Nzinga Hawkins

Construction Contract Administrator

What attracted you to this profession?
Having a different challenge daily. I love the fact that I am able to see something “drawn on paper” becoming reality.

What three words would you use to describe your job?
Unique, challenging, exciting

What are the most important personality traits to have in your profession?
Being a very ambitious person is a very important trait in the construction industry. There are so many people and personalities you have to deal with during the process of a construction project. Having good collaborative and team-building skills are key in this industry.

What’s a typical week in your job like?
Although there is nothing typical about being a CA, each week does consist of traveling to various job sites that I am working on to go to OAC (owner, architect, and contractor) meetings and check the progress of construction. I am typically reviewing submittals and RFIs, communicating with the owner and general contractor. Each day there is usually a different task to conquer on a project.

What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy working on job sites and seeing first hand the process of a building being built and all the various components that go into it. I also love seeing the end-users excitement of having a new space to enjoy for years to come.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
I think the most challenging part of my job is having to think on your toes often. You have to sometimes think outside the box as a CA to get things done on a job site. If it’s making a split decision onsite to owners making changes during a meeting. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches to have a successful job.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
I just wrapped up working on Indian Land High School in Lancaster, SC. It was a very challenging project, but the school is very unique and looks great.

What have you accomplished at Moseley Architects that you’re proudest of?
Working on my first ever detention project in 2018 at Pickens County. I learned so much working on that project team.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I’m a foodie so I love going to try new restaurants on the weekend with my friends. I also really enjoy going to art galleries.

What music are you listening to right now?
My current favorite music rotation is “Temporary Highs in Violet Skies” by Snoh Aalegra and “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake.

What’s your favorite film?
The Wolf of Wall Street

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift I ever received was surprise portrait of my favorite picture of my Dad and I after he passed the previous year. I cried like a baby.

What’s your motto or mantra?
“You only live once.”