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Edward Thigpen, Project Director

Throughout his more than 20 year career, Edward has been a general contractor, construction manager, program manager and owner’s representative on both design build and design bid build projects. His skills also include site planning, safety engineering, public relations, value engineering, critical path method (CPM) scheduling, transportation engineering and interior design. In addition to working on turn-key and tenant build-out projects, Edward’s projects include golf courses and sports fields, healthcare facilities, resorts and casinos, office buildings, manufacturing plants and infrastructure in the United States and the Caribbean.

Edward provided oversight services in civil, structural building, mechanical and electrical disciplines, as well as managed the progress and development of projects that are in various stages of design and construction. He ensured that project design, quality, budget, financial reporting and schedule requirements were in compliance with client goals.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University 1994

Registrations

  • Certified Building Contractor, Florida

Professional Membership

  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

Resort, Hotel and Casino Experience

Credit Suisse Securities LLC, Ginn sur Mer Golf Course, Phase I, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Senior Project Manager – Edward worked on-site as the agent’s representative for the lender of a $160 million resort project located on the western most tip of Grand Bahama Island. Phase I included excavation of a mega-yacht marina, which generated 11 million cubic yards of limestone that was used to raise the grade of the entire 600 acre construction site by more than six feet. Infrastructure development of the 868 residential lots necessitated the installation of two reverse osmosis water plants that generate 500,000 gallons of fresh water per day, as well as 22 miles of electrical service and six miles of utilities and roadways. An 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed professional-style golf course was also built. All phases of the project were estimated to cost more than $3 billion.

Edward oversaw, reviewed and reported on all construction and design activities following the restructuring of the master project contracts between the developer and the lender group. He also reviewed and approved pay applications, evaluated subcontracts and change orders, generated punch lists, certified completed work and liaised with the project partners.

Bluegreen Trop 29 (Club 36), Las Vegas, NV, Senior Project Manager – During construction of a modern, 5,000 SF sales center located on the Las Vegas Strip and a $110 million, 500,000 SF timeshare hotel on Tropicana Avenue, Edward acted as the owner’s representative for the timeshare developer Bluegreen. The hotel included two floors of retail space, one- and two-bedroom guest rooms and 2,500 SF presidential suites. Built from post tension concrete framing and an exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) exterior, the building required extensive design coordination due to it being located directly underneath the Las Vegas International (McCarron) Airport’s landing flight path. The 85-foot height restrictions, which included construction equipment, only permitted a 12-foot floor-to-floor height, requiring innovative structural and airflow designs as well as intricate above- ceiling utility coordination.

Edward’s duties included design management for the entire facility, conceptual cost estimating, value engineering, selection and management of the general contractor, change order review and analysis, scheduling review and analysis, quality control and public relations coordination with Clark County, the McCarron Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Ameristar Casino Renovation, Vicksburg, MS, Senior Project Manager – Serving as the owner’s representative for the owner, Edward was responsible for design management during remodeling of the cafeteria and casino areas and reconstruction of the 149-guest room hotel, all of which occurred during normal working conditions. He also served as the on-site design liaison for the casino design manager, supervised the ongoing design process and reported on construction progress.

Mohegan Tribe, Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Uncasville, CT, Senior Project Manager – This $740 million design-and-build project included expansion of the existing casino and construction of a 1,000-room hotel, a 600,000 SF casino, an entertainment complex, dining and retail facilities and two parking garages. When completed, the expansion added 1.4 million SF of floor space to the facility. Acting as the owner’s representative, Edward assembled the cost logistic system for the project, produced monthly cost reports for the Tribal Council and served on a contractor selection committee.

