Engineered Designs, Inc. is a Raleigh-based, full-service plumbing, HVAC, and electrical design firm. President M. Ginger Scoggins, PE, CxA, CEM, LEED AP was one of four Triangle-area women recently highlighted in a series of communications – themed Evolving Women in AEC – distributed by Chix Dig It – Celebrating Women in Construction founder Patricia Lucas Smith. These communiqués were shared during Women in Construction Week 2020.
Chix Dig It Presents M. Ginger Scoggins
M. Ginger Scoggins is a licensed mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in the design and construction of a variety of building types and is also a certified Commissioning Agent. In addition, she has completed her certification for Energy Manager, and obtained her LEED-AP certification. Throughout her career, Scoggins has focused on designing state-of-the-art HVAC systems that push the envelope on energy conservation, and address and exceed the requirements of the current energy standards.
THE FIRESIDE CHAT
What was your first job?
My first job was at a place called Catfish Kitchen in a small town in Tennessee, where I was a “bus boy,” cleaning up tables. I was 15 and just wanted to make enough money to buy an Izod jacket and Nike tennis shoes since those were the cool things to have at that time. It was hard work, and I would go home every night smelling like fish. I didn’t eat fish for a long time after that job!
Been anywhere recently for the first time?
I went on a bicycle trip last year to the Andalucia region of Spain with a group from my gym. It was an intense trip, riding 40-50 miles each day with quite a bit of climb. We cycled through a cork tree forest and toured a 200-year-old olive oil plant. The views were amazing, and the history so interesting – in Roda, Spain their “new bridge” was built in the 1700s, while their “old bridge” was built in the 1400s and is still in use!
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?
I would like to go to Yellowstone National Park and Montana. I’ve been wanting to take an RV trip into this area of the country for several years now, and it’s on the agenda for 2021! It was on the agenda for 2020, but my son just graduated from high school and I’ve promised him a trip where he wants to go in 2020, which happens to be Iceland (he wanted Japan, but we had to nix that due to the Coronavirus), so we have scheduled a cruise to Iceland in June.