2021 Woman in Construction graphic with Kate Egan and an image of her Mayville High School Project

Kate Egan Named 2021 Women in Construction Honoree by the Daily Reporter

We’re excited to share that the Daily Reporter has selected Kate Egan, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, EDAC as a 2021 Women in Construction honoree! 

The Women in Construction awards recognize the outstanding achievements of top women in the industry and those who, through their success, have paved the way for the success of other women in the field. Kate and 45 other women will be recognized at an awards dinner on August 26, 2021, and will be featured in the Daily Reporter’s publication highlighting the achievements of these exceptional women. 

Kate has been a critical member of the design team at Bray Architects for several large K-12 education projects, including the addition and renovation of Mayville High School, design and construction of the new Neenah High School, and several addition and renovation projects with the Waukesha School District. Although her official role is Architect, Kate wears many hats on these projects, from programming and space planning, to being a project manager and leader for junior team members. No matter which role Kate assumes, a key part of her success is her ability to listen. Whether she is working with clients, consultants, or other Bray team members, Kate makes them feel heard and respected. 

Kate is in the unique position of being able to work on some of the very K-12 schools within the Waukesha School District that she attended as a child. She has taken advantage of this opportunity to improve the buildings of her alma mater by advocating for bright, open, and accessible spaces, illustrating Kate’s dedication to her community and the ways in which she consistently seeks to make a more equitable world through architecture. 

Kate is a leader whether she is working with clients or the internal Bray team. Clients have commended Kate for her professionalism and appreciated her active involvement in every community listening session, site visit, and construction update. Kate has also been a leader within the company by mentoring emerging architects, coordinating professional development efforts, and spearheading thought leadership initiatives. 

“Kate’s optimism and innovation helped us complete an award-winning facility that empowers our learners and has truly assisted in transforming the learning experience for our staff and students,” explains Scott Sabel, Superintendent of Mayville School District. “In addition to her strong design skills, Kate is an exceptional communicator. She took on the important role of liaison between the construction company and Mayville Schools. We experienced many challenges throughout the three years, but Kate was always able to navigate our ‘value engineering’ in order to ensure that our final results exceeded community expectations.” 

We are so proud of Kate’s dedication not only to our clients but also to the well-being of students and teachers in the communities with which she works. We look forward to seeing her continued positive impact on communities across Wisconsin. Congratulations, Kate!