JBC Associates provided Construction Management and Construction Inspection Services on behalf of PAID (Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development) for the Langley Avenue Reconstruction project in Philadelphia. Part of a larger comprehensive redesign of the Broad Street Gate, the $10 million project involved the reconstruction and partial realignment of the eastern portion of Langley Avenue from Broad Street to 26th Street for approximately 1 mile. The realignment culminates in a new 4‐way signalized intersection at Broad Street and League Island Boulevard, just north of the Navy Yard Main Gate. The project incorporated drainage and utility improvements, an electrical duct bank, an outflow headwall, 12” PGW gas main, streetscape items, sidewalk enhancements and other miscellaneous construction.
A unique aspect of this project was the use of foamed glass insulation for the first time during construction of a US roadway. After concerns arose regarding weak existing soil conditions and settlement of the realigned Langley Avenue, the project geotechnical engineer recommended use of a light weight fill in-lieu of a 60-day embankment quarantine period. The contractor proposed a new aggregate to meet the specifications, known as “foamed glass”, a product made entirely from recycled glass. The product, which took shape in Norway back in the 1990’s, had yet to be used in the United States, until now. With the recent opening of the manufacturer’s nearby US location, it became a perfect solution for the project’s needs.
JBC Associates is pleased to announce that Brian A. Moore, PE, has joined the firm as Project Manager for our Construction Management agreement for the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Cashless Tolling Facilities project. Brian brings 23 years of construction management experience with emphasis on highway and bridge construction projects in Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to have Brian on board as we assist the Commission in managing its conversion of the Turnpike system to 100% cashless tolling,” said Janet Cunningham, PE, firm President.
Mr. Moore has been a key member of numerous major highway construction projects where he has helped to advance the successful implementation of new construction materials, technologies and construction methods. As a skilled Project Manager he has demonstrated his ability to assemble teams, expedite complex projects and meet client goals.
Brian is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology. He continues to serve the University, most recently as President of PSU Harrisburg’s Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Advisory Board. He has instructed PennDOT training courses, guest lectured for Construction Management courses at Penn State Harrisburg and delivered project presentations to various industry organizations such as ASHE, APC, PSPE, ASCE, and PennDOT and PA Turnpike workshops. Brian is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
JBC Associates, Inc. congratulates Christopher Carbutt, PE and David LaCrosse, PE, both civil engineers with the firm, who have recently passed their professional engineering exam and are now licensed professional engineers in Pennsylvania.
Chris Carbutt, with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University, has over eight years of experience in materials management, environmental remediation, and transportation construction inspection of roadway and bridge projects. When he’s not serving as a Construction Manager on the SR 422 Schuylkill River Bridge Replacement project, Chris shares a business interest in the local craft beer movement at Stable 12 Brewery in Phoenixville, PA.
Dave LaCrosse, with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University, has over nine years of construction and design-related experience with structures, construction management, materials testing and environmental engineering for transit, highway and tolling facilities, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and bridge structures. Dave has recently transitioned from his role performing construction field inspection and oversight to construction management and scheduling of transportation projects.
JBC Associates, Inc. (JBC), one of the Commonwealth’s largest and most respected women-owned professional construction management firms, celebrates its 30th Anniversary – 30 years of supporting the key infrastructure that is propelling the Philadelphia region forward into the national and international spotlight. JBC provides project management, construction management including CPM scheduling, construction inspection, contract administration, and dispute resolution services to government, institutional, and private sector clients.
As the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission moves toward innovating tolling across the Commonwealth, JBC Associates has been selected to lead the Construction Management and Construction Inspection teams implementing Cashless Tolling Facilities Statewide on the Pennsylvania Turnpike system. With cashless tolling, all tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike system will be assessed electronically, either through E-Z Pass or the TOLL BY PLATE program, meaning motorists will no longer need to stop at toll plazas. The full roll out of the Cashless Tolling System statewide is estimated to be complete by 2022, with removal of the existing toll plaza infrastructure to occur in 2023 and 2024. More information about the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s cashless tolling conversion can be found at www.nocashzone.com .
JBC Associates’ 8-year, not-to-exceed $15 million statewide agreement with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is to provide Construction Management and Construction Inspection for the cashless tolling conversion of the entire system, from installing the infrastructure and equipment necessary for the automated tolling, to removal of the existing toll plaza facilities. JBC and our team of subconsultants will provide pre-construction services such as constructability reviews, cost estimating, scheduling, as well as specification and detail development. JBC will also perform all construction related oversight for the anticipated 8 separate construction projects required to implement the cashless tolling. In this role, JBC will perform a full range of construction oversight duties, including; construction documentation, schedule monitoring, cost containment, quality control, geotechnical, and public relations services.
