District manager Gayle Grady joined PCL’s Transportation Infrastructure Group in Tampa, Florida, in 1996. With 20 years of experience managing heavy civil projects, Grady currently serves as director for the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association Board of Directors.
This position provides insight and input into transportation policies, advances new technologies and alternative processes, and puts forward options for improvement within the transportation industry in Florida.
A licensed professional engineer in Florida, Grady holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, and she graduated from PCL's prestigious internal Leadership Course in 2003.
Grady has worked on numerous road and bridge construction projects, including with PCL’s movable bridge rehabilitation group. Building professional relationships with stakeholders is always important in any area of construction, and can be particularly so in this niche market of civil infrastructure.
ALL ABOUT MENTORING
“The movable world is smaller than most people think, and is supported by a lot of repeat business," said Grady. "Clients need to know they can come to us and get the same good results from one job to the next.” She explains that these projects are unique and provide an excellent learning opportunity for young staff to gain exposure to both the technical and administrative aspects of the project: “At PCL, it’s all about mentoring relationships and teaching others both the hard and soft skills required to successfully build a project.”
The arena of small projects contrasts with the general trend in civil infrastructure, where Grady sees jobs becoming larger and more complex.
TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW IS CRUCIAL, BUT NOT EVERYTHING
“This requires that we have a high level of technical competency. PCL is focused on in-house engineering and hiring so that we have the expertise our clients need. And while technical know-how is crucial, it’s not everything. We hire a diverse group of people,” says Grady.
This culture of diversity drives innovation, which can translate into cost savings shared with the client. “The culture of the civil infrastructure world, with its long project timelines, is very client-focused. You need the technical competency,” Grady said. “But you also need to be respectful of the relationships you create.”