Women in Construction Week Feature

March 8, 2023

Women in Construction (WIC) Week highlights the wide range of opportunities available to women in the construction industry and celebrates women thriving in their roles.

We are fortunate to have a talented team of women at Commonwealth and look forward to featuring some of them this week.

Today, we would like to highlight Lucy, one of Commonwealth Construction’s site superintendents.

Lucy has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. Upon college graduation, Lucy and her husband started a structural steel welding business for larger commercial jobs. She wore many hats as the office manager and handled other roles such as estimating, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, inventory, quality control, and general oversight. Over the years, she continued to transition into other positions ultimately leading to a superintendent role.

After 15 years, Lucy branched off and started her own woman-owned business in Colorado that she ran for another 15 years. She was responsible for tenant finishes for residential and commercial projects and was tasked with hiring adequate subcontractors to perform other trades while overseeing each project from start to finish.

Lucy has been involved with a magnitude of commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural projects throughout her career, varying in size and including numerous projects over $25M.

Lucy is currently stationed in Amarillo, Texas, overseeing Commonwealth’s adaptive reuse preservation project of a historic hospital. She manages the day-to-day operations on-site and ensures everyone follows rules and procedures that are in place, oversees the scope of work for each trade, and is responsible for the implementation of compliance policies to run a safe and efficient site.

Here is a little more insight about Lucy, in her own words:

“I have loved construction since day one. I enjoy the various types of work I can perform, building from the ground up or simply remodeling. I take pride in my work, assisting with the building aspect of it, and also keeping others safe while working and training in safety.”

“Initially, it was challenging working with all men since construction is stereotypically known as “a man’s field.” However, over the years I have learned I am good at it – I have held on, pushed through, conquered, and deserve to be here. I have the knowledge and skills to be successful, and never gave up or backed down. When I started, I was almost the only female in the Colorado area performing in construction. Over time, it has been encouraging to see more women hold strong leadership roles in construction and I will continue to do my part to face challenges that arise and come out on top.”

Thank you, Lucy, for playing such a vital role on the Commonwealth Team!

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