Facilities Planning and Construction Project Coordinator
Caitlin Murtaugh was a driving force behind this year's first Girls Day event in Facilities Management. With a background in architecture and an apprenticeship in plumbing completed, Caitlin has first-hand knowledge of the interesting careers available in the construction industry.
What brought you to UVA and how long have you worked here? I moved to Charlottesville to flip a house with my brother. He went to grad school at UVA and was working in Charlottesville. I had a background in architecture and I wanted to work in the construction industry. My long term goal is to be a construction project manager, but I wanted to learn the basics of construction first. So, I applied to the Plumbing Apprenticeship at UVA. I chose plumbing because I had helped my parents renovate their house and I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of plumbing. I have worked here for five years. I completed the four year Plumbing Apprenticeship and have worked as a Project Coordinator in Facilities, Planning, and Construction for one year.
What was your first job ever? My first job was as an interior/exterior house painter in Boulder, CO. My mom’s friend owned her own painting business and hired me to work on my summer breaks from college. She had a small crew of people with various backgrounds and everyone got along really well. I enjoyed working outside every day and laughing/joking with my co-workers. It was rewarding to see how great the house would look once we were finished.
In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. I am a liaison between the construction project team and the UVA community. I coordinate construction activity with the UVA community that will be affected by it.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area? I love all the outdoor activities available in the area. I have a five-year-old black lab and I love to take him running on the Rivanna Trail. I've lived in several different areas of Charlottesville and each time I move, I am able to find a great trail near a stream or river.
What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? I really enjoy The Whiskey Jar. They have good music and great food and drinks. I like to get the BBQ sandwich.
What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? I would like to learn to play the guitar. I recently tried to teach myself, but it was much more difficult than I expected. I am not great at practicing on my own, so I would need to take lessons. I have a lot of respect for musicians.
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