WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK:
AS THE PROJECT EXECUTIVE OF ST. LOUIS CITY STADIUM, SARAH NARJES SWEATS THE SMALL STUFF TO EMBRACE A BIG VISION
Women in Construction Week (March 7-13) is all about challenging career stereotypes and recognizing the achievements of women in the construction industry. And nobody exemplifies that mission more than Sarah Narjes.
The Project Executive responsible for guiding all the different teams working to build our world-class stadium district in Downtown West, Sarah brings a wealth of experience to the job. She has worked on some of Mortenson’s Sports Group’s most high-profile and complex projects, including Truist Park in Atlanta and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Still, she believes there’s something special about the MLS stadium and surrounding campus currently being built for St. Louis CITY SC. “One of the things that is really unique about this project is that it’s truly the vision of this ownership group,” said Narjes. “It’s not uncommon for these types of projects to add value to the surrounding neighborhood when a bigger vision is embraced.”
As a civil engineering student at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sarah was encouraged to seek opportunities in the construction field by a professor. She joined Mortenson shortly after graduating in 2007 and quickly honed a leadership style that she hopes will inspire future generations of female construction professionals.
According to Narjes, the key to building large iconic structures is all about building trust. “Invest in the people around you, recognize their efforts and be intentional in building relationships.”
Her attention to details and keen appreciation for the building’s ultimate purpose is also what makes her stand out as such a driving force behind this project. “The goal is for that first event to feel more like a homecoming to the team, the operators and the fans,” said Narjes. “There’s nothing like a sporting event. It’s a community builder and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
As we celebrate Women in Construction Week, it’s important to recognize the impact that Sarah and so many other women will have on our city.
“There’s something pretty special about this team,” said Narjes. “We’ve all approached this project with arms wide open and we’re working together with ownership to create a lasting legacy.”