Brian P.

Summary

I seek an opportunity in Africa where I can use my skills, experiences, and interests such that others and I may flourish.

My experiences have given me a well-founded, nuanced, and mature perspective on a range of human endeavors. I have worked for a large multinational corporation, several small businesses, and a world-class university. I have engaged in manufacturing, commercial design and construction, institutional design and construction, and higher education. I have succeeded with various kinds of cultures, people, and personalities: the American South, Southern California, the Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest England; commercial and institutional; tradesmen and professionals; factory operators and managers; doctors, scientists, and administrators; educators and students; academics and construction laborers.

I have a demonstrated ability to build on my success in one field and go on to succeed in another. I have had a successful career in the US. I would now like to extend my scope to locations where I can serve in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Experience

Associate Director Planning, Project Services, Facilities Management
University of Virginia
United States
October-2015 - Present

Project Services is the in-house construction group within Facilities Management at the University of Virginia. Annual work-in-place averages more than $30,000,000. Projects span a wide range -- from maintenance-type work to capital project construction to design-build non-capital projects. Customers include all the usual facets of a world-class university -- from athletics to health system to academic classroom.

My job has several components: I oversee our estimating group, as well as a group of professionals that do both project management and limited MEP design production. I'm responsible for "intake" of project requests, for setting initial budgets and schedules, and for coordination of construction with my colleagues in construction and the trades. I also personally oversee many projects as de facto project manager.

Supervisory Senior Project Manager
University of Virginia
United States
January-2011 - September-2015

I supervised a team of project managers and construction managers -- while continuing to manage my own projects. We oversaw projects -- both capital and non-capital -- that ranged the gamut of construction typical in Academic Medical Centers. Our specialty was doing renovation projects, usually adjacent to occupied spaces.

The size of my team ranged from four to seven professionals.

Senior Project Manager
University of Virginia
United States
November-2004 - December-2010

Began as a part-time Project Manager, transitioned to a full-time Senior Project Manager, and then promoted to Supervisory Senior Project Manager -- within the Health System Division of Facilities Planning and Construction within Facilities Management at UVA.

Managed design, procurement, and construction for a range of academic, research, and healthcare facility projects. Activities included: Scope, schedule, and budget development with user groups and fund providers. Procurement of professional design services, management of consultants in developing design, procurement of construction services, and management of contractors and / or in-house trades personnel.

Types of projects: Biomedical laboratories, MRI facility, electron microscopy suite, cyclotron suite, radiation therapy clinic, inpatient hospital units, MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) building infrastructure upgrades, utility (e.g., emergency power) improvements, IT support spaces, dining area, offices, classrooms, parking garage refurbishments, asbestos abatement projects, and others.

Senior Technical Engineer
Procter & Gamble
United States
December-1994 - August-2001

Began as a Technical Engineer, promoted to Senior Technical Engineer.

Provided engineering support to “paper machines” at P&G’s Albany plant. The plant produced paper towels and tissue. Managed all phases of capital and maintenance projects assigned to me, including: Conceptual and feasibility analysis. Budget preparation and financial accounting. Development of project scope and basis of design. Detailed design and equipment procurement. Construction management. Project commissioning and start-up. Post-start-up and project closeout.

Collaborated closely with production and maintenance departments in setting and achieving department priorities, overcoming maintenance problems, and resolving technical issues.

Types of projects: Scope required for product brand upgrades. A significant papermaking process development effort. Projects aimed at improving paper machine rate, cost per case, and reliability. Projects to maintain and improve base paper machine assets.

Special Assignment (December 1999 - August 2000) at a P&G plant in Manchester, England: Member of an intervention team that led commissioning and post-start-up efforts at a new papermaking facility in England. Engaged critical resources in the plant to determine the causes of start-up problems and to develop viable solutions for them. Led design, procurement, installation, and commissioning of these solutions.

Education

Philosophy (PhD)
University of Virginia
United States
September-2004 - May-2012

I studied philosophy. My studies culminated in a dissertation on an important late-Medieval philosopher, and thence to a PhD in philosophy. I also served twice as a teaching assistant and taught an undergraduate course.

Philosophy (MA)
Biola University
United States
September-2001 - May-2004

I studied philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. I graduated with an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. I also served as a teaching assistant one term.

Mechanical Engineering (BS)
Georgia Institute of Technology
United States
September-1990 - December-1994

I studied mechanical engineering, graduating with a BS in 1994. I was a "cooperative student", working seven (7) quarters at Procter & Gamble.