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Women In Construction Week 2022

As we conclude our celebration of Women in Construction Week, we are honored to feature interviews with three female employees at Scott + Reid to learn more about their unique experiences in the industry. We asked Brandi Case, Cyndi Chesek, and Melody Buehler a few questions. Explore their full interviews below.

 


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Brandi Case

Senior Estimator

 

Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?

 

A: I was working in the service industry and fell into a receptionist position 15 years ago. I haven’t stopped learning since.

 

 

Q: What led you to project estimation?

 

A: I was told I wouldn’t be able to be successful in estimation and I wanted to defy the odds. I learned so much working on the administration side of the construction process and discovered a  passion for the creativity of digging into the plans and figuring things out. 

 

 

Q: What do you like best about being in the construction industry?

 

A: So many things! I am so appreciative that I get to sit alongside so much experience and knowledge. When challenges are presented during a project and all of the minds come together to find solutions to the impossible, it is so satisfying. 

 

 

Q: What accomplishments in your construction career are you most proud of?

 

A: Where I am today. I have encountered bumps and stops along the way, but throughout it all, I have been able to help people succeed in their roles and help clients bring their visions to life.

 

 

Q: What advice do you have for young women entering the industry? 

 

A: Don’t let the stigma or stereotype of women in construction keep you away. Be the person that defies the stigma and create the career that you want. Work hard and continue to be a role model for future women in the industry.

 


Cyndi Chesak

Senior Project Manager

 

 Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?

 

A: When I got out of college with my degree in design, I started working for a small firm in Houston. Eventually, this led me to Austin, Texas, where my firm oversaw space planning which ended up becoming more construction work than architecture. 

 

 

Q: What led you to project management?

 

A: After learning more about construction, I realized that I truly enjoyed this side of the industry.

 

 

Q: What do you like best about being in the construction industry?

 

A: I like to see projects go from paper to reality. After doing this for many years, I can build it in my head, but I still get so excited when I see these jobs completed. To see my clients’ faces at the end of construction is the best. 

 

 

Q: What accomplishments in your construction career are you most proud of?

 

A: Being able to mentor newer employees coming into the industry, all while helping Scott + Reid continue to grow. It’s been fun to watch.  

 

 

Q: What advice do you have for young women entering the industry? 

 

A: Just go for it. To be a good project manager you have to be organized, a problem solver, communicate well, but most importantly understand when you make mistakes and learn from them. If construction is something you enjoy, try it.

 


Melody Buehler

Project Engineer

 

 Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?

 

A: A mutual friend led me to a position as a receptionist for an electrical contractor. I became so intrigued with the industry which made me want to learn and do more. Over the course of eleven years working on the electrical side I became an assistant project manager and preconstruction coordinator.

 

 

Q: What led you to project engineering?

 

A: I am someone that wants to always continue learning. So, I wanted to understand more about the project in its entirety and not just the electrical trade. 

 

 

Q: What do you like best about being in the construction industry?

 

A: I love getting to build relationships with all of the people I work with. Not only at Scott + Reid, but with clients, architects, construction mangers, and subcontractors. 

 

 

Q: What accomplishments in your construction career are you most proud of?

 

A: I am most proud of seeing the growth from where I started to where I am now. Starting as a receptionist and growing to my current position without a college degree.

 

 

Q: What advice do you have for young women entering the industry? 

 

A: Don’t get discouraged if you think this is a “man’s world”. There is always an opportunity for growth and advancement, with or without a degree.