Hartford, CT – On Jan. 28, the Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter (PWC CT) awarded four women with professional achievement awards for their outstanding contributions to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) Industry. Over 200 people attended the “AEC Industry Women – A Twenty-Twenty Vision for the Future” program to show their support for the award winners and to hear from the presentation panel.
Laura Cruickshank, FAIA, university master planner and chief architect from the University of Connecticut, was honored with the prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Recipients of this award have at least 15 years of experience in the industry, have demonstrably achieved excellence in their field, are dedicated to the advancement of women in the A/E/C field, and serve as good role models.
Kyma Ganzer, project manager for LaRosa Building Group, LLC, accepted the Rising Star Award that honors exceptional women who are recognized by their colleagues, mentors and peers as future leaders in the A/E/C industry.
The Excellence in Mentoring Award was given to Tracy Caisse, senior associate, architect/designer of the S/L/A/M Collaborative for her work and dedication to promoting mentorship within the A/E/C industry.
New to the awards program this year was the Outstanding Volunteer Award that went to co-founding chapter members, Susan Labas, CPSM, senior associate and director of marketing for van Zelm Engineers, and Carolyn Kurth, CPA, CFE, director of CohnReznick LLP, for their volunteerism and support of the chapter for the past 15 years.
Following the awards ceremony, a multi-generational, all-women panel enlightened the audience about how women are reshaping the landscape and culture of the A/E/C industry. Discussion topics included education, inspiration, mentoring, lessons learned and future goals.