Case Studies Women in Construction

Julie Herb – Virtua Health

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When patients in southern New Jersey need certain specialized cancer treatments, they usually must drive to Philadelphia, which can be time-consuming, stressful and inconvenient.   That’s why leaders at Virtua Health have spent the past several years developing the Proton Therapy Center in Voorhees, New Jersey, in partnership with Penn Medicine.  “There’s a comfort level […]

Mariana Circiumaru – BentallGreenOak

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For a few months in 2019, Mariana Circiumaru’s daughter lived in the Bronx of New York while she completed her clinical rotations in a hospital that catered to the underserved. She’d visit her daughter often and, after a few hours, would start to feel down.  Eventually, she realized the drab architecture was the cause.  She’d […]

Terri Candelaria – Freedom Financial Network

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Many people like to start their day with a hot, steamy cup of coffee—and those working at Freedom Financial Network are no different. Yet, Terri Candelaria, senior director of facilities and administration for the digital personal finance company, has elevated the daily ritual—and added a pop of fun. One of the two FFN buildings in […]

Kim Alpert – Udemy Inc.

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She hasn’t quite been on the job for three years but already Kim Alpert can divide into distinct thirds her time overseeing global properties for Udemy Inc. Hired in October 2019, she spent the first six or seven months learning the ways of this San Francisco-based MOOC—massive open online course provider—whose platform is accessed by […]

Nicole Hughes – PCRK Group

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For Nicole Hughes, even seemingly minor details, like a hook on a door, can make a major difference. “When most people plan a build-out or remodel, they may first consider larger elements, like installing cabinetry or replacing outdated carpeting with new flooring,” says Hughes, the director of construction and facilities with PCRK Group, the owner […]

Linda Besetzny – R.J. O’Brien

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During the 22 years that Linda Besetzny worked at the international law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, the most memorable event was not, in fact, her leading a two-and-a-half year, $10 million dollar renovation across the 76th and 81st floors of Chicago’s Willis Tower—which won her the firm’s Above and Beyond Award. It was, […]

Mary Martin – Oregon Humane Society

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Mary Martin had been working at the Oregon Humane Society for one month when a friend told her she’d found the perfect dog for her. While she didn’t feel ready to adopt, she offered to foster instead. It didn’t take long for the French Bulldog, Mimi, to change Martin’s mind. “That little dog is with […]

Elycia Child – The Abbey Company

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It was a busy, hot summer night in the late 1980s when as a teenager Elycia Child got an introduction to conflict resolution in the kitchen of a lakeside resort in Muskoka, Canada. During a particularly bustling Saturday dinner rush, the dining room was mobbed with hungry families and squalling children, she remembers. In the […]

Patricia Scott – AutoCanada

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There’s something about that “new car smell” which reminds Patricia Scott of the fun she had during her summer job in high school, where she washed cars at H&R Pontiac Buick, a car dealership run by her neighbors in Alberta, Canada. Back then, she often wore coveralls to work. Her colleagues called her “Sam,” since […]

Alexis Baker – Manheim Central School District

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Although she’s not a teacher, Alexis Baker impacts students every day. As the director of facilities at Manheim Central School District, she says she considers their experience in every project. Whether with large undertakings, like renovating the high school, or smaller ones, such as creating a pollinator garden at the middle school, Baker tries to […]

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