December 28, 2021
Awards & Recognition

Ellen Quigley Recognized as ENR Top Young Professional

At just 32, Ellen Quigley, a project executive in Clark’s Pacific Northwest Region, has played a crucial role on some of Clark Construction’s most high-profile projects, having helped deliver more than $5.3 billion worth of work across the West Coast and Texas. 

In recognition of her role as a rising leader in the construction industry, Ellen was recently recognized as a Top Young Professional by ENR Northwest. 

Ellen, who joined the Clark team in 2011 as an office engineer, is currently leading construction efforts at the 1.5-million-square-foot Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition, one of the largest development programs in downtown Seattle’s history. Before joining the WSCC team, Ellen led the highly-complex startup and commissioning phase of the 1.2-million-square-foot Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Prior to this project, Ellen led the charge on the 11-story office tower component of the Chase Center mixed-use project in San Francisco, which encompasses almost two million gross square feet of commercial space. Despite its size, Ellen facilitated the early delivery of the office tower under an extremely aggressive schedule. Adding to her impressive resume, Ellen served as senior project manager on Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, the tallest building in the western United States at 1,070 feet. She not only managed the design-build curtainwall scope but then served as the superintendent as it was installed, showcasing her versatility.  

In addition to her busy day job, Ellen is committed to uplifting the next generation of builders at her alma mater and through Clark. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ellen connects with current students by leading college recruiting efforts and delivering presentations as part of the School of Engineering’s Challenges and Innovations Lecture Series. Ellen also participates in Notre Dame Women Connect, a group of Notre Dame alumni that work to support each other socially, professionally, and spiritually. 

Above all else, Ellen is a firm believer in making a positive impact on the communities in which she lives and builds. Originally hailing from the San Francisco area, Ellen has served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, helping to organize the donation of a fence for a baseball field, teaching cooking classes, raising money for scholarships, and hosting students on jobsite tours of Salesforce Tower & Chase Center. A true testament to giving back to the communities in which she works, Ellen volunteered with students at the elementary school across the street from the Long Beach Courthouse construction site. During her lunch breaks, Ellen taught principles in science, technology, engineering and math, hoping to pass along her curiosity at a young age. 

Ellen never shies away from a challenge. Whether she is leading one of Seattle’s largest developments or sharing her journey with undergraduate students, Ellen embraces each unique experience with enthusiasm and positivity. From Texas to California to Washington, Ellen is leaving indelible imprints on the built environment.