Caitlyn Huls is the Assistant Project Manager at the Coastal Region of Reeves Construction Company, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout North & South Carolina, Georgia, and the northern part of Florida.
Read more about Caitlyn through the following spotlight.
Describe your role to someone who is not familiar with the construction industry or Colas USA.
As an Assistant Project Manager, it is my job to make sure the projects we are awarded at Reeves Construction Company are completed on time and on budget. I work alongside a Project Manager.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project in my career so far has been the Belfast Keller/I-95 interchange in Bryan County, GA. I was able to handle this job financially during my time as a Project Accountant and then get my boots dirty in my current role once I moved into operations.
One evening I was able to help pace traffic with Georgia State Patrol during nighttime operations, shutting down exits spanning miles on I-95 for large concrete girders to be set over I-95. Each time I ride through this beautiful interchange, I can say that I was a part of this Georgia Department of Transportation project that created a new exit off an Interstate that runs along the entire East Coast.
What drew you to working within the construction industry?
The construction industry is very dynamic; it is constantly changing. But at the end of the day this industry is the same as it was in ancient times!
The purpose is to build and give society new or updated infrastructure to advance the ease of daily life. What has changed is the way we build. Advances in tools, equipment, software, and tactics create a different industry than it was decades ago.
The ability to learn new things, as well as significantly help the traveling public with more functional roads, are two reasons that drew me into the construction industry.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?
The traveling public can get very upset when there is a lane closure and they are already late to work, but once a project is complete and their commute is more efficient there is pride in knowing I had a part in doing that. Warehouses can be an eye sore and seen as a nuisance, but it also means that suppliers and companies are investing in our community and by providing the sitework, I had a hand in that as well.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Despite working as a Heavy Civil Infrastructure Project Manager now, I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology.
From her nomination:
“Caitlyn is very driven and is invested in the company. She wants to grow, learn, and remain part of this family for a long time. She influences other project managers by being an example of how to do things correctly. Caitlyn has also formed solid professional relationships with our owners, subcontractors and competitors. She is a high performer at every level professionally.”