January 25, 2024

Zac Buckmiller named one of ENR Midwest's Top Young Professionals

Great leaders lay great foundations. As Garver’s Kansas City Buildings Practice Lead, Zac Buckmiller, PE, MBA, has dedicated his career to doing that — in more ways than one. And he’s being recognized for his efforts by being named one of ENR Midwest’s Top Young Professionals for 2024, an annual list of emerging leaders, all under 40. 

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an accomplished group of individuals,” said Buckmiller. “Over my 13-plus years as a Professional Engineer, I’ve had the privilege of working on a variety of projects that have enriched communities. I’m grateful to be in a profession that allows me to do that.” 

Buckmiller and his team have designed buildings that contribute to the Kansas City region’s rich architectural history — from healthcare centers to multi-family apartments. They have the ability to design almost any type of facility and offer clients structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services.  

“Zac’s wide-ranging design experience make him an incredible asset when it comes to projects, and his natural passion for learning and sharing knowledge and leadership qualities make him a person other people like to work with,” said Garver Director of Buildings Services John Watkins. 

Though he’s only been with Garver a brief time, his leadership is widely respected across the firm, and he has already led the charge to improve Revit and BIM standards as well as the processes for creating documents for Garver’s Buildings Team.

“Zac certainly deserves a place on this list. Not only because of the way he’s distinguished himself as a leader at Garver, but because of his dedication to serving others,” said Buildings Engineering Practice Leader Brad Bradshaw. 

Buckmiller’s impact reaches beyond the built environment. He is an outstanding leader within his community in both professional and philanthropic organizations. 

He is an active member in the AEC community being involved with the American Institute of Architects Pillars program, the local American Institute of Architects’ young professional leadership program; and was named to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Program this year, a distinguished, two-year development program for Kansas City’s rising stars.   

Outside of work, Buckmiller dedicates 40 hours a year to volunteerism and was nominated for Man of the Year by the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society after helping raise over $55,000.

Buckmiller is improving his community one building and one act of service at a time, and Kansas City and the region are better for it.

To learn more about what Garver’s Buildings Team can do for you, visit our Buildings services page.

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