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Nicole Yoo, '16
November 2022

Nicole professionalI am currently an Engineer at Turner Construction Company.  After graduating from Stony Brook in 2016, I had the opportunity to have various roles within Turner.  They were: field engineer, building information modeling (BIM) engineer, and trade engineer.  Starting off as a field engineer at an in-patient/out-patient cancer care center allowed me to get exposed to field conditions, controlled inspections, and overall job site safety and schedule constraints.  My time in the field iterated the importance of teamwork, planning, and quick problem-solving skills.
After my time as a field engineer, I became a Pre-construction BIM Engineer.  In this position, I collaborated with team members to develop studies, plans/elevations, animations, and 3D visuals for various projects in different stages of construction, from the conceptual design phase to the close-out phase.  Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, ReCAP, Lumion, and Synchro were some of the software programs I utilized to create these documents.

Nicole Team

I currently work at an occupied, Class A office building in Midtown Manhattan. I began my role as a BIM Engineer, creating construction graphics to coordinate tenant needs with concepts/drawings from steel, concrete, demolition, site protection, and curtain wall trade partners.  As a BIM Coordination Engineer, my tasks included arranging mechanical, electrical, and plumbing trade partners’ 3-dimensional scopes with existing conditions, construction phasing & operational accessibility in mind.  My current role as a trade engineer for architectural trades, my daily tasks include reviewing monthly billing requisitions, change order management, permit & document management, and submittal/RFI submissions for the completion of tasks per deadlines.  I work with the client, design teams, subcontractors, and manufacturers to communicate expectations of deliverables concerning budget, schedule, and quality control.

Nicole Tiaras

The education and guidance I received at Stony Brook not only gave me the knowledge to delve into constructability issues in detail, but the insight to know that every project requires the input of various stakeholders for a successful outcome.

Nicole, front row, far right. Nicole participates in a program called Tools and Tiaras  which promotes work in non-traditional fields, such as construction, to young girls and women. Turner's Community & Citizen Department organized a walk-through of Penn 2 (Nicole's current project) for a class of young women to show them the various construction activities on site. This picture was taken with the group on level 22, which is Vornado's "Marketing Floor" where they bring their tenants to show them the conditions of the space they would receive prior to the interior constuction. 


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