Our people make us who we are.

Here at HBW, we’re a team — but we’re also a group of unique individuals. To showcase our individual strengths, we’ll be spotlighting a different employee each month. These are the people who help make us, well, us.

Name: Loree Carlson

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Years at HBW: 3.5 Years

Total years experience: 6 Years

 

 

What excites you most about the work you do?

I thrive on the creative nature of the work that we perform at HBW. The creation of beautiful workspaces, innovative solutions, and problem-solving to execute the client’s vision and the collaborative approach to delivering the finished product.  I enjoy working with the team of Owners/Architects, Project Managers, and Trades to create or refresh a space that many more will use and appreciate. I blame my love of construction on too much HGTV and DIY Network. Still, the truth is that construction is energizing and satisfies my desire to see tangible results from seemingly disconnected office activities. For me, it gives a sense of accomplishment and pride to complete meeting minutes and submittals and create a connection from my everyday activities to the people that we service.

What do you like best about working at HBW?

We have all heard that HBW’s culture is unique and appreciated by the employees. I think the past 3 months have demonstrated that culture in a big way. From the top-down, HBW has been supportive and proactive in its response to the COVID situation. They are thinking outside of the box and comfort zone to offer employees the opportunity to telework and lending support from the office whenever necessary. The drive to communicate and reach out to everyone to make sure that they have what they need to continue to be productive, successful, and healthy has been impressive. These efforts, along with many genuine acts of concern and support, depicts the values of teamwork and a sense of “family.”

In the mid-’80s, I worked for a company that, true to its time, was dynamic in its culture of creating a daytime family that worked hard and played harder. From my first interview with HBW, I sensed that same commitment to the creation of an environment where your work-family embraces the elements of caring, compassion, and fun while building and maintaining a successful and growing business.

What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?

I have been very fortunate to have been a team member on typical projects for HBW and some very atypical projects while working with the Government group. My favorite so far has been the Little Paint Branch Trail project. With all of its challenges, being part of the team to bring an element of community to the Prince George’s County landscape with a biking/walking trail connector is a source of pride and accomplishment. From my involvement in producing the bid to the development of relationships with the client and participation in the daily activities of the project team, it was a unique undertaking and a privilege to be part of it.

Another unique project worth mentioning was the 9-11 Memorial created with a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The serene outdoor memorial evokes reflection and emotion. It was an honor to be involved.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Believe it or not, I spend a great deal of time renovating my house and yard. I like to create spaces that give me a welcome-home hug at the end of the day. I’m a decorator at heart. Besides hanging out with family and friends, which dominates my “free” time, I enjoy reading and exploring the small-town shops that surround the Frederick area.

Anything else you think prospective employees should know about HBW?

Everything from the work-family environment, and unique and memorable project opportunities to the elements of caring, compassion, and fun, HBW offers a career that makes you feel proud and accomplished.