Marv’s forty years as a general contractor and surety consultant has molded him into a nationally respected construction professional. His business background has given him the ability to take two different construction companies from privately held to employee owner – both of which continue to grow successfully. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in fourteen states, is the Qualifier for a general Contractor’s License in six states and is a member or officer in several technical and trade associations.

Marv’s career has included every facet of construction including heavy civil, bridges, highways, buildings, high-rise, and water treatment facilities, industrial and institutional construction. As a consultant to sureties he has taken a leadership role in mitigating bond claims for similar types of construction with many of the nations’ largest sureties. He has served on numerous local, state, and national organizations lending his management and leadership talent for the betterment of the industry. Marv is a member of several national boards of directors. He has served on several dispute resolution boards and is a Neutral for the American Arbitration Association.

Marv is very active in Knoxville Habitat for Humanity where has served as President and Board Member. He and his wife enjoy their home, which is a restored gristmill in Blaine, TN.

Marvin L. “Marv” House, P.E.’s CV

Summary of Background

  • Experience in the construction industry, from job set-up to completion, with nationally known construction and engineering firms.
  • Has extensive experience in heavy construction, building construction, and the water treatment field.
  • Has had first-hand experience in dealing with architects, consultants, and owners for assigned projects.
  • Has handled multiple projects at various locations.
  • Has formed and built a local construction company from inception.
  • Served on numerous panels for construction dispute resolution, including AAA, private DRB and independent affiliations.

Areas of Experience

  • Company Owner
  • Corporate Officer
  • Project Management
  • Project Engineering
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Estimating
  • Purchasing
  • Construction Management
  • Associate Professor
  • Disputes Resolution Panel (DRB) Member
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation


1968 Completed one year of a Liberal Arts program at Niagara County Community College in Niagara Falls, New York.
1969 Attended Tri-State University in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Angola, Indiana.
1971 Received an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1973 Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Supervision from Purdue University.
1974 Completed a Treatment Plant Design and Operation course from Sacramento, California.
1976 Attended the University of Buffalo Graduate School to work toward a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
1978 Attended the University of Rochester Graduate School to work toward a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
1979 Taught Statistics and Strength of Materials at Monroe
Community College.
1980 Received a Master Degree in Business Administration from Goddard College.
1990 Taught Construction Finance at the University of Tennessee Graduate School.

 Professional Registrations

Licensed Professional Engineer in:

Alabama Certificate Number 14541
Arkansas Certificate Number 11387
Delaware Certificate Number 9622
Florida Certificate Number 0036400
Indiana Certificate Number 18424
Kentucky Certificate Number 13809
Maryland Certificate Number 20919
Michigan Certificate Number 6201041697
Mississippi Certificate Number 9354
New York Certificate Number 062461-1
North Carolina Certificate Number 11391
Pennsylvania Certificate Number 034507
Virginia Certificate Number 015058
West Virginia Certificate Number 9545

Qualifier for Contractor License In:

Tennessee Number 38877
Florida Number CGC062185
North Carolina Number 45459
South Carolina Number 101494
Virginia Number 270048819A
West Virginia Number 030624


