This article is part of our series Builders at Heart, where we highlight the passions and backgrounds of the Clark team — the things that shape us — that allow us to tackle challenges head-on, solve complex problems, and build what matters.
Meet Liliana Gallegos, an assistant superintendent in Clark's Central Group.
Why are you a builder?
I love positively impacting our communities and am motivated by the fact that others benefit from what I do.
Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. After I completed my bachelor's in architecture, I worked for a construction firm in Juarez for three years before completing a construction management master's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. At Clark, I have helped lead construction on William Beaumont Army Medical Center and New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport projects.
What brought you to Clark?
While earning my master’s degree, I had the opportunity to take a class with Cara Lanigan, CEO of the Central Group. I immediately became interested in the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss project she led. At the end of the semester, I applied for an internship with Clark and joined the fantastic Fort Bliss team in May 2017.
What led you to pursue a career in the construction industry? Any early experiences that influenced your career path?
When I was younger, I often traveled to Mexico with my parents to check on the construction progress of two houses they were building. This sparked my interest in construction at an early age. Once I acquired my architecture degree and began visiting projects, I soon realized that the construction phase was something I needed in my career. I guess construction was my destiny from the very beginning!
Who have been your strongest influences in life?
My parents. From staying up late with me when I had design project deadlines in college, to driving me 15 hours to a new city, they are my foundation. They have always fully supported my career, and professional choices, and are a constant motivation for achieving my goals.
What are you most proud of accomplishing, either personally or professionally?
Without a doubt, completing the International Arrivals area of the New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport. This area had numerous special requirements from the Customs Border Patrol (CBP) which made the construction effort very complex. Countless coordination meetings were required with trade contractors and inspections with the client. When complete, the CBP Port Director of Kansas City was delighted with the space's process, performance, and quality.
What advice do you have for someone looking to start a career in construction?
Go for it! There are so many opportunities within construction that provide a continuous learning experience. There is something different happening every day, and that is what I love most!