Horticulture – Emphasis in Landscape Design
Senior Project Coordinator
WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?
Gibson Landscape is a commercial landscape and hardscape construction and landscape management contractor. Caitlin works in the construction division where she is the senior project coordinator. She is the bridge between estimating and construction; she handles preconstruction activities like submittals, tree tagging and purchasing, as well as activities like RFIs, managing change orders and managing relationships. In addition to these responsibilities, she also handles in-house landscape/hardscape designs for the company, which includes seasonal color, small commercial and enhancements. This often includes designing, pricing and managing the installation.
As a company, Gibson Landscape has won several awards from Urban Ag Council for designs Caitlin has created. She has also been involved in the construction of multiple award-winning projects. Recently, the Martin Army Community Hospital project in Fort Benning, GA, was recognized by ENR as the Best Healthcare Project in the Southeast and was also featured in an Urban Ag Council article.
LIFE AFTER GRADUATION:
Life after graduation was definitely an adjustment, but it has been great. I couldn’t be more thrilled with my job or the company I get to work for. We’re involved in some incredible projects, and it’s easy to go to work every day when you’re doing something you love! It’s amazing how many Auburn people you run into on a daily basis in the world of construction; having that connection with people definitely comes in handy! I think it’s also important to note that I never stopped learning. I thought I knew a lot when I graduated from Auburn, but that was just the foundation on which everything else was built! There is always something new to learn.
FAVORITE AUBURN MEMORY:
One of my favorite memories from my time at Auburn was studying abroad in England with 17 of my classmates and several professors. On this trip, I became friends with my best friend, made many other lasting friendships, got to know many of my professors and learned so much – not only about horticulture, but also about myself. To this day, some of us that went on the trip will send little inside jokes from the trip back and forth to each other, and I suspect we will keep it up for many years; travelling with people like that really creates a special bond. Another favorite was having breakfast at Dr. Eakes’ house every week. Dr. and Mrs. Eakes opened their home to us and were so gracious. It really meant a lot that they took the time and effort to invest in us. They aren’t an isolated case though; the entire department is a family… a unique atmosphere… It’s a place where your professors care about you as an individual and want to see you succeed. I couldn’t have picked a better major, and I am so thankful for all of the professors and staff that invested in me.