Board of Visitors

CEE Board of Visitors

Not pictured: Christine Merdon and Robert Rauch
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Mark Ballard
Senior Vice President
AECOM
About Mark Ballard

Kenneth Bell
Manager, Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Service
Bechtel Corporation
About Kenneth Bell

Paul Burkart
Founding Owner and Principal
GeoConcepts Engineering
About Paul Burkart

Scott Greenhaus
Executive Vice President
Structural
About Scott Greenhaus

Charles (Chuck) A. Irish, Jr.
Founding Partner
VIKA, Inc.
About Charles A. Irish, Jr.

Greg Johnson
Administrator
Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration
About Greg Johnson

Peggy Johnson
Civil Engineering Professor and Chair CEE Department
Pennsylvania State University
About Peggy Johnson

Jim Kinkead
*Vice Chair, CEE Board of Visitors and Chair, Nominating Committee

Senior Vice President
Clark Construction Group
About Jim Kinkead

Michael L. Lenkin
Senior Vice President
Miller & Long Construction
About Michael L. Lenkin

Tony Mawry
Partner
Wallace Montgomery
About Tony Mawry

Christine Merdon
*Chair, CEE Board of Visitors

Chief Operating Officer
Architect of the Capitol (AOC)
About Christine Merdon

David Meyers
Division Vice President
Whiting Turner Contracting Company
About David Meyers

David Mongan
retired President
Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC
About David Mongan

Robert Rauch
Principal
Rauch Inc.
University of Maryland System Board of Regents member
About Robert Rauch

Fahim Sadek
Leader, Structures Group
Engineering Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
About Fahim Sadek

Charles (Chuck) Schwartz
Professor and Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
About Charles Schwartz

Eric Tievy
Director of Operations
Consigli Construction
About Eric Tievy
 

Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard, Senior Vice President for AECOM, received an A.S. in Architectural Technology in 1974 and a B.S. in Construction Technology in 1975 from Purdue University. Over the past 40 years, he has overseen construction projects across the United States and internationally for clients in the industrial, power & energy, commercial, aviation, defense and federal markets. He served as a Project Director for the Port of Los Angeles Pier 400 Container Terminal, which won the Construction Management Association of America’s 2004 Excellence in Program Management award. He also served as Project Executive and Chairman of the Joint Venture Executive Boards for the $300 million US Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, MD, a GSA Construction Excellence project; the multi-award-winning, $5.4 billion Pentagon Renovation Program in Arlington, VA; and the Department of Homeland Security Campus Consolidation at St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, the largest construction project in GSA history. After joining AECOM in 1999, Mr. Ballard was promoted to Vice President in 2004 and then Senior Vice President in 2011. In his current role, he is responsible for the oversight of all Program Management/Construction Management-related activities, with an emphasis on client relations, contract management, quality control and business development. In addition, Mr. Ballard is a long-time member of the Construction Management Association of America, and has three times co-chaired its National Project Achievement Awards Program and served on its National Board of Directors since 2010.

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Kenneth Bell

Dr. Kenneth Bell, Manager of Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Service for Bechtel Corporation, has over 34 years of geotechnical engineering experience on a variety of power, transportation, petrochemical, and industrial projects, including roles as the lead field geotechnical engineer during construction of the projects. He has completed three overseas assignments as lead geotechnical engineer, including an assignment in Hong Kong on a rail project, in New Caledonia on a mining project, and in Trinidad on a LNG project.  He has written numerous project-specific geotechnical reports and has authored and co-authored 20 technical papers published in professional journals and in national and international conference proceedings.  Dr. Bell was elected a Bechtel Fellow in 2011. He also holds the title of ASCE Fellow, ASTM Fellow, and Diplomate Geotechnical Engineer from The Academy of Geo-Professionals.  He received B.S. (1974), M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and has been a registered engineer in the State of Maryland since 1983.

