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Team Member Affiliations

(at time of scan tour)

David O. Cox (Co-Chair) Division Administrator
Federal Highway Administration—Oregon Division
530 Center Street, N.E., Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301-4137
Tel: (503) 399-5749
Fax: (503) 399-5838
Email: david.cox@fhwa.dot.gov

Ronald C. Williams (Co-Chair) State Construction Engineer
Arizona Department of Transportation
206 South 17th Avenue (MD 172-A)
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: (602) 712-7323
Fax: (602) 254-5128
Email: rwilliams@dot.state.az.us

Keith R. Molenaar (Report Facilitator)
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder Campus
Box 428, ECOT 411
Boulder, CO 80309-0428
Tel: (303) 735-4276
Fax: (303) 492-7317
Email: keith.molenaar@colorado.edu

James J. Ernzen Associate Professor
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Del E. Webb School of Construction
Arizona State University
Box 870204
Tempe, AZ 85287-0204
Tel: (480) 965-0389
Fax: (480) 965-1769
Email: james.ernzen@asu.edu

Charlie Franklin (Frank) Gee Construction Engineer
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Tel: (804) 786-2783
Fax: (804) 786-7778
Email: gee_cf@vdot.state.va.us

Gregory G. Henk (Representing ARTBA)
Senior Vice President HBG Constructors Inc.
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy Suite A-160
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Tel: (949) 589-3343
Fax: (949) 709-2639
Email: ghenk@flatironstructures.com

Jeff W. Kolb
Supervisory Highway Engineer
Federal Highway Administration, California Division
980 9th Street (Suite 400)
Sacramento, CA 95814-2724
Tel: (916) 498-5037
Fax: (916) 498-5008
Email: jeff.kolb@fhwa.dot.gov

Tanya C. Matthews, AIC (Representing Design-Build)
Senior Vice President Director
Design-Build Development Parsons Brinckerhoff Constructors, Inc.
465 Spring Park Place Herndon, VA 20170-5227
Tel: (703) 742-5721
Fax: (703) 742-5962
Email: matthewst@pbworld.com

Len Sanderson
State Highway Administrator
North Carolina Department of Transportation
1536 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1536
Tel: (919) 733-7384
Fax: (919) 733-9428
Email: lsanderson@dot.state.nc.us

Nancy C. Smith Partner
Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott
445 South Figueroa Street (31st Floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1602
Tel: (213) 612-7837
Fax: (213) 612-7801
Email: nsmith@nossaman.com or ncs@ngke.com

Gary C. Whited Deputy Administrator
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4802 Sheboygan Avenue (Room 451)
P.O. Box 7965 Madison, WI 53707-7965
Tel: (608) 267-7774
Fax: (608) 264-6667
Email: gary.whited@dot.state.wi.us

John W. Wight (Representing ARTBA)
Executive Vice President
HNTB Corporation
Wayne Plaza I, Suite 400
145 Route 46 West Wayne, NJ 07470
Tel: (973) 237-3006
Fax: (973) 237-1673
Email: jwight@hntb.com

Gerald Yakowenko
Contract Administration Engineer
Federal Highway Administration
Contract Administration Group
Office of Program Administration, HIPA-30, Room 3134
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20590
Tel: (202) 366-1562
Fax: (202) 366-3988
Email: gerald.yakowenko@fhwa.dot.gov

Team Member Biographic Sketches

(at the time of the scan tour)

David O. Cox (Panel Co-Chair) is the Federal Highway Division Administrator for the State of Oregon. In this capacity he has overall responsibility for the Federal-aid highway system and the expenditure of Federal-aid highway funds in the State. Mr. Cox has more than 30 years of experience with the FHWA. He is a registered professional engineer and holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering. In previous assignments, Mr. Cox led the Contract Administration Office in Washington, D.C., where he vigorously promoted alternative contracting techniques throughout the nation. He is one of the principal authors of the soon to be released "FHWA Design / Build Regulations," and led the team that wrote FHWA's "Financial Plan Guidance" for projects with costs exceeding $1 billion. Mr. Cox has held the national positions of Secretary to the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction and Chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Subcommittee on Highway Construction and Maintenance.

Ronald C. (Ron) Williams (Panel Co-Chair) is the State Construction Engineer, Headquarters Office, Arizona DOT in Phoenix, and is responsible for contract administration policies, procedures, and specifications. He has 32 years of experience with the Arizona DOT, including as resident engineer, area engineer, and assistant district engineer. As State Construction Engineer, Mr. Williams is responsible for implementation of alternative contracting practices and management of the design-build process, with contracts to date for design-build projects of $380 million dollars. Mr. Williams is the Chairman of the Contract Administration Task Force, AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction, and chairs the AASHTO Design/Build Rules Committee. He served on the interdisciplinary team that helped the Arizona State Legislature develop new alternative contracting methods legislation. He is the Industry Co-Chairman on the Alternative Contracting Methods Task Force, Alliance for Construction Excellence at Arizona State University. Mr. Williams holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and the ASCE.

Dr. Keith R. Molenaar (Report Facilitator) is an Assistant Professor with the Construction Engineering and Management Program in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on alternative delivery strategies for the procurement of infrastructure and constructed facilities. His responsibilities include the coordination of a collaborative research effort aimed at exploring alternative delivery methods, analyzing project performance, and disseminating research results to owners, designers, constructors, and students. Dr. Molenaar was previously a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was Group Leader of the Construction Research Center's Procurement and Project Delivery research initiative. Dr. Molenaar has a BS degree in Architectural Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Molenaar is an active member of ASCE, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

Dr. James J. Ernzen is an associate professor at the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. He currently serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Alternative Project Delivery Methods Taskforce at the university where he teaches a graduate course on Design-Build Project Delivery Methods and conducts research in the area of design-build and other alternative project delivery systems. Prior to joining the Construction School, he spent more than 21 years as a construction manager, project engineer, construction materials researcher, and civil engineering educator in the Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Ernzen holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves on both the Education and Civil/Infrastructure Committees for the DBIA and the Construction Management Committee for the TRB.

Charlie Franklin (Frank) Gee is currently the State Construction Engineer for the Virginia DOT. He is the current Vice Chairman of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction, which is one of the sponsoring entities of this scanning tour. He is