Project manager’s advice to young women in construction: ‘Just do it’

Ruth D. Adamson

This posting is one particular in a series of conversations with women of all ages leaders in the design industry. Click on below for the most latest conversation.

As a venture manager at Portland, Oregon-based mostly R&H Development, 29-yr-aged Sarah Jimenez has worked on a number of task groups and now is working a new $19 million floor-up addiction treatment middle in Southeast Portland.

Jimenez, who holds a building management diploma from California Polytechnic State University, began operating as a venture supervisor at R&H in 2018.

Below, Design Dive talks with Jimenez about her recent part and why she selected design as a profession.

Design DIVE: What do you do in your present work?

Sarah Jimenez

Permission granted by R&H Development


SARAH JIMENEZ: I’m a job manager. In this part, I am one of the undertaking potential customers and operate hand in hand with our superintendent to deal with and execute the task. I prioritize marriage constructing with subcontractors and our client, and assure we have solution on internet site so our superintendent is ready to put operate in area. 

We’re now working on a new ground-up facility for De Paul Treatment Centre, a drug and alcohol therapy middle scheduled to be completed late this summer season.

What led you to decide on design for your career?

I walked into a university seminar that was discussing professions in development, and at the time, didn’t know you could important in construction. I loved the notion of remaining a aspect of a group, building anything significant and tangible. I desired to have a element in a thing that I could point to a long time from now and say “I did that.” I’m very pleased to have accomplished over 12 tasks in the past eight yrs.

What task have you most liked operating on and why?

I have actually relished my current challenge at the treatment middle, mainly because of the crew I am working with. Our task group is a person that I have worked with for nearly a few a long time, and we have gone by way of a great deal jointly this year the two on a personalized and skilled stage. 

I know my experience would have been incredibly unique if I did not have this crew. Also, this is the initial project the place every single guide is woman, including me, the consumer representative, the architect and the interior designer. Apparently as perfectly, we all are named Sarah so we get in touch with ourselves “the 4 Sarahs.”

What guidance would you give to younger ladies thinking of construction as a job?

Just do it, and if anyone ever tells you that you can’t do a little something, it could possibly be time to take into account operating someplace else. If you experience you are all set, and are prepared, never restrict yourself.

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