Michelle Philyaw, a Gannett Fleming transportation Construction Services manager and member of the firm’s transportation quality assurance program, was named to Constructech magazine’s 2017 Women in Construction list. The award honors women who have advanced the use of technology in the construction industry. She and 18 other honorees received their awards at the 2017 Constructech Technology Day on Aug. 24 in San Mateo, California, and will be highlighted in the fall 2017 issue of the magazine.
“Michelle has demonstrated exemplary leadership both at Gannett Fleming and in the broader construction industry by leveraging technology to improve efficiency and quality,” said John Kenny, PE, DBIA, Gannett Fleming’s Construction Services Business Line director. “By advancing our firm’s project document management system, she has improved the access of field personnel to mobile records and facilitated real-time issue resolution to help our clients avoid costly delays.”
Based in Gannett Fleming’s Fairfax, Virginia, office, Philyaw has worked in the construction industry for 20 years. She handles inspection and documentation of highway and bridge construction projects and drives quality assurance best practices in construction management. Philyaw is currently leading the quality assurance audit of a more than $1 billion transportation design-build project in the MidAtlantic region. Prior to joining Gannett Fleming, she managed the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) transition to full electronic project documentation in its Culpeper District and was a core developer of VDOT’S electronic project documentation management system for the entire department.
Originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia, Philyaw studied engineering at Old Dominion University through Germanna Community College and geo-environmental studies at Shippensburg University. She works to increase the number of women in the construction industry by mentoring new female construction inspectors and office engineers and assisting them with obtaining their professional credentials. In addition, Philyaw speaks to students at local high schools once a month and annual career fairs to spark their interest in construction and construction management careers.
The 2017 Women in Construction honorees were chosen based on their involvement in technology and influential role in the growth of technology within the construction industry, their contribution to their company’s growth through cutting-edge solutions, and their inspiration to other women. The winners were nominated by their colleagues and supervisors and selected by an accomplished panel of industry and technology leaders.