Meet Laura Clements, PE – Construction Project Manager & Textile Aficionado
What drew you to Hoyle Tanner?
A trusted professional colleague and a very good friend both spoke highly of Hoyle Tanner. I could tell during the interview process that it was an excellent place to work, and it has exceeded all expectations.
What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Although I worked for a civil engineering firm for a few years after I graduated college, the majority of my career has been spent working for construction companies. Since working for Hoyle Tanner, I have a new appreciation for the work, the time, and the numerous moving parts involved in getting a project from its inception to the completion of construction documents. I think it would be great if contractors and designers could switch places for a few weeks – we’d all have a much better understanding of the challenges in both design and construction.
What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle Tanner & why?
Summer – Lake Champlain looks more inviting in summer, and it was really fun to see the City of Burlington buzzing with all the tourists and summer activities.
What’s the coolest thing you are working on & why?
South Woodstock Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade. Seeing something get built is my favorite part of a project.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Seeing pictures from my sisters, who are on a trip to Ireland with my nephew.
How many different states have you lived in?
Three – all in New England! I love to visit other parts of the country, but I’m so glad to call New England “home.”
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Roasted vegetables and quinoa, followed by a large piece of homemade carrot cake!
What kind of pet do you have & how did you choose to name it?
I have a cat. His name was Marmalade when we adopted him from the shelter, but my husband renamed him Maxwell Smartcat, “Max” for short – and it suits him.
What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
My hometown is Somersworth, New Hampshire and I enjoyed growing up around people with French-Canadian, Greek and Scottish-Irish heritage and traditions.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
More skiing in Utah, more hiking in the Lakes District in England, and a visit to Scotland.
Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
A sewing machine, an iron, and a shipping container full of fabric. And I’d smuggle in thread and needles, so I can make a lot of quilts.
What characteristic do you admire most in others?
How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a vintage cashmere sweater that belonged to my great aunt that must be at least 50-years-old.
Words to live by? Favorite quote? Why?
My Dad always said “every day is a gift” and I try to maintain that attitude of gratitude.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An architect – I strayed a little off course, but not too far!
If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“How did I get myself into this?”