When Patricia Waller, PE, isn’t flying an airplane over her North Florida projects and monitoring their development from a bird’s eye view, she’s busy leading Gannett Fleming’s construction management team in the Jacksonville area. Constructech magazine recently recognized Waller’s many achievements by naming her to its 2019 Women in Construction list, which identifies women in the construction arena who are forward-thinking, passionate, tech-savvy, and dedicated to helping the industry thrive.
“As a child, I loved watching the creation of infrastructure from start to finish,” said Waller, a Gannett Fleming senior project engineer. “To be able to convert slabs of concrete and steel into a beautiful structure that positively impacts the local community – it’s fascinating and a big part of the reason I chose this field.”
Waller brings more than 20 years of industry experience in traffic engineering studies, construction engineering and inspection, pavement evaluation, materials testing, and public outreach to her role. She built her construction management group to a team of eight, which executes construction, engineering, and inspection services on many Florida Department of Transportation projects. Her marquee projects include the $8 million resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of a section of I-295 and the Jacksonville downtown resurfacing project.
Waller earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University. She is a current member of WTS and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), as well as a former ASHE board member. Waller enjoys volunteering with Northeast Florida’s Construction Career Days teaching local high school students about the industry in an interactive way. In her free time, she makes use of her pilot’s license by flying her four-seat Australian plane for fun and getting a unique view of the infrastructure she helps to create.