Tara Lund relishes solving problems, an asset in her 25 years in the construction industry.
On top of her project load as principal architect at CIDA, Lund has stepped into such roles as head of the company’s human resources and insurance coordinator whenever the need arose.
“There is always a new challenge, whether it is how to site a building, work a program into the allocated space, work out a detail or work through a code problem,” said Lund, who also holds the title of company vice president. “They all require creative thinking, and that is where the fun is.”
CIDA Founder David Welsh said Lund has helped broaden his perspective by being a good listener and offering calm, rational and thoughtful solutions. She is able to “see the forest for the trees,” he said.
Lund, 50, who holds a master’s in architecture from Montana State University, said being able to fulfill a client’s vision is the bedrock of her work. And seeing a project stand the test of time is a significant accomplishment.
In her 24 years at the architectural and engineering firm, Lund has also empowered colleagues, helped grow their confidence and unfailingly supports her team. Jennifer Beattie, CIDA president, counts herself among the people Lund has mentored.
Outside the office, Lund is actively involved in her two children’s soccer teams. Despite being a self-professed “non-athlete,” she has immersed herself in youth soccer, becoming the parent organizer for both teams, assistant coach of her 9-year-old daughter’s team and team manager of her 11-year-old son’s team.
“The time Tara is able to devote to the youth soccer community is especially remarkable given the long working hours she dedicates to her projects and clients,” Beattie said of the single mother.
In a male-dominated field such as the construction industry, Lund said it’s easy for women to feel unsure about their abilities. She advises women to figure out what they bring to the table and “own it.” There are so many facets to the industry, she said, and not one person – male or female – can be an expert in everything.
— Tiffany Nesbitt