Acres Women in Construction – Meet Sathika Witharana

Acres is celebrating ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!

Get to know Sathika Witharana, a Project Coordinator in Acresโ€™ Civil Department who was first introduced to the construction industry while on an internship as a field engineer.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ.

My role consists of analyzing costs, coordinating subcontractors, site visits, problem solving for projects I am involved in and helping the estimators with tendering. While working with Acres I have been involved in civil works for subdivisions, an infiltration basin, landfills, and a creek crossing.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

I was introduced to the construction industry while working an internship as a field engineer at the Red Deer Interchange project. I was lucky to have some great mentors and during that time I realized that I love being able to work in both the office and the field while seeing daily progress of our crews. I also realized that there was an endless amount of learning opportunities that I did not learn directly from my degree in engineering. Construction brings together people from different educational backgrounds with a variety of skills to achieve a common goal โ€“ to construct a project.

Some days I found myself working closely with carpenters to understand all the components and production aspects of how formwork is installed and other days I was doing take-offs in the office to help the superintendent. After that project I decided I wanted to stay in the industry and see where it takes me!

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฃ๐จ๐›?

I enjoy that every project I get to work on is unique in its own way and my role consists of different tasks every day. Some days I am on site looking at progress and coordinating with the superintendent. While other days I might be working closely with a project manager problem solving or discussing efficiencies.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

It can be intimidating stepping into a male dominated industry but be approachable, donโ€™t be afraid to ask questions and be keen to learn. Every day is different and there is always a lot to learn in the industry.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

Being a 5ft tall female of color in the industry I certainly stick out like a sore thumb. During some of my jobs in the industry I found it difficult to give direction and provide feedback to field employees. I always thought, โ€˜how am I supposed to give feedback and criticize their work when they are the experts in the field?โ€™ I soon realized, most times if I understood and was able to explain why something had to be changed rather than simply giving direction to change something in the field, the workers were able to see me as part of the team rather than an outsider simply making their job harder.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ?

I am proud of all the projects to date that I have had the chance to contribute to and work on. From road construction, bridges, a hydro electric dam, oil mines to now developments, I have had the chance to work all over BC and Alberta while continuously learning and meeting a variety of individuals from different trades and backgrounds!ย 

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