Howard Colburn,

Construction Management


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February 1998 to February 2000




This project encompassed the demolition, preservation and development of the historic Howard Hughes Aircraft plant in Los Angeles. I was primary Construction Manager at the beginning of construction and prepared preliminary schedules and budgets for the development prior to demolition and construction commencement. Membership in the construction preparation team included consulting on the best approaches to get work off the ground and sequences that were most advantageous from a progress and environmental compliance standpoint.


As demolition ensued, I provided support to keep vital utilities in service while environmentally challenged buildings were demolished with all materials recycled.


My main focus was the construction of infrastructure utilities and the grading to allow construction of the first phase of residential pads, the marketing pavilion and the pad for a large apartment site. I scheduled all of the major outfall storm drain, grading sequence, major highway improvements and environmental restoration to allow construction and occupancy of the first phase development.


The development of this site was highly controversial and opposition groups kept an eagle eye on the progress to report to governing agencies any purported violations of agency mandates. The issuance of a Federal court order to protect wetland areas from any intrusion encumbered small areas over the entire site. I established and implemented an access deterrent program that protected these areas while allowing the movement of more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of dirt to complete pads for development.


Our contract on this site expired and was not renewed due to governmental issues that deterred fast-paced development of the necessary facilities for development of the site.