Mortenson-McCarthy JV Hosts Female High School Students for Tour and Discussion During Women in Construction Week 

Jobsite visit to the Las Vegas Stadium showcases career opportunities for women as well as scope and scale of prominent project 

March 13. 2019

In recognition of national Women in Construction Week, team members from Mortenson-McCarthy Joint Venture arranged for more than 35 female high school students from three area public schools to take a special field trip to the Las Vegas Stadium construction site for a women-led discussion and guided tour of the massive landmark project underway. 

To help the students, who are participating in construction and engineering programs at school, better understand the variety of jobs available for women in the construction industry, the students heard from four women – each representing different areas of expertise and specialties and at various stage of their careers.

“It is so important for these young women to have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of what a career in construction has to offer through visiting a project and talking with the women on site,” said Assistant Project Manager Bailey Ruff who was instrumental in arranging the visit. “Just being able to meet, see, and speak with other women who are actively and successfully pursuing careers in construction is really impactful for these young ladies.”

The day began in the POD (Plan of the Day) trailer with introductions and an overview of the $1.4 billion project from Project Director Paul Dudzinski that included a video presentation featuring interesting facts & figures, project plans & renderings, a time lapse of 4D Construction scheduling, and 3D modeling of work that the project is utilizing. Following the video, Assistant Project Manager Bailey Ruff, Assistant Superintendent Danielle Montick, Safety Engineer Carina Sowinski and Intern Ali Santos each spoke about their jobs and the career path that led them there. The students were able to ask questions and learn more about the options available for women in the construction sector following high school graduation. Next, it was time to break into smaller groups for a closer look. Appropriately outfitted in PPE, the students headed off for a guided sneak peek at the stadium under construction.

“Many of these students have never been on any active jobsite not to mention one of this massive size and scope,” said jobsite Intern and tour guide, Ali Santos, a UNLV student and graduate of West Career & Technical Academy. “This was especially impactful and important to me as I am a proud graduate of the program. I learned so much while attending WCTA and for the current students to see how my career is progressing, really helps them understand all the possibilities.” 

The group’s tour included a glimpse of work taking place on the Event Level, Main Concourse and the Suite Level. Throughout the guided tour, Mortenson-McCarthy tour guides pointed out the work underway and explained which trades were responsible for doing it. Students were able to get a first-hand look at work in action and ask questions all along the way. 

A big thank you for a job well done to Paul Dudzinski, Bailey Ruff, Danielle Montick, Carina Sowinski and Ali Santos who made this jobsite visit memorable and compelling for these students. 

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