Higher Education Practice Director | Vice President Carl Holden is not only known for being responsive and thorough, but he’s classified as the multitasking master behind the scenes. He also has a killer crossover on the basketball court. His incredible efficiency and strong passion for engineering has helped shape him into the mentor and higher education practice director that he is today. Carl joined Henderson in 2003 and is currently a vice president leading our work on more than 50 college campuses nationwide. Whether it’s student unions, recreation centers, medical education, research, or athletics venues, Carl is a higher ed expert. His experience includes leading a team of 50 pursuing work in the education, workplace, healthcare infrastructure, and retail markets. In addition to advocating for innovation and efficiency, Carl has designed mechanical and plumbing systems for a wide range of facilities — and has delivered projects both nationally and internationally. His hands-on method of leadership is key in identifying best practices to recognize project risks and design systems that are in the client’s best interest. With a strength in balancing creativity with function, Carl successfully leads project teams in finding the right solution for every design. Competitive and quick-thinking, Carl is always a reliable leader — and his teammates know not to sleep on his midrange jumper.