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Meet Emily Adams, Engineering and Construction Contracts Manager

December 16, 2022 09:00 AM
By: Susan Heimberger

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​Emily Adams has been with PennDOT for 15 years.

"I started my career at PennDOT as a Clerk Typist 3 in 2007 with the Tourism and Welcome Center Division. In 2010, I was promoted to an Administrative Assistant in the Bureau of Public Transportation (BPT).  In 2014, I was promoted to an Administrative Officer 1 in BPT, while simultaneously acting as the Executive Secretary for the Multimodal Deputy Secretary. Over the next few years, I worked hard and took advantage of all opportunities presented, and was then promoted to an Administrative Officer 2, and then to my current position as an Administrative Officer 3 (Section Manager)," Emily said.

As a Section Manager, she supervises the day-to-day operations of the engineering and construction contracts section. She oversees all administrative aspects of Multimodal's 55 engineering contracts that total $210 million.  Ensure the execution of contracts, new work orders, amendments, and supplements, as well as processing the day-to-day submittals for these work orders are done in a timely manner.  Responsible for preparing new projects to go to bid in the construction wave of ECMS.  Current, active construction projects are throughout the Keystone Rail Corridor and total over $75 million.  Lastly, she trains new consultants doing business with Multimodal on expectations and processes.

"PennDOT is a large agency with a lot of opportunities.  Being with PennDOT allowed to me learn many new skills and really grow in my career," Emily said.

When people think of PennDOT they automatically think of just driver's licenses and registration, when PennDOT is so much more than that.  Before coming to Multimodal, Emily never realized public transportation, aviation, rail, and bike/pedestrian were parts of the Department. 

Emily has been married for 13 years to her husband, Chris, who is a U.S. Army veteran and Professor of Medical Science at Central Penn College.  They have a 9-year-old son, Samuel, who is in fourth grade at Susquenita Elementary.  He plays soccer and loves trains!  They also have a cat, dog, leopard gecko, beta fish, and two aquatic dwarf frogs.  They reside in Perry County.