Employee Spotlight

AUTUMN WICKSTROM · Project Engineer

How did you get involved in the construction industry?
As a child I was always fascinated by architecture and buildings. While living behind a residential development growing up, I would explore the houses that were under construction, walking through the studs, guessing what each room was going to be and what color I would paint the house. At the age of 8, I usually landed on a vibrant red/purple. I was also curious how all the electrical and mechanical systems connected.

Best memory while studying construction management at ECU?
During my time at ECU I competed in the ABC Construction competition in Long Beach, CA. We were the first team from ECU to complete a full bid proposal with little to no experience. The competition was strenuous yet interesting as I had never been in an environment with so many passionate peers that worked in the construction industry. Listening to their stories, lessons, and advice is something I will hold on to for a long time.

What does Beyond What’s Expected mean to you?
“Beyond What’s Expected” fits this company so well. I knew Buch was different when, after my interview, they gave me gas money and a Christmas ham to make me feel welcomed. I try to take the same mindset on every job, making everyone on the jobsite feel important, and aware that what they are doing matters. I want to push for respect, good communication, and honesty. I’m not here to deliver a subpar project. At the end of the day, I represent myself, Buch, and their values. Going beyond what’s expected makes everyone look good and take pride in what’s being built.

What do you enjoy most about working on a project?
I love the flexibility of working from the office to being on site and seeing our projects come to life. It excites me to be part the evolution of a space where we understand the architect’s design concept and then logistically piece the puzzle together. We put the project in motion!

Bucket list item?
One day I’d like to fix and flip my own home. I really want to be the one getting my hands dirty rather than managing the project. It would be interesting to become the designer and see it transform into my vision.

What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a NJ native and went to school in NC, so MD was a new place for me. I love being able to explore the new cities around me, trying new breweries, hiking trails, or catching an Orioles’ game. I like to bring my 1-year-old German Shepard puppy, Frankie, along on all adventures.