PACE is excited to announce that Kristen Mohr has won a DJC Oregon Women of Vision Award!
“Daily Journal of Commerce Women of Vision award winners are the top achievers in the trades industry and community. We are proud to honor each of our nominees, finalists and our incredible winners, all of whom are committed to the profession, their clients and their communities.” – Sabrina Dikeman, Publisher of Daily Journal of Commerce
This award celebrates the impact women are having in the AEC industry. DJC honors those who, by achieving success, pave the way for other women in the industry. Those chosen for this honor exhibit excellence in their performance above and beyond the job description. This award highlights an individual’s innovative approaches to industry development, community involvement, and business integrity.
As a CAD Technician, Kristen works with engineers to create plans and schematics for project designs. CAD Technicians are usually in a supporting role to the more glamorous engineers. Still, since joining PACE Engineers, Inc. (PACE) in 2020, Kristen has cemented herself as a future leader in our firm and the A/E/C industry. In the last two years, she earned our firm’s Rising Star Award, which recognizes her as a future leader, and the Peers Choice Award, 100% nominated by staff, which recognizes her work ethic, leadership, and contributions to the company.
Kristen prioritizes giving back to her community. Coming out of the pandemic lockdown, the City of Happy Valley rebuilt two park shelters next to the All-Abilities Park. The City wanted a visual representation of the project to generate excitement and unite people. Kristen volunteered to lead this project. She designed the 3D model of the park shelters and combined it with a surveyed 3D surface. She then used her artistic side to illustrate the scene. The result was a beautiful rendering that thrilled the City.
Her community involvement ranges from volunteering with the Portland Modern Homes Tour, Multnomah County Library, and Know thy Food Coop. She donates her art and time to various fundraisers. Her paintings have been featured in Oregon Home Magazine and represented in several group shows as an invitational artist. She formerly participated in the Print Arts NW Emerging Printmakers Residency and completed a Drawing Marathon at the New York Studio School. Kristen also keeps a strong connection to her college roots. Teachers often invite her back to Portland Community College to speak in classes. She enjoys giving back to the program that helped her become the designer she is today and to build the confidence of tomorrow’s leaders.
When Kristen joined PACE, she had three years of experience. With her first project, she stepped into a new role as Lead Designer due to staffing constraints. With no prior experience leading projects, Kristen stepped up and took over the project like a natural leader. The project designed five highway bridges and required coordination with roadway and drainage engineers. Since her first project, she has taken it upon herself to find an engineering mentor to help guide her in basic engineering. One of her most notable projects is the Portland International Airport Terminal Core. She models structural and seismic mechanical supports, verifies geometry, and coordinates with other disciplines.
Kristen is also highly involved with PACE’s Emerging Leaders Group. This group is building a young professional community at PACE. The group is helping develop soft skills in our up-and-coming staff, typically not taught in the technical environment. During her short time at PACE, Kristen has made her mark as a top performer. She continues to contribute to the company’s overall success.
PACE is so proud to have you on our team, Kristen. You are a Woman of Vision.