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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP The All Aboard Florida - MiamiCentral Station project will be completed in phases beginning in 2017. With a solid footing in the local and federal government market, Lunacon now manages commercial projects with contract values in excess of $4 million, and it has recently made inroads to win competitive designbuild government projects, including a community center and pool facility. "It's all about work ethic," Bonilla says. "Being overly prepared for people who assume you are less than capable makes gaining their respect easier once you've exceeded their expectations." CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 REACHING MILESTONES 34 While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' number of women in the industry may appear low, with only approximately 9 percent of construction workers in the United States being women, leadership positions abound on exceptional projects defined by innovation and new ways of thinking. The statistics don't necessarily reflect the rapid pace of women moving up in office or field-office hybrid roles, including project management, safety, QA/QC, testing, coding, training and estimating, to name just a few. Garrity, who has been monitoring industry trends for decades, admits that while most women still don't gravitate toward physical labor in the field, she's seen rising interest among female carpenters, electricians and welders to advance into foreman and superintendent roles-especially if they have a great eye for detail. Earning a construction management or civil engineering degree is another powerful launching point to advancement, as many companies are eager to change the face of their executive management teams. "Companies looking to have a more diverse leadership team need to be intentional about it. They have to know they're looking for leaders-people who have "Early in my career, when I had less technical experience because I was young and still learning, I was more hesitant. Now I'm more confident expressing my opinions without fear of getting shut down." -Jackie Riverathat spark," Garrity says. "Start by investing in your people through soft skills training and giving them achievable challenges. Give them a mentor, and foster a culture where it's OK for them to fail and learn from their mistakes." Suffolk Construction certainly takes this mindset to heart. On its high-profile All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral Station project in Miami, Suffolk boasts a leadership team that is nearly 50 percent female. The project, which will be completed in phases beginning in 2017, will create a multimodal icon that connects the city's public transit systems and stimulates new retail, commercial and residential development. The team is calling on lean project delivery principles to deliver a 59,000-square-foot station facility, 41,000-square-foot loading area, 180,000-square-foot passenger platform, 178,000 square feet of retail space and 344,000 square feet of parking. The Miami terminal will be the southernmost stop for the express passenger rail service that will run from Orlando to Miami in just less than three hours. Additional terminals will be located in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. In June, the team set the first steel beams on the central block of the project-a major milestone for Jackie Rivera, assistant project manager, who earned her master's degree in civil engineering and has worked for Suffolk for about three years. She was charged with managing the steel erection from concept through the shop drawings, fabrication and delivery. "When those steel beams arrived at 7:30 a.m. this summer, it was such a gratifying moment for everyone who had worked so hard on the team," she says. Rivera's interest in construction leadership was sparked when she signed on for an internship working for her aunt, who is an estimator for a small general contractor in http://www.suffolk.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
In Brief
Washington Update
Construction Markets
Risk
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Workforce
No Bounds to Success
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