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Chelsea Collins

Associate, Wilmington

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I became a structural engineer because I love math, architecture, problem solving and working with others. It is a perfect blend of my strengths and interests.”

When she landed her first job out of college, Chelsea worked on the Boston Convention Center which gave her insight into construction management. Other career opportunities sent her to the West Coast, and then the Mid-Atlantic. All of that experience prepared her for more responsibilities in project management and structural design.

Since joining DCI, she has surveyed existing buildings for reuse – adventurous assignments calling for her to climb roofs or venture into old basements. Chelsea soon became known as the go-to engineer for roof lifter projects. She has developed excellent rapport with architects and steel fabricators, relationships which have been integral to problem solving and team building efforts. Her portfolio includes (among other project categories) hospitality, office, mixed-use, multi-family residential and K-12 schools in Delaware.

Chelsea’s key to success with client satisfaction is jumping on any project no matter how big or small. From her experience, Wilmington’s small city vibe makes people remember the minor tasks you accomplished – and that bodes well for repeat business.

If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be?
I would work with children or for a non-profit to support the children in my community.

What is your favorite piece of historical architecture?
Favorite piece of historical architecture is Familia Sagrada and cathedrals in general.

What do you love most about the DCI work environment?
Hands down the people. I love our team. I love being surrounded by super smart people who are also excellent problem solvers, but most importantly who are supportive, encouraging and always willing to help.