Office Buildings Experience

Mohegan Tribe, Government Building and Community Center, Uncasville, CT, Senior Project Manager – Edward served as the owner’s representative during construction of the Mohegan Tribe capitol building on tribal land. Overlooking the Mohegan Sun Casino, the $90 million, 160,000 SF government building and community center was carved into an 18-acre forested hillside. In the shape of a bird, the facility will house the Mohegan Tribal Government and cultural center for the 1,600 tribe members, as well as a practice court and weight room for the Connecticut Sun professional women’s basketball team. Although not Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, the building was designed to achieve Silver LEED certification by its use of a high- efficiency heating and air conditioning system, natural stone and local construction materials and high-efficiency glass windows.

Edward acted as the program manager for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, where his duties included design management for the entire facility, conceptual through contract document cost estimating and control, and value engineering. He also served on the contractor selection committee, managed the general contractor, reviewed and analyzed change orders and scheduling, handled public relations tasks, managed archaeological control and submitted cost reporting to the Tribal Government

Healthcare Experience

(Pending Project) Peebles Hospital expansion, Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Edward served as the lead bid organizer and team liaison on the pursuit and development of the opportunity. The project, a $30M, 80 bed, 55,000SF hospital expansion was bid and awarded in November 2011. Edward was instrumental in developing personal relationships with the Owner and design team, assembly of the onsite investigation information and negotiations of the project award. Due to a change in the government from the election in November 2011, the project was placed on hold pending reviews by the new political party.

DeKalb Hospital Capital Projects, DeKalb, GA, Senior Project Manager – On behalf of a general contractor, Edward was responsible for managing capital improvement projects at the hospital. The projects included construction of a new women’s center, remodeling three floors of the patient care wings, construction of a new administration center and renovations to multiple doctor’s offices. Because the projects were completed during normal hospital operations, extensive liaison with the hospital operator, design team and building officials was required. During the

$6 million worth of construction, Edward’s responsibilities included cost estimating and bidding, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Decatur Hospital Capital Projects, Decatur, GA, Senior Project Manager – Edward was employed by a general contractor to oversee $3 million worth of capital improvement projects, including remodeling of four floors of patient care rooms and corridors, replacement of the hospital chiller and renovations to multiple doctor’s offices. The projects were completed during normal hospital operations, which required extensive liaison with the hospital operator, design team and building officials. Edward’s duties included cost estimating and bidding, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Kennestone Hospital Capital Projects, Kennesaw, GA, Senior Project Manager – Working for a general contractor, Edward was in charge of capital improvement projects such as construction of a new radiology center, renovation of one floor of patient care and replacement of the hospital’s existing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. Valued at more than $2 million, the projects were completed during normal hospital operations, which required extensive liaison with the hospital operator, design team and building officials. Edward was responsible for cost estimating and bidding, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Higher Education Experience

Georgia Institute of Technology, Turf Field Project, Atlanta, GA, Project Engineer – Working for a general contractor, Edward was involved in the construction of an artificial turf playing field to be used for practice by the Georgia Tech sports teams and for warm-up and preparation of the Olympic teams during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Using German technology and recycled tires as the base of the field, this was one of the first installations of artificial turf in the city. Edward’s duties included managing the turf subcontractors and quality control.

Manufacturing and Industrial Experience

Lever Brothers, Capital Improvement Projects, Baltimore, MD, Project Manager – Employed by the general contractor, Edward was assigned to numerous capital improvement projects at the Lever Brothers soap plant. Totaling more than $6 million, these projects included replacement of several liquid soap packaging lines, bar soap production lines and storage tanks, as well as general maintenance of the operational facility. Edward managed union millwright and pipefitting crews, procured materials and handled project scheduling.

Lever Brothers, Plant Expansion, Cartersville, GA, Project Manager – For a $15 million, 18,000 SF plant expansion project, Edward oversaw the construction of a two-story addition to an existing industrial facility containing two new product packaging lines. Because construction took place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 10 months, it was vital that operations of the existing plant not be disrupted; therefore, coordination with the plant engineering team and local building officials during construction was key to this project. Edward was responsible for material procurement and expedition, scheduling, quality control, budget management and safety.

