Owner Claire Coffey has over two decades in leadership. Her training began at the United States Naval Academy and continued through Cornell. After graduation she was called to teaching high school students the sport she loved: rowing. She also spent several years teaching at a boarding school and at Northern Virginia college. They have battled cancer several times together. Through every challenge, Zach was by Claire’s side and she continued to motivate him and encourage his career in construction. As a team that has overcome tremendous obstacles, Claire and Zach understand how important it is to spend time doing what you love and being with whom you love. They welcome the challenges of construction; scrambling to get the bid together, coordinating the complexities of the schedule, identifying the intricacies of the project, motivating the teams in the field, and, ultimately, delivering a project the client loves. Perhaps even more importantly, they love the family around them created by construction. By working together, Intrepid Build creates beautiful spaces that instill pride in all involved.
Our co-founder has the extraordinary experience of being in both the office and in the field. Zachary started working in construction immediately after Temple in an executive role. Two years later, Zach and Claire met while coaching rowing- a passion they both share to this day. After many years in the office as a Project Manager, Zachary made the decision to move into the field. With the goal of one day becoming business owners, they knew it was critical for Zach to have the experience of working as a Superintendent. Consequently, he mastered the construction process every angle. This breadth of understanding from both the field and office make Intrepid Build unlike any other company out there. Rarely does a successful Senior Project Manager go into the field to learn the needs and experiences of the contractors. The understanding created by working so closely with the trades taught Zach a tremendous lesson; trades drive construction. He truly knows construction inside and out. He has the knowledge and an appreciation of the challenges each party faces.