Builders at Heart: Scott Betteker

March 13, 2024

Scott Betterker

This article is part of our series Builders at Heart, where we highlight the passions and backgrounds of the Clark team — the things that shape us — that allow us to tackle challenges head-on, solve complex problems, and build what matters. 

Meet Scott Betteker, a project executive with Clark Civil.

Tell us about your background. 

I grew up in a military family and moved around a lot, which allowed me to see most of Europe at a very young age. I’ve always enjoyed putting things together or tinkering to know how something works, so I gravitated towards engineering in high school and college. I was also influenced by family members who had careers in the industry. I studied civil engineering at Virginia Tech.

Describe your role at Clark and your core responsibilities.

As a project executive in the civil division of our Infrastructure Group, I'm currently overseeing four different electrical substation projects for Pepco and Dominion in Washington, DC; Maryland; and Virginia. I also oversee the Crystal City Metrorail Station - East Entrance project for Arlington County.

What brought you to Clark, and what has kept you here.

I always wanted to work in construction, and, being in Northern Virginia, Clark was the obvious choice. Throughout my time here, I have enjoyed the people I have worked with and the various projects that have kept me on my toes. 

Why are you a builder?

I enjoy knowing and understanding how things come together. Technology is constantly changing and making work more efficient in our industry, allowing me to learn something new each day. 

What do you find most gratifying about working in the construction industry?

There is a physical and tangible accomplishment to what we do. No matter the project, we create landmarks people will utilize and enjoy for decades. Being able to show my friends and family something I was a part of is an incredible feeling.

Describe a time you overcame a complicated obstacle or challenge.

Early in my career, I transferred to a team and needed to solve challenges with installation and materials not being on site. I developed a tracking method for installing one of the trades and helped visually depict our progress to the owner and future tenant. The owner then relied on this weekly information to help ease the tenant's concern.

What are you most proud of accomplishing, either personally or professionally?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous direct reports. Even after some of these individuals have gone to work with others, I still get calls asking for advice or just looking to catch up. It's a great feeling knowing I left a positive impact on people.

What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career in construction?

There will always be opportunities in this industry, with a wide range of diversity. There is never a dull moment in what we do. Take pride in what you build, because our work is on display for a lifetime.