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Space to Build

Join us for weekly chats with women of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). 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.


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!

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Today we are chatting with Tonia Rivers.  

She is a mom, Founder and Executive Director of Mothers in Construction, Podcast Host of the Mothers in Construction Podcast, Motivational Speaker, Owner & President of WLS Construction Consultants LLC, and a 17-year construction professional

We chat about her:

  • Her transition from architecture school to construction
  • Her career path from estimator to working for the army corp of enginee...
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March 15, 2023 22 mins

Welcome to our first-ever bonus episode on Space to Build. I have partnered up with Dr. Andrew McCoy, Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR), Professor in the Department of Building Construction, and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) at Virginia Tech.  

Dr. McCoy and I have a surprise for you!  We have sprinkled in (6) episodes throughout this season.

We team up with research e...

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Today's guest is Stacey Holsinger, construction marketing expert, artist, kickboxer, Philly sports fan, skilled trades advocate, and co-host to The Morning Huddle podcast.

In addition to her career story, we discuss:

  • What marketing looks like in construction.
  • Behind-the-scenes of social media marketing and recruiting opportunities.
  • How you can impact marketing as someone in operations.

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Today we are chatting with Andrea Janzen, a Certified Executive Coach with an MBA, the host of the Ambition Theory Podcast, a Forbes contributor, and a top-rated speaker. She is passionate about coaching women in construction to develop themselves, set leadership goals, and get results. Since 2018, Andrea has coached and trained over 1,000 construction professionals. Before becoming a coach, Andrea was a marketing leader that worke...

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February 24, 2023 11 mins

Host Kathryn walks you through envisioning your career and researching dream companies, and how doing these exercises can bolster your resume, first impressions, and next interview.

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This episode was edited by KT Podcasting. | IG @spacetobuild

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February 16, 2023 40 mins

Lisa Tenley is the Vice President of People and Communications at Plano-Coudon.  She is a mentor and coach to new professionals in construction and loves to tell stories to spark interest in the industry.       

In this episode we cover:

  • Her unique start in construction, 
  • What it means to walk the walk as a leader promoting work-life balance, 
  • How a company strategically prepares for career fair season, 
  • What skills a...
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Host Kathryn shares 8 tips for preparing for a Career Fair and the expectations and bonus episodes for Season 4.

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This episode was edited by KT Podcasting. | IG @spacetobuild

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November 30, 2022 28 mins

Summary:  Jennifer Todd – Jennifer Todd is President of LMS General Contractors, demolition, and abatement contractor, performing word across the Southeast. She is the Founder, A Greener of Tomorrow, a 501 c3 nonprofit committed to skilled trades opportunities for underserved people. Todd is a 2021 ENR Top 20 Under 40 Professional, 2020 ENR Top 25 Newsmaker, and 2020 CBO Outstanding Women in Construction finalist. Todd is an ASU Sa...

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November 16, 2022 35 mins

Summary:  Coralee Beatty (Owner of ThriveHQ) – After 25 years in the construction industry, and successfully selling her HVAC/Plumbing business, Coralee now shares her knowledge, experience, and expertise with women in construction and trades to build their business for greater profitability, flexibility, and freedom.  

In this episode we cover:

  • 4 Tips on becoming a strong leader
  • Learning to be compassionate
  • HVAC business...
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November 9, 2022 32 mins

Summary:  Courtney Kelly – She is a construction project management professional specializing in civil and commercial construction. She is also the author of the children's book, Celeste Saves the City, which encourages girls of color to pursue careers in civil engineering and construction. 

In this episode we cover:

  • The value of asking for help
  • How your hobbies or side hustles can help you hone your construction ma...
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November 2, 2022 37 mins

Summary:  Diana Pauro – She is the Founder of Rebel Builders, a Design-Build Company based out of the Greater Boston area.  In this episode, we chat about her epic experiences.  She shares: 

·       How she landed a gig teaching an Architect AutoCAD as a 15-year-old

·       Why she sold a firm to backpack across South America 

·       How she ended up in the US. 

·       How she encourages autonomy among her team and welcomes diversity...

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Summary:  Come meet Manoela Evelkin, owner's rep in New York City!  She shares with us are career story and the behind the scenes of what she does.  Manoela also shares three tips for negotiating job offers and a bonus one for change orders.


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