A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR BEGINNINGS, OUR FAMILY BUSINESS AND OUR VISION.

Better By Design was started in May of 2009. Lois Rodriguez, Owner, whose background comes from running a cow-calf operation, got its start in construction as a landscaping company in the private sector in 2010. As the company grew, Better by Design started working on federal work in 2012 as a sub-contractor. Most of its initial work was related to seeding and landscaping. Since Better By Design’s start in federal work, it has pressed forward and is now working as a prime contractor for the government working on heavy civil jobs. As a growing company, Better By Design has continued to grow and diversify as a company. Since the addition of heavy civil, we have also added vertical construction in the private sector in the last year managing the construction of a new subdivision in the Kansas City area, as well as self-performing vertical construction. Better By Design is a new growing company that has molded a team of individuals from different companies, with different expertise, into one company with great potential to be better, by design.

Key Personnel

Lois Rodriguez –President

Lois is the Owner and Operator of Better by Design.  She started the company from scratch in 2008 with small landscaping projects on the weekends and has now developed a team of 10 full time employees along with several associates outside of the company that bring a wide range experience and value. Lois has over 10 years managing and supervising all projects acquired by Better By Design. She is a hands-on president with experience directing administrative support and field personnel. Lois has managed projects including landscaping, heavy civil construction, demolition, fencing erosion control, seeding and mulching. In the company along with project managing Lois also manages, scheduling, budgeting, as well as conflict resolution with any stakeholders. She has worked on construction projects for civil, state and federal clients including the United States Air Force United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Kansas Wildlife Park Tourism (KWPT) North Central Missouri Regional water Commission (NCMRWC) and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

Matt Thomas – Vice President Heavy Civil Construction/Project Manager

Matt has over 10 years managing and supervising heavy civil projects working with levees, wetlands, mine reclamation, and removing overburden from rock formations. During these projects he has assumed the role of Contractor Quality Control, Site Safety Officer, Site Superintendent and Project Manager.  Along with onsite managing Matt has played a role in marketing the company, finding and bidding projects, arranging bonding, and communicating from the client into the project

He has worked on construction projects for civil, state and federal clients including the United States Air Force United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Kansas Wildlife Park Tourism (KWPT), North Central Missouri Regional water Commission (NCMRWC) and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). While working with these agencies he has become familiar with the submittal and communication process for each.

Jesse Phillips – Foreman / Project Manager

Jesse has over 25 years managing and supervising landscaping, seeding, irrigation, and erosion control projects.  His skill sets include but are not limited to seed bed preparation, broadcast seeding, hydro seeding, no till drilling, mulching, irrigation systems, trees, plants and fertilization.  Jesse not only has a great understanding of the installation of these tasks but also has the knowledge to design most of these systems.

He has worked on projects for civil, state and federal clients including the United States Air Force United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Kansas Wildlife Park Tourism (KWPT), North Central Missouri Regional water Commission (NCMRWC) and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). While working with these agencies he has become familiar with the submittal and communication process for each.

Matt Lincoln – Foreman

Matt has over 10 years managing and supervising Vertical Construction projects working in both Commercial and Residential settings.  During this project Matt has become proficient in most all aspects of construction including site work, concrete, framing plumbing, and finishing. During these projects he has assumed the role of Contractor Quality Control, Site Safety Officer, Site Superintendent and Project Manager.  Along with onsite managing Matt has played a role in, finding and bidding projects, and developing budgets for varies projects. Matt is a hands-on-leader that effectively manages multiple crews ranging in size from 5 to 50. The crews included inspectors, superintendents, foreman, subcontractors and surveyors.  He is experienced integrating multiple contractors and specialty subcontractors ensuring safety and quality are the first priority.

Company Snapshot

Address: 15585 Highway 11

New Boston, MO 63557


Phone: (660) 734-0472

Fax: (660) 689-3422

Contact: Lois Rodriguez

Email: lrodriguez@betterbydesignllc.com

SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS

Woman Owned Business

State of Missouri DBE Certified

8a Certified

NAICS CODES

561730: Landscaping 237990: Heavy/Civil 238990: Other Specialty Trade

COMPANY CERTIFICATIONS:

WOSB Federally Certified

WBE Missouri Certified

Missouri DBE Certified

8(a) Certified

HUBZone Certified