At ABLA, our people are integral to our success. Each month we’re spotlighting essential members of our team to learn more about what they do, what they love, and what’s the secret to their success.
Name Lauren Colone
Position Landscape Architect III
How long have you been at ABLA?
More than three years. I previously started with AndersonBaron right after graduation in 2019.
How do you like to start your day? (personalize, not necessarily at work!)
I prefer to start my mornings around 5:30 a.m. I tend to get up and moving right away or I fall into the trap of wanting to go back to bed. I’ll take my dog on her morning walk, then get ready for the day. I typically make my way into the office around 7:30.
What does a typical day entail? Do you meet with clients? Do you handle administrative or leadership tasks?
On a typical day in the office, I do everything from develop construction documents to coordinate with sub consultants and clients. Every day I am learning something new, whether that is applied to a project or in my personal leadership/professional growth.
What are your hours in the ABLA office and what do you like most about the ABLA digs?
I typically work from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday with half–day Fridays. One of my favorite parts is how close I live to the office. I’m only 10 minutes away, which is super–convenient. The office is also in a great location close to downtown Tempe and offering a great view of the lake. I like the open–floor concept and being able to socialize and work directly with my coworkers while still having enough privacy to focus when on a deadline.
Are you a coffee, tea, or soda drinker?
Coffee and energy drinks get me through the day, everyday.
What time of day are you most productive? Are you a night owl or an “early bird gets the worm” kind of person?
I am most definitely an early bird, when it comes to work and a night owl in my personal life. I enjoy getting into the office early and having some down time
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the variety of projects I get to work on. There is always a learning opportunity with each new project, and I enjoy getting to try new things.
What inspires you throughout the day?
I have a strong work ethic and love what I do. If I am struggling with a new task or something isn’t clicking, I love that I am able to go up to any of my coworkers and work through a task with them. It’s really important for me to not only like what I do but like who I work with. I feel really lucky to have found a company where I experience both.
What is your secret to success?
A little extra time and effort goes a long way, as does being open to learn and try new things. Some days are longer than others, but when I put in the extra time, I experience the most growth.
Original employee quote about success, working in the landscape architecture industry, being inspired, etc.:
There is always something new to learn.