Katie Watson-Cruz, Senior Project Manager at Southland Industries, is responsible for overseeing and executing multiple projects with staff and field supervision. With over 25 years of experience and having held multiple positions such as apprentice, journeyman, project engineer, project manager, and operations manager, Katie focuses on the overall execution of projects including client/customer relationships, team supervision, procurements, subcontracting, and job performance. Katie leverages her multiple certifications such as completion of apprenticeship program and construction management within her role. She is also a Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) and Arizona JATC trustee as well as a member of the SMACNA Marketing Committee and the National Association of Women in Construction.
Within the AEC industry, Big Rooms are an on-site co-location space that physically brings together designers, builders, facility operators, and more to create a collaborative environment. The Big Room is designed to bring all of Southland’s businesses together, including Southland Engineering, Southland Energy, and Envise, within an integrated workspace.