March 11, 2014

Fort Meade Enlists Help from WIT Co-op

Anna Wahlstrom, BCMT '15, works with a project manager at Hensel Phelps

Anna Wahlstrom, Construction Management, 2015

Co-op Employer:  Hensel Phelps

Co-op Position:  Construction Intern

Hometown:  Quincy

Anna Wahlstrom, BCMT ’15, is using her co-op opportunity with Hensel Phelps Construction for more than just the work experience. After living in Quincy her whole life, she packed her bags and set off to Maryland, where she is currently working on a classified, $600 million project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. The project is a joint venture with Kiewit Corporation.

Wahlstrom’s co-op consists of two phases: one where she serves as an office engineer, and another where she works in the field. She is wrapping up her time in the office, working with measurements and calculating production costs, as well as attending various meetings with the Army regarding safety and quality control of the project site.

Wahlstrom has found herself directly applying a lot of what she has learned in the classroom to her work on the Fort Meade project, particularly from her classes that covered planning and cost estimating.

“A lot of the material I’ve learned in class I find is really related to what I’m doing here,” said Wahlstrom. “Hand takeoffs (linear plans of sites), for instance. It’s been great knowing how to do that.”

She chose to pursue an external co-op to see something new, as well as get involved in an area where Hensel Phelps has a strong presence. Venturing to a new city has allowed her to grow both personally and professionally.

“It gives you a whole new idea of what independence really is,” she said. “It gives you the opportunity to learn and grow by yourself [and] encourages you to do your own thing.” 

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