015 Interview with Wake Technical Community College CIP Manager

TManningLast week I sat down with Todd Manning PE, CCM, PMP, PEM, LEED AP for lunch and to talk about project management. He supervises the facilities project managers in the design and construction department at Wake Tech Community College (WTCC). His group is currently managing over $200 million worth of projects on the multiple WTCC campuses. 

[Q] How does WTCC manage projects in each of the design and construction phases? Is there a project manager (PM) for the design phase that hands it over to a construction manager during the construction phase? Continue reading

008 Interview with Corporate CIP Project Manager

Untitled-1Kent Mitchell is a registered architect and project management professional with over 28 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and is currently a business lead and senior project manager of capital projects for Syngenta.

[Q] On your latest project, how many stakeholders do you have?

[A] I have a lab project in design phase that I have +/-50 stakeholders.

[Q] What is Syngenta’s process for hiring consultants?

[A] Our procurement business partners issue Requests For Proposal to pre-qualified AE teams.  We would generally short-list the firms and invite 2 or 3 firms to interview.  The Syngenta selection committee might consist of 6 or more cross-functional decision makers who vote on the firms.  The selection is based on multiple criteria, not just low bid.  Continue reading

004 Interview with an WI State CIP Project Manager

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Craig Weisensel MBA, PMP, PE, AIA manages the capital improvement projects and maintenance projects of Wisconsin state facilities. He is the Team Leader for the Project Delivery Section and he oversees a staff of project managers with a portfolio of over 300 major capital development projects and over 1000 maintenance and repair projects for a combined total budget of $700 Million.

[Q] I work closely with design teams [A/E] on our state projects and sometimes they share with me their frustration with our internal review process.  What do you think are the biggest complaints that architects and engineers [A/E] have when they work on your campus projects? Continue reading