Melissa Tompkins served as project manager for a 101-story Chicago landmark. Hear about her journey in this month's episode of "Mission Success: Women in Multifamily."
Melissa Tompkins’ lifelong passion for math and science initially sparked an interest in an engineering career, but her interests led her to a different calling. She studied construction management at Purdue University and embraced a hands-on career. As a project manager at Chicago-based James McHugh Construction Co., she now leads some of the nation’s highest-profile, most challenging projects.
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“I’m proud to be a working woman in the construction industry,” Tompkins told Commercial Property Executive Senior Editor Laura Calugar in the December episode of our Mission Success: Women in Multifamily podcast series.
Most recently, she served as project manager for a new Chicago landmark: St. Regis Residences, Magellan Development Group’s 101-story condo and hotel tower. Tompkins’ team included several other senior woman professionals, an example of women’s rising prominence in the historically male-dominated construction business.
What you’ll hear about in this episode:
- What’s it like to work in the construction industry (0:53)
- Obstacles women in construction face (6:36)
- Building credibility and increasing authority (8:02)
- Women at work—the St. Regis project (11:48)
- Gender diversity on construction sites (17:19)