KBR Building Group’s Aaks Luthra Named One of the Triangle Region’s “Top 40 Under 40”
June 24, 2014

KBR Building Group’s Aaks Luthra, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Lead, has been named one of North Carolina’s Triangle Region Top “40 Under 40.” Triangle Business Journal’s (TBJ) 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. According to the TBJ, six judges from TBJ and the local business community poured over nearly 200 qualified nominations to select the final list of 40 winners in this year’s class. At age 28, Aaks has the proud distinction of being the youngest member of the Class of 2014 award winners.

TBJ’s 2014 40 Under 40 winners are the region’s up-and-coming thought leaders,” says Bryan Hamilton, publisher of Triangle Business Journal. “Fresh ideas, progressive initiatives and persistent hard work make up the creed of this group. Look for them to shape the Triangle’s vision of tomorrow.”

A native of New Delhi, India, Aaks began her career as a licensed architect working for a small Indian architectural firm. Aaks joined KBR Building Group in 2010 after graduating from Purdue University where she earned a Master of Science degree in Building Construction Management and did her research and thesis on VDC implementation. Her first KBR Building Group assignment was the Duke Medicine Pavilion and Cancer Center building program in Durham, North Carolina.

In her four years with KBR Building Group, Aaks has progressed from a project VDC Specialist serving at the Duke Medicine Pavilion and Cancer Center projects to our firm’s lead for VDC & Innovative Technology. To date, Aaks has managed VDC and technology on more than 15 signature projects for KBR Building Group ranging in project value from $11 million to more than $270 million — with an aggregate construction value exceeding $900 million.

Aaks and her "40 Under 40" classmates were honored at an awards luncheon held on Thursday, June 12 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina. Each winner was individually profiled in a special section that was published in the TBJ's June 13 print edition. The Class of 2014 had assembled a few weeks earlier and dedicated a day to building a Habitat for Humanity house in Wake County. Aaks commented, “It was a great day – both working for such a good cause and networking with other winners. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Note: TBJ is a weekly publication serving the Greater Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill business communities and surrounding areas in North Carolina.