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WTS-Boston congratulates Kelly McGonagle on being selected for the 2018 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award!


Kelly McGonagle, the Skanska McCourt JV Project Manager for the I-90 Toll Plaza Demolition at Interchanges 9-13 Project, led this complex, heavy civil transportation project to a successful, early completion while being recognized by her peers and the project owner for exemplary leadership.

This $40 Million contract was completed in one year, meeting the interim contract milestone 12 days early and the final completion milestone 20 days early (finished in October 2017). Accomplishing this success required 24/7 work at seven separate sites stretching across 40 miles of I-90. Labor relations were key as the project schedule required lots of off shift work over nights and weekends, in total over 130,000 craft man hours were logged. As project manager Kelly led both Skanska and McCourt forces, effectively managing the joint venture organization which had a peak staff of 60+ office personnel and union craft labor. She also coordinated with MassDOT, the designer (AECOM), utility owners and 18 subcontractors to complete the work. Under Kelly’s leadership, the joint venture redesigned some of the traffic sequences to allow more efficient construction and further minimize impacts to the traveling public. She also led the team in exceeding the 11% Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) goal achieving 12% participation.

MassDOT Resident Engineer for the project, Jean-Pierre Telemaque had this to say about Kelly’s performance:
"Kelly McGonagle is one of the brightest and most well rounded individuals I have ever had the honor of working with. Her unbounded project managerial skills showed in spades through her hard work on the vastly complicated Toll Demolition Project."

In addition to her exemplary work on this project, Kelly is an advocate for women within the industry and within Skanska. She is a member for National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) and encourages other women in the office to participate. She is also a leader for the New England chapter of the Skanska Women’s Network (SWN) a group dedicated to providing opportunities for professional development, work/life integration, mentoring, networking and support for women in the company. She currently oversees the mentorship program which has paired 10 mentees (8 female, 2 male) with senior mentors within the company for a nine-month, guided mentorship.



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