Connecting with… Tiffany Turner

Tiffany Turner, PE

Name: Tiffany Turner
Title: Project Engineer
Started at christopher: June 11, 2012
Current Town: Leesburg, VA
Alma Mater: UVA!
Favorite DC tourist destination: Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Favorite app: YouTube
If I had three wishes:
1. I wish learning different languages wasn’t so difficult
2. I wish teleportation was a thing (it would really cut down on travel expenses)
3. I wish for more and more happy, fun-filled adventures!
If I had to eat one meal for the rest of my life: Ceviche
On Saturday you can find me: Doing something outside, going to see friends/family or working on house projects

Tiffany’s life at christopher

Name a project you have enjoyed working on and why?
TT: Fairfax County Park Authority – Nottoway Park. This project reoriented and enlarged an existing soccer field and replaced it with an artificial turf field, which included an underground stormwater management facility within its footprint. Additionally, we also designed a raingarden for stormwater management quality purposes as part of this project. I enjoyed this project because of the design and thought that had to go into the underground facility. The project team was also a great plus; we developed a good relationship with Park Authority staff and had open communication with them throughout the process. The finished project looks great and is being put to good use!

Tiffany on vacation in Cusco, Peru

What does a typical day of work look like for you?
TT: A typical day can have a wide range of ‘to-do’ list items. It starts with looking at the ‘to-do’ list and prioritizing from there. My days mainly center around site design/CAD work and collaboration with other project team members; however, depending on the status of a given project, I could be doing anything in the range from putting together work orders/proposals to answering RFI’s/construction admin and helping close out a project.

What keeps you at christopher?
TT: The atmosphere/people/culture. The ‘team’ mentality. Everyone is open and friendly and genuinely tries to help when help is needed. The opportunities to grow and learn through training and other events is also a great plus.

Tiffany with her husband in Machu Picchu, Peru

What is your favorite company event, and why?
TT: The picnic! It’s laid back and fun. Maybe I’ll compete in the cornhole tournament next time!

What is the best piece of advice you could offer someone considering a career in civil engineering?
TT: You need to be open to learning and adjusting on the fly. Civil engineering is exciting – you get to work on a variety of different projects under a variety of different constraints and regulations. Each project is sort of just a big design puzzle. You’ll make mistakes sometimes and that’s ok – everyone does, so don’t be hard on yourself. Ask questions! Be creative and pay attention to the tiny details. Try hard, do your best, think positive and be humble.