“The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has given us the opportunity to showcase our Construction Management and Construction Inspection abilities on a challenging, high-profile project,” said Janet B. Cunningham, President and CEO of JBC Associates. “Our team of experienced construction management and inspection professionals are excited to be serving an important role on this unique project.”
The Project Management Professional certification (PMP) is often referred to as one of the most important industry-recognized certifications for Project Managers, it is also one of the most difficult certifications to achieve. Successful applicants must not only pass the exam, but also put in a significant amount of time working on projects directly. The PMP Certification is highly regarded across multiple industries, not just within the construction management field.
JBC Associates congratulates John Zawaski, one of our project managers, on achieving his PMP Certification! We sat down with John to learn more about his PMP experience. Also in on the conversation is Scott Schaeffer, Vice President at JBC, who completed his PMP certification several years ago. Below they explain exam requirements in greater detail, offer words of wisdom for future applicants, and discuss the benefits of being PMP certified.
JBC: How’s it feel to be PMP Certified?
John Zawaski: I feel a sense of pride knowing that I have been able to achieve a professional certification that upholds a very high standard.
JBC: Why did you decide to pursue the PMP?
John Zawaski: I decided to pursue the PMP at the urging of Scott Schaeffer. I have never been someone who is content to stay in a single position within the vertical hierarchy of an organizational structure. Scott holds a PMP Certification and he recommended that achieving a PMP Certification would bolster my standing within the transportation construction community.
JBC: What requirements did you have to meet to take the exam?
- Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience.
- 7,500 hours spent leading and directing projects.
- 35 contact hours of formal project management education
JBC: Would you encourage other JBC staff to pursue it?
John Zawaski: I would absolutely encourage other JBC staff to pursue the PMP Certification. I learned a lot about the project management process through earning my PMP that is useful in my day to day activities. By the second time through studying the PMP Official Guide, I implemented several practices on the projects I manage that were taken straight out of the Guide. I would recommend reading and knowing the PMP Project Management Standards, even if you are not yet technically qualified to sit for the exam.
JBC: How will our clients and projects benefit from you having gone through the PMP certification process?
John Zawaski: There are many ways clients and projects benefit from project managers having a PMP Certification. Two specific examples I would like to mention are ethics and experience. A significant amount of the PMP testing requires the person sitting for the exam to answer situational questions. The PMP Certification emphasizes proper ethics, with trust and integrity at the core of ethics. In order to pass the exam you have to answer situational questions that display your knowledge and application of proper ethics. By having attained a PMP Certification the clients of JBC will know that the project manager leading their project has at least the minimal experience and education required for the certification process. By seeing the letters PMP following a project manager’s name, the clients can feel a sense of ease at knowing their project is in the hands of an ethical, experienced leader.
JBC: Do you have any words of wisdom for someone planning on taking the exam?
John Zawaski I would tell others to read and understand the most up to date version of the PMP Guide, and the Rita Mulcahy PMP Exam Prep Book. I recommend reading through each at least three times. Another necessity is to answer as many PMP exam simulation questions as you can before you sit for the exam. There are a number of websites that have practice tests available. The last bit of wisdom would be to know that passing the exam requires more than just memorizing technically correct answers. A lot of the questions on the exam will have 2 and sometimes 3 correct choices out of 4 options. The key to passing the test it to choose the most correct answer. The only way to know the most correct answer is to develop the mindset of a Project Management Professional. The correct mindset means that you are able to break down situational questions to understand what part of the project management process you are in before you choose your answer.
On encouraging others to pursue the PMP Certification, Scott Schaeffer, shared the following.
Scott Schaeffer: I would highly recommend pursuing it. I’m a strong believer in professional certifications because I think they show professional commitment, a specified level of knowledge, and a presumption of technical expertise; all of which gives our clients the confidence that our staff has the proven ability to manage a project to a successful completion…..which in the end, is the ultimate goal for all of us.
There is huge value to this certification not just in the transportation industry that we work in, but also many industries such as Aerospace, Energy, Oil, Gas, Healthcare, IT and Telecom, Pharmaceutical and Utilities. All these industries have one thing in common; they all have projects that have similar phases of Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing. Having the PMP Certification gives clients and customers the confidence that you have the experience, education and real life experience to guide any type of project to a successful completion.
I just want to personally congratulate John on obtaining this certification. I know firsthand he was extremely committed to obtaining this, as he is with all things, and that he put the time and effort into the preparation. I’m very proud to see him reach his goal and have another PMP on the JBC team.
Well done, John!