Lever Brothers, Plant Demolition, St. Louis, MO, Project Engineer – Edward acted on behalf of the general contractor during preparation for demolition of the plant. The project involved the dismantling and auction sale of industrial equipment at the plant and the interior demolition of any remaining systems and utilities. Edward managed the selective demolition crews, project safety and preparation of the equipment for sale.

Municipal Facilities Experience

Alpharetta Fire and Police Station, Alpharetta, GA, Senior Project Manager – On behalf of the general contractor, Edward was in charge of project management during the design/build construction of a fire and police station in rural Georgia. The $1.4 million station included a three fire engine garage, a police station, holding cells, a cafeteria and sleeping quarters. It was located on land that was donated to the county and contained a historical barn that had to be relocated prior to the start of construction. New construction standards for public work in Georgia were incorporated into this project. Edward was responsible for value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Office Buildings Experience

Teleglobe, Data Switch Center, Atlanta, GA, Senior Project Manager – On behalf of the general contractor, Edward provided project management services during construction of one of the first data switch centers in downtown Atlanta to use fiber for the phone service. The $5 million, 55,000 SF center was constructed on the fifth floor of a 100-year-old historic building in the city center and involved installation of an 80,000-gallon fuel tank in its basement. The erection of the chiller farm on the roof required an 8-hour shutdown of Peachtree Street, one of the busiest roads in Georgia. The project included more than five miles of conduit and an under floor cooling system, the latter being new technology at the time. Edward’s duties included cost estimating and bidding, design coordination, scheduling, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

CIS Office Building, Suwanee, GA, Project Manager – On behalf of the general contractor, Edward was responsible for project management during construction of a $2.4 million, 24,000 SF office warehouse. The building was covered with white masonry and accented by high-efficiency green glass storefront. Edward was in charge of cost estimating and bidding, design coordination, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Medical Office Building, Douglasville, GA, Project Manager – Edward was in charge of project management for the general contractor who constructed the initial shell building and performed later interior build- out of a medical office facility. Built using steel frame and masonry construction, the structure was covered with a red brick fascia. Valued at $4 million, the two-story, 55,000 SF building was begun as a shell-only project for a joint venture partnership that later leased out the individual offices to local doctors. Edward’s duties included cost estimating and bidding, design coordination, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training.

Religious Facilities Experience

Christ Episcopal Church Classroom Building, Kennesaw, GA, Senior Project Manager – For a design/build project involving construction of a classroom building for a church, Edward provided project management services on behalf of the general contractor. The $1.4 million, 11,000 SF, two-story classroom building was located adjacent to the operational church facility. The structural framework was composed of light gauge steel and custom light gauge metal roof trusses, and the exterior was clad with intricate purple brickwork. Edward’s duties included cost estimating and bidding, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout, owner training and collaboration with the Archdiocese.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church Expansion, Dunwoody, GA, Senior Project Manager – Edward worked for the general contractor during construction of an expansion to a church facility. The $5.5 million project included building of a new wing which housed a gym, an industrial kitchen, office space, a wedding chapel, a library and a choir practice area. Because the new construction tied into an operational church facility, sound control necessitated the use of heavy gauge structural steel framing covered by sound-resistant concrete masonry block and exterior insulation finish systems. The interior was finished with extensive custom woodwork and custom gym flooring.

Edward was responsible for cost estimating and bidding, design coordination, value engineering, contract negotiation and management, coordination of all work, public relations, permitting, safety management, change order preparation and negotiation, scheduling, quality control, project closeout and owner training. The project was nominated for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Build Georgia Award.

Transportation Experience

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Montoursville, PA, Project Inspector – During his internship, Edward’s duties included concrete and asphalt testing, quantity verification, quality inspections and preparation of daily project reports. He worked on a steel bridge replacement, two concrete bridge deck replacements and multiple asphalt paving projects.

Summary
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Name
Edward Thigpen
Nickname
(Big Ed)
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Job Title
Project Director
Company
DRB Consulting LLC

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