“It is very rewarding to work on a project that starts at absolutely nothing and materializes into a structure that people will enjoy inhabiting on a daily basis.”
When I was in junior high, my family and I went to New York City, and it was a game changer for me. I immediately fell in love with the skyscrapers (Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Woolworth Building, etc.) and the ornate older buildings (New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, the Plaza Hotel, etc.). Most of the pictures I have from that trip are of buildings. From that point on, I knew I wanted to work with buildings. During high school, I was more interested architectural design; however, then, I heard about Penn State University’s Architectural Engineering program and the construction management option. I immediately gravitated toward that option, and I’m glad I did. In construction, you meet a lot of different people, and it is interesting and rewarding to work with them and see how hard they work to make a drawing become reality.
The aspect I enjoy most about working in the construction industry is seeing the whole construction process of a building. To me, it is very rewarding to work on a project that starts at absolutely nothing and materializes into a complex and functional structure that people will utilize and hopefully enjoy inhabiting on a daily basis.
The finished building is what motivates me to come to work every day. For some jobs, you never get to see the end result. I enjoy physically walking through the space and seeing how happy the client and the project team are at the end of the project. When driving past, it is also nice to think, “I worked on that building.” That’s pretty amazing.
Brianne Kyle, Project Engineer
By -- Jessica