- Job Title
- Assistant Project Manager
- Arizona State University
- Construction Management
Working in construction is extremely gratifying, and each day is completely different from the last. There is never a dull moment, and that’s what I love about it.
I guess you could say my career in construction began with a “leap of faith.” A recruiter from the Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction talked to my high school class. After deciding to major in Construction Management, I never looked back.
I worked during college and participated in the Advancing Women in Construction events, which helped me meet and learn from other women in the industry.
I gave my all in college, because I don’t know how to work any differently. Determination and hardwork helped me graduate early.
My dad taught me about hard work and how important it is to provide for oneself, instead of relying on others to do it for you. Construction was a career option that I felt would help me become self-sufficient, and I haven’t been disappointed.
I interned in McCarthy’s BIM department the summer before I graduated from college. I had previously used BIM on another internship and wanted to explore it further to see if it was something I wanted to pursue full time. I learned a lot about the use of technology in construction and inspired me to want to work in the field as a member of a jobsite team.
The people I worked with during my McCarthy internship and the tremendous amount of opportunity sparked my interest to pursue a career at McCarthy. I mentioned to the VP of Operations that I enjoyed working on a healthcare remodel project while I was an intern and wanted to work in the field. This conversation led to a position as a Project Engineer in the Healthcare Group for McCarthy’s Southwest Division.
My first project as a McCarthy employee was on the Mayo Clinic remodel in Scottsdale, Ariz. The schedules were very fast and the work was complex, but our team completed three successful projects simultaneously on time and under budget.
I’m not afraid to make a career move, talk to others or be the director of my own career path. McCarthy encourages us to do that. If we want to try something different, they allow us, and I’m not afraid to be vocal about it.
Participated in OSHA 30 training, as well as crane training every six months.
Transferred to the Banner Estrella Medical Center project in Phoenix, where I was responsible for the building enclosure portion of the six-story, 279,000-square-foot hospital tower. I led the team in constructing the exterior skin mockup, which was the first mockup in the Southwest Division to pass a complete water test on the first try. After the building’s exterior skin was completed, I helped the interior’s group complete the 2.5 year-long project.
Promoted to Assistant Project Manager while working on the Banner Estrella Medical Center project.
I remember my boss telling me the construction business is 90 percent people and 10 percent construction. Because construction is primarily a people business, developing relationships is an important part of my job. Understanding this has helped me form relationships and succeed in my career.
Attended CPR/First Aid Training and bi-monthly McCarthy Manager Training.
As a part of McCarthy’s Heart Hats program, I worked with other volunteers at McCarthy to expand a group home for less fortunate families in Arizona.
Attended American Society for Healthcare Engineering training, earning my ASHE Certification and also participated in McCarthy Project Cost, Management 101 and Public Speaking training workshops.
Began work on the 210,000-square-foot Yuma Regional Medical Center hospital expansion project in Yuma, Ariz. By leading the structural concrete and steel packages for this six-level project, I’ve gained valuable knowledge in self-perform concrete work.
Our self-perform work is one of the most complicated and involved things we do, requiring creativity, extensive planning and management. Running the incredibly large self-perform concrete scope on this project was a huge accomplishment for me.
Joined the McCarthy Southwest Division Women in Leadership Forum. We get together every month to discuss challenges, work with internal leadership, enhance our knowledge and provide general support to one another.
McCarthy recognizes that a diverse workforce in terms of gender and ethnicity will ultimately benefit the company by providing broader perspectives and increasing our talent pool. Both men and women at McCarthy are actively collaborating to combat this industry-wide challenge.
Invited to participate in McCarthy Leadership Training.
Promoted to Project Manager, managing all work on the Yuma Regional Medical Center emergency department expansion.
I truly believe that if you love what you do, you’ll find a way to be successful.