Team Member ProfileMay 13, 2024

AT6 Project Engineer Vanessa Leedy Bridges Our Design and Build Teams

Project Engineer Vanessa Leedy ensures that our projects move seamlessly from design into construction, filling a role tailor-made for her thorough nature. Although she’s only been with AT6 for a year, her love of building and problem-solving combined with experience in civil engineering, design build projects, and residential real estate have quickly made her an integral part of the team.
Vanessa Leedy working on Golden Gate Bridge in harness

Vanessa Leedy and boyfriend on sailboat San Francisco Bay

Thoughtfully Building a Career

At the end of Vanessa’s freshman year in college, a mechanic’s job at a bicycle repair shop showed her that hands-on work was what she wanted to do. She loved the tangible results of building something—”the combination of solving problems, creative solutions, critical thinking, and technical skills.” Eventually deciding on construction as a career, she pursued a civil engineering degree as a stepping stone.

“Vanessa is wicked-smart.”

Her first job after college was a project on the Golden Gate Bridge with a design build scope. It didn’t take long to understand that this project delivery method spoke to her. “I really enjoyed the value engineering, and designing with feasibility in mind,” she says. But during this time she also realized that she was interested in moving towards residential construction, so once the project was finished, she took a year and a half to work in residential real estate before joining AT6.

Vanessa Leedy working on Golden Gate Bridge in harness

“I like that AT6 is a good size for building close working relationships. I also get to wear a lot of hats.”

Vanessa LEEDY, Project Engineer

Setting Projects Up for Construction Success

As project engineer, Vanessa helps the design team get projects ready for construction. During the design phase, she does budget updates all the way through final pricing, coordinates with subcontractors, helps set up fixture and finish selections, and places orders so items are ready when needed, setting up the build phase to be successful and efficient.

A Team That Fosters Growth

In addition to being drawn to the design build process, Vanessa loves being part of the AT6 team. “I like that AT6 is a good size for building close working relationships. I also get to wear a lot of hats; the breadth of my work is much wider than it would be in a larger organization. Everyone is incredible and has been so willing to mentor me as a younger person in the industry.”

For their part, her co-workers feel the same about Vanessa. One says, “Vanessa has a can-do work ethic. She is thorough and detailed, quick to pick up on process and to understand the goal of the work. She’s a pleasure to work with.” On top of that, she’s “wicked-smart,” according to another colleague. A third says, “I really enjoy working with Vanessa. Her kind and positive demeanor contributes to a harmonious work environment. There is a level of trust in working with her because she is thorough and detail oriented.”

Vanessa Leedy with friend on hike in mountains with lake

Life Beyond Work

The outdoors calls Vanessa and her partner. They, along with their two cats and dog, travel to June Lake for boating (cats sometimes included!), hiking, skiing, and kayaking. Float trips down the American and Russian Rivers make it into their free-time schedules, and on a beautiful day you might find Vanessa in front of an easel outside somewhere, listening to music and painting.

cat on boat in lake with forest

Vanessa Leedy and her dog on a hiking trail

An avid traveler, she made four trips to Mexico last year alone and one to Brazil. But her interests move indoors, too. She loves live music and standup comedy, and confesses, “I watch a lot of standup.” One place you won’t see her often: swimming in the waters off our northern California coast. Even with her love of the outdoors, this San Diego-native understandably says, “The water here is a bit too cold for me.”

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