Employment History

2002 – Present Chairman and CEO of Merit Construction, Inc.
1997 – 2002 Vice-Chairman of Merit Construction, Inc.
1986 – Present President and Owner of Professional Construction Consulting, Incorporated.
1996 – 1997 Volunteered with the Christian Appalachian Project performing various residential and commercial construction work in the Eastern Kentucky area.
1986 – 1995 Founder and President of Southern Constructors, Inc., a General Contracting Company performing bridge repair, water and wastewater treatment work as well as building construction.
1984 – 1986 Vice President for John B. Pike and Son, Inc., Knoxville, TN. In charge of various projects throughout the Southeast. Also set up and organized local office from which work was administered. During this time, also served as President of Duncan, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of John B. Pike & Son) doing business in Alabama and Northern Florida.
1980 – 1984 Project Manager for John B. Pike and Son, Inc., Knoxville, TN. Total responsibility of a $37 million “open shop” hospital project. Job consisted of a 250 bed, 13 story addition. 12,000 c.y. of reinforced concrete made up the project. Much renovation coordination and scheduling made this project a challenge to complete. Also oversaw construction of a $10.5 million re-decking and renovation project in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both projects came in “on time” and “under budget”.
1978 – 1980 Project Manager for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., Rochester, NY. Total control from job set-up to completion of a $22 million heavy and highway construction project. Project consisted of nine bridges, two of which were the first double box, cast in place segmental bridges built by the free cantilever method in the Continental United States. The large volume of post tensioning, as well as the 39,000 c.y. of concrete made this tightly scheduled project a challenge to complete. Field employees peaked at 200 during the summer of 1979. Job completed “within budget”, ahead of schedule.
1975 – 1978 Assistant Project Manager for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., Niagara Falls, NY (Acting as Construction Managers). Coordination, planning, and follow-up responsibilities for a $20 million municipal wastewater treatment plant. Since Pike was the Construction Manager, overseeing each subcontractor with regard to scheduling and engineering was also required, as well as keeping the municipality abreast of the construction progress. Some estimating was done for the company plus handling all of the process equipment and piping systems which were encountered. Job completed “under budget” and “on schedule”.
1973 – 1975 Assistant Superintendent for Cebor, Inc., Queens NY. Schedule work areas and crews involved with portions of a $10 million Municipal wastewater construction project. Follow-up and arrangement of material needed. Inspection and some direct supervision over personnel. Problem solving with owners and engineers on related work. Cost coding and some cost projections. Office management and direct supervision over clerks and typists assigned to the project. Handled coordination between contracts (instrumentation, electrical, etc.)
1972 – 1973 Project Engineer for Cebor, Inc., Ft. Wayne IN. Set-up project and assign personnel. Coordinate purchasing and scheduling for project. Review and coordinate all submittals and engineering required for the project. Issued and negotiated change orders and back charge work. Visited the project and filed reports to superiors.
1970 – 1972 Estimator, Expeditor, Purchaser, and Detailer for Fabweld, Inc. Ft. Wayne, IN. Bid, negotiate, buy, draw, and follow-up all aspects of structural steel and miscellaneous metal subcontract work to contractors.


Professional Accomplishments

  • Member UT Chancellor’s Associates
  • Member of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Member of AGC Consulting Constructors Council
  • Member of American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Member of Association of Construction Inspectors (ACI)
  • Member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Past Member of National AGC Risk Management Committee
  • Past Board Member of Tennessee Construction Coalition (TCC)
  • Past Board Member of Knoxville Builders Exchange
  • Past Board Member of Tennessee AGC Workmen’s Compensation Program
  • Past Chairman of National AGC Surety Bonding Committee
  • Past President of State AGC of Tennessee
  • Past President of the Knoxville Branch of AGC
  • Past President of Resource Valley Construction Training Council RVCTC
  • Past Member of Tennessee State Architect Committee for QIC
  • Past Member of Tennessee State Licensing Board Task Force
  • Past Member of National AGC Highway Committee
  • Past Member of National AGC Infrastructure Committee
  • Past Member of Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
  • Past Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Past Member of the International Association of Concrete Repair Specialists (IACRS)
  • Past Member of the Rochester Engineering Society (RES)
  • Past Licensed Operator of wastewater treatment plants
  • Past Negotiator for New York AGC 1978 3 Year Carpenter Contract


  • Certified as Level I Fundamentals of Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control
  • Certified in 10 Hr. and 30 Hr. OSHA
  • Certified Construction Consultant (ACI)
  • Certified Construction Project Manager (CCPM)
  • Certified Construction Inspector (CCI)
  • Certified AWS Welder
  • Certified Concrete Testing Technician, Grade I
  • Certified Concrete Flatwork Technician
  • Certified Scuba Diver with PADI and NAUI

Non Profit Services and Civic Involvement

  • Board Member of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
  • Board Member and Chair East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS)
  • Board Member of Grainger County Historical Society (GCHS)
  • Member(Life Time) of the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC)
  • Member of the Nature Conservancy
  • Past Board Member Goddard College
  • Past Board Member Appalachian Service Project (ASP)
  • Past Board Member Knoxville Legacy Parks Foundation (LPF)
  • Past Board Member Children’s Center of Knoxville (CCK)
  • Past Member on City of Blaine, TN Planning Commission
  • Past Member of City of Blaine, TN Sewer Committee
  • Past President of South Knoxville Sertoma Club
  • Past President of Gov. John Sevier Memorial Association
  • Past Member of the Tennessee Wildlife Association

Personal Accomplishments

  • Member of the Purdue University Alumni Association
  • Past Member of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)
  • Past Notary Public at Large in Tennessee
  • Past Panel Advisor to Shelby State Community College
  • Past Vice-President of dormitory at Tri-State College
  • Past Dean’s List Senior year of college
  • Past Cubmaster of local scout troop