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Paul Burkart

Paul Burkart, Founding Owner and Principal at GeoConcepts Engineering, received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1985 and his M.S. in geotechnical engineering in 1991 from the University of Maryland. Mr. Burkart has collaborated on 1,500 projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, including providing geotechnical design for notable projects such as Jefferson Memorial rehabilitation, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Mall Reflecting Pool Rehabilitation, and the Phase 2 Dulles Corridor Metrorail (Silver Line).  In 1999, Mr. Burkart and three colleagues founded GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc., which has grown to 60 employees over the past 15 years. As an owner, Mr. Burkart has been able to financially support multiple staff members to obtain their degrees from the University of Maryland.  Mr. Burkart has contributed to dozens of technical publications. Most recently, he co-authored a paper for ASCE on the “Settlement Behavior of Compacted Fill Soils Containing Organic Matter,” a subsurface challenge particularly relevant to the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Mr. Burkart is active with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), and American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).  

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Scott Greenhaus

Scott Greenhaus graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering (82) and an MBA (86) from the University of Maryland is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Structural Group headquartered in Columbia MD. The Structural Group is a construction technology and service provider specializing in concrete repair, strengthening, protection and new construction products, systems and services throughout the United States and the Middle East. Mr. Greenhaus began his career as an intern in 1980 through the UMD Co-op engineering program with the founding company of Structural Group, Structural Preservation Systems Inc. Mr. Greenhaus has a variety of roles for Structural Group including Project and Branch Management as well a past President of subsidiary post-tensioning company VSL. The company has grown from a 25 person company to 2000 employees and 25 offices. Mr. Greenhaus is a member of the University Of Maryland Civil Engineering Board Of Visitors and has been on the Board of Directors of the Post-tensioning Institute (PTI), International Concrete repair Institute (ICRI) and American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and is a member of ASCE, ACI, ANS, and ASSE. Mr. Greenhaus was also the past president of PTI and has chaired many committees in these trade and technical associations.

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Charles A. Irish

Six years after graduating in 1974 with a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, Chuck Irish became one of the four founding partners of VIKA, Inc., a local civil engineering, surveying, land planning and landscape architecture firm.  He is currently the President of VIKA Maryland, which focuses on land development and entitlement projects for smart growth, urban redevelopment, mixed use, and TOD projects.  Some of his notable projects include Pike & Rose in White Flint, Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, The Collection in Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Bank’s Headquarters in Bethesda, Clyde’s Lodge in Tower Oaks, Rockville, the Park Potomac Community in Potomac, and the Euro Motorcars dealership in Germantown.  Mr. Irish was licensed in 1978 as a Professional Engineer, in 1980 as a Professional Land Surveyor, and in 2008 as a LEED Accredited Professional.  He served as President of the Maryland Society of Surveyors in 1997 – 1998, was named Surveyor of the Year in 1999, and appointed to the CEE Board of Visitors in 2004.

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Greg Johnson

In September 2015 Gregory C. Johnson was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT's) State Highway Administration (SHA).  In this role he leads the 3,200-person agency responsible for operating Maryland’s State highway network. SHA maintains approximately 23 percent of the roads in Maryland that carry 68 percent of the traffic.  Johnson began his career with the Michigan DOT in 1989 as a staff engineer in the Southwest Region. After serving as a resident engineer for six years, Johnson was named manager of the Kalamazoo Transportation Service Center. He was promoted to Deputy Metro Region Engineer in 2002 and later to Metro Region Engineer in 2003.  His leadership and ability to manage complex projects effectively and efficiently was proven many times. Johnson has been involved in most aspects of public transportation throughout his career, including highways, non-motorized transportation, and public transit.  He has also been a staunch advocate for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) throughout his career, participating in local, statewide and national forums. Johnson has assumed a critical leadership role in setting and carrying out an agenda of safety, innovation, and excellent customer service within MDOT.  Initiatives such as e-Project, Dispute Resolution Boards, Enhanced Partnering, Alternate Project Delivery, Towards Zero Deaths, and Active Traffic Management have flourished during his tenure as COO. Johnson has represented MDOT on numerous statewide and national boards and committees, including Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, National Operations Center of Excellence, Standing Committee on Highways, Standing Committee on Research, Canadian Chief Engineers’ Council, and Ferris State University Construction Industry Advisory Board. Johnson began a youth development and mentoring program at MDOT to expose high school and college students to transportation professions while they seek relevant degrees and earn money at the same time. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan. He also holds a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

