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Celebrating Women In Construction Week 2021

Updated: Jan 16

It is that time of year, where we celebrate Women in Construction!

Are you interested in becoming a woman in construction, or know someone who is? There are many opportunities for women to work and thrive in the construction industry.

Enjoy the following insights from women in different sectors of healthcare construction. See more insights from the 2020 celebration.

Liz Berry, Project Manager, CTP Transition Plan, Loma Linda University Medical Center: What drew you to the construction industry? Coming from healthcare operations, I never anticipated myself working on a major construction project. Throughout the past year and half working on Loma Linda’s Campus Transformation Project (CTP), I have gained exposure to many aspects to the construction industry and have enjoyed the complexities and nuances.  What is your favorite thing about the industry?  One of my favorite things about the industry is seeing the constant change throughout a project, from beginning to end there is always something new and exciting to see.
What would you say is a great first step for women looking to getting into construction? There’s many aspects to construction that someone without a construction background can be involved in. I think that having a general idea of what one may find interesting about the industry is a good way to determine which avenue of construction to move towards is a great first step.
Sarah Flicker, Furniture Install Manager, Office Scapes, What drew you to the construction industry?  I wanted to have more flexibility in my schedule so I decided to go into a project management role for an office furniture dealership. I was honored to accept a position at OfficeScapes, the best contract furniture dealer in Colorado. Project managers in this role are called furniture install managers. We work on active construction sites every day, dancing around various trades and accommodating ever-moving schedule changes. My main goal is to make the end user happy while helping the GC pass inspections without any furniture snags.
What is your favorite thing about the industry?  The day to day is never the same. I face new challenges all day every day and I get to solve them with my team. I would get bored easily if I didn’t have new problems to solve. I also love how on most days, I start early and end in time to pick my daughter up from school. What would you say is a great first step for women looking to getting into construction?  Construction has so many categories of skills. From the organizational and problem solving, to the actual labor. The best place to start is pin pointing what you are passionate about. My passion is getting to execute furniture installs because people experience furniture all day, so I get to take part in enhancing their experience and productivity. Whether women are passionate about structural engineering or design, or even getting their hands wet in the labor, there is a spot for us all.

Learn more about OfficeScapes.

Liliana Aubert, ICT Project Administrator, Equinox Healthcare IT Inc., What drew you to the construction industry?  I have always been very intrigued about how things are taken apart and put back together. Also, my father worked in construction his entire life and I was always curious on how he would remodel a house and make it look so beautiful. What is your favorite thing about the industry? The fact of how people can come together and work as a team and build something amazing like building, homes, roads, etc. I specially love how a piece of land can become something so incredible.
3.	What would you say is a great first step for women looking to getting into construction?  Research on what area you would like to be part of, construction has extensive areas of work that you can choose from and get to know the beautiful work of construction.

Thank you all for celebrating Women in Construction Week March 7-14, 2021, with us! #WICWeek #WICWeek2021 #WomenInConstruction #healthcareconstruction

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), founded in 1953, established the annual Women in Construction Week (WIC) to "highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC's thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry."


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