“Try something that intimidates you—it has the potential to mold you into a better version of yourself.” This is the advice that Lourdes Lopez, project engineer for the Water Infrastructure Group in Phoenix, has for all women in the construction industry.
Lourdes takes every opportunity to continuously
grow and learn.
Union Hills Water Treatment Plant Solids Handling
Improvements project team.
Lourdes dedicates countless hours to her
KNOWING HER VALUE
As a student at Arizona State University (ASU), Lourdes was undecided on her major until she took an elective called Construction 101. She was intrigued by the class and soon after declared her major in construction management. During college, Lourdes took an internship with PCL as a field engineer, and upon graduation was hired. It was her sharp attention to detail, her ability to learn and grow in the industry, her willingness to put in the hours and energy, and the fearlessness she demonstrated when taking on roles that she believes caught the attention of her hiring manger. “Being responsible for every phase of a project from start to finish, even at a small contract value, taught me to be more of a big-picture thinker in our business and to plan accordingly,” said Lopez. “I am now a better PCLer because of what I’ve learned from being an engineer.”
“Quality is innate in Lourdes, as her work is executed to the highest degree of professionalism and excellence,” said Mike McKinney, PCL’s district manager in Phoenix. “She places a high priority on relationship building with owners, designers, subcontractors, vendors, and coworkers, and her efforts are highly geared toward client satisfaction and collaboration.” Lourdes’ landmark project to date is the $22 million Union Hills Water Treatment Plant Solids Handling Improvements in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has promoted preparatory and initial-phase project meetings. Her contributions impact not only the success of the projects, but PCL’s reputation as a whole.
MENTORING FUTURE LEADERS
In addition to her busy work schedule, Lourdes is actively working to enhance the success of women in the construction industry while further developing her own leadership skills. She is involved with multiple industry organizations in a leadership capacity and mentors other women in construction. She has provided multiple mentees with the tools they need to successfully navigate this dynamic industry, by demonstrating how to develop client relationships, portray strength and confidence in the workplace, and take advantage of the professional gains to be made from networking within the industry.
Lourdes is currently president of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She drives the strategic planning and management efforts of the organization and concentrates on the advancement of women in the industry by serving as chair of the board of directors, organizing educational and community service events, and working to provide scholarships, experience, and opportunities for women working in or considering the construction industry. “Lourdes has the leadership and abilities to move the NAWIC chapter forward,” said Pam Dullum, NAWIC’s immediate past president. “She is focused on empowerment and will do an excellent job of delegating and mentoring the next group of NAWIC leaders.”
Lourdes is also vice chair of the Young Professionals Committee, a public outreach program within the Arizona Water Association, and a member of Advancing Women in Construction, a formal mentorship program at ASU.
Lourdes dedicates tremendous time and energy to organizations for personal and professional growth, and the benefits of her involvement extend far beyond herself. She exemplifies PCL’s core values through project success and industry involvement.