Movers & Shakers Spotlight – Ivy Foster

From her nomination:

“In the last four years, Ivy has been a very important part of our team. The projects she has worked on have been some of the largest of Rapid City’s history. She has gained much experience and respect from not only her coworkers but also her peers with the city of Rapid City and other engineering firms.”

Ivy Foster is a Project Manager at Simon – North Region, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. Ivy has been a part of the Colas USA Family since 2019. Prior to becoming a Project Manager, Ivy worked as a Project Engineer
Read more about Ivy through the following spotlight.

Describe your role to someone who is not familiar with the construction industry or Colas USA.
At Simon, I work with the Grading and Utility crews and manage the office side of the projects. My role includes working with owners and subcontractors, ensuring good public relations, developing and maintaining work plans and schedules, ensuring resources and costs are kept up to date and correct, and maintaining project deadlines and bid scopes within our contract guidelines.

What has been your favorite project so far?
The 12th Street Reconstruction Project has been my favorite to date because I was able to work on the project from the beginning. I enjoy seeing it progress from the way it was envisioned.

What drew you to working within the construction industry?
My first job was in the materials/testing world, where I was exposed to larger projects as a subcontractor. I found the project manager’s job interesting because it seemed like it was different all the time – always a challenge and never boring. When the opportunity arose to become a Project Engineer, I decided to take it and I’ve been enjoyed it ever since!

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?
Having a great support system with coworkers and enjoying what I do keeps me motivated. There is always a new puzzle to solve, so it keeps the job interesting and challenging.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I love helping animals. I enjoy working with rescues and helping when I can.