Senior Project Manager Earns Top Young Professionals Award — S.L. Leonard & Associates’ newest employee honored with Engineering News-Record’s award

Comprehensive real estate development and project management firm with offices in Camarillo and Long Beach, S.L. Leonard & Associates, announces its senior project manager, Perla Hernandez Lastra, has been named a winner in the Engineering News-Record’s Top Young Professionals Contest for 2018. This annual program honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated extraordinary expertise, leadership and community service in their careers.

“Perla is dedicated and passionate about the work she does. A regional ENR honor is a great accomplishment and reflective of her extraordinary community service, expertise and leadership,” said Sean Leonard, president/CEO, S.L. Leonard & Associates. “We are all very proud of her.”

More than 70 entries were collected for this year’s ENR California and Hawaii competition. Outstanding winning entries were narrowed down to 20. Those individuals chosen for recognition are featured in ENRCalifornia’s top young professional’s section.

Hernandez Lastra joined S.L. Leonard & Associates as a senior project manager. S.L. Leonard & Associates has worked locally with Century Villages at Cabrillo, assisting with and helping to implement its master plan for the 26-acre residential campus established on a former U.S. Naval housing site. Multiple projects included building Cabrillo Gateway, 81 units of permanent housing for formerly homeless families and individuals and Anchor Place, 120 units of permanent housing for formerly homeless veterans and families; development of a new maintenance building; installation of parking lot solar shade structures; and mitigating land use issues. S.L. Leonard also renovated the social hall, career center, offices, restrooms and lobby and additionally, improved the campus roadways to accommodate a new bus line.

An instructor at UCLA Extension since 2016, Hernandez Lastra teaches Construction Technology CEE X 407.2. She taught Engineering Practices and Procedures, Field Operations, Technology and Logistics at Turner’s School of Construction Management for Minority/Woman/Disadvantaged Businesses from 2010 – 2016. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and is OSHA 30-hour as well as CPR and First Aid Certified. Additionally, Hernandez Lastra is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Social Economic Environmental Design, and Cornell Society of Engineers. Hernandez Lastra holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a master of engineering management degree, both from Cornell University.

S.L. Leonard & Associates is a comprehensive real estate development and project management firm based in Camarillo, but also has offices in Long Beach and Santa Barbara. The firm has worked on numerous high-profile projects, including, the California Endowment’s Headquarters and Conference Center, the City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Replacement Hospital, the Camarillo Public Library, Legal Aid Foundation of LA’s new headquarters building, the Museum of Ventura County expansion, Charles Drew University’s Life Sciences and Nursing Education building, and multiple affordable housing projects totaling more than 3,000 units. Prior to starting the firm, CEO Sean Leonard was senior vice president of project management for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For more information, call (805) 445-4668 or visit www.slleonard.com.