The week of March 7-13, 2021 we recognize and celebrate Women in Construction Week (WIC) and the many women who work in and make important contributions to our industry every day! We are pleased to share the stories from many of the women who work and live in NH and VT. The project was created in partnership with I Build NH and NAWIC Granite State Chapter.
I was born and raised on a large dairy farm which I helped manage until I was 25 and moved to Vermont. Construction was the closest thing to farming. It offered many different work tasks to juggle at any given time, running heavy equipment and working outside. It was a natural fit.
What is your education/training background?
In High School I went to trade school in the afternoons studying Forestry and Conservation, which got me outside in the woods 3 days a week logging, cutting firewood, practicing forestry management. Class work included managing the apple orchard, maple stands and boiling and the class greenhouse including learning numerous other skills. This was very appealing to a farm kid! After I moved to VT I got my Associates in Liberal Studies.
How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?
When I decided Vermont was where I wanted to be, it was easy to choose construction for its ever changing work, location and physical demands. I had originally been looking for an equipment operators position and was offered one… in NC! I wanted to stay in Vermont and I took a position with the same General Contractor who needed an operator to run their all terrain forklift on a nearby jobsite.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I enjoy the problem solving renovations bring. Knowing that we are upgrading a building, medical facility or commercial complex to better serve the community.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
By far there is one small project I will always enjoy the most. We dismantled an old post and beam barn which required salvaging and saving every piece of board, beam and roof slate. I also enjoy working in Healthcare. This setting offers its own unique challenges around staff and patients oftentimes in sterile environments. The problem solving and planning the construction teams face to help facilities keep up with medical and technological advancements they need to provide the best care is extremely rewarding!
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
Do not be afraid to try! Work hard and keep a positive attitude, you can do anything!
Construction is always changing, come and be a part of it! It is truly amazing to be able to work alongside other women in the trades!
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
I Build New Hampshire
I Build NH represents the construction sector of the state through the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI). I Build NH represents companies involved in heavy construction like municipal water treatment systems and road building, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, civil engineering, heating/ventilation/air conditioning businesses and more.
National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has over 115 chapters throughout the United States, including the NAWIC Granite State Chapter. NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC advocates for the value and impact of women builders, professionals and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.