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Employee Spotlight: Layout Foreperson Emily Hopkins

Layout Foreman Emily Hopkins

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have grown up and lived in Maryland my whole life. I spent most of my childhood tromping around in local streams, mainly the Patapsco area. I attended Towson University where I continued tromping around in streams in Baltimore County, studying their health and functions. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Organismal Biology and Ecology. Now at EQR, I get paid to tromp around in streams on a much larger scale. I am a proud parent to my dog Peter Pan, or Petey, for short. He often gets compared to (or mistaken for) a polar bear.

What is your role at EQR?

Layout Foreperson

What advice do you have for prospective EQR candidates?

Despite the coldest of the cold days and the hottest of the hot days, working outside everyday is awesome. Don’t mind the mud, it is just part of the uniform. Work hard, and it pays off. Lastly, and most importantly, communicate, communicate, communicate.

What do you like most about EQR?

I like the team atmosphere. No one person can get the job done by themselves. Every person involved in a project has their own piece to the puzzle.

What has been your favorite project so far?

My favorite project so far would be the project I am wrapping up right now, Pohick. Over the past year on this job, I have grown individually and I have been able to share this growth and knowledge with everyone who has come on to my site.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love being outside as often as possible, hiking, hammocking, and camping. Traveling is another love of mine along with doing hot yoga and playing with my dog.

What have you gained from working at EQR?

Since working at EQR, I have acquired a whole new skill set from driving heavy machinery to swinging sledge hammers. Before this opportunity, I have never worked in construction and never imagined myself in this field. Defeating gender norms is humbling and proves you can do anything you set your mind to. Cheers to women in construction!

Emily near the top of Angel's Landing at Zion National Park!

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