As a woman-owned firm, we are proud to be an industry leader by employing nearly four times the national average of women in the construction workforce. In honor of Women in Construction Week, we are continuing our series of employee profiles. Next up is Vanir Deputy Project Director Cymbre Potter, AIA, CCM, LEED AP. A member of our Bay Area team, Cymbre has over 25 years of experience providing architecture and construction management services to a variety of clients in the education (K-12 and higher), local government, commercial and healthcare markets. She practiced architecture before joining Vanir in 2003 and has a thorough knowledge of design, construction documentation, bidding, construction administration and more. She is also a Registered Architect in the state of California, a Certified Construction Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional. Read on to learn more about Cymbre and her advice to women looking to get into construction, architecture or engineering.
What is your favorite thing about working at Vanir?
I value the people I work with the most. Not just at Vanir, but also consultants, contractors and clients. I have met such quality people throughout my career, each with a different expertise, perspective and passion. I’ve been able to learn from so many of them and together we worked through tough challenges and celebrated great achievements. When I reflect back on how many of them have positively shaped my career, it reemphasizes people and relationships are what matter most.
Could you tell us a little about your current role?
I’m working with Contra Costa County on their Administration and Jail Demolition and Redevelopment Project. It is a design-build project, and I am currently managing the design of the new Administration Building Annex and Plaza. It’s an exciting project as it will reshape the downtown civic center in Martinez, California.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, what does the month-long celebration mean to you?
Women’s History Month is a time for everyone to celebrate and honor the women who helped shape our county. These women are role models, and this month reminds me to appreciate the strong women I encounter every day.
This week is also Women in Construction Week. What advice do you have for women looking to get into the industry?
Women who want to explore construction, architecture or engineering should reach out to local organizations such as the AIA or CMAA. This is a way to connect with people in the field who want to support young professionals. I remember when I started in architecture, I was the only woman in many meetings or at construction sites, but the makeup of our industry is changing and it’s exciting!