As a native New Yorker, being part of the One World Trade Center (1 WTC) project team is an accomplishment and opportunity that has motivated me to go to work every day and put 100-percent effort into everything I do.

My project team has so much to be proud of. Together, we built 1 WTC, which stands as both a monument of respect to the fallen heroes of the September 11, 2001, tragedy, while also representing a symbol of freedom that will forever change the skyline of New York City.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in high school in Staten Island. My former track coach, a friend’s mother who worked in the building, and another friend’s father who was a firefighter, were among the many who lost their lives that day. Rebuilding the World Trade Center has multiple meanings for me, but, most important, I feel like it is the small contribution I can offer to New York City and to those who lost loved ones. My role in the construction of 1 WTC makes me proud. In addition to the importance of this project, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the people I work with and the knowledge I gain and share in the process. My team is supportive, entertaining and nurturing — much like a family. One person’s accomplishment is an achievement for the entire team, and we celebrate that.

What I especially like about my job is the unpredictability. The days go by so fast, because I am trying to multitask and handle several different things at once. However, I enjoy the spontaneity of my job because it keeps me accountable for finishing tasks quickly and effectively.

1 WTC is an extremely complex building with many different systems and components. Learning all the details can be challenging, but the fact that knowledgeable people are willing to share their expertise makes working enjoyable. I remember taking a coffee break with one of my coworkers, and we began discussing fan coil units. I wasn’t familiar with these, but I was interested in learning how they work. My coworker explained the system and showed me a unit in the field. Before I knew it, I began to better understand the discussions about fan coil units as they came up during weekly meetings. That is the beauty of my job — we share information, and we grow personally, professionally and intellectually along the way as a team.

In the past three years working at 1 WTC, I have developed friendships that I will always treasure and have grown as a person. Working with people from all walks of life and being involved in a large and impactful project has been a privilege and an opportunity that makes my job awesome.