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 love seeing the ‘fruits’ of my labor at the end of every day and, most of all, I love the teamwork it involves. It is incredible what we can do when we put our minds together to build structures larger than life and will stand for decades for our families and grandchildren to enjoy.
What is your education/training background?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Management, I have a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering, and I also have my Master of Business Administration degree in Supply Chain Management. I did a few internships throughout college and spent time working on large construction projects in New York City and Washington DC.
How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?
I always knew I wanted to go to school for engineering and when I did my internships, I quickly learned I would rather be on the construction management side. I liked being in the field, troubleshooting problems with teams and managing the work in place, rather than designing and spending more time at a desk.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Exposure to new projects, the problem solving and most of all the people. It is never a dull moment – from working on a new hospital project to hotel renovations. The teamwork that supports the problem solving is probably my absolute favorite – it is so much fun working together and brainstorming ideas to develop the best possible solutions. Lastly the people – the overall fiber of the people you meet in this industry are hardworking and good willed individuals.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
The Omni Mount Washington Resort Guestroom Addition! The project added a 60,000-square-foot, four-story facility with 69 guestrooms, a club lounge, a courtyard spa garden, and a poolside grille to the resort’s existing 200-room footprint. PC Construction also completed a kitchen upgrade and extensive roof improvements, featuring a new rooftop terrace. This was my first project as a project manager – it was awesome and cannot wait to do it again!
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
Construction is fun and you can do it! And if someone tries to tell you otherwise – prove them wrong! Being a woman in this industry does come with some negative legacy challenges but in my 10 years, I find it is quickly improving. There is a strong movement behind supporting women in construction – join the movement and let’s show the world what they have been missing!
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.