Women in Construction Week is celebrated every year during the first week of March. It’s sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the growing impact women have on the industry through their positions both in the field or at the office.
Triple Crown Construction (TCC) has several women on staff, many of whom have worked in the construction industry for several years – many have over two decades of experience. Each woman at Triple Crown was hired because of their education, skills, abilities and alignment with the company’s core values. Not only are they respected for their individual roles, they are also highly valued because of their team player attitude.
According to a recent article titled “Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2020,” women are expected to make up 48.8% of the construction industry by 2022, and currently 13% of all construction firms are owned by women.
Women enter the construction industry for all kinds of reasons. Most of the ladies at Triple Crown “fell into” the industry. Jacki Grubb, TCC’s Accounting Manager, heard about an internship during college and applied without knowing anything about the company she would be working for. After finding out she was selected and then discovered it was a construction company, she began to learn the ins and outs of accounting in the construction industry. As she finished her accounting degree while working in her internship, she found she liked the construction industry and ended up staying at that construction company for 24 years.
Zoe Eackles, Administrative Assistant, has been with Triple Crown just over a year. She wasn’t looking for a position with a construction company when she began searching in 2018, but when she saw the job opening, she decided to apply. She decided to accept the position after seeing the family-style environment throughout the company and has enjoyed working at Triple Crown ever since.
As women continue to join the construction industry, they learn there is a terrific opportunity to make a difference not only for their career, but also for the careers of women within their sphere of influence, both personally and professionally. Cindy Stevens, TCC’s Office Manager, has been in the construction industry for over 27 years and has watched women in her industry excel from administrative positions to executive roles, project managers and other key positions.
With more and more construction jobs available to women at all levels, Angie Ugaz, Project Coordinator at Triple Crown and a 20+ year veteran in the construction industry, suggests that women take time before applying for construction positions to learn the lingo (such as RFIs, Submittals, Change Orders, etc.); understand the different construction divisions; and at least get a basic understanding of architectural drawings. She recommends that if they aren’t familiar with those items, to be eager and ready to learn them once they are hired into a position.
Fany Armendaris, TCC’s Project Coordinator, has been in the construction industry for almost 12 years. She loves it because every day she learns something new and every project is different. She believes women in the construction industry are generally more approachable and when under pressure are often calmer than men. Another unique aspect that women bring to the industry is the ability to multi-task well and pay closer attention to detail than men.
Reflecting on her 24-year construction career, Jacki Grubb is glad she accepted the opportunity to work at Triple Crown last year. She feels they are growing in a smart way through taking strategic steps to stand out in the industry. She says it’s great to be a part of a team that is making a difference and loves the collaborative environment where everyone can share ideas, fix problems, and easily adapt to ensure the customer and client are taken care of.
Triple Crown Construction is proud to support all women in construction and raise awareness of the growing impact women have on the industry. We welcome applications from women for all our open positions and look forward to continuing to be a company that promotes women into higher levels of responsibility as their skills and performance increase over time.
Interested in working with us? Check out our job openings here.
About Triple Crown Construction:
Founded in 1991, Triple Crown Construction built a reputation for itself as a reliable partner in the hospitality and commercial construction industry by understanding and delivering on its partners’ expectations. Based in Frederick, Maryland, Triple Crown Construction strives to approach each and every project with the goal to deliver quality, service, and value, and is committed to raising the standard of excellence in all areas of its work. The company operates with a family mentality, a commitment to the greater community, and a desire to work with those who aim to improve their customers’ experience.