Space to Build

Space to Build

Join women of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) in conversations that will inspire you to take the next step in your career. The Space to Build podcast promotes the opportunities and challenges that exist in our industry through the lenses of women in construction. Let's bring action items to the next generation of construction professionals as they navigate their careers. There are so many roles and topics to explore. If you like this show, please subscribe, rate, and review.


March 22, 2024 30 mins

Natasha Ozybko is the Principal Consultant at Ozybko Consulting Group and the Co-Founder of MOXY:  The Voice of Women in Infrastructure.

In this episode, we get vulnerable.  And I am just going to leave it at that.  Yes, you just have to listen to find out what we share.

How to connect with Natasha?


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This episode features the confident and inspiring Julie Laughton, CEO of Julie Laughton Design Build and JLGC. 

We Discuss:

  • The value in understanding design and construction
  • 4 tips for streamlining how you operate as a project manager
  • How to start your own project management services

Want to connect with Julie?

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This episode features Marissa Bankert, a seasoned professional with a diverse background in the construction industry. At the time of the recording, Marissa held the position of Executive Director at Central PA's Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and served as the President of Newark Chapter 386. With a passion for workforce advocacy in STEM fields, she has been actively involved in promoting opportunities in the trades...

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Jan Burse is a technical operations manager in global security integration.

In this episode, we cover what shipfitting, drafting, and security integration have in common.

Tune in to hear her lessons learned and transferable skills that have led her to her current role in construction!

Want to connect with Jan?
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December 21, 2023 25 mins

Megan Ross is a project manager, puzzle solver, and caffeine lover.  She sits on boards of multiple professional associations and gives her time to her Alma Mater.

In this episode, we cover:

  • 4 tips for networking and building your career as someone in operations.
  • Problem solving vs puzzle solving
  • Passing the torch and its benefits.
  • Moving forward from generational habits.

Want to connect with Meg? 
IG  - @BuilderMeg

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Meet today’s guest on the Space to Build podcast:  

Erin Comeaux is a hardworking, honest, and vulnerable mother in construction who works as a Team Leader or more commonly, a Project Executive, for Impetus.  Impetus is 200-person, $200 million/year commercial construction company with offices in New Orleans and Nashville. They specialize in hospitality work as well as historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects, and...

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Meet today’s guest on the Space to Build podcast:  

Jennifer Wilkerson is the VP of Innovations and Advancements at NCCER and Host of The Builder's Table Podcast.  (This episode is a crossover.  Find my episode on their podcast - Ep 25.)

In this episode, we cover:

  • Just-in-Time Training Solutions
  • Women in Construction Stats
  • Ways we can all help recruit and retain women in our industry.
  • How that actually benefits the Men...
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Meet today’s guest on the Space to Build podcast:  

Katie Garner is a real estate agent and a mother to a little girl.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Pregnancy & Career Building - There are so many overlaps between real estate and construction here!  Just listen to my intro for a taste of it!
  • Structuring Life for Success - She transformed her life from "on a whim" to structured and efficient.  Who doesn't n...
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Meet today’s guest on the Space to Build podcast:  

Aimee Arsenault is the founder of Transmit Safety; a boutique health and safety consulting firm based out of Edmonton, Alberta with a few noted acronyms behind her name (BA, CRSP, CHSC). 

In 2023, Aimee has been recognized as one of the Top Women in Safety!

In this episode:

  • Amy's diverse roles in construction and her journey of accumulating valuable experi...
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Meet today’s guest on the Space to Build podcast:  

Dr. Nakisa ‘Niki’ Alborz is a LEED-accredited professional in Building Design and Construction and a Project Management Professional.

  • She has 20+ years of operational, academic, and administrative experience in the construction industry.
  • One of her key focus areas includes the advancement of Technology, Learning, and Innovation in the AEC space.
  •  She also enjoys her volu...
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September 8, 2023 22 mins

Today our guest is Ali Shojaei, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

Throughout this episode, we discuss his career path from Iran, to the UK, and then the US.  We also talk about the future of construction, Industry 4.0!

Want to find out more?

This episode was sponsored by the Virginia Center for Housing Research....

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August 23, 2023 36 mins

Today our guest is Alexander S. Brand, Ph.D., P.E., is an Assistant Professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Throughout this episode, we discuss his role in our industry, the staggering stats of concrete's carbon footprint, what is being done now to offset it, how 3D concrete printing ties into it, and the future of concrete.

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May 26, 2023 24 mins

Today our guest is Craig Meadows, Chief Construction Officer at Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg & Owner at Multi-Tech Builders.

In this episode we discuss the history of reinforced concrete in the residential sector including fun facts about Frank Lloyd Wright, we introduce you to 3D concrete printing and share with you how it came to Virginia.

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Nadean Carson is a self-professed stormwater nerd who got her start working in stormwater compliance in the Air Force!

She quickly realized how important stormwater pollution prevention was to the ecosystem and has since started her own business, Oya Construction, a radical change maker in the stormwater field. 

We chat about:

  • Her philosophies in life and her background in stormwater. 
  • Helpful tips for navigatin...
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Welcome to the latest bonus episode of the Hallway Moments Mini-Series on the Space to Build podcast. In this episode, Andrew McCoy and I are joined by Chris Thompson, the Director of Strategic Housing at Virginia Housing and we talk about all things housing and community development. 

Chris is a dedicated professional in the field of housing and community development, working tirelessly across Virginia to increase housing...

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April 27, 2023 25 mins

This episode's guest is Brittany Gentilhomme.  She is 27 years old assistant superintendent that has been working in construction for 3 1/2 years. She aspires to be able to run projects as the lead super one day.

In this episode she shares all of the opportunities she pursued before following in her father's footsteps and pursuing a career in construction. 

We also talk about:

  • Transferable skills from...
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Meet Kabri Lehrman-Schmid!  She is the mother of two and project superintendent for a large national GC and a huge advocate for psychological safety in construction.

We not only talk about our path into the industry and what her day-to-day looks like, but we cover what psychological safety means and how we can create a more inclusive environment at work. 

Kabri also shares her personal success stories to inspire and guide y...

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Meet Kelsey Longmoore!

She is the founder and dreamer behind Kilo Lima Code, an online Canadian building code resource library and community.

Kelsey is a multi-passionate human figuring out life and what feeds her soul.

Her niche in our industry is one many of us don't spend much time thinking about as a career path.

Let's get behind the scenes of the Canadian building code community and learn:

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Welcome to our Second Bonus Episode or Part Two of our Mini-series on the Space to Build podcast.  This mini-series is what my cohost, Andrew McCoy, and I have been calling The Hallway Moments.

In today's episode, we bring out 3 student guests to discuss the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon.

We get a unique look into each guests’ life and early professional career path and learn how sustainability and this next g...

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March 29, 2023 32 mins

Meet Sharron with Halpert Life Safety Consulting!  

You are about to find out what happens when a former kindergarten teacher changes gears and starts to work in construction, or more specifically in firestop.

We chat about her:

  • Her crazy career path into firestop consulting.
  • The 101 of Firestop.
  • Specific Scenarios to keep an eye out for on site.
  • Resources if you want to learn more!

If you want to connect with Sharron, ...

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