Three Squared highlights Katie Andrecovich, our Director of Projects. Katie is the second in a series of quarterly team spotlights as we highlight the unique skills and contributions our team members bring to the company.
Here’s what Katie had to say:
You’re Director of Projects… what led you to where you are now?
I’ve always loved doing projects because no matter the scope, the critical thinking, teamwork and on your toes problem solving makes the work interesting and forces us to be our most creative. In reflecting on all the projects I have been a part of the past 10 years a common thread emerged, and no matter where I have been at in my career most of my work has centered around making better places for people to live, and live together. Whether as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, or at the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, I have had the opportunity to participate in and lead projects focused on economic development creating better communities. During my time at the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Leslie and I collaborated on such a community project, the "Portal View". This project brought Cargo Architecture to the forefront for me, ultimately leading me to the Three Squared team.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a Disney "Imagineer". I really loved the concept of building something with a foundation in creative problem solving, which is what makes me love my work with Three Squared. Because what we are doing is completely different from traditional construction, each project is outside norms and lends itself to continued innovation. It is exciting to work in a place focused on being creative and delivering new solutions to the projects our clients bring us. One’s environment, whether it is home, work or recreation is so important to well-being and I love being able play a part in providing sustainable and unique options.
What does your average day at TSI look like?
I appreciate that there is no average day, and that each day provides a new challenge which keeps work interesting. My days can include meeting with clients, working with our design team, meeting with municipalities, and during modifications and erections, onsite working with our fabricators and assembly teams. Because I spend a lot of my time working with municipalities in our initial phases, and each is different, I spend a lot of time reading. I review new codes, scope our project details for any hindrances we may be facing, and figure out how to deliver a superior structure that meets each city’s codes. Additionally, since we are consistently innovating in our processes, I augment this with a thorough study of what others are doing in the industry so we can stay ahead.