(St. Louis, MO, March 7, 2022) During Women in Construction Week (March 6-12), St. Louis-based general contractor KAI Build asked several of its women employees to share their stories and opinions on the future of women in construction. KAI Enterprises, one of the largest minority-owned design/build firms in the country, proactively supports women in construction through its recruitment, training programs and outreach to women-owned businesses for project collaborations. As an ambassador of diversity, KAI Build's workforce includes 20 percent women, with 25 percent of women holding leadership roles.
KAI Build Senior Project Engineer Jasminn Jones, LEED AP BD+C, said times are changing for women in construction because of more available opportunities, education and knowledge about careers in the industry. For Lynnette Bryant, a Superintendent at KAI Build, a career in construction where she can work with her hands and be outside was the perfect fit for her. Marisol Ramos, Project Engineer at KAI Build, said she never imagined a career in construction, but she just kind of fell into it six years ago, with no regrets. KAI Build Controller Kimberly Horskins said she initially pursued a career in architectural drafting before shifting to the financial side of the business.
KAI Enterprises is a national design and build firm providing delivery-oriented building solutions with a diverse portfolio of experience, in-house multi-discipline professionals, and expertise in both design and construction delivery. Founded in 1980, KAI has grown into one of the largest minority-owned firms in the AEC industry. For more than 40 years, KAI has been instrumental in transforming communities through its expertise in residential, commercial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, science and technology, aviation, mobility, sports and entertainment, government, water and community-focused projects. KAI Enterprises is comprised of four distinct business units—KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build and KAI 360 Construction Services. To learn more about KAI, visit www.kai-db.com.