We recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Travis Flats, a 146-unit affordable housing project in Austin, Texas. It is part of a project that will also include an 80,000+ SF office component.
Awesome Associates – Marissa Lara, Graduate Engineer (Austin, TX)
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and where you went to school:
I’m from Austin, Texas and I went to Texas A&M University!
What drew you to this profession?
Ever since I was little, I wanted to design things I could point out and show people what I worked on. But when I interned in this field of work, I knew that it was what I wanted to do.
What types of projects have you worked on?
Electrical design work for multifamily, commercial, and transportation projects. I’ve also been developing tools to help make design work in REVIT easier.
What’s your get-pumped song?
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Lately, I’ve been learning how to draw, but sports are back so I’ve been watching those as well.
Have you read any good books lately?
From a friend’s suggestion, I’ve started reading Dune.
What does your ideal vacation look like?
Renting a cabin or a house in the countryside.
What was your first job?
The cashier at HEB.
When I’m creatively stuck, I…
Take a break to clear my mind, also probably watch some random YouTube video.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Family and Whataburger.
Any interesting facts about yourself that you’d like to share?
My right wrist is double-jointed.
Who or what inspires you?
Being able to make my family proud of the work I do.
Everyone at WGI has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?
I knew I wanted to go into this field, but seeing the work environment and how the culture was is what made me really want to work at WGI.
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