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Professional Women in Building celebrates Women in Construction Week

The Columbian
Published: March 23, 2024, 5:35am

VANCOUVER – Professional Women in Building Clark County honored 10 women in the construction industry at its inaugural Pink Hard Hat Awards dinner. Awards were presented for design, innovation, leadership and advocacy.

More than 20 women from approximately 15 businesses were nominated to receive a 2024 Pink Hard Hat Award. Winners included Alexa Lee of GRO, industry champion; Erin Wriston, owner of Kingston Homes, industry trailblazer; and Elizabeth Gomez, owner of Bridge City Contracting, community leadership award.

Emily Powers and Allyson Strowbridge of A and E Design Lab were recognized as women of design and Deanna Haake and Jaima Johnson of Chicago Fidelity Title were named women of development. Jerai Laird of New Tradition Homes was honored as woman of innovation and Hayden Calton of Blaze Restoration was recognized as the up-and-comer. The event committee honored Noelle Lovern of the Building Industry Association as the facilitator for her work with Professional Women in Building and in the industry.

Women in Construction Week focused on the achievements of women in the industry. Currently, women hold 10 percent of construction jobs in the U.S. and own 13 percent of construction companies worldwide. Even as the involvement of women grows, there continues to be a shortage of 500,000 construction workers nationwide. Professional Women in Building is shining a light on the workforce gap while offering support and opportunities for women working in or pursuing careers in construction.

“When you consider our housing challenges including stock shortages and affordability, it is an all hands-on deck issue,” said Gomez. “As more and more women realize the opportunity in this industry, we will see new perspectives, strategies, and technologies emerge as solutions for our community.”