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Member Spotlight: Mariah Seaboldt, Code Consultant, AKF Group


June 22, 2021

Education: MS in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

PE license in Fire Protection Engineering

Years in the industry: 8

Favorite thing about working in the AEC industry: I love the challenges. Like many engineers I have an affinity for problem solving and for figuring out how or why things work the way they do. So naturally I love being a part of an industry that’s always evolving and always presenting unique challenges. I’ve gained some of my best experiences by working through complicated situations and as part of that, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really talented people.

Most memorable professional experience: Winning approval on a critical variance for a major client. Code variances always have a certain amount of risk involved because it’s up to the decision and opinions of the overseeing board. However, this particular variance was crucial to the project because denial would’ve meant significantly higher project costs and a longer construction schedule for our client. The process of preparing for, presenting, and ultimately securing approval for this particular variance used just about every skillset I have as code consultant. From my technical knowledge to my communication and presentation abilities, it felt like everything I had was on display. Winning the variance was obviously great for our client and our company, but it also felt like a great personal victory and validation of all the work I had put into the project.

Recent project you’re proud of (and why): I’ve been part of the team working on the air rights development over Boston’s South Station. It’s a huge project that would be challenging on it’s own, but also has the added complexity of being built over a functioning transit station. Being a part of the project has been a great experience and it’ll be really cool to see the tower come together.

Special skill we may not know about: I love writing. Technical, creative, all of it.

Favorite place you’ve ever been: In college I studied abroad in Australia. It was a wonderful experience and I’d love to go back to explore more of the country.

The one thing in the world that you cannot live without: Books! I’ve loved reading since I was a kid and it’s always been my go-to way of relaxing.

What you’re likely to be doing on a Saturday: During the day, usually yoga, walking the dog, and/or baking up some type of treat. Evenings are usually spent enjoying some good food and a cocktail with my husband and/or friends.

Who or what inspires you most? My dad has always inspired me. He has a huge passion for engineering and for helping mentor others in the industry. He’s part of what made we want to go into the AEC industry.

Why are you a member of PWC? It’s a great organization to get connected with other women in the industry.

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