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Women In Construction Week 2022

Updated: Jan 16

Celebrating Women In Construction Week March 6-12, 2022 - Owner, Transition Planner, Interior Design, General Contractor, Medical Equipment Planner, Owner's Representative, FF&E, Clinical Champion, Project Champion, Technology Design Consultant, Architect, ICT Project Management

We celebrate Women in Construction the first week of March.

There are many opportunities for women to succeed in the construction industry! If you ever had an interest in construction or know someone who has, continue reading for insights from women in different sectors of healthcare construction.

Stephanie Anderson, CTS Consultant, Technology Division Ross & Baruzzini Q:What drew you to the construction industry? A: I have always had a passion for design, engineering and working with a team. When I was first hired, the construction industry was completely new to me and I have enjoyed learning so much over my career especially being onsite. It is a great feeling when you can see a design come to life and to collaboratively work with a team to accomplish a project together from the start of a drawing package to a finished facility.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the industry? A: I am inspired by the type of projects I am about to work on in the Healthcare Industry. Everyone’s experience when going to the hospital is different based on their situation and working with a team to make the space the best it can be for both the patient and the staff is one of my favorite things.  Q: What would you say is a great first step for women looking into the construction field? A: There are always opportunities to learn from every team member on a construction project. Each project will have a new challenge and a way to apply your skills. A great first step would be to identify which role in the construction field you are passionate about and find educational opportunities to engage.

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Lindsey Meek, PE Sr. Project Manager Cumming Group Q:What drew you to the construction industry? A: Landing in the construction industry was an unexpected result of becoming a civil engineer. I was initially drawn to civil engineering because as a high-schooler, I enjoyed math and mechanical drawing, and my physics teacher pulled in working engineers to share their work with us. I thought it sounded cool to draw plans for water towers. Turns out, it is important to see firsthand how a water tower is built if you want to know how to design one! My first internship during college introduced me to the construction sites. I enjoyed working outside and seeing the tangible results of a design. Those early-career field experiences allowed me to become a better designer.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the industry?  A: The construction industry is full of passionate people, who also like to have fun! The project teams work collaboratively and with a keen focus on the end goal. Once we’ve worked through any project issues, the team members enjoy building relationships beyond the job site and celebrating the progress and completion of a project together. Q: What would you say is a great first step for women looking into the construction field? A: Mentorship is key! Find someone you admire. Seek them out because you will need to look hard for them – they are uncommon. Find one mentor locally, who can plug you in to local opportunities where you will have potential for the highest impact. Find another mentor who may be well-known beyond your hometown as a writer or leader of an organization – that person will help you see the bigger picture of how your work and knowledge translates into something that will have a broader impact to the world. Photo of Lindsey with a mentor in 2011 on top of a building in PPE

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Elizabeth Geiser Vice President Preconstruction Barton Malow Q: What drew you to the construction industry?  A: I landed in the construction industry not necessarily by choice, but maybe more by design. I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Engineering from Youngstown State in Ohio. Upon graduating, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my Mechanical Engineering degree, other than knowing I didn't want to work in the automotive industry. Shortly after graduating, I applied to a variety of companies in multiple states.   After interviewing for a position working on Barton Malow's estimating team, I was offered a position and have been with Barton Malow since.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the industry?  A: Seeing the advances in technology and how they can improve efficiencies of processes is one of my favorite things. When I first started, everything was on paper - there was so much paper! I remember being told to get a calculator with a tape to verify calculations were correct. We also used to joke that you could weigh the drawings and know how much the project should cost.   After beginning in estimating, utilizing mainly paper and Excel, I helped lead Barton Malow through two estimating software transitions. Each of these projects was a great accomplishment because of the leadership needed to get people on board with each software transition and the effort it took to work and rework the setup to launch successfully. I continue to look for opportunities to advance Barton Malow with the implementation of other collaborative software, the latest being Join and
Q: What would you say is a great first step for women looking into the construction field? A: In a career as male dominated as construction, you'll need to remain true to who you are and stick up for your values. Also, own your career path by being assertive and vocal about your desired professional growth. Find a company to work for that has the same core values and mindset you have. In addition to being competent at your job, take time to get to know people you are working with. Relationships are an essential component to career and personal growth.

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Amanda Owens Associate, Sr. Project Manager, Architect HDR Q: What drew you to the construction industry? A: I had a passion for design and buildings since I was in elementary school.  My teachers noticed it early on and encouraged me to get a degree in architecture.  A part of being an architect is making sure the design of the building is followed through, which mean spending time on the construction site.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the industry? A: I get excited seeing my projects come to life during construction and knowing that I had a part in creating it.  There are so many people involved in the creation of a building, and having it come together in very rewarding.  Q: What would you say is a great first step for women looking into the construction field? A: There are so many different types of professions involved in construction.  Talk to as many people as possible to get an idea of what the different roles are and find what you are passionate about.  You can get involved at any level from design, materials, construction oversight, hands on labor, etc., the list is endless.

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Thank you all for celebrating Women in Construction Week 2022, with us! Looking for more insights? Check out the 2020 and 2021 celebrations.

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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