammer and watching a house slowly form out of sticks and nails. It’s remarkable how we’re able to work together in small groups to accomplish a task that none of us knew how to do when the day started. I also think it’s a great way to give back to local communities, providing housing for underprivileged and low-income families.
What is your favorite pastime?
My first woodworking class was SHOP 101 in Junior High. As part of the class we got to use very large (and likely dangerous) machines to shape and craft wood into different things. Smelling the wood, feeling it get smoother with each successive pass on the jointer, and seeing it take shape into something that resembled a breadbox was fascinating to me. I recently joined a wood shop in San Francisco and all of these memories came back to me – though fortunately, I’ve moved on from breadboxes. I enjoy the problem-solving part of transforming a piece of lumber into something entirely new and changing the design as it evolves into the finished product.