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Why I chose a career in the construction industry:
I chose a career in the construction industry because construction has always been in my family. I always loved building with tinker toys and creating dams in the creek. My father, grandfather and uncles all had construction companies and I always enjoyed riding by their buildings and hearing them exclaim "I built that!"
What training or education did you need for your current role?
I was fortunate to be exposed to so many diverse projects throughout my career, both in the field and the office. I was able to understand how the projects operate and how each department within the company contributes to those efforts. Those opportunities provided me with countless opportunities to learn and grow.
What is a typical day like in your position?
A typical day for me involves strategizing new work opportunities and being there to ensure our projects are progressing as planned and our teams have the resources needed to do be successful. It is very hard to put into a few sentences!
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I truly enjoy the people that I am fortunate enough to work with. We have fun, we work hard and we like to build! The interaction with owners, subcontractors, architects, and engineers is also rewarding. They are all interesting and unique, and help us do our best work.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
Several come to mind but one of the most interesting was a surgical addition at a large hospital. The complex project required a 'bypass' for the main shipping and receiving dock in order to build a new surgical suite and a new receiving dock. The logistics, both internal to the hospital and on the construction site, was challenging. It was an incredibly successful outcome and that speaks to the amazing people who collaborate to build projects like these.
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
If you are a woman who would like to work in the construction industry, don't hesitate. It is a great career with great people. Women are setting new standards and bringing fresh ideas to the industry. Our diverse perspectives and unique approaches are setting the bar, and I'm excited to be part of it.