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Peggy Johnson

Dr. Johnson conducts research in the areas of hydraulic engineering, bridge scour, stream restoration, reliability analyses, and river mechanics. Dr. Johnson is the Past-President and a Fellow of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), the largest institute within ASCE with more than 23,000 members. Dr. Johnson recently received the ASCE-EWRI Outstanding Woman of the Year award. In addition to winning several teaching awards, Dr. Johnson won the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award and in 1995, she won the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award. Dr. Johnson has just completed a 3-year project for the NCHRP on Risk-Based Approach for Bridge Scour Prediction. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals on bridge scour, stream restoration, uncertainty in hydraulics, bridge scour, and stream restoration, and the probability of bridge failure due to scour. She is currently working on vulnerability analyses for stream designs and bridge crossings. These analyses are based on uncertainty in the hydraulic parameters, likelihood of hydraulic occurrences, and conditions at the bridge crossing. She is also currently engaged in research on the risk assessment of bridges under multi-hazard effect of earthquake and flood-induced scour. She recently developed a stream stability assessment method for use at bridge-stream intersections for the Federal Highway Administration. The method is now incorporated as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s manual on stream stability at bridges (HEC-20). She has also conducted research on the design of vanes and weirs for protecting bridge foundations for the state of Maryland. This project was based on scaled modeling of flow and geometry at actual scour critical bridges in Maryland. In a related project, Dr. Johnson also recently completed a project in which she tested both laboratory and computer models to assess the use of in-stream structures, such as vanes, to improve sediment transport in streams in northern Pennsylvania where heavy sedimentation affects flooding. Associated with her research and educational goals, Dr. Johnson has supervised the dissertations and theses of dozens of PhD, MS, and BS students. She received a Master’s Degree in 1988 and a PhD in 1990 from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Maryland.

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Jim Kinkead

*Vice Chair, CEE Board of Visitors and Chair, Nominating Committee
Jim Kinkead, Senior Vice President for the Clark Construction Group, received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1985. Mr. Kinkead has lead the development and construction of many landmark projects in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area for more than 29 years.  These projects range from cabinet level headquarters, including the Department of Transportation Headquarters and the Department of Homeland Security’s US Coast Guard Headquarters, to large mixed-use projects, including Constitution Square (Office Buildings 1, 2, and 3 and Residential Buildings 1 and 2), Clarendon Center, CityMarket at O Street, and the Darcy and Flats residential mixed use projects in Bethesda, MD.  Other significant projects have included historic renovations to museums and offices buildings and development of high-end residential projects.  He is currently leading the project teams at the $455m Southwest Waterfront project and the 10 year renovation of the Cannon House Office Building.  Mr. Kinkead serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the DC Students Construction Trade Foundation.  He is also an active member of GSA’s National Register of Peer Review Professionals.

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Michael L. Lenkin

Michael Lenkin received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1986 and his M.E. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1987. Mr. Lenkin has been practicing engineering since graduating from Cornell University in 1987. He became licensed as a Professional Engineer in 1990 and is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in 22 states plus the District of Columbia. Upon graduating from Cornell, Mr. Lenkin continued his career with KCE Structural Engineers, P. C. in Washington, District of Columbia. After several years with KCE, Mr. Lenkin continued his career working for Blake Construction Company to construct the Fort Belvoir Headquarters Complex, and then for M. A. Mortenson Company constructing the Main Terminal Addition. Mr. Lenkin was initially hired by Miller & Long Co., Inc. to help construct the Carolina Panthers Stadium, and has remained with Miller & Long since the stadium was completed. Mr. Lenkin has experience working on hundreds of projects including many major private and government facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his work experience, Mr. Lenkin is twice a past President of the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (NCC-ACI), is past chairman of the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW), and a member of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation (DCSCTF). Mr. Lenkin is currently a member of ASCE, ACI, ICRI, NCC-ACI, and SEA-MW.

