Meet the Team: Debbie Bedway

WC3 projects range from small to large, simple to complex. Project experience includes landscape irrigation, green buildings, sport turf irrigation, and rain water harvesting.

debbieDebbie Bedway serves as the Design Team Leader, creating irrigation designs and working with clients. As the company continues to grow its design services, Debbie stresses the importance of staying on top of current and potential clients. She began her career obtaining a  Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and working for an irrigation distributor designing irrigation systems for golf courses.

Being one of very few women in the irrigation industry when she began, it took time to build customer’s respect. “When I first moved to Kentucky, I would stand behind the counter to help customers, answer questions and pull orders. Customers would come in and ask for “someone” who knew something; I would tell them, “I was it”. ” Although a hard thing to overcome, their stereotypes led to her prosperous career.

Being one of very few women in the irrigation industry when she began, it took time to build customer’s respect. “When I first moved to Kentucky, I would stand behind the counter to help customers, answer questions and pull orders. Customers would come in and ask for ‘someone’ who knew something; I would tell them, ‘I was it.’” Overcoming their stereotypes led her down a path that has presented her with a prosperous career.

Over the years Debbie has been a part of many aspects of a design build.  She has faced challenging designs such as green roofs, rain water harvesting systems, and living walls. No matter the challenge, what Debbie enjoys most about the process is admiring her finished work. “I always like the ones that are in Kentucky when I can walk through a park or a sports complex and say, ‘I did that.’ When looking at a design on paper, it is hard to see everything in the overall design. But walking through your project it all comes into perspective,” she explains.

Irrigation at times feels an afterthought to many engineers and landscape designers. It is not uncommon for Debbie and the other team members to get last minute design requests. Fast turnaround can be challenging, but good working relationships, communication, and the team’s ability to meet rushed deadlines has made them a necessity for many firms.

When not putting in extra hours to meet deadlines, Debbie joys finding new places to visit. She has most recently visited a wild life sanctuary, home of tigers, lions, monkeys, and other creatures. She enjoyed playing with baby tigers and seeing the other wildlife.

Contact Debbie or any other the other WC3 Design team member for your irrigation design needs.