In honor of Women in Construction Week (March 4 – 10) and International Women’s Day, Cordoba Corporation is celebrating the experience, skills and insights from some of our talented women involved in the construction field. These team members are serving in a wide variety of positions and represent different backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints. They join all of our talented construction management staff in celebrating #WomenInConstructionWeek2018 and Making a Difference for our clients and communities.
Aundria Armstrong is a Construction Manager specializing in move/relocation project management for public facilities. She has developed her expertise with over 20 years of experience in the field.
Aundria is currently representing Cordoba Corporation on the Los Angeles Community College District bond construction program (Build-LACCD), which involves new construction and modernization, renovation and improvement projects at nine LACCD campuses. As a Relocation Project Manager at Build-LACCD, Aundria has successfully provided support to the Construction Management team, Architect/Design firms, Purchasing/Procurement teams, and Campus and Facilities teams. She has managed multi-million dollar projects requiring relocation and purchasing of complex facilities such as laboratories, libraries, science and math complexes, student services buildings, and general classrooms buildings across the community college district.
Aundria is skilled in orchestrating large-scale relocation moves. She provides design expertise, project scheduling, account management, and value engineering for furniture fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and information technology (IT) systems through all project phases from design through occupancy.
For the past several years, Aundria has spearheaded a donation drive through her church, Soldiers for Christ Community Church in Long Beach, to support children with incarcerated parents. Aundria’s church invites children who have one or both parents incarcerated to a special program designed just for them. At the end of the program, each child is provided a present donated in their incarcerated parent’s name. Each year, several of Cordoba’s Southern California offices fill donation boxes with toys to support this worthwhile cause spearheaded by Aundria.
Aundria has an A.A. degree in Interior Design from Brooks College and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Grand Canyon University.
Mollee Gressett is a construction and design professional with expertise in public educational facilities in the areas of furniture, fixtures, and equipment services (FF&E). She is currently part of Cordoba’s construction and program management team at Long Beach City College (LBCC).
Mollee has 25 years of diversified experience in project management, programming, furniture specification and design of higher education facilities. Her numerous responsibilities include development of bid documents, working with the Contracts Department to secure cost saving buying agreements, and implementing LBCC District design standards for signage, instructional environments, offices and common spaces.
Mollee has B.A. in Interior Design from the University of Idaho and a Certificate in Construction Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is OSHA 10-Hour certified and she is also certified in CPR and First Aid. Mollee is an avid hiker and loves to spend her weekends outdoors.
Molly Doogan has over 30 years of experience in design and construction with a focus on facilities management. She has utilized her design management skills on institutional, healthcare, and a broad range of corporate and commercial projects. She has a strong background in project management, programming and design development, budget forecasting and administration, formatting proposals and specifications, navigating financial models and identifying methods of procurement, contract negotiation, staff training and development, managing contractors and vendors, safety and regulatory compliance, and evaluating and implementing ADA accommodations.
She joined the Cordoba team in October 2014 and is currently assigned to Build-LACCD, the bond program for Los Angeles Community College District. As a Senior Interior Designer and Relocation Project Manager, Molly has been a key member of multiple Construction Project Teams, completing projects at LA Harbor College, East LA College, LA Trade Technical College, and LA Valley College. Her primary role is working with the building user groups to identify their furniture, fixture, and equipment (FF&E) needs and directing the architectural and interior design teams in understanding the user’s optimal operations and content requirements. The most successful projects have required thorough construction review at all phases and onsite coordination with the contractors and sub-contractors. Molly has delivered all project on schedule even when the building’s substantial completion is days prior to a new college semester. Through creativity and value engineering efforts, all projects have closed under budget.
Molly recently became a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). She has an A.A. degree in Interior Design from Brooks College, and is certified with the National Council of Interior Design (NCIDQ) and as a Certified Interior Designer (CID) in California.
Sharon Woods is a Field Engineer currently supporting the Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP) program.
Sharon is a versatile and detail-oriented member of the PSEP Valve Team and assists construction staff with assuring compliance with project specifications, codes, standards and safety protocols. Sharon supports the PSEP program by reviewing project design and scope during the pre-construction phase of projects, and oversees and tracks material usage during construction.
In addition, Sharon performs Quality Assurance (QA) for welding documentation, daily inspection, coating, and non-destruction examination reports. She organizes and maintains all project documentation, including welding documentation, material test reports and red lines, requests for information, and change orders. She also assists in review of strength test data for accuracy, and prepares all project documentation for closeout. Finally, she provides weekly construction updates to the client management team.
Prior to joining the PSEP Team, Sharon represented Cordoba Corporation on Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) as a Civil Inspector and Geologist, where she was the only subcontractor promoted to lead inspector during the 5-year history of this $2.1 billion project. During her tenure on the SCE TRTP project, Sharon performed civil inspections for cast-in-place foundations, access road and hillside grading, and managed closeout for approximately 200 towers and associated access roads on this project.
Sharon has a B.S. in Geology from California State University, Fullerton. She has studied Southern California geology for nearly 17 years, and has worked in construction for almost 13 years. She is a licensed Professional Geologist (P.G.) in the State of California.
Sonia Babian is a Licensed General Contractor with over 11 years of experience in Construction Management. She is currently working as Cordoba’s Project Manager for the City of Industry. Roles include: supporting the client on multiple projects, conducting meetings with user groups, city staff, and presenting project status to City Council and Boards; and assisting in overall planning and programming with design professionals including review and development of contract documents. She is working closely with procurement staff and design teams in assembling the bid documents and developing requests for proposal for all project consultants required for each project. Once in construction, she works closely with construction managers in managing the project throughout construction and closeout, monitoring project schedules and construction budgets.
Prior to joining Cordoba’s team at the City of Industry, Sonia worked as an Assistant Construction Manager on Cordoba’s Bond Management Team supporting the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD). At LBCCD, Sonia participated in delivering a range of small to large complex projects from planning through close-out, including modernizations, new construction, interim facilities, landscaping, storm water retention systems, furnishing and equipment procurement, and move management. Projects included management of a 900-space design-build parking structure and rooftop solar array, retrofit of a maintenance facility, smart classroom buildings, design-build LEED platinum certified culinary arts and classroom teaching building, administrative, and other new and renovation projects including associated interim facilities and move planning. She has worked on two design-build projects — the Parking Structure & Solar Array and the Math Tech & Culinary Arts Building, which received LEED platinum certification and a recent Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Award. She is well versed in utilizing all project control modules in Expedition Contract Manager and Unifier as well as using AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Photoshop and Illustrator for her projects.
Sonia has a B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from Woodbury University. She has earned certificates in Construction Management from the Turner School of Construction Management and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Sonia is OSHA 10-hour certified and also certified in CPR and First Aid. In addition, she recently became a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) in 2017 and is currently preparing to take her Architectural Registration Exams. She is bilingual in English and Armenian.