Soon after, the ULM School of Construction Management became the first program of its kind to be accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. It was at this time that Pierce decided to make a life-changing decision.
Pierce said, “I had worked every summer in construction since I was 13 years old, and I was very excited about changing my major to building construction.”
Pierce has been in the waterproofing and building restoration business for nearly 40 years. In 2005, J.P. and his wife of nearly 40 years, Lynette, purchased a then 33-year-old specialty commercial construction company in Fort Worth, Texas, called Mobile Enterprises Incorporated (MEI).
The company specializes in structural concrete repairs, carbon fiber strengthening, waterproofing, flooring, and protective lining installations.
Some of his most recent restoration work includes The Chalmette Levee project in New Orleans, The Mercantile Tower in Dallas, Texas, Parkland Health and Hospital in Dallas, and the New Orleans Street Car Expansion.
One of Pierce’s most treasured projects was a restoration project for the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Pierce and his team installed a multi-coat epoxy/urethane flooring system, along with two iconic logos in the concourse walkways and concession areas on both sides of the stadium.
The 82 year old stadium required special care.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected by Balfour Beatty Construction Company to install the epoxy floor coating systems and iconic logos at the Cotton Bowl Stadium renovations project this past year,” said Pierce.
Pierce was born in Bismarck, N.D., but grew up in Houston, Texas, and Shreveport. He said he was drawn to the natural beauty of the ULM campus.
Pierce has remained close to the university by serving as president of the ULM Alumni Association, and he also emceed ULM's Envision 2004—a kickoff to the university’s 75th anniversary.
He credits the university with giving him a solid foundation.
“Earning a degree in building construction was a big boost,” he said. “I also credit my other associations on campus and in the city, along with the lifelong friends that I met there, to any successes I have enjoyed.”
After his time at ULM, Pierce received a Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, now Texas A&M University School of Law.
Next, MEI will embark on a restoration project closer to home—the I-20 Bridge over the Ouachita River. Pierce urges the public to, “Look for an upcoming billboard on I-20 designed in concert with ULM’s Office of Public Information.”
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