Submitted by Lee Kennedy Company
Born in Moscow, Vera Zorkina, project estimator for Lee Kennedy Company, grew up in the Boston area and received a degree in urban and regional studies from Cornell University. She fortuitously took a construction management course to fulfill a requirement for her minor and was inspired to pursue a career in construction. Vera began her career as a construction estimator in Texas before moving to New York to work as an assistant project manager for a local general contractor.
Vera joined Lee Kennedy Company as a project estimator in 2017 and has since worked on projects ranging from the historical renovation of a 260-year-old building, to a new ground-up, 220,000sf corporate campus expansion project. “One of the many reasons I enjoy working at Lee Kennedy is the wide variety of projects I’ve had the opportunity to estimate. The diversity in different market sectors that LKCO focuses on has given me a unique level of expertise that has helped advance my career in estimating.”
Vera supports and leads the cost function of projects in preconstruction. She works with the team to align cost with the project scope, design intent and schedule. She is responsible for cost control, including VM studies and estimate reconciliations. Vera develops specific scopes of work and solicits competitive bids on all trades to formulate the bid/GMP and to purchase the project. As the project transitions into construction, she supports project management as necessary in any cost-related activities.