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Women in Construction Week

Harkins joined the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in observing Women in Construction Week. This national week is celebrated annually during the first full week of March, and aims to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry, raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in construction, and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. The theme for this year was, “Be the Power to Your Success”, and we are proud to say that the women at Harkins hold the key to their own success!

Ellie Cascio, Project Manager

Ellie has over 30 years of experience in the industry, with a specialty in interior and healthcare construction. She has completed projects for the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland – Baltimore campus, and Towson University. Ellie most recently worked in our Commercial Group on the relocation and fit-out of the new Supreme Orthopedics HQ, the 3rd floor expansion at Harkins’ HQ, and a series of office space fit-outs in the new One Merriweather building in Columbia, MD. She is currently working on the 58,000 sq ft Riverwood project. Outside of Harkins, Ellie was involved in the revitalization of ABC Baltimore’s Women in Construction Committee and participated in the ABC Construction Awards Program, both as Chairwoman and judge. She is LEEP AP certified and past member of CASHE (Chesapeake Society of Health Care Engineers).

Andrea Warren, Assistant Project Manager

Andrea brings an added expertise in architectural engineering, which has been valuable to any project with her knowledge in quality control, management, and estimating in commercial and residential projects. Andrea has a wide range of experience, with past projects including the Eastman Corporate Business Center, Deanwood Recreation Center, The Maret School, and City Vista. Most recently, she wrapped up a renovation at the Ft. Stevens Place Apartments in Washington, DC and is now working on the Culpepper Garden I Renovation project in Arlington, VA.

Melody Padgett, Project Manager

Melody has over 20 years of experience in the development and construction industry, where she owned a custom home building company, and worked in hospitality services renovating major hotels and resorts across the country. She’s passionate about her role in the industry and feels that women are able to bring a different perspective, communicate effectively, and offer a greater level of detail to projects.

Jennifer Shull, Assistant Site Manager

Jennifer Shull is a military wife and mother of two who re-entered the workforce as an assistant site manager. Prior to her husband’s deployment, Jen worked as a field engineer on two projects at the University of Michigan campus, along with The Galia at Lost Key Marina & Yacht Club in Pensacola, FL. She joined the Harkins family shortly after her husband was stationed back in Maryland, where she is working hard at the new market rate apartment community called Beechtree Apartments community in Prince Frederick, MD.

Victoria Velikovsky, Estimator

Victoria is a graduate of University of Maryland College Park, where she studied architecture with a minor in construction project management. While interning for an infrastructure contractor, she was part of an Exxon Mobil environmental cleanup in Baltimore, MD. Victoria also was a member of University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon Team, a university-led team that researches, designs, and produces schematic documents for an innovative solar-powered smart house.