All-woman construction company changing the game in Central Texas – mySA

Dry Wall Contractor

Krysta Lopez can’t really point to a moment in her life when she knew she could own a construction company. A fifth-generation Austinite, she laughs when I ask her if she was handy growing up.

“I was a total weird nerd that sat on the computer as a kid,” she says. “Like, I wrote HTML for my MySpace kind of kid.”

Today though, when we meet at Quack’s in Hyde Park, she’s fresh off a construction job she’s been working on for a couple weeks: the build-out of a recording studio in Lakeway. As the owner of PonyBoy Construction, a woman-owned construction company based in nearby Lockhart, this is her life now: building screened-in porches, putting up drywall, installing wood cabinets, anything handy that needs fixing.

And as a woman in a male-dominated field, she’s evangelizing for her new-ish career, one that began just a few years ago. Like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, she’s trying to convert other women into learning a trade, or even just getting onto job sites and learning as they go. She gets messages all the time from women now that want to get involved in construction after seeing her posts on Instagram where she’s smiling while sawing wood or up on a ladder. Lopez is showing them not to be intimidated; that you can jump into the fire without much formal training or know-how.

“I know, like, three other women that do construction. And that’s it,” she says. “And I’m trying to like beef that up, to be like, come on, bitch!”

A work-in-progress for PonyBoy Construction.

Josh Randolph

Lopez studied sculpture in college in San Francisco, during which she ran a sex toy factory in the city. After dropping out to work full-time, she started to get burnt out from being stuck inside under fluorescent lighting. She decided it was time to move home, and that she was going to be a woodworker. She enrolled in woodworking classes at Austin Community College, but shortly after, she was told that she didn’t need time in the classroom; she needed to be on job sites.

She got a job at Hewn, a shop on the East Side that had some big clients, bougie houses and Whole Foods alike. Feeling a bit of wanderlust once again, though, she bolted for Los Angeles to work for a wood shop that made high-end furniture. In L.A., though, she started to see why it wasn’t so fun for a woman in her industry.

“We would go out to lunch, and they would crack some weird sex joke and then they’d be …….


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