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TRINITY Magazine 2003 | Woman Leads Trinity Center Construction Team

Woman Leads Trinity Center Construction Team

Though a female project manager on a large construction site might seem unusual in some places, it seems only natural at Trinity College.

Marney Bands, project manager for Forrester Construction Company, has been the lead person on site and is responsible for all project management aspects of the new Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports. Her duties range from estimating and contract negotiations to scheduling and acting as a liaison between the design team and some 30 different subcontractors.

“This has been a wonderful project,” Bands said. “I love working with colleges. The buildings are fascinating and every job is different and has something that draws you to it.”

That Trinity “draw” has been the pool and red tile roof said Bands who has project managed new buildings and renovations at a host of other colleges including John Hopkins University, College of Notre Dame and Goucher College.

“This was my first pool and tile roof,” explained Bands who has worked on libraries and science buildings as well as a gymnasium.

“And what also came across so strong was that this project was so special,” she added. “This has been a real special job. I graduated from College of Notre Dame, a women’s college in Baltimore, and so it was nice seeing women here, in Trinity’s administration. Most other colleges have male administrators.”

But seeing men is nothing new for Bands who has worked in the male-dominated field of construction for some 30 years. Though she sees more women now, especially in the architectural arena, the discrepancy still exists.

“I was told women don’t work in construction,” said Bands who first entered the field at age 23. “A friend came to the house and asked my husband to come work for his father’s construction company. My husband didn’t want to but I said, ‘I’ll come work for you.’

“So he made me talk to his uncle who told me women don’t work in construction. So I told him to give me two weeks and if it doesn’t work out you don’t have to pay me.

“After two weeks I got a paycheck and no one said anything,” she said, “so I kept showing up… A year and half later I was a project manager.”

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