Project manager takes on new company roles, responsibilities
38, Business Development Manager & Sustainability Coordinator
Okland Construction Co.
Salt Lake City
At Okland Construction, Amy Mills is transitioning from working for seven years as a project manager to a new role in business development. She also serves as the firm's sustainability coordinator. Mills began her career as a project engineer on large commercial projects, from resorts to medical campuses. She once climbed a 200-ft-tall tower crane to observe a post-tension concrete deck pour and then spent 30 minutes talking to a painter to learn about intumescent coatings. Mills was the project manager, sustainability manager and small business administrator on the $186-million Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse project, which earned LEED points for its use of recycled materials. Mills embraces technology, but says, "No matter how sophisticated the technology, we need skilled tradespeople. Unfortunately, we are seeing fewer people choose that path in this tech-driven age."
Efficiency expert seeks to improve jobsite processes and technology
32, Integrated Services Manager
GE Johnson Construction Co.
Katie Page wants to improve productivity and technology across the construction industry. She earned a degree in civil and structural engineering and a certificate in architectural engineering and uses her skills to enhance jobsite efficiency. In 2010, she partnered with three colleagues to establish the Lean Construction Institute's Colorado Community of Practice (CoP), which now has more than 250 members. She has helped to educate the local industry about lean construction, giving training seminars on LCI's Last Planner System to industry groups. "I often encounter resistance in the beginning stages of change," Page says. "Overcoming this resistance requires enlisting the strong leadership and visible support of seasoned professionals and mentors."