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Meet the Team: Kelli Weiland

July 29, 2019

It’s time again to introduce a new CDFL employee, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are proud to introduce the newest member of our architectural team Kelli Weiland.  

What do you do a CDFL?
I am an Intern Architect, actively working towards achieving my license. I graduated from Mississippi State University’s Architecture program on May 3rd. That’s the day after my birthday, so I got my degree as my present this year!

What exciting thing are you working on right now?
I’m working on the Forest Hill High School and Coliseum renovation project. This is a really fun first project because it’s introducing me to the way CDFL likes to present final work. I’m excited for the day I get assigned to a project from the beginning of the design process!

What have you learned so far working at CDFL?
Since the project I’m working on is entering into the bidding and construction phase, I have learned a lot about job coordination and time management, mostly. I’m proud of how quickly I have adapted to making efficient turn-arounds on project deadlines.

What’s your favorite TV show?
I pretty much keep my TV shows in a constant rotation of the same 5-6 shows. I like regularity, I guess. My current rotation includes Friends (always), Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, Elementary, and, my classic go-to, Boy Meets World reruns. I don’t have cable so I watch what I can find on Netflix and Hulu.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work? 
These days, my time is spent mostly on planning my and my fiance’s wedding next year! Apart from wedding planning, I am very passionate about physical health and exercise, I practice watercolor calligraphy and painting, and I do my best to keep my garden and plants alive. I’m not quite a green thumb yet, but I like to think I’m improving!

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
I am so proud to say I work at CDFL. This firm has given me more knowledge, experience, and opportunity than I could ever ask for. All of my superiors are very patient with me as I continue to learn the practice, and they’re equally eager to continue to teach me. I appreciate that the most. Secondly, CDFL has great flexibility in the work hours, giving us every other Friday off. This small switch in schedule allows my creativity to take a break, lessening the risk of burning out and keeps my passion for architecture and design on fire. Third, my colleagues are all friends with each other. I think we all blend well as a team.

What’s the last movie you saw? 
I’m honestly not much of a movie person. I think the last movie I saw in theaters was one of the Avenger movies? I don’t really follow superheroes so I couldn’t tell you what happened in that one. Oh well. The last movie I watched via streaming was Into The Blue on Netflix.

What’s your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
I really love Green Ghost or Basil’s. I don’t think I could choose between the two! But sometimes the hot plate from McDade’s hits the spot.

If you hadn’t gone to architecture school, what would you have wanted to do?
The unknown of the ocean’s floor has always been fascinating to me. I think it would be really cool to be a Maritime Archaeologist. Living on a boat and diving into the ocean to search and explore sunken ships or crashed airplanes sounds like a dream come true to me, which is why I’ve watched Into The Blue so many times! I am a little frightened by sharks, though.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I am a beach girl, through and through. I love the heat, I love the sunshine, and I love the water. Vacations where I can just be still, warm, and outside are all I ask for. Also, you just can’t beat coastal seafood restaurants.