Initially, Rachelle Chavez was surprised by the number of long-term associates at Quarterra. But, as she approaches 10 years with the company herself, she couldn’t see herself anywhere else. Quarterra’s Contract Manager for Northern California and Washington values the company’s supportive culture and determination to develop amid industry-wide slowdowns.
But, did you know that despite 25 years in construction and development, Rachelle graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts? Let’s learn about Rachelle’s Quarterra experience and what keeps her going in her invaluable role with the company.
What is your official title and job description?
I am a Contract Manager for Quarterra’s Northern California and Washington divisions, and I create the documents that get people paid.
What is your Quarterra story (how did you land at Quarterra)?
When a new Quarterra associate asks if I like working here, I always tell them about my very first Lennar Service Awards in 2016. Oodles of 10-year service awards and 25-year awards were presented. At the end, we were asked to imagine where we could be in 10 or 15 years. “Somewhere else,” I thought, snickering to myself. Nearly eight years later, I’m still here and still building a career because the support and opportunities are worth it. I’m still a happy associate and happy associates don’t leave good companies.
Tell us your favorite thing about working at Quarterra?
My favorite thing about Quarterra is that it’s easy. I will probably get burned for saying that someday, but at Quarterra it’s not forgotten that we’re all building the same beautiful building. The workflow is smooth from start to finish. It’s lovely to be part of the support system and also be supported; it’s clear that we’ve all done previous projects together so we can dig into the details. I also work with the State of Washington team, and everyone produces quality work.
What's your favorite Quarterra Core Value?
Of course, my favorite Quarterra Core Value is Collaboration. The quality of the people at Quarterra is amazing. I noticed during the pandemic that so many of us know our jobs in extreme detail and with an experienced eye. We’re really a knowledgeable bunch supporting each other, so it feels like we’re always honing and perfecting our work.
What are you most looking forward to in Quarterra’s future?
If you are bored working for Quarterra, you are doing it wrong. I have had to become adept at reading financial reports just to keep up with the fascinating machinations behind the scenes. There’s a lot to come for our way of building. Most importantly, we are still building. My next project is Renata – Santa Rosa, and I’m certain the NorCal team is ready to impress.
I’ve been working in the California construction industry for 25 years. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts - Writing. Right now, I’m finishing up Spectra in Washington and in the middle of Leya in NorCal.