Women In Construction

WIC Profile: Kate Martin

Kate Martin, Assistant Estimator, BW Kennedy & Co.

Kate Martin

Kate Martin, assistant estimator at BW Kennedy & Co., joined the company in June 2020. A quick learner, she brings a keen attention to detail, an affinity for numbers, and strong communication skills to her role. Construction is in the family, with her mother having worked as a construction project manager and her father in HVAC.

Initially after high school, Kate thought she would like to become an architect and she enrolled in Vermont Technical College (VTC) where she received an associates in architectural engineering. She then changed direction to finish her coursework at VTC in construction, earning a bachelor’s in construction management. She had the opportunity to try several different roles as an intern, and discovered she liked working with numbers as an estimator.

At BW Kennedy, Kate works with the senior estimator and preconstruction planner, Brian Kennedy, and others to develop accurate project budgets, utilizing historical data and subcontractor feedback. She participates in design meetings to ensure program, budget, and schedule are aligned. She likes how each project is different, and enjoys having the opportunity to learn not just the construction aspects, but about the life sciences industry, the prime focus of BW Kennedy clients.

Kate says, “Here at BW Kennedy, women are considered crucial members of the team. We are given opportunities to learn and advance in the paths we have all chosen, and never have a reason to feel uncomfortable asking for help.”