Kristi Allen (pictured above), the building project’s lead general contractor and the 2020 president of Utah Professional Women in Building, has seen firsthand the value of exposing girls to construction at a young age, through her daughter Elodie. "I still remember clearly one day when we pulled up to the house I was building and she asked me, ‘Mom, when I’m older will you teach me how to build houses?’ If I ’m being honest, I teared up a little," she says." As a 4-year-old, she already knew what it took me 30 years to realize, that being a home builder is a great job for a woman. Seeing me out on the job site allowed her to picture herself in my shoes."
Allen recounts the inspirational women she met while building the house, whose stories prove how empowering construction can be for women. "Another general contractor, Adela, who worked on our exterior, moved to the United States from Mexico for college. Thanks to her dad’s urging, she decided to pursue a career in construction," she says. "Adela is a single mom, hearing-impaired, with English as her second language. She has overcome so much to build a niche for herself in construction and start her own company."