Early Years Thalea first showed an interest
in construction at about 10 years of age when she enlisted the neighborhood kids to help build forts in the woods behind her
New Jersey home. After moving to Michigan as a teenager, she left high
school without graduating after her junior year because she had been accepted
at Albion College in Michigan as a pre-med major. By sophomore year in college, she realized that
medicine was not her calling. Her love of buildings lead her to
California to apply to the School of Architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
While she waited to get residency
in California, she saved money she made waitressing to put herself through college.
Since the admissions department at Cal Poly advised her to go "bang some
nails" to improve her chances of getting in, she ended up using her
savings at the age of 19 to buy a "fixer upper" house in Oakland. The
summer before school started, she glazed windows, hung doors, installed a
new roof, a water heater and plumbing fixtures, built a brick fireplace front, framed
walls, installed millwork, laid tile, patched drywall and painted. While she
never became an expert in any trade, the project did help her gain some valuable field experience.
Polytechnic State University/San Luis Obispo, CA
Architecture: B.S., Construction
TOWERS CONSTRUCTION, INC.1994 to Present Position: Owner/Estimator/Project Manager
LUCASFILM LTD. (Skywalker Ranch/Nicasio, CA) 1989
to 1994 Position: General Contractor/Construction Manager
The Archive Building This new building is a warehouse designed to look like
a large barn. It currently houses the models, props and costumes from the
various Lucasfilm movies including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies.
The Fitness Center This lovely building is a fitness facility for the
employees and clients of the Ranch. It includes a gym, racquetball court,
weight training and aerobics rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and
the company store.
PLANT BUILDERS, INC. (San
Francisco, CA) 1987 to 1989 Position: Project Manager
Plant Builders, Thalea was Project Manager on a variety of projects in downtown
San Francisco. They included the renovation of several banks, a church and
school, numerous high end office projects and several retail stores.
DINWIDDIE CONSTRUCTION CO. (San Francisco, CA) 1979
to 1987 Position: Project Manager/Estimator
222 Kearny Street This project consisted of a new 11
story structural steel office building tied into an existing 7 story
office building on Sutter Street. In addition, a second building on the
property, 200 Kearny Street, was seismically upgraded and remodeled.
The Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf This project involved a new 5 story,
243 room hotel with a restaurant constructed of reinforced masonry and
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel This project was a world class San Francisco
hotel with 158 guest rooms built in the top 11 floors of an existing 48 story office
building with an ornate lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms at the ground floor