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Sarah Geehan, Assistant Project Manager, WIC Week Profile

By I Build NH | March 13, 2021

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.

Why construction?

I started out in 2014 as a receptionist at a SDVOSB general contracting construction company that specialized in veteran hospitals and Army Corp of Engineers locations.

From there my interest and love of the construction industry grew.

I was promoted to a construction management coordinator in 2019, later I left the company to grow my career as an assistant project manager and head towards my goals of a project manager in 2020 at another local general contracting/ design, build company. I was able to work directly on multiple projects and learn so much.

I am now working as an assistant project manager at an amazing company where I am continuing to grow and learn so much about the ever changing construction industry.

What is your education/training background?

I am currently enrolled at SNHU and earning my bachelors degree in business with a focus in operations and project management.

How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?

Originally I needed a full time entry level office position. I came from the childcare field and fell in love with the construction field.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

The fast pace and completion of being involved with remodels and builds that have great effects on people and great causes.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?

The most interesting projects I have worked on thus far have been two Amazon distribution centers. It was very interesting to see the function and build of Amazon’s distribution centers and learn more about Amazon’s history as well as their future plans.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?

Go for it! Women can do anything, and it’s been proven our organizational and nurturing skills not only help with customers/clients but in our overall career.

I currently have 3 children, work full time and am going to school online. Anything you want to achieve, you can accomplish. It takes a lot of hard work and patience, but, like my father always said, “If it comes easy it’s probably not worth it, and if it’s worth it, it won’t come easy”.

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.