Senior Imisioluwa Ademoyo has always had a keen interest in the history of architecture and the engineering that goes into buildings, which ultimately led to the pursuit of a major in construction management.
Through Drexel’s co-op system, Ademoyo took every opportunity to find positions that aligned with her passion. She is particularly happy with how her most recent experience worked out.
“For my final co-op, I was looking for one that would allow me to fully immerse myself in the construction industry while also being with a company that values teaching and growing their employees,” she says.
The Turner Construction project for Drexel’s new health sciences building, Wexford Drexel Academic Tower, is expected to be completed by the end of June. Ademoyo official title is a field engineer but has had a variety of responsibilities.
“When I first started, they had me focused on sending observations to subcontractors,” she explains. “Observations are when an architect visits the site and determines if the work done follows the drawings and if there are specifics that need to be looked at again because they are either not done correctly or they are not completed. They send it, I look at the observations and forward it to the appropriate subcontractors that did the work.”
Additionally, Ademoyo helps to maintain the project’s “punch list,” a collection of tasks that are mission-critical to its completion. She also spends her time documenting progress with photos of all aspects the project.
Getting experience outside of the classroom has reaffirmed Ademoyo’s choice of major.
“At first, I was not completely sure if construction management was the right decision for me, but with this co-op and the people I have been talking to, it feels like I made the right choice.” She says, “It’s also helped me gain confidence. At the beginning, I doubted my skills and myself, but I realized that I need to be more confident in my ability to do something and do it well. Using this mentality in my life and in the classroom would give me the boost to tell myself to get what I want because I deserve it.”