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Mark Jenkins

Member Spotlight: Mark Jenkins

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) dives inside the career of Mark Jenkins, Vice President for Bay Caulking and Waterproofing, Inc. in Chesapeake, VA. In this feature interview, learn what made him become an ABAA member, what led him on his career path, and get his perspective on the future of the air barrier industry.

Mark Jenkins

Name: Mark Jenkins
Title: Vice President
Firm: Bay Caulking and Waterproofing, Inc.
City: Chesapeake, VA

What was the path to your career — how and why did you pursue a profession as a waterproofing contractor?


A: See article: https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/article_337a5f29-7321-59e6-abac-4c405dd2b5a2.html

Is there anything that you believe everyone in this industry should be working towards?


A: New thin mil products which are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

What role have peers, mentors, or advisors played in your career? 


A: See article: https://www.pilotonline.com/inside-business/article_337a5f29-7321-59e6-abac-4c405dd2b5a2.html

What led you to become an ABAA member?


A: We had a project, VIMS Consolidated Research Center, that was a QAP.  Unfortunately after being awarded the job was when I realized it so I had to quickly become a member and get my level 3 certification.  It was an expensive lesson but I am really glad we took the leap.

Are you involved in any ABAA committees? Do you have any ABAA certifications?


A: I am not on any committees.  I have a level 3 installer certification.  We also received an award of excellence for air barrier from ABAA this year.

How long have you been in the industry?


A: 25 years.

What major changes have you seen?


A: When I started the mind set of contractors was to keep water out of the building at all cost.  A “fish bowl” mindset.  Air barriers were also an afterthought.  Now the industry is more apt to “we know water will get through the cladding but we must find ways to mitigate so water can escape”.

What traits or skills do you think are necessary to be able to succeed in your industry?


A: A level head first and foremost. Secondly, the ability to communicate with the GC’s, architects, and other contractors to come up with innovative yet sustainable designs.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?


A: Be patient and realize that knowledge comes with “on the job training”.  Also study the products and designs.  Read trade specific periodicals.  Lastly, don’t be afraid to try new things.

How much demand do you think there is for people in your profession?


A: A great deal of demand.

What do you think the industry will look like in five or ten years’ time?


A: Tough question but I think a lot of the older thick mil, solvent based air barriers will be less in demand as new thin mil products will only get better.

April 12, 2021