Elmo Wood


Describe the last 10-15 years of your career in a snapshot.
  • After high school graduation, University of Guanajuato (Mexico) to study Spanish, then to San Francisco State for general studies. 
  • Joined the U.S. Air Force, spent a year at Yale University learning Mandarin Chinese; also went to aircraft mechanic school with the USAF. 
  • After USAF discharge, studied microbiology and chemistry at Long Beach State while working on a fishing boat out of San Pedro.
  • Began in the construction industry as a carpenter, studied construction technology, inspection and contract license law at Orange Coast College. 
  • Secured California General Contractor license in 1975. As a GC, built several custom homes and commercial buildings around Southern California. In 1982, took a two-year job as contract administrator on a large petroleum project in Kuwait.
  • Worked for Dillingham and was PM on a 9 story building in Irvine. (1985-1990) 
  • Ran cold storage projects in Oregon, Montana, and Southern California.
  • Split between Cannon’s industrial projects (including clean room door interlocks, water treatment facilities, process piping, and hospital operating rooms) and tenant improvement projects for other companies.


Favorite building, structure, or architectural piece, and why?


My favorite buildings tend to be pre-modern. The art-deco buildings of the early 1900’s are very pleasing, and the European cathedrals of the 12th century are incredible. The early craftsmanship is remarkable.


What do you like best about what you do at Cannon Building?


I enjoy working with the various tradesmen, and I appreciate working for Tim Cannon.


What recent innovation in any industry fascinates you, and why?


Water treatment is fascinating. UV light purification is the latest development, as well as reverse osmosis and deionized treatment.


When you’re not working, where will we find you?


When I’m not at work, I’m with my wife and family or reading the Bible in a study-group. My other reading interests are non-fiction, with a focus on history or health.


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