• Project Team Spotlight: Laurel CDC

    Posted by Brittney Bennett on 10/14/2022

    Abdul Alawdi Mary Ledezma   

    [Pictured: Abdul Alawdi (left) and Mary Ledezma (right)]   

    What is your role on the Laurel CDC project?                                     

    Abdul Alawdi (Project Engineer): As a project engineer, my role on this project is to work with the construction manager on site to make certain all issues that may arise are solved in a timely manner, and to oversee the project as a whole. My job is also to ensure proper communication is shared between project, office and field personnel.            

    Mary Ledezma (Construction Manager): I have a dual role as the project manager and construction manager. I manage the administrative and technical responsibilities and ensure that the approved budget, schedule and quality are in sync.  I have eyes and purview on the whole project. As the District on-the-ground representative and voice, I make sure all activities align with the District’s goals and objectives.

    What do you enjoy most about working on the Laurel CDC project?

    AbdulAside from working with a talented team, seeing the project go from a plan to reality and knowing the positive impact it will have on the community is definitely the part I enjoy most.

    Mary: Being onsite in the construction trailer with boots on ground, seeing up close while the CDC goes up is rewarding.

    Are there any special connections you have to this project other than working on it?

    AbdulI was born and raised in Oakland. My extended family and I have also attended public schools here and understand the support many students may need to succeed. Having family members who were previously students at this school definitely makes this project more special to me.            

    MaryI enjoy getting to know the construction workers, many of whom hail from Mexico where I was born. It’s all about the people, the workers, that contribute to the success of the project that is often overlooked.

    How do you think students and teachers will respond to the modernization work that’s being done?

    Abdul: From  classroom and office improvements to outside playground upgrades, I believe teachers and students will appreciate the modernization work done at Laurel alike for generations to come.             

    Mary: School and community pride will come from seeing a modern facility with architectural appeal.  This spills into better physical indoor resources, which then creates better learning opportunities for preschoolers, the end-user.

    How do the two of you work together on this project?

    Abdul: Through collaboration and communication, we tackle problems and meet deadlines in a timely manner to ensure the project stays on course.            

    MaryThe mountain of daily administrative tasks and procedures requires on-going communication to get all the work done. We respect each other for our various skill sets.

    What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

    Abdul: Seeing the project plan put into action and coming to life, and knowing the positive imprint it will leave on the community, are definitely the most enjoyable parts of the work I do. Knowing this will make an impact in the public sector on the daily lives of others and how our projects diversify the community and bring it together is another gratifying aspect of the work I do.

    Mary: Every project is unique and can go into trouble mode quickly. I enjoy striking the right balance of leading and coaching to problem solve issues that pop-up daily to get the project back on track.

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  • Project Team Spotlight: Claremont

    Posted by Brittney Bennett on 5/16/2022

    Deshonne Hall  Chastity Henderson   

    [Pictured: Deshonne Hall (left) and Chastity Henderson (right)]   

    What is your role on the Claremont project?                                     

    Deshonne Hall (Construction Manager): My role is to oversee the Design and Construction of the project from beginning to end, while also managing the project's time / delivery, cost, and quality.                 

    Chastity Henderson (Project Engineer): I am involved in all aspects of the project, specifically document control, invoices, daily reports, progress photos, etc. and to support the Claremont team. 

    What do you enjoy most about working on the Claremont project?

    One of the greatest aspects of working on the Claremont project is that our work contributes to something that is meaningful to the school community.

    Are there any special connections you have to this project other than working on it?

    Coming from a large inner-city school district ourselves, we understand the desire for specific structures on campus and how important it is to have dedicated space that supports the wellbeing of students.

    How do you think students and teachers will respond to the modernization work that’s being done?

    We think that the teachers and students will be ecstatic about the new multi-purpose building and will enjoy the new space intended for multi-use.

    How do the two of you work together on this project?

    We work together to ensure all aspects of the project are covered by practicing the three C’s; Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration.

    What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

    Receiving the smiling faces and appreciation of the children of the districts that we serve.

     

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