JBC Associates wishes to congratulate Michael Sensenig, PMP, on receiving his Project Management Professional Certification. Mike is a Transportation Construction Manager with JBC Associates who decided to pursue his PMP Certification when it became a family affair. We asked Mike “why” he decided to pursue the PMP certification and the value he feels it brings to his work.
- What made you want to pursue the PMP certification?
MS: My wife, Valerie, works in Pharmaceutical Project Management and started working on her PMP Certification. She was asking me questions about CPM scheduling and costs, and I began to realize that the topics she was studying seemed to be very closely related to what is required in managing PennDOT projects. I then realized that Scott Schaeffer had his PMP and I spoke to him about it. He, along with John Zawaski, encouraged me to pursue a certification.
- Does it change your approach to your job on a daily basis?
MS: The topics covered in the PMP Certification are not exclusive to construction and can be used across all disciplines. I think learning the science of Project Management can help you to understand how the different parts of a project are related and how to better view projects as a whole, from inception to completion. I also think that understanding Project Management is very beneficial to the Construction Inspection side of our industry as well.
- What benefit do you see it bringing to our clients?
MS: The Project Management Framework, on which the PMP is based, helps you to see how projects are related and provides a framework for you to use from Project to Project, with a mindset of always improving. We have already begun to implement some of the processes from the PMP on the Project I am currently assigned. We have begun to track issues and lessons learned in order to provide knowledge to future inspectors on this project and to future PennDOT Projects as well. By following the Project Management Framework, we can continue to improve from Project to Project, and provide a well-rounded approach to Project Management to our Clients, both in Construction Management and Construction Inspection.
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.”