Walker Flashlights: Leslie Jo Hurwitz
Meet Leslie Jo!
Leslie Jo Hurwitz is a Project Manager in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Walker Parking Consultants. She has over 15 years of experience in the consulting engineering business with responsibilities encompassing project management, engineering consulting, restoration, and operations management. The projects she has managed range from small evaluations and studies to large multi-discipline structure designs. She’s been involved in over 200 parking projects throughout her career specializing in the design and restoration of pre-cast concrete and cast-in-place concrete structures serving medical facilities, universities, airports, retail/entertainment complexes, shopping malls, transportation center, and government facilities.
Throughout the years, Leslie Jo has been involved with a variety of industry organizations including American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, International Concrete Repair Institute, and National Society of Professional Engineers.
Q: Can you tell us about your college experiences? Specifically, what is a Bachelor of Arts in Physics?
A: A science degree given by a Liberal Arts School! Like most recent graduates, I wasn’t sure what to do with my life or what I wanted to study. So I went to a liberal arts school for three years to figure things out. I ended up at Michigan Tech for engineering and really appreciate being able to go to both schools. They were very different, but I learned a lot of things. How many engineering graduates do you think had to take music appreciation?
Q: How did your path lead to Walker?
A: I was looking for a summer job and had an aunt that lived in Kalamazoo where I could live rent free! My stepfather played golf with the Director of the local CEC chapter who put me in touch with Howard Linders at Walker and I ended up getting a summer job with the restoration group. Sam Bhuyan offered me a full-time position when I graduated the following summer.
Q: What is the most exciting and unique project you’ve worked on while here at Walker?
A: Many years ago, I worked on a restoration project where we did full-slab replacement of two parking levels in the middle of a downtown Chicago high-rise. I don’t remember how many levels, but it was a TALL building!
Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A: I like creating things and always feel a sense of accomplishment when a project is complete.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working for Walker?
A: I really enjoy working with all the different people at Walker. I’ve had the great fortune to be a part of three different offices over the years and have worked with people in most of the other offices throughout the country and have made many great friends.
Q: What trends do you see in the parking and/or restoration industry?
A: I don’t believe parking will ever entirely go away. It will change and evolve but it will always be needed and the structures will require maintenance and repairs.
Q: Is restoration work more challenging in the Northern part of the country or the Southern?
A: I’m not sure that it is necessarily more challenging, but it is more interesting. In the south we end up with a lot of waterproofing rather than structural repairs.
Q: In your downtime, what might we find you doing?
A: Many people know that I enjoy snow skiing, water skiing, and golf but I also do a lot of weaving, knitting, and fiber dyeing. I have recently started bee keeping.
Q: Could you name another state/place you would like to live and perform restoration services in?
A: With my love for snow skiing I would like to live in Park City, Utah which is a short commute to Salt Lake City.
Q: What do you love about living in Charlotte?
A: Charlotte is a lovely part of the world and the weather here is terrific – except the humidity in the summer – I tend to wilt. There are four seasons that are very enjoyable and we have a lot of sunshine. My husband and I have lived in several metropolitan areas and enjoy the big city elements of Charlotte, but appreciate how very manageable the City is to get around.
Thank you, Leslie Jo!
If you’d like to reach out to Leslie Jo, you can reach her here.