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Annual Charter Anniversary and Holiday Dinner

On December 7th, 2023, the NAWIC-NoVa Chapter hosted its second, Annual Charter Anniversary and Holiday Dinner at Maggiano’s in Tysons Corner, VA.

Larissa Wheling, NAWIC-NoVA Marketing Co-Chair, shared, “The magnificent, beautiful, supportive, and inspiring people that make up NAWIC NoVa got together to celebrate the chapter’s anniversary as well as individual accomplishments from this past year. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make this night a success. We look forward to the many more achievements this great group will have in 2024!”

NAWIC Nova visits the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Project in Fredericksburg, VA.

On November 16th, the National Association of Women in Construction NAWIC NoVa & NAWIC Richmond Chapter #141#141 convened a round table conversation and job site walk at the Harvey | Harvey-Cleary BuildersU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center Project in Fredericksburg, VA. This groundbreaking project is the largest VA Health Care Center under construction in the United States and is leading the construction industry’s gender diversity movement with a 25% female labor force, which is more than double the national average. Women hold crucial leadership positions, from the CFM Senior Resident Engineer and VAMC Community Expansion Project Manager to Building Owner/Developer, General Contractor, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Skilled Laborers.

During the conversation, Kera Drabick, Director of Government Services for The Cook & Boardman Group noted the remarkable number of women in key positions sitting in the job site trailer and stated that this project is a model for the change everyone yearns to be a part of.

When asked about the project team’s success in closing the gender gap, the resounding response was that the team’s leadership expectations were aligned, everyone was treated with equal respect, and there is zero tolerance for anything less. Kyle Bernhard, Project Manager with Harvey Cleary, expressed his desire to work in a place where his two-year-old daughter can work someday, which is the kind of atmosphere the project team is creating. Sr. Project Manager Christine Patenaude, also with Harvey Cleary, added that the team has each other’s backs and has always worked together to foster an inclusive work environment.

Amanda Phillips, Sr. Resident Engineer of the Department of Veterans Affairs, stated that the construction industry has come a long way since her early days as a new Project Engineer, and she looks forward to a future where women in construction are no longer a necessary topic of conversation. Jenny Oakley, Sr. Project Manager with Carnegie Management and Development Corporation, added that activities such as this, which spotlight the accomplishments of women in construction, will help increase their numbers in this dynamic industry.

The Fredericksburg Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center Project is paving the way for gender diversity in the construction industry. With a 25% female labor force, more than double the national average, and women holding crucial leadership positions throughout the project, it’s clear that their success is due to the alignment of leadership expectations and the treatment of everyone with equal respect. By creating an inclusive workplace, we can remove barriers and demonstrate to future generations that the sky’s the limit. This serves as a powerful example of what can be achieved when we create inclusive workplaces, and it inspires us to strive towards a future where gender diversity is the norm, not the exception, and we are confident that we will get there!

Site Visit registration open for NAWic Nova Members

Calling all NoVa Chapter members, registration is OPEN for NAWIC Richmond & NoVa’s Veterans Day project tour of the Fredericksburg Veterans Administration Clinic on Thursday, November 16th 2023.

The Fredericksburg Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic is a four-story, 434,000 SF medical center for the VA and Department of Defense, expected to serve over 29K Veterans annually. It has a steel structure, brick façade, curtain wall, and punch windows. The 37-acre site will include parking, walking trails, and extensive landscaping.

The facility offers expanded services such as primary care, mental health care, specialty care, pharmacy, and imaging. Specialty care includes pulmonary, gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology, audiology, pain services, neurology, and physical therapy.

Owner: Carnegie Development.

Architect: Little

General contractor: Harvey-Cleary Builders.

The cost per ticket is $36.50 (site tour and cocktail reception). Veterans are free – Thanks to Precision Doors & Hardware.

Register via this link

Thursday, November 16, 2023

2:00 pm Safety Brief and Welcome lead by Harvey-Cleary Builders

2:20 pm Women in Leadership Conversation including Project Over View with Developer Representatives, VA Government Project Team, & Harvey Cleary Builders

2: 50 pm Job-Site Tour Lead by HCB Project Manager Christine Patenaude

3: 30 pm New Pre-Install Initiative for Doors, Frames, Hardware Package Review led by Senior Project Manager, Kera Drabick

4:30 pm Cocktail Reception at Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

  • Menu Includes: Vegetable Crudités, Cheese Platter, Shrimp Cocktail, BBQ Rib Bites, Vegetable Egg Rolls, Crab and Spinach Dip, Full Open Bar

** NOTE: Currently open to 22 members – 11 from each chapter. After 10/31/2023, we will open any remaining slots to the other chapter and other NAWIC Chapters and guest in the area.

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