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BuildBlock Welcomes Frank Gordon to the Team

BuildBlock is thrilled to announce that Frank Gordon, Assoc. AIA, has joined their senior leadership team as the Vice President of Strategic Development.

Frank will be building relationships between BuildBlock and industry leaders and stakeholders and supporting BuildBlock’s growth initiatives. 

He brings a wealth of experience to the table, having most recently served at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. There, he championed concrete and ICF construction through the Build With Strength program. As an ICF veteran himself, Frank will continue to be a vocal advocate for ICFs within the construction industry. 

“We’re incredibly excited to have Frank on board,” said Brian Corder, BuildBlock president & CEO. “His proven track record in ICF design and construction, combined with his dedication to sustainable, resilient, and energy-efficient concrete construction, makes him a valuable asset to our team. We’re confident his leadership and expertise will help us better serve our customers.” 

Meet Frank Gordon

Prior to joining BuildBlock, Frank spent five years at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. As the Senior Director for the “Build With Strength” campaign in the Mid-Atlantic Region, he oversaw operations across eight states. In this role, he actively engaged with stakeholders in the building design and construction community, educating them about the benefits of ready mixed concrete in low- to mid-rise vertical construction. 

Frank also served as the Co-director of the “Build With Strength” Concrete Design Center. Here, he facilitated industry-relevant cost comparisons, reviewed A/E/C specifications for clarity, and helped implement performance-based language. These efforts positioned the industry to better address the construction sector’s needs, focusing on reducing embodied carbon in concrete mix design and fostering the development of energy-efficient and resilient structures. 

With over 36 years of experience as a design architect and large-project construction manager, Frank has made a significant impact on the construction industry. His impressive career includes work at esteemed institutions such as the Tennessee Valley Authority (DOE) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE), as well as various architecture, engineering, and construction firms. Notably, he collaborated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on diverse projects, ranging from severe weather cleanup efforts to comprehensive renovations and new construction projects for multiple branches of the armed forces. Over nearly 16 years, he successfully managed approximately $30 million in construction contracts across the Midwest and eastern seaboard regions of the United States. 

In 2004, Frank established his own design-build company. There, he provided expertise and consultation on a wide range of projects, from luxury residences to commercial office complexes. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). He leveraged his newfound knowledge to contribute to numerous commercial, educational, and residential projects throughout the Southeastern United States. 

Frank’s passion for innovative construction methodologies led him to consult on groundbreaking initiatives such as the nation’s inaugural Net-Zero school in Bowling Green, KY, in 2008. His design excellence was further recognized in 2014 when he was named a finalist at the ICF Builder magazine’s Annual ICF Design Competition for a custom residence he envisioned in Knoxville, TN. This recognition underscores his commitment to excellence in sustainable building practices. 

A Family Man and Community Leader 

When Frank isn’t working, he prioritizes spending quality time with his family and giving back to the East Tennessee community. He is married to Susan Kinder Gordon, an Associate Professor of Nursing at Carson-Newman University. Together, they are proud parents to two accomplished children. Their daughter, Diana, is a dedicated special education teacher in Wake County, NC. Their son, Stephen, is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Animation/Graphic Illustration with a minor in Cinema Studies at East Tennessee State University. Stephen is poised to make his mark in the film industry upon graduation.