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PWC CT Awards Five Professionals for Outstanding Contributions to AEC Industry


April 13, 2022

2022 PWC CT Award Winners

From left: Patty Bilotto, Nichole Petersen, Kanu Maheshwari, Ashley Sullivan, Pedro Martinez, Kim Colapietro and Alexis Hoff.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter (PWC CT) awarded five individuals with professional achievement awards for their outstanding contributions to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. The Issues and Impacts – Southern New England Bioscience program drew a crowd of attendees to show their support for the award winners, to connect with industry friends (this was the organization’s first in-person event since 2020), and to hear from the stellar presentation panel of Bioscience professionals.

2022 PWC CT Women of Achievement


Ashley Sullivan, President at O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Assoc. was honored with the prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Ashley has over 20 years of experience in the A/E/C Industry, providing expertise in geotechnical and environmental engineering. Ashley’s natural ability to inspire, support, and create a workplace of equality, creativity and fundamental value have made her an exceptional President at OTO. Recipients of this award have at least 15 years of experience in the industry, have demonstrably achieved excellence in their field, are dedicated to the advancement of women in the AEC field, and serve as a good role model.


2022 PWC CT Rising Star Honoree


Kanu Maheshwari, Project Manager, Babbidge Construction, proudly accepted the Rising Star Award. With her ambition and hard work Kanu has shown great skill and tremendous potential in managing construction projects. Her work ethic and willingness to learn, coupled with her positive approach has garnered her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. This award honors exceptional women who are recognized by their colleagues, mentors and peers as future leaders in the AEC industry.

View Kanu’s acceptance speech!


2022 PWC CT Rising Star Honoree


Alexis Hoff, Architect, Amenta Emma Architects, was honored with the Rising Star Award. She shows poise and confidence beyond her years while presenting to clients and team members and has made many significant design contributions. Alexis is also a contributing member of the Sustainability Committee and leads the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at Amenta Emma. This award honors exceptional women who are recognized by their colleagues, mentors and peers as future leaders in the AEC industry.



2022 PWC CT Excellence in Mentorship Honoree


The Excellence in Mentoring Award was given to Pedro Martinez, Project Engineer for BL Companies for his work and dedication to mentoring young civil engineers within the AEC industry. Pedro has been an active member of the PWC mentor program and has exhibited his patience, communication and strong work ethic while guiding young engineers to careers in the industry.

View Pedro’s acceptance speech!




Nichole D. Petersen, Director of Marketing, Flow Tech, Inc. was honored as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for her volunteerism and support of the Chapter. Nichole has spent countless hours as PWC communication chair and has been a key part in growing the PWC brand. She has also supported roles within the scholarship/mentorship committee. Nichole’s extensive knowledge, and drive to support women in the industry have made her an essential member of the PWC team.

View Nichole’s acceptance speech!


Following the awards ceremony, attendees learned about Southern New England’s Bioscience market. Discussion topics included emerging opportunities, facility needs, market hotspots, developing and recruiting talent and future outlook.

To learn more about our awards program contact awards committee chair Kim Colapietro.

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