Gateway Welcomes Katlynn Pratt

Katlynn Pratt is one of Gateway Construction’s newest team additions. Stepping into the role of project engineer, Katlynn expertly handles the relationships between all parties involved in a project.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Katlynn recently, and get to know her a little bit better.

Q: Where did you grow up?

Katlynn: I moved to Seattle in July [2017] from Tennessee, but I’m from Indiana. My husband got out of the army and we were free, so we decided to travel the country for a little bit and landed here. My husband is from New Hampshire and I’m from Indiana, so we had to choose somewhere that wasn’t either of those two places. Really, what drew us here was the outdoors.

Q: That does bring a lot of people out here. Do you have any hobbies outside of work?

Katlynn: I like hiking and camping. So far, I have been able to explore the Olympic Peninsula (the Hoh Rainforest reminds me of FernGully!), Mt Rainier National Park, Mt Baker National Forest, and North Cascades National Park. There is seemingly a never-ending supply of outdoor adventures to be had here, so I look forward to many more.

I also practice yoga regularly, both at home and in classes—I don’t currently teach, but I am a certified yoga instructor.

Q: Where did you receive your education?

Katlynn: Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis [IUPUI], My degree was in Spanish language and literature.

Q: Tell us about your journey from Spanish into construction.

Katlynn: Well, when I went to college, I got into Spanish because I didn’t like anything else, but I also got my paralegal certification, and was planning on going into law; but once I started shadowing, I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I fell into construction on accident. I quit my customer service job with a large pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis to move to Tennessee with my husband when he returned from deployment. I was searching for jobs in the area and ended up getting hired on as an admin assistant with a Division 10 specialties company. I learned about the construction industry: how to read plans, estimate, and manage jobs. I was promoted to project manager about a year after starting there.

Q: Why T.I.?

Katlynn: It seemed like the best transition for me coming from a Division 10 company. I was a project manager at my last company, it’s similar to TI in some of the processes and paper work, but I went from knowing one division of construction to all 16. I also work in a team at Gateway, with Nick and Tony. It was just me at my last company, but I prefer working in a team.  

Q: How long have you worked for Gateway Construction?

Katlynn: I’ve been here since August 2017.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your job?

Katlynn: So far, it’s been a lot of learning. I’m enjoying learning all the different divisions. I like my co-workers, my team, and the environment here. 

Q: Where do you want to get experience?

Katlynn: As my primary experience was in specialties, I’d like to gain experience in all divisions of construction. Working with Gateway has been a huge learning experience; I have been soaking up as much information as possible and applying the knowledge I gain as more work comes my way.

Q: Any final thoughts you would like to add?

Katlynn: I’m excited to be here in Seattle, working with Gateway and navigating a new environment. I’ll continue to learn everything I can about the industry and processes, so I can serve our clients in a positive and effective manner.