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Tony Mawry

Tony Mawry, PE is a Partner in Wallace Montgomery, a leading transportation consulting firm.  As an ENR Top 500 Design Firm, the firm is a recognized expert in the sustainable development of transportation and public works facilities. Respected for their efforts to enhance and protect the environment, the firm has delivered high-quality services to a diverse group of clients since its founding in 1975. Tony holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from Loyola University in Business Administration. At WM, Tony provides technical direction to a staff of Professional Engineers, Designers, and Technicians involved in highway planning, highway design, environmental studies and survey operations for DOT agencies and local transportation departments. He is recognized as a leader in developing multi-modal solutions to complex transportation problems.  In addition to his technical responsibilities, Tony’s administrative responsibilities at WM include business development, information technology and finance. Tony has 28 years of experience in planning, design and construction of major transportation projects, including major highways, interchanges, intersections and transit facilities.  Tonyfocuses on innovative solutions and progressive improvements, such as roundabouts, diverging diamond interchanges, single point urban interchanges, dual roundabout interchanges, continuous flow intersections, complete streets and green roads.  His experience is broad based and includes planning, preliminary engineering, final design and construction phase support for highways and related transportation projects. Throughout the years, Tony has remained active in various organizations within the engineering industry.  He served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Maryland Section.  He served as a President of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Chesapeake Section.  He is a Committee Chair for the American Council of Engineering Companies Maryland Chapter.  He is an active member of the Maryland Association of Engineers.  He is also a guest lecturer for the UMCP Capstone class.

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Christine Merdon

*Chair, CEE Board of Visitors
Christine Merdon received her B.S in Civil Engineering in 1987 and her M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1999, both from the University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering. The AOC is the builder and steward of America’s Capitol, serving Congress and the Supreme Court, creating a home for American democracy. The AOC traces its beginnings to 1791. Today, the AOC is comprised of 2,600 employees who serve Congress and the Supreme Court in a variety of occupations. As COO, she is responsible to the Architect of the Capitol for the overall direction, operation, and management of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. She began her career in 1981 as a Cooperative Education student with the U.S. Navy. She worked at the White House Military Office as a Project Manager responsible for managing design and construction projects at the White House, Camp David, and other Presidential Support Facilities. From 1998 – 2010 Mrs. Merdon worked in private industry starting as a Project Manager and ascending to the role Senior Vice President of Program and Construction Management. Her responsibilities included operations and business development for program and construction management contracts in Washington, DC, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Projects include: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O’Hare Airport Modernization Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History, and Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Renovations.

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David Meyers

David Meyers graduated from the University of Maryland in 1979 with a B.S. in civil engineering.  He joined The Whiting Turner Contracting Company in 1981 as a Project Engineer. Throughout his career with Whiting-Turner, Mr. Meyers has been involved with and lead teams on numerous interesting and unique projects in various locations across the U.S. including: Horseshoe Casino (Baltimore MD), Universal Studios—Islands of Adventure (Orlando FL), the Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Plant Expansion (Safe Harbor PA), the Tysons Corner Center first expansion and redevelopment (Tysons Corner VA), the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion (Baltimore. MD), Arundel Mills Mall (Hanover, MD), Pittsburgh Mills Mall (Pittsburgh PA), Opry Mills Mall (Nashville TN), Danbury Fair Mall Renovation (Danbury CT), and the St. Regis Hotel Renovation (Washington DC). He was promoted to Division Vice President in 2010 and currently manages six operating groups specializing in retail, hospitality and entertainment construction.

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David Mongan

David G. Mongan, P.E. holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.B.A. from Loyola College of Baltimore, Maryland.  He retired as the President of Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC, an architectural/engineering/construction firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD on June 30, 2009.  WBCM provides professional services in architecture, highway and bridge engineering, design of institutional, commercial and industrial structures, transportation planning, environmental engineering, land development and site engineering, planning and urban design, design of waterfront and marine-related facilities, construction management/inspection, and field surveying.  Mr. Mongan is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers at the National Level and served as President in 2008.  He has been the District 5 Director, Zone 1 Vice President, and Treasurer and served on or as chair of numerous committees.  He is Past Chair of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services.  He is a past member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, and past Co-Chair of the ACEC-MD Legislative Committee.  Mr. Mongan currently serves on the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers, is a Past Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies, and is the immediate past President of the Engineers Without Boarders-USA.  He recently received The President’s Medal for 2012 from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Society of Baltimore’s Meritorious Service Award for 2011.  In 2003 he was awarded the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award by ASCE.

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Robert Rauch

Robert Rauch is a principal with the civil engineering and construction management firm Rauch Inc. of Easton, Md. After earning his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1973, Mr. Rauch began his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In 1978, he served for six years as Director of Public Works and Talbot County Engineer before his move to the private sector in 1984. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Mr. Rauch is a member of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the University of Maryland Civil Engineering Board of Visitors, the University of Maryland College of Architecture, MRED Board of Advisors and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. Board of Directors.  

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Fahim Sadek

Dr. Sadek is the Leader of the Structures Group at the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1996 and has worked at NIST since then. His research specialties include mitigation of progressive structural collapse, fire performance of structures, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and wind engineering and structural reliability. He is the co-author of “Ground Motion and Response Spectra” in the Seismic Design Handbook (F. Naeim, ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, pp. 47-124) and “Risk Considerations in Tall Building Design” in the Tall Buildings Reference Book (D. Parker and A. Wood, ed., Council on Tall Buildings, Routledge Publishers, 2012). Dr. Sadek is a member of the Executive Committee (ExCom) for the Codes and Standards Activities Division (CSAD) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is a member of the ASCE Standard Committee on Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation of Building Structures, Technical Committee on Progressive Collapse, and the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) Task Group on Robustness. He is the recipient of the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award in 2005 for his role in conducting the NIST federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster and the Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal Award in 2007 for his role in conducting the NIST reconnaissance following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dr. Sadek also received the Department of Commerce’s Special Act Award for his contributions to the investigation of the World Trade Center Building 7 collapse in 2008 and the Building and Fire Research Laboratory Communication Award in 2002. In 2012, he received the ASCE’s Moisseiff Award for best publication on structural design.  

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Charles Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, where he teaches courses on pavement design and analysis, advanced soil mechanics, and computational geomechanics (including pavement mechanics). His research interests and experience span the areas of analytical and numerical modeling techniques for pavement structures and characterization and laboratory testing of pavement materials. He has played leadership roles in many national research projects and regularly assists federal, state, and local agencies and private firms on pavement-related topics. He is a current member of TRB (Chair, AFD80—Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Layers; Member, AFK50—Characteristics of Bituminous Paving Materials to Meet Structural Requirements), ASCE (Chair, Geo-Institute Pavements Committee; Member, T&DI Highway Pavements Committee), AAPT, and ISAP (Member, Technical Committee on Constitutive Modeling of Asphaltic Materials). He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Geomechanics, Transportation Geotechnics, and the International Journal of Roads and Airports. He is a co-developer and co-instructor of the recently updated NHI course Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Design (NHI Course 132040).  

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Eric Tievy

Eric Tievy holds two Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, one from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in Finance received in 1989; the other from the A. James Clark School of Engineering in Civil Engineering received in 1996. During more than 25 years in the construction industry, Mr. Tievy has held purchasing, estimating and project management roles on hundreds of projects. He has worked on projects in almost every commercial construction market, including: commercial base building, government, hospitality, multifamily residential, healthcare, laboratory, education, institutional, correctional facility and mass transit project types. In his current role as the Director of Operations for Consigli Construction, Mr. Tievy oversees and manages the Washington, DC office for the New England-based construction manager.  In his previous role, he created a centralized Procurement Group that played a key role in allowing the firm to provide its clients with the most competitive pricing available from subcontractors. Mr. Tievy has also served several terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington, and is certified as a LEED™ Accredited Professional.

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