Learning to Lead in Construction Management
Jessica Spivey, RWU Class of 2008
Jessica Spivey '08 graduated from RWU with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Now, she works as a Senior Site Superintendent for Shawmut Design and Construction in Providence, R.I.
While studying at RWU, Spivey discovered that Construction Management was the right field for her through the help of a professor who she describes as “a mentor and advocate.”
“He pushed and challenged me to perform at my best even in areas of study that were more difficult for me,” Spivey said.
Her drive to get the most out of the opportunities RWU offered led Spivey to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) student competitions. She participated first as a team member and then as a captain.
Spivey describes her AGC experience enthusiastically. “We had just a mere weekend to cram for an interview with real-world Construction Management executives and to compete with other top students. I couldn’t have asked for a more adrenaline-filled experience to show me what I was working toward!”
Spivey says the AGC competitions and RWU classes taught her how to use her competitive nature to her benefit. She also learned that she loves mentoring others and providing leadership.
“Knowing that I enjoy this, I often mentor other superintendents who report for me. I am the formal mentor for new trainees here at our Rhode Island office,” said Spivey.
Spivey’s career started when her Construction Management professors helped her get a summer internship at a Providence consulting company. This company offered her a position when she graduated. Now, at Shawmut, Spivey leads all daily operations on her projects, which have included work at the Newport Marriott, renovations at the Rockefeller Library, and building a new Wellness and Residence Hall for Brown University.
“My time at RWU taught me how I learn, which is extremely important in recognizing one’s own needs and how to get the most out of an experience,” said Spivey.