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ATHENA PowerLink | Andrea Jernigan-Gwinn

Since 2004, Civil/Site Engineering Inc. has collaborated with developers and public agencies throughout Florida to create solutions to their infrastructure needs that deliver lasting benefits to the communities they serve. The firm has two specialties: civil engineering and construction engineering inspection.

CSEI’s civil engineering design portfolio includes water parks, miniature golf courses, retail and medical facilities, mixed-use developments, and multifamily and single-family developments. Its construction engineering inspection portfolio includes streetscapes, urban infrastructure improvements, interchanges and toll facilities.

Key to the firm’s success is the senior leadership of CSEI, which brings extensive experience gained through previous work for larger consulting firms. This allows the firm to offer clients the attentiveness and responsiveness of a small company with the expertise of a bigger operation.

Andrea Jernigan-Gwinn, P.E., the firm’s president, has practiced civil engineering in Central Florida for more than 30 years. She sought out the ATHENA PowerLink program in 2017 to help her grow the business to the next level and position it for hiring the next generation of leadership and guiding these new leaders through the changing field.

“During the recession, many firms chose to decrease staff hours or staff pay in lieu of laying people off,” Jernigan-Gwinn said. “The result has been a new flexibility never before seen in the engineering consultant community.

“Employees found they liked working part-time, and employers discovered it could be viable. I’m hopeful this trend toward flexibility will encourage more women to enter our industry and create the opportunity for a better life-work balance for all consulting engineers.”

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