Leigh Misso

Project Manager

Government Services Division
Birmingham, Alabama
Years in the Industry: 8

As a Project Manager, Leigh Misso is among a growing group of women in the profession who have chosen a career in construction.

While studying at Auburn University, Leigh returned to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to intern with Robins & Morton on the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute project.  These real-life experiences confirmed that she had chosen the right career path.

“My summer on the Mitchell Cancer Institute project was filled with excitement and eye-opening experiences,” she said. “In addition to the valuable learning opportunities, I was proud to be a part of something so important to my hometown and to the University of South Alabama,” she recalled.

As Leigh continued her coursework at Auburn, she returned to Robins & Morton as a co-op student for three semesters. “Those opportunities allowed me to gain a broad understanding of many aspect of the company,” she said. Leigh worked with the Estimating Department, the Government Services Division and also on the East Cooper Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

Leigh currently works as an Project Manager with the Government Services Division, managing Design-Build Projects within Government Indefinite Delivery Indefinitely Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, through the Mobile Corps of Engineers. Leigh is currently the project manager on a $22 million design/build project for the USACE at Fort Hood, Texas. As a leader in the companywide continuous improvement initiative, Building Forward, Leigh also uses Lean construction tools and processes on her project such as the Last Planner System, and co-location. After construction begins, she plans to implement additional tools including Quality at the Source, comprehensive use of metrics, and production tracking.

Leigh also prepares proposals for the existing IDIQ contracts.  These proposals, or task orders, require technical approach write-ups, the creation of schedules, as well as pricing, and Leigh is part of every step of the process. “Since my first internship, Robins & Morton has been very supportive and provided broad experiences within the company to help me better determine what I would like to do long-term.”

Twenty years from now, Leigh sees herself playing more of a leading role in the construction process. “I’d like to help open doors for more women entering the industry,” she said.