Women in Construction Week: Laura Rudolph

Laura Rudolph, MEP Project Manager

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Integrated Procedural Platform

How did you land in the construction industry?
Since middle school I knew I wanted to be an architect or engineer. In college, I narrowed my focus to mechanical and electrical engineering. I had a few engineering internships during college, but found that I preferred to interact more closely with construction site/teams.

What has been the most surprising part of being a woman working in construction?
I’ve grown accustomed to working in a field that typically employs more men than women. On a typical day, I feel like a member of the team and don’t give it another thought.

What is your favorite part of your career? 
I enjoy working with the various MEP teams (Mortenson, Owners, trade partners, CX agents, etc). I love helping steer this group through the many, unique problems each project offers.

What is your favorite project that you have worked on?
Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. This was my first project and I learned a lot.

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?
I doubt it’s specific to woman, but the decisions around balancing work and family life are some of the toughest. I try to be mindful of the time I’m giving to both; I want to be successful at work and satisfied with the time I’m giving my family.