As part of Women in Construction Week 2022, we’re highlighting the women of Miron Construction – their backgrounds, what got them into construction, and what both rewards and challenges them. We hope these features inform and inspire you!
- What are the most challenging things on a project? Coordination. Everyone involved in a project has a different perspective, and trying to keep everyone focused on the overall project goals can be trying. Right now, one of the most challenging aspects is dealing with shortages of material. It seems like there is a new shortage on an item identified every week. The lead times that we’re seeing in the industry are unlike anything I’ve ever seen, but overall schedule durations haven’t been adjusted to reflect this.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing a completed facility being opened and used, especially the excitement of the owner/user groups when they get their first look at the completed project.
- Did you have a mentor when you started? When I started at Miron I had a lot of support. Part of being successful is developing a network of resources and knowing who to use as a resource for a particular question or issue.
- What has been your favorite project you have worked on? The Lambeau Field South End Zone expansion has been my favorite project so far. Because of the visibility, there were so many people in the community that followed the project. It seemed like everyone could identify with this project and it touched and impacted so many different people.
- What made you interested in a career in construction? As a kid my favorite toys were Legos, Tinker Toys, and a dump truck in the sandbox. As I got older, I worked on a lot of projects with my dad and was always fixing and improving things around the house. It is great to have that sense of accomplishment when a project is complete.
- What are some challenges you face in your role? Time is the biggest challenge. Today everything is urgent and there is so much expectation to deliver immediate responses. Prioritizing multiple projects, tasks, and requests is challenging and there is never enough time in the day to get everything done.
- How did you get into construction? For a long time I wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t want to be stuck in an office or spend all of my time at a desk. When I started college, I was paging through the course book and I found the civil engineering and construction management program. After reading through all of the courses and descriptions I knew it was a perfect fit.