Managing a mega-project

Marquette MBA student leads Hoan Bridge reconstruction for WisDOT

Carolynn Gellings During the morning rush hour on a bitter cold December day in 2000, Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge nearly collapsed. While the media broadcast dramatic images of the cracked steel and sagging roadway that closed Milwaukee’s iconic bridge for months, Carolynn Gellings, a Marquette MBA student and engineering alumna, remembers where she was.

“I had a very small role – I was on the bridge helping to guide dump trucks.” At the time, Gellings was interning at road construction contractor Payne & Dolan – one of the firms brought in to help figure out what went wrong with the bridge and begin repairs.

Fourteen years later, Gellings finds herself back on the bridge that ultimately launched her career, albeit in a much larger role: project manager for the entire Hoan Bridge and I-794 reconstruction project.

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