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Women in Construction Week Employee Spotlight: Natalia Presto

Hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction, Women in Construction is March 7-13, 2021. The focus of the observance is to highlight women in the construction industry, raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry, and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. In recognition of Women in Construction Week, it’s our honor to introduce you to a few of the women making it happen at PWI Construction.

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Women in Construction Spotlight: Meet Natalia

Located at our corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, Asst. Project Manager Natalia has more than a decade of experience in construction. We sat down with Natalia to learn more about how she got into construction and her experience in the field.

What got you interested in a career in construction? 

I have been working with construction since my college internship around 2010. I majored in Architecture and worked at a company where we had weekly onsite visits to the jobsite. I remember going to the jobsite for the first time and falling in love with the chaos and all of the moving parts and pieces that had to work together for the design intent to be executed correctly. After I graduated, I wanted to be onsite full time and ended up transitioning to a procurement company that also did FF&E install where I was onsite for the entire job. From there, I knew I wanted to go work for a general contractor. A year later found PWI Construction and have been with the company for a little over two years.

What do you enjoy most about the construction field?

I enjoy seeing the project on paper come to life; when all the finishes and design elements work together to create the intent of the project and how that positively impacts people in that environment. With my architecture background, I know when a project is designed the desire is to capture a sensation from the person who will be enjoying the project. It is different to say something looks nice or pretty but to actually feel the place is cozy, warm, magical, or artistic is different and that is what I absolutely adore.

What's your favorite career-related memory?

I like the fact that every project is different and that PWI Construction works with a variety of areas from guestrooms, restaurants, and public areas which makes every project unique and never the same as the previous. Also getting to work with different people on each project is fun

What advice do you have for other women interested in construction? Why is construction a great career field for women to pursue? 

Go for it! Work hard, stay humble and always learn something. For me, it's exciting since every project is different, you always learn something new which is great for your career and in life.

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