Minority, Women and Local Workforce: A Family Affair

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stacy Knutt is proud of her construction work on the Manhattanville Campus, her first job in construction after she followed in the footsteps of her father and six of her brothers and became a laborer in Local 79. She joined the Manhattanville crew in 2012 and has been working there ever since.

At Manhattanville, Knutt is a laborer for Lendlease, the construction manager for the first phase of the development, where she is on a team responsible for maintaining a clean and safe worksite.

“Clean construction sites and a safe work environment are basic principles at the Columbia site, and many of my colleagues recognize this as well,” said Knutt as she discussed her experience in Manhattanville. “Working here gives me a real sense of pride. When I first arrived, the site had nothing. Soon, the doors to the first building will be open, and I’ll be able to say that I was a part of it from the start.”

It appears Knutt has passed that appreciation on to another generation. When she took her two teenage sons to see her job site, her older son was so impressed that he went online later that day to learn more about architecture and engineering.