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International Program / Project Director / Technical Director / Engineering and Construction



EDUCATION:
1999 Masters of Science Project Management, Glendale University Austin, Texas
1980 Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering, Northrop University Los Angles, California.
1976 Electrical Engineering, Army Corps of Engineers Fort Belvoir, Virginia
LEED Accredited Professional
PMI / PMP Accredited
P3O practitioner aligned to PRINCE2, PMI, MSP, and MoR
J. A. Jones laws of Management
J. A. Jones Senior Management Program
Numerous CM/PM seminars and continuing educational programs

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

(PE) Professional Engineer (USA), (PE) Saudi Council of Engineers, (PE) Armenia, NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology), NETA International Electrical Testing Association, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), PMP (Project Management Professional (PMI), and NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau)

MEMBER:

BSI (British Standards Institute), ICC (International Code Council), RICS

(Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), AEA (Army Engineers Association), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), ACI (American Concrete Institute), AEA (American Engineering Association).


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ROFILE:

28 years of experience in the design / engineering / construction industry; Multi disciplined Director experienced in transportation Infrastructure, Civil Structures, Power and Marine Construction in both the private and governmental sectors. Currently serving as International Program Director to The Ministry of the Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to this Chief Operating Officer with Belgravia Development and member of the Group Management Board directing multi mixed use developments / construction throughout Europe and the Middle East. Fully versed in commercial contract management (writing and producing), fully experienced in FIDIC rainbow and other modified contract methods, construction management, consultancy contracts RFP’s, MTR’s, SOW’s. Design / Build, EPC, PM/CM, Cost Plus, Firm fixed price and lump sum construction at risk, KPI’s, critical path, mentoring / motivating and team building for a diversified range of project types.
Passionate about building capability at every level of the business. I have a proven track record of achieving through a clear vision, a focus on delivery.

 

COUNTRIES LIVED, WORKED and DELIVERED IN:

USA, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Belize, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Germany, Belgium, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Kwajalein, Jamaica, Haiti, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Greece, China and Pakistan.

 

(CURRENTLY) MINISTRY of INTERIOR KINGDOM of Saudi Arabia:

Riyadh (November 2012 to Present)

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR Agency for Planning & Development (High Level Executive Appointment)

 

Currently directing / managing within the Ministry of Interior Construction Domain the Ministry PMO (Program Management Office) a multinational staff of over 180+ Engineers, 22 PM/CM consultancy PMO’s and multiple Contractors. Providing organizational structure as a subject matter expert on P3O Program Management.

Managing a Program portfolio in excess of 80 Billion SAR 22 Billion USD as a trusted Consultant.

Bringing a transparent process to previous construction projects administrated by others and providing transparency to current and future mega programs / projects throughout the Kingdom and abroad. A diversified portfolio consisting of Mega Infrastructure, Medical Cities, Hospitals, High Rise, Stadium, Residential / Boarder Guard facilities, Educational Facilities / institutions, Convention Centers, Marine Facilities dredging and reclamation / earthworks and infrastructure, Military shooting ranges, Urban Combat Training Facilities, New Iconic MOI Headquarters building (Jeddah) to include  Convention Center, Hotel,  Internal security buildings, Data Centers, Communications and rehabilitation works of existing buildings. Providing conceptual design, BOQ’s, MTR’s, and RFP’s for both PMO’s and Design Build construction. Setting up and implementing the latest Program management techniques and best practice, P3O, PMI, Prince II, MPMM and Center of Excellence. Preparing / Conducting and participating in selection of PMO consultants and construction contractors such as AECOM, Hill Int, Proger, Bin laden, El Seif, ABV Rock and many others. A few of the projects in the portfolio:

 

Kingdom Tower: (Soon to be the tallest building in the world) Mixed-use, office, hotel, residential, apartments, observation and retail. RCC construction 252 floors, 58 Elevators, 530,000m2. Cost 1.24B USD.

Ministry of Education:2,100 educational facilities (Schools), primary and secondary educational facilities in all the 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia. Cost 8.5B USD

Ministry of Transportation: Makkah Rail the construction of four new rail lines. Stage 1 includes the construction of sections of Lines B and C. Line B section is 10km long, with six new stations and is mainly underground. It is an extension of the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah rail line, serving the holy shrines of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, and connects to the new Haramain high-speed rail station west of Makkah city. Line C is 29 kilometers long with 14 new stations, and is constructed in a combination of tunnels and viaducts. The other two Lines, A and D, will be constructed in future stages. Cost 1.8B USD

Express ways / local roads and drainage: 223 projects involving laying of roads covering a total length of 3,708 km at a cost of 3B USD. Also study the feasibility of laying 1,523 km of new roads in the Kingdom. The total length of the road network including expressways, double lane and single lane roads had already touched 65,000 km, and all these adhere to the most advanced specifications. This is apart from 145,000 km agricultural roads," more than 24,000km of different kinds of roads are under construction in various parts of the Kingdom. In addition to expansion of land, sea and air transport. The King Abdullah Public Transport Project in Riyadh alone is comprised of six metro lines and four fast bus routes in addition to various feeder bus services connecting residential districts and other important locations with main bus stops.176 intra-city metro routes has 85 stations, while bus routes covering 1,083 km has 776 bus stops.

 

Jazan Economic City Project: Covering 108km2, reviewed and over saw contracts for front-end engineering and design (FEED), EPC as well as project management services (PMS) at a program Level over seeing Saudi Aramco. Construction of road way and utilities infrastructure, including storm water drains, oily water drains, sanitary sewers, conveying systems for cooling water, fire water and drinking water,  and drainage, 4,000MW combined cycle power plant power plant, desalination plants, a seaport, a residential district with mixed use development and 500 residential villas. Manufacturing facilities for a number of industries, including electronics, pharmaceuticals, processed foods and other sectors. Cost 26.7B USD

 

Multiple KAP’s Projects

These are just a small sample of the projects currently administered!

 

BELGRAVIA Development: Head Quarters Almaty, Kazakhstan

(August 2007 to October 2012) Developer/Contractor

 

MANAGEMENT BOARD MEMBER / COO / OPERATIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Responsibilities: Senior level Director charged with a high degree of Commercial / fiscal responsibility (P&L) for a program portfolio exceeding 13.7B USD. Managing the entire real estate development life cycle: design, entitlement, acquisition, construction, and disposition. Independent decision making and professionalism directing sustainable urban planed DEVELOPMENTS, infrastructure civil works, high rise mixed use development projects throughout UAE, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Pakistan. Staff management and mentoring of 22 Project Managers, Engineers and Construction Professionals. Participating in steering committees, preparing strategic program management / execution plans, establishing project management processes and procedures utilizing P3O Program Management, hiring, monitoring, evaluating and controlling of external consultants / specialists (PMO’s). Resource planning, risk assessment, value engineering, preparation and implementation of strategic planning / programming to define and develop program strategy. Identifying future business opportunities, preparing and controlling operational budgets. Urban planed High rise developments banking / financial Centers, commercial office (Shell and core), Hotels, Mixed Use Shopping Malls / Open Air / Exhibition Centers complete with theaters, Medical Centers / high end fit out / residential housing to include all infrastructure, underground parking, access roads, tunnels, bridges and all infrastructure. Monitoring and controlling design process and implementing value engineering, monitoring and controlling construction process, resource planning, risk assessment, impact analysis, negotiation VO’s / change orders and claims. Implementing total quality management systems requirements related to the Projects and look for opportunities for continuous improvement.Extensive and independent contact and direct communication client facing with principals, Board members, stakeholders, vendor’s representatives and project field personnel throughout project life cycle.

A few of the developments for which I was entrusted:

Esentai Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan: A mix-used development of approximately 8.7 hectares comprised Seven Buildings incorporating several functions such as parking, offices, hotel, SPA and executive serviced apartments, all automated by a unique smart building system. The Esentai Tower and Ballroom with its height of 162 meters (40 Stories) and a construction area of 87,000 sqm, Three Residential Towers, with heights of 72 m (22 Stories) and a construction area of 99,926 sqm Shopping Mall and Fitness Center, construction area of 181,000 sqm Total construction area of 368,000 sqm. Cost 1.2B USD.

Crescent City Crescent place Baku Azerbaijan: Crescent Place height of 158.68 meters (35 Stories) a luxury hotel with 104,182 sqm 382 Suites. At 32 floors tall is also a luxury hotel, with 221 rooms. There are 128 serviced apartments in the building. 128,140 sqm. Behind it stands Crescent City a further four high rise buildings, three of which are residential with the tallest of the quartet being a 43 floor office building standing 203 meters tall. Cost of this development 1.9B USD.

Ivera Hotel Tbilisi Georgia; Ivera Hotel height of 82 meters (26 Stories) and a construction area of 10,840 sqm, The projects main focus is the operation of an international quality hotel under the Radisson SAS brand with 250 rooms including 16 suites, lobby, two restaurants, conference center, spa and all “back of house” facilities. In addition the building accommodates a class A bank office as well as a casino. Total Cost for this project 90M USD.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE (July 2005 to August 2007)

 

DIRECTOR / MILITARY COMMANDER

Governmental

 

Key Projects: Civil Infrastructure / Military Facilities / Hospitals / Air Bases / Airports / Boarder Protection and Marine Port Facilities

Responsibilities: (DOD) Solely responsible at (PMO) Program Management Office in Iraq for all project operations and execution of Task Orders for Iraqi Military and Ministry of Defense (MOD), value in excess of USD 200 + M per project (1.2B) on behalf of the United States Government, AFCEE (US Air Force), Army Corps of Engineers and others completing various projects on a lump sum and cost plus reimbursable basis. Provided feasibility studies for infrastructure as well as overseeing the design development of heavy civil construction and all key infrastructures. Marine dredging / earthworks / reclamation / Rock Armor revetments, Rehabilitation of infrastructure utilities, existing military and governmental facilities as well as construction of new facilities, WWTP, FOB’s and Air Bases. Responsible for program delivery team comprising area road and drainage engineers, commercial managers, project controls managers, schedulers and project coordinators. Managed the technical approval process to ensure that appropriate resources are mobilized and fully utilized. Directed a team of more than 200 staff at several major urban sites throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, the largest being less than two miles from the Iranian border with no military support, in an extremely volatile work environment, not for the faint of heart. Ordering and directing partial / complete demolition of existing facilities as part of value engineering, site grading, civil utilities, hi ways, drainage, walkways, entry drives and parking to provide for incorporation of new infrastructure. Orchestrating and managing through staff of local national’s and expat’s major civil construction. Provided professional project and civil construction management expertise to in country coalition forces, local Iraqi Municipalities and Iraqi Ministry of Defense for new infrastructure throughout Iraq and existing facilities in Arbil, Kirkuk, Bagdad, Basrah and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. As well as U.S.  Military facilities at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar in Afghanistan.

 

Spearheaded the infrastructure / utility development process, starting from the project initiation to completion, coordinated activities of parties involved and oversaw execution of the projects / task ordezs in extremely adverse circumstances. Infrastructure for future development. Ensured completion of all aspects of the projects within allocated budgetary and time constraints in addition to confirming compliance to contractual and legal regulations. Monitored infrastructure project progression, scrutinized phases of work according to devised P6 schedules and diligently calibrated the allocation of all resources at my disposal to ensure the timely completion of project. Communicated project status and costs to financial entities having jurisdiction, periodically conducted surveys to verify workflow, quality of work and mitigated all relevant issues. Writing scopes of work, contracts, and change / variation orders and mitigating claims for perceived extras outside scope of Contacts / Task orders

 

J. A. JONES INTERNATIONAL (Contractor) / LOCKWOOD & GREENE / FLUOR

(September 1998 to June 2005)

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR / SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER / PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT / TECHNICAL COMMISSIONING AUTHORITY

 

Key Projects: United States Embassies / USAID / Military Facilities / Governmental Facilities & Contracts / Industrial Facilities / Hospitals, Clinics and Dialysis Centers / Airports and Critical Infrastructure / Marine dredging reclamation and large scale earthworks.

 

Achievements: Selected to spearhead Design Build United States Embassy / USAID construction worldwide.

Responsibilities: As Program Director / Technical expert (consultancy) representing United States Department of State. Design development, construction and successful turn over from the contractor of US Embassy projects in UAE, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Quito Ecuador, Managua Nicaragua, Beijing China and many others. Conducted design reviews from all hard  infrastructure / utilities determining existing and future traffic loads, determine existing infrastructure capacity, and estimating the existing and future standards of service, conducting  preliminary surveys and obtaining information from existing air photos, maps, GIS and plans identifying possible conflicts with other assets or topographical features evaluating the impact on the human environment. Directing ground up In-situ high rise construction up 60 stories, verified constructability, High End fit out, installation and performance testing as a technical integration systems expert (Commissioning Authority). Added value engineering in every aspect of the project and incorporated it into the design build process, in addition trained (craft) multinational personnel on construction projects worldwide. Ensured optimum operation of facilities according to contract documents at turn over provided maintenance plans and program support throughout the warranty period. Identified and resolved potential problems that might otherwise compromise the efficient, successful build and operation of several projects and collaborated for the successful financial progression of the project. Directly responsible for establishing protocols, writing / preparing contractual letters, claims and negotiating variations / change orders. At Peak a portfolio of just under 1 Billion US Dollars. Staff management of 240 with total workforce of 3000.

As Senior Project Manager (Heavy Division): Responsible for the successful and profitable operation of projects. EPC, Design Build, Civil Construction, Transportation infrastructure, Road and highway networks, including structures (bridges, tunnels, culverts, retaining walls), signage and markings, electrical systems (street lighting and traffic lights), The Olympic Stadium 2004, at Maroussi part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA) 72,000 seats, convention center associated housing and facilities, Mega project with short timeline.

Prepared regular reports and briefing papers on the progress of the capital program for presentation to stake holders. Managed risk across the capital program and preparation of management reports to propose strategies for possible mitigation. Managed the performance of the PMC / CM / EPCM consultants and ensure continuous improvement in the quality of service delivered through the supply chain to avert delays. Provided coordination with internal and external stakeholders to ensure appropriate levels of liaison to support program delivery. Directed and mentored the work of engineers, project managers, construction managers, electrical / mechanical / civil superintendents, and office personnel in design, estimating, bidding, negotiating with sub contractors and execution of the projects / programs. Directed the implementation of the programs execution plan, detailed schedule, accident prevention and commissioning programs. Held direct management responsibility for contract on site construction and engineering administration, materials control and logistics, project costs and scheduling, change order preparation, negotiation and mitigation. Managed a team of 90 with a workforce of 1200, total portfolio 850M USD.

Notable projects:

Construction of Sondu Miriu Hydro Electric Power Project Kenya:

Construction of 2x30MW Sondu-Miriu Hydro Electric Power Station including the construction of 11 Kms long permanent access road. Open cut excavation and concrete works for the steel penstock line (1,180m long) Open cut excavation for and construction of powerhouse building of reinforced concrete (40m length, 24.5m width and 32.1m in height) Cost 17.3M USD.

 

South Carolina Transport Authority: Conway Bypass, construction of a 28.5-mile highway stretching from Highway 501, 10 miles north of Conway, to Myrtle Beach. Cost 291M USD.

U.S. Navy Bremerton, Washington: Pier D Replacement, This project included demolition of the existing pier. A new carrier pier was founded on 24 in. octagonal concrete and 24 to 36 in. coated steel piles. Steam, water and other services were run in utility corridors along the outboard pier edges. New systems for ships' sewage disposal were also constructed. Cost 53.7m USD

EZELL INVESTMENTS Austin, Texas (November 1984 – August 1998)

Developer / General Contractor

PROJECT ENGINEER / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER / PROJECT MANAGER / CHIEF ENGINEER

 

Responsibilities: Motivated Engineer / MEP / Civil Engineer, overseeing a variety of assignments carrying out the urban planning, Infrastructure, construction, utilities, remodeling, renovation, maintenance and upgrade of mixed use urban development facilities, pharmaceutical/ laboratory, civil infrastructure throughout the mid west region of the United States and Puerto Rico.  Performed as a Senior team member on land acquisition, design management of infrastructure road way and bridge in conjunction with local municipalities, high end high rise multi / mixed use shopping malls, I Max theaters,  office parks, Convention Centers , exhibition facilities, Museums, 5 Star hotels and residential housing development in some cases in partnership with local Municipalities. Managed subcontractors, vendors, and contractors in projects assignments tasks which were major in scope and complexity. Responsible for driving the execution of capital projects in support of multiple projects. Typical role was project lead for smaller projects ($1M to $25M) and then to a discipline lead on larger capital projects ($200M +), The largest being Dobie Center 32 Story Steel Structure High Rise 950 room student dormitory for the University of TEXAS at Austin, Glass façade with first two levels encompassing one square city block of mixed use retail. Lead and Managed a Staff of 65 and work force of 600. Prepared scopes of work, sub contracts, controlled cost, managed the design, procurement and construction efforts, Fit Out and coordinating project commissioning and startup, compiled final project documents for project close-out. Capital infrastructure projects including all utilities, high rise commercial office, high end residential, manufacturing, plant utility equipment and /or facility expansions for petrol chemical (Tank Farms). Provided technical advice and recommendations to customers on manufacturing, development, QA/QC, utility and facility maintenance issues. Developed, evaluated, and recommended to owner management, value engineering improvements in process methods, layouts, equipment, and systems. Analyzed technical problems in the utility and manufacturing areas and developed both short term and long term recommendations for their correction.

 

UNITED STATES ARMY RANGERS (August 1973 - September 1996)

 

Responsibilities: (Military Commander Combat Engineer) Built consensus among diverse groups, planned numerous new military and air base facilities, infrastructure and enhancements to existing facilities. Mobility tasks include sustainable infrastructure, boarder protection, high voltage distribution, Power Plant construction and operation. Main role was to provide Civil engineering on the battlefield. Trained in all aspects of Civil, Marine dredging / earthworks / reclamation / Quay Walls, Break water, water distribution, Electrical Engineering. Construct road, bridge, tunnel and all infrastructures. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Commander, lead a 1,200 person military and civilian team, executing a military construction and civil works annual program of more than $2.5 billion USD. Responsible for water resource activities in eastern Georgia and portions of South Carolina; and wetland protection in Georgia.  Oversaw the operation and maintenance of three large hydro-electric dams and reservoirs serving 15+ million consumers and generating over $80 million USD in hydropower revenues annually.  Ensuring the maintenance of two Georgia deep water ports which have a combined annual economic impact of $66.9 billion.  Also, as commander he is responsible for the district’s work in military design and master planning; hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste clean-up at formerly used defense sites; real estate activities for the Department of Defense; emergency management operations with the State of Georgia and other federal agencies; and support of Overseas Contingency Operations. 

 

 

 

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