A senior Projects Control Manager with 35 years experience in the engineering and construction industry, Gene is the backbone on his projects. He groundtruths and maintains project budgets and schedules; rigorously forecasts and tracks spending and schedule performance; and helps implement and manage our advanced project controls systems and processes – working collaboratively with clients and project teams to deliver our promises.
The Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility Design-Build-Operate (DBO) Project exemplifies the care and passion Gene brings to his work everyday. Challenged with meeting the project’s unmovable and aggressive regulatory deadline, Gene worked hand-in-hand with the client and delivery team to seek out potential schedule risks before they affected our schedule. When they determined the sequencing for the bioreactor and blower electrical room would make the schedule almost impossible to meet, they developed a creative workaround so that the two projects could start in parallel. Though this re-sequencing cost more upfront, it shaved months off the schedule, ultimately saving thousands of dollars and helping the team beat its deadline by one year.
One of Gene’s greatest attributes is developing strong, trusted relationships with our clients. He understands the pressures they face in living up to their public commitments and works in partnership with them to secure their success. Since Agua Nueva was Pima County’s first DBO project, and they already had a third party managing their project controls, it took time to build their trust in the CH2M DBO way of project controls, with Gene at the helm. But after several months of meetings and discussion, they made the switch. The outcome was fantastic: not only did we deliver early, but at no time over the three-year period were there any issues with our schedule or invoices.
Gene shares that he feels a genuine sense of pride when a plan comes together, especially when he gets to witness a gleaming new water or wastewater plant treat its first drop of water, and then remember what it looked like when they first started. When asked why he likes working at CH2M, he explains, “There are quite a few reasons: I like the freedom I have to try new ideas. I like working with what I consider are the brightest and most innovative people working in the industry. And I love working on DBO projects, which I have been lucky enough to be involved with for the past eight years. I consider myself one of the lucky ones because I get to work on some of the coolest projects in the world.”
We are privileged to have people like Gene to mentor up-and-coming staff and partner with clients and our project teams to tackle challenges, large and small... having fun all along the way.