Aleita Hall, Senior Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company
In high school, Aleita Hall was introduced to engineering through a chance encounter that led to a passion for building. She joined an after-school program targeted at exposing women and people of color to careers in the STEM fields and eventually earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her college internships in various fields ultimately led her to construction management as a career, and Gilbane Building Company as her employer of choice.
Aleita joined Gilbane in 2000 as an office engineer; she currently serves as a senior project manager. She has spent her entire 20-year career at Gilbane where she is now responsible for the day-to-day activities on large-scale commercial and institutional construction projects. Some of her notable projects include Brown University Watson Institute, RISD Living Learning Center, Hasbro Headquarters Renovation project, and the historical renovation of South Street Landing in Providence, R.I. She is currently overseeing the construction of the new 305,000sf East Providence High School project which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021.
Aleita’s favorite part of her job is the satisfaction of delivering a building to her clients on time and on budget. “Many times, they are moving from outdated or inadequate facilities and they are excited at the opportunity for a fresh start. I love being a part of making that happen,” she says. For young women thinking of entering the construction industry, Aleita advises them to follow their passion. Though it remains male-dominated, the path for women to be successful in construction has been paved by many like her who consider mentoring the future generation of female leaders a top priority.