Colorado Public Works Journal, Winter 2022

26| ColoradoPublic Works Journal TOP WOMEN IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION Tabata Lua DESIGN/ ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER HCL Engineering I coordinate and provide engineering design and planning for transportation, utility, and land development projects. I specialize in Erosion Control Plans, Stormwater Management Plans, and drainage design and have project experience with drainage and water quality improvement projects. I have also worked on multiple projects for Denver International Airport and the City and County of Denver. I also have construction field experience in spill cleanup/reporting, restoration inspections, SWMPPP, and Erosion Control inspections for windmill farms construction and commercial projects. I like my job because I have been fortunate to work on public and private sector projects that allow me to feel I have given back to the community by providing designs that the public can benefit from. I enjoy coordinating with different disciplines and teams throughout the design phase, which allows a cooperative design process with diverse backgrounds and points of view. One of my aspirations is to inspire more women, especially Hispanic women, to enter the construction/engineering industry. I was born and raised in Mexico City and was able to come to the US with an athletic scholarship to play college tennis. I am thankful to have develop the habit of exercising because it has introduced me to amazing people. I still enjoy staying active and playing tennis. Erin Spicer SALES REPRESENTATIVE Colorado Barricade I have been a sales representative in the construction industry going on 17 years. Currently at Colorado Barricade my primary roles are to be knowledgeable in all our traffic signs and safety products for municipalities and contractors and to contact new and existing customers to discuss needs and to suggest the right products to help solve their problems. In the past few years, I have been more intentional with looking for ways to communicate to young women looking for a career. My hope is that my visibility as a female on sales calls and at tradeshows will attract more women to this awesome industry. I currently live in Highlands Ranch, with my husband Wade and our two sons Tristan (7) and Kody (4). We are always going on adventures whether its camping, fly fishing or hunting to enjoy the beautiful mountains. I grew up in construction, and particularly, in masonry. My Dad owned a masonry company when I was young, and some of my earliest memories are weekends that he would let my sister and I rollerskate on his jobsites. I went right to work for him when I got my drivers license, and would run around town picking up plans, checks, or samples for his business. In fact, I have known some of the contractors I work with now since I was 16 years old! The financial crisis of 2008 hit my family particularly hard. We lost everything, and had to start over. That’s when I founded Phoenix Masonry, to rise from the ashes of the crisis. I love so many things about what I do, and one of my passions is sharing that with young women who are about to start, or just starting their career journey. Construction has so many opportunities, and it’s only growing! I love wine, and recently purchased a condo to use as an AirBnb in Fredericksburg, TX (Texas wine Country). Christy Crook PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER Phoenix Masonry Having worked in construction for over 20 years, I have worked in multiple sectors of our field. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, I worked for a geotechnical consulting firm observing new residential construction, logging soil boring holes, and reviewing field paperwork. Afterwards, I worked for an asphalt paving contractor, testing aggregates, concrete, and asphalt products. This experience led to direct involvement in developing asphalt mix designs for different plants across Colorado. In my current position as Airport Project Engineer at an aviation consulting firm, I am involved in the design and construction of projects ranging from airport lighting replacements to multimillion dollar runway reconstructions. I enjoy the variety of working in the office and onsite at airports interacting with clients and contractors. As a woman in construction, I have paved my way for growth, diversity of experience, and an increasing depth of knowledge. As the construction industry grows, I look forward to standing alongside more women. I spend my free time with family, volunteering and assisting in the operations at a local horse rescue that my daughter and her friends started a few years ago. Heather Thom AIRPORT PROJECT ENGINEER Armstrong Consultants, Inc. APPRENTICE JOURNEYMAN INSTRUCTOR FOREMAN