Case Studies Women in Construction

Kathryn Gibbs – Merck & Co Inc.

She was only touring an intern, but it could’ve been a high-level corporate meeting or a group of industry guests, to see one of Merck’s buildings. Certainly, Kathryn Gibbs was still delighted to give a tour, especially to show how her company, global pharmaceutical giant Merck, strives to make itself accessible and safe for its […]

Lara Branigan – Seattle University

The corner of 12th Avenue and Marion Street in Seattle is not what it used to be. Once at the heart of an industrial district that was also known for its auto dealerships, the intersection is part of a gentrifying neighborhood where single-story buildings are being replaced with condos, high-end retail—and, since it’s Seattle, more […]

Mel Smith – Torchy’s Tacos

Chain, casual dining restaurants aren’t known for creativity, but that can be part of their attraction. Doesn’t matter if the customer is in Portland East or Portland West, Detroit or Dallas. Most any branded restaurant looks alike with an identical menu and meals. It’s a business model due for some spicing up, which is what […]

Angie Simon – Western Allied Mechanical

Researchers and staff have taught, studied and discovered inside the University of California San Francisco’s Clinical Sciences Building for nearly 90 years. Since opening in 1933, the eight-story, 109,000-square-foot building has stood strong throughout many shakes, tremors and all-out earthquakes that have rocked the City by the Bay, including the devastating 1989 earthquake that caused […]

Lisa Fekete – Modern Woodcrafts

The people of Plainville, Connecticut, hadn’t seen anything like it before. It was the arrival of high-rolling real estate developer and billionaire Stephen M. Ross—by helicopter, no less. The owner of the Miami Dolphins was checking on the mockup display of a $5 million interior design project being made for him by millworkers at Modern Woodcrafts. […]

Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

It may not be the most original line, but it seems to stand the test of time. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you are reminded that you have not,” remarks Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy, who’s seen a lot in her 23 years in the facilities and operations end of The Wharton School at the […]

Jill Javor – November Properties & York Investment Properties LLC

On a calm October day, Jill Javor, husband Attila and 6 1/2 year-old son, Ryan, stand beside U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, their ribbon cutting scissors poised and ready. It’s the official opening of the 127-room Cambria Hotel Fort Mill in South Carolina. The property is just a healthy bike ride away from the sold-out, wait-listed, […]

Rabiah Brooken – Aptean

Professional change is tough. Whether you’re a seasoned executive advancing in your career or a young worker whose employer was recently acquired by another company, adjusting to new surroundings—physical, administrative or otherwise—can be a real challenge. Rabiah Reyome understands this better than anyone. After years of working with some of the country’s largest commercial real-estate […]

Tona Khau – Sno-Isle Libraries

Tucked away on islands and small inland towns, some libraries are barely bigger than a living room, while others are almost twice as large as a retail store. More than places to get a book, they’re education hubs, community centers and places to gather. Yet to fulfill these many roles, the Sno-Isle Libraries system north […]

Iga Wyrzykowski – XpresSpa

To Iga Wyrzykowski, there’s a certain awe that strikes her when she walks through an airport, past one of the XpresSpa stores she’s helped create. “I walk by and think to myself, ‘Wow I designed that!,’” XpresSpa’s director of store design and construction says. “The transformation is amazing. It’s incredible to think that I designed […]

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