By Hannah Morrey Brown, Project Manager at Straub Construction
This week marks exactly one year since I started as a project manager for the S2 group, and it has definitely been one for the books. From closing out my very first project, to adding two new superintendents to our team, and throwing our inaugural “First Friday” event, I’ve been challenged and overwhelmed in more ways than I previously thought possible. My definition of busy has certainly changed, and I’ve finally found the appeal of coffee, but I wouldn’t change a thing about working with this quirky, honest, and dedicated group of people.
The Straub team offers a lot more than quality construction and is truly invested in bettering each of their employees. A year ago I was secretly Googling the meaning of “ASI” on my phone and now a day filled with contracts, OAC meetings, and hours of vendor phone calls doesn’t begin to faze me. The only reason I was able to learn so much so quickly is due to the fact that no question is treated as unnecessary or stupid and that feedback is offered often and in useful tidbits.
And while it’s no secret that there aren’t many women in the construction industry, this fact still had me all sorts of nervous before starting. I worried people wouldn’t take me seriously and that earning respect would take a whole lot more than hard work.
Did Barbie get Lost?
Though I’ll never forget being asked “Did Barbie get lost?” while walking one of my projects or the time someone (legitimately) complimented my “costume” while I was carrying my hard hat the day before Halloween, these once uncomfortable situations have become some of my most amusing memories. And I have to attribute that attitude to my amazing group of co-workers and bosses who have taught me how to strike a balance between laughing off the misconceptions and still demanding the respect necessary to complete a project to the highest Straub caliber.
I’m so honored to have spent a year with this company, and I’m genuinely looking forward to the challenges of the next few. If you want to learn more about Straub Construction and all the capabilities of our S2 team or want to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working as a woman in the construction industry, find me on LinkedIn or email me – I’d love to tell you all about it and how S2 can work to meet your specific project needs!