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5 Questions with Bonacio Construction Project Manager Amanda Pelfrey

Since today is International Women’s Day, which falls during Women In Construction Week, it’s the perfect time to introduce Bonacio Construction’s newest Project Manager, Amanda Pelfrey! She’s in a unique position as she’s one of the few women in our business who regularly works outside on a job site. Read below for her insight on being a woman in the construction industry.

  1. When did you know you wanted to work in the construction industry?
    I knew I wanted to be in the construction field during my sophomore year of college when I interned with a general contractor. My original plan going into college was to become a civil engineer, but after that internship, I fell in love with the construction world and never looked back.
  2. What does your role as a project manager entail?
    The overall role of a project manager for a general contractor is to complete a construction project on time and within budget. They follow the entirety of a construction project and are responsible for all planning, coordination, and budgeting to meet that goal.
  3. What do you like best about working in the trades?
    My favorite part about construction is that there is always something new to learn. That could mean learning more about a specific trade, using a different material product, finding a better scheduling or coordination method, etc.
  4. Do you have any advice for women or girls interested in a career in the trades?
    Don’t be afraid to get into the construction industry just because it’s a male-dominated field. So many men I have worked with treat me with respect and like an equal. There are multiple men I have worked with whom I can thank for taking the time to teach me everything I know today.
  5. How can women shape the future of the construction industry?
    Women can help the future of the construction industry by providing diversity in opinion. The more diverse opinions you have on a team, the more likely you can find the best solution to a problem.