I AM A WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION
Lorel Purcell, Preconstruction Manager
How long have you been in the construction industry?
31 total; 23 years at O&G.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
I was working for the Corps of Engineers in New York City during the 92’ recession when there were hiring freezes. I wanted to leave the city, and the only position available at the time was in their Construction Division at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, so I transferred to work there.
Tell me about your role.
My role is to tee up a project for success during construction. I work with the owner and design team to plan out when the construction will occur and what site logistics are involved. I am responsible for bidding and recommending award of contracts and then handing off the project to the O&G field staff for their implementation.
What’s most exciting/fulfilling about your role?
Every project is unique and therefore gives me an opportunity to explore new ways to eliminate issues that could arise during construction. Also, the typical duration of preconstruction tends to be about a year, so I am not involved with any project for too long of a time, and certainly not long enough to ever get bored!
How does the company support you in your role?
The company has numerous resources to support my role, from our estimating teams, George Parenteau and the team of MEP Coordinators, Nick Castler, and the Project Executives. The company has the ability to provide support as needed when I have had too heavy of a workload.
What’s your advice for other women looking to enter the construction industry?
Be brave, and believe in yourself and your abilities. Advocate for yourself. Come into work EVERY day and do the very best that you can, knowing that you can’t get it all done to perfection. And try to have some fun at work, laugh, and ALWAYS celebrate small wins and accomplishments!
Over the years, I have really enjoyed working for O&G. They have been keeping pace with adapting to new industry standards and technologies. O&G is a great family-owned business, and the owners show personal interest and provide support for their employees. No one is just a number here.