Sharing Stories of Women in the AEC Industry with Girls Inc.

Posted by Sophia Salah on August 13, 2019
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On 1 August, I was honored to participate in a panel of women discussing our paths to the AEC industry and roles on Boston’s Two Drydock project. Skanska and Girls Inc. of Lynn – an organization that seeks to inspire young girls to be “strong, smart, and bold” – organized a project site tour and hosted a presentation for a group of soon-to-be eighth graders. It was a great experience to meet these amazing young women and share my passion for engineering and community service.

The event started at the Two Drydock job site with a tour of the new thirteen-story building’s amenity roof. Spagnolo Gisness & Associates (SGA) designed the office building in the Boston Marine Industrial Park with ground-floor retail space and two levels of parking. The group saw several interesting parts of the building, which features a terrace on the eleventh floor overlooking the Boston skyline, fitness center, restaurant, and more. My team from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger provides building enclosure consulting services for the design and construction phases of the project. 

After the tour, we visited Skanska’s Boston office, where I joined members of the project team to discuss our roles on the construction project and day-to-day responsibilities, and share how we got into the industry. It was exciting to explain what a building enclosure engineer does and how the geometry and algebra these girls will learn in the next few years help to build exciting new projects around Boston. We finished the day with a LEGO activity where the girls divided into groups and assumed the roles of owners, architects, and builders. These groups were asked to build homes based on the owner’s direction, the architect’s sketches and drawings, and the builder’s creativity. We saw great teamwork and some exciting new ideas around all the tables. 

Special thanks go to Bethany King and Jillian Condiracci of Skanska for organizing the event. I was joined on the panel by Carolyn Desmond of Skanska Commercial (owner), Jennifer Gregoire of SGA (architect), Carolyn Jamison and Lauren Daly of Skanska Building (contractor), and Suzanne Brown of CBRE (commercial real estate). 

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