Colorado Public Works Journal, Winter 2022

Winter 2022 | 35 TOP WOMEN IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION Angela Folkestad represents the concrete pavement industry in Colorado and Wyoming as a resource to public and private owners, engineering consultants, and contractors in the design, construction, and maintenance of concrete pavements. She started her career in concrete pavement after receiving her civil engineering degree from Iowa State University and leaving the “Concrete State” to find adventure in Colorado. After earning her professional engineering license and spending several more years as ACPA’s Pavement Engineer, Angela became an airport engineering consultant and loved working with airport clients and mentoring designers and field engineers. She returned to the concrete pavement association after 11 years in the consulting world and appreciates the variety of challenges each day brings. Angela enjoys connecting people and working with her network of concrete pavement professionals across the country to learn about and implement new ideas and technologies in Colorado and Wyoming. She feels fortunate to interact with people in a wide variety of roles – designers and engineers, funding agencies, project superintendents, maintenance workers, materials suppliers and many more – to help deliver longlasting concrete pavements in Colorado and Wyoming. “What I love most out of the office is to travel with my family and play outside – skiing in the winter and mountain biking, river trips & camping in the summer.” Angela Folkestad EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACPA Deanna Schmidt OPERATIONS MANAGER Colorado Barricade I started with Colorado Barricade on the mousetrap project. I only had about one year of experience in traffic control (flagging) at the time. I began working the night shift as a laborer setting up lane closures and full highway closures, hundreds of cones every night! The night shift was my place for about six years. During that time, I took the ATSSA test and got my traffic control supervisor certification. When the mousetrap office closed, my journey began. I ventured through many different positions in traffic control: plans, dispatch, customer service & management. Then moved into the contract billing and administration side of our business. In 2006 I tackled trying to grow the United Rentals Colorado Springs traffic control office but in 2009, after my son was born, I left the Springs office, actually left the traffic control world, and took on a leadership role In pavement marking. When Colorado Barricade reopened with a handful of employees I jumped back into Operations Manager for pavement marking and took on sign installation. I moved to Operations Manager for Permanent Sign Installation, where I am today and plan to be for a while. Caitlin Kaltenbaugh PROJECT ENGINEER Flatiron Construction I am currently working on the I-25 Exit 11 Interchange Improvements project in Trinidad, CO and am able to be a part of this high-profile project due to my experience building bridges, having built several across Colorado since starting with Flatiron. With my job I work closely with my Superintendents, Project Manager, crews, subcontractors, owners, and other stakeholders to ensure that everything is being planned and executed so the project continues on budget and on schedule. I love the technical aspects of building bridges as well as the opportunity to work with a variety of companies and owner representatives to complete the structures. My future aspirations include getting my P.E. license and running my own projects! Here’s a fun fact about me, my fiancé and I are addicted to HGTV and you can always find us working on a project around the house! SUPERINTENDENT PROJECT MANAGER ENGINEER OWNER