When it’s done, I will really be proud to say I was a part of this.

Posted: October 25, 2017
Last modified: December 26, 2018

Shelley Gisclar
Area 2 Coordination Engineer

Shelley Gisclar began working on the I-4 Ultimate project in the very beginning, which was about 20 years ago. In 1997, she worked as a geotechnical engineer on the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study, which is the first look at alternatives for improving the corridor.

Now she works as the Area 2 Coordination Engineer for SGL — the joint venture of Skanska, Granite and Lane — on the I-4 Ultimate project. Area 2 is the segment of the project that spans downtown Orlando from Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 411/17-92) to Colonial Drive (State Road 50). The Area 2 Coordination Engineer role was created specifically for this area because of its unique needs.

“There is so much interaction with the businesses, residential areas and local government,” Gisclar said.

Her job is to coordinate the construction activities, such as detours and road closures, with those stakeholders. If there are conflicts with the needs of the construction team and local businesses or government, then she finds the best solution. She is also involved with pile driving, vibration monitoring and noise monitoring.

She works long days, but when she isn’t working; she helps to take care of her mother and takes a ceramic class with her daughter. She is also an animal lover and loves spending time with her dog.

Gisclar really enjoys working on the I-4 Ultimate project. “It’s just so complicated and massive and such an exciting job,” she said. “There is nothing like it in Florida. Nothing has the complexity of this job.”

She described what it’s like working on a project this intricate. “It’s like trying to operate on someone who is wide-awake,” she said. “We’re trying to do all of this work while the public doesn’t feel any pain.” There are still disruptions, but her job is to make the impact on the public as minimal as possible, while still getting construction completed on time.

“When it’s done, I will really be proud to say I was a part of this.”