Acres is celebrating 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!
Get to know Ann Mary Vithayathil, a Project Manager with Acres’ Civil Department who was intrigued by the opportunities, challenges, and rewards in the construction industry.
𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐫.
As a Project Manager with Acres, I work with the project team to help enhance safe work practices, project profitability, meeting schedules, customer satisfaction and productivity. I get to model, encourage, and implement effective decision-making strategies.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
I find that one of the primary reasons that people – mostly women – shy away from the exciting field of civil engineering was to avoid the intense field work. As a result, it became increasingly uncommon to see women in civil engineering. I took it as an opportunity to set an example and pursue that field and eventually construction. It also fed my auxiliary interest of buildings, architecture, and the meticulous processes of organization, planning and implementation that leads to the construction of structures.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐣𝐨𝐛?
Every new job comes with its own set of challenges. Brainstorming ideas and strategizing with my team to effectively reach an optimal solution is what I enjoy the most. These discussions often prove to be paramount learning opportunities to better understand the different perspectives and ways to approach a challenge.
Additionally, getting into the details of the numbers and closely monitoring the job progress alongside my superintendent is another aspect of my job that I enjoy.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲?
The construction industry may seem a bit intimidating at first, but in my experience, it is one of the most professionally engaging avenues one could pursue. I encourage all women wanting to enter the construction industry to be confident and willing to learn. Every project
comes with its own set of challenges and in turn, opportunities to learn, explore and find exciting solutions, all in which are perfect to satiate the curious mind!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲?
I have been very fortunate in this regard since most of my experience working in the construction industry has been great. However, one of the challenges that comes to mind was during my first ever construction project. Prior to moving to Canada, I had received this incredible opportunity to be a part of a Beach Resort Construction in Oman, where I was one among the two females involved in a crew of 500 members. This overwhelming majority of men sometimes made me feel like an outsider. Thankfully, I looked up to the engineer in charge, who was the other female on site. I admired her boldness, courage, and depth of knowledge, which kept me motivated to face challenges.
Overall, it has been a huge learning curve, and I am glad to be a part of a team that encourages and welcomes both men and women equally to the construction sector.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟?
Growing up in Oman and further pursuing education from India, my notions and expectations around student life and dependence were very different to what one would expect in a North American country. I’m particularly proud of being able to adjust to such a dramatic change with rather seemingly little effort and successfully finishing a graduate degree from UBC. I am also really proud that I landed a job with Acres soon after my degree completion, while rising up the ranks to a project manager and successfully closing out my first project!