Spotlights

2017 Women in Building Services: Julia Lindh, MKDA

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I make sure my clients know they are my priority. This has led to long-term relationships. It’s not about winning the job, getting it done and moving on. I want to foster a long-term relationship so I am the…

2017 Women in Building Services: Kate Goodman, ATCO

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? As I have assumed more responsibility over the 20 years that I have been at ATCO, I have relied on my strength as a manager to nurture our various divisions. So much of what I do revolves around…

2017 Women in Building Services: Sara Rubenstein, Continental Ventures 

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? I am very passionate about what I do, and I think that comes across readily. That passion and excitement helps motivate my team. I also flex to other people’s strengths and weaknesses to build the best possible team and to drive performance. Because I love what I do…

2017 Women in Building Services: Kristen Gizzi, ECCO Development LLC

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? I have faced many obstacles, each one unique and at different points within my career. One cannot look at an impediment as a reflection on themselves. You cannot let your self-confidence be impacted by any obstacle…

Nina Peek and Colleen Griffiths of AKRF prepare and plan for adaptive reuse

Adaptive reuse, or the continued use of a building for a new and redefined purpose, continues to gain prominence in residential and commercial land development. Often associated with historic or culturally significant structures, adaptive reuse has been employed as a land use and real estate strategy to combat urban sprawl, promote sustainable design, and revitalize underutilized commercial or industrial zones.

2017 Women in Building Services: Pansy Cheng, H2M architects & engineers

How have you navigated obstacles to achieve success in your career? Through hard work and persistence. English was not my native language, so when I first arrived in the U.S., I had a difficult time understanding my study materials. In order to succeed, I knew I had to work twice as hard and study twice as long compared to my classmates. I ended up graduating with honors and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society along with seven other members in my class. Using the same strategy, I obtained my architecture registration, LEED AP and Interior Design certifications.

2017 Women in Building Services: Zoe Hutzler, Outsource Consultants

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? My drivers have always been to be results oriented and knock things out of the park, and to be a great listener but never a “yes” person. It has been of equal importance to me to retain my humility. I don’t believe bravado has ever won the real race. Taking a genuine interest in clients and people is so much more fulfilling and makes servicing people that much better.

2017 Women in Building Services: Linda Scainetti, Designworks LPS, LLC

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  The trends I’m seeing in the design of business workplaces is a desire for open plan design which creates a sense of community by incorporating communal work tables and encourage collaboration between employees. Employers want to create an exciting and stimulating environment for their employees.

2017 Women in Building Services: Megan Guy, Simone Development Companies

What trends are you seeing so far this year?  In healthcare, changing demographics such as aging Baby Boomers and a move away from urban centers to the surrounding suburbs, combined with continued consolidation within the healthcare industry, continues to drive new…

2017 Women in Building Services: Deborah Rashti, EMS Restoration

How do you play your strengths to your advantage in your career? My strengths are the years of experience that I have in the restoration business. There is a lot to learn and there is nothing like hands on learning. I also have been attending industry functions for many years and have developed a strong network of professionals that…