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Carol Stream, Ill. — Oct. 6, 2014 — What are some keys to success in the construction industry? According to five successful women in the space its adaptability, collaboration, and millennials.
“If you don’t know how to do it, find a way and change the approach,” comments Terriann Nohilly, project engineer, Turner Construction, www.turnerconstruction.com.
“In establishing colocated teams, it is important not to neglect the different cultures of the design, construction management, and subcontractor teams,” says Jennifer Heikkinen, director of project management, Tocci Building Companies, www.tocci.com. “The colocated team must align culture and workflows to extract maximum team productivity.”
Constructech magazine’s annual Technology Day was kicked off on Friday, October 3 with a panel discussion focusing on how women are impacting the world of construction technology. The session featured moderator Nancy Novak, Balfour Beatty Construction; and speakers Cora Carmody, Jacobs Engineering; Jennifer Heikkinen, Tocci Building Companies; Terriann Nohilly, Turner Construction; and Cari Williams, DPR Construction.
“Females working in construction should embrace who they are and leverage the qualities that are innate to being a woman; the ability to think creatively, organize, and bring a fresh and often softer approach to the table,” says Nohilly. “When trying to bring change to an organization, I try to use the mantra that you don’t fight fire with fire, you fight it with water.”
And what else will propel a firm to the top? Entice a younger generation to be engaged in both technology and construction. According to Nancy Novak, vice president of operations, Balfour Beatty Construction, www.balfourbeattyus.com, women can inspire youth to get involved in an industry that is growing and driving change. “You have to start early with kids in technology programs, and speak about these programs and provide apprenticeships,” adds Cora Carmody, senior vice president, IT, Jacobs Engineering, www.jacobs.com.
Cari Williams, people practices leader, DPR Construction, www.dpr.com, goes on to say, “Millennials want things differently. They’ve had the iPhone their whole life, and they want that in their work environment.”
Nearly 200 attendees gathered for the 2014 Technology Day conference hosted by Constructech magazine. The 2014 event focused on turning tech data into profits for construction. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in sessions, network, as well as interact with technology solutions in the Exhibit Hall.
“What really resonated with me about our panel, as well as Technology Day itself, is how each of these solutions really do, and should, go hand in hand,” says Novak. “Technology in our world is changing every day. There is no turning back. Technology is very exponential, and there is so much ahead of us.”
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About Constructech Technology Day
Constructech Technology Day is a one-day conference that dives into discussions on the use of technology in the construction industry. The conference is open to a wide variety of attendees from project managers, CEOs, students, CTOs, IT directors, professors, and more. Technology Day provides attendees with the opportunity to identify ways to effectively use technology to be most efficient in the office and at the jobsite. constructech.com/technology_day
About Constructech magazine
Constructech magazine is where construction and technology converge. The publication influences construction professionals to unleash the business value of technology. constructech.com