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Sweeney, Karen


Karen Sweeney

 Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Community

 Turner Construction Company

 Karen Sweeney 2013-2016 CDI Member

 Karen joined Turner Construction Company in 1980 as a Field Engineer in the Pittsburgh Business Unit upon her graduation from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree. Currently she is Vice President and General Manager of the Maryland Business Unit in Baltimore and has been in that role since 2005. As such, she has overall responsibility for the activities of both office services and project operations. She provides business development and operational management direction to the construction team as the project develops and monitors its progress through her operational teams, monthly reports and periodic site visits. 

Karen started her career with Turner, in Pittsburgh as a Field Engineer and then Assistant Superintendent on a 45 story office tower, progressing to Estimating Engineer in the business unit before transferring to the San Diego Business Unit in 1985 as an MEP Coordination Engineer on a complex $60M Hospital renovation and addition in Escondido, California. Karen transferred to the Washington, D.C. Business Unit in 1989 and worked in the Estimating and Purchasing Departments on bid and Cost Guarantee Projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In 1990, she became a Project Engineer for the American Medical Laboratory Project in Chantilly, Virginia. She was promoted to Project Manager in the Special Projects Division (SPD) in 1993, specializing in tenant fitout and renovation work for law firms and hospitals, and in 1994, was promoted to Senior Project Manager. In 1995, Karen became Manager of SPD and was promoted to Vice President in July 1998, where she led teams for projects with the Navy under NAVFAC, as well as private projects for law firms and small ground-up projects. Karen was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Ohio Business Unit in 2000, where she lead numerous projects with the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and Cuyahoga Community College, until March of 2005, when she joined the Maryland Business Unit as Vice President and General Manager.

Karen’s current board and advisory positions include: ASCE’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CDI), ULI Executive Committee, Baltimore Chapter; Greater Baltimore Committee, President’s Advisory Council, and Transportation and Built Environment Task Force; In Counsel With Women, Founding Member, Cleveland Ohio; Penn State Engineering Society Board (PSES); Penn State College of Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC); and Penn State Architectural Engineering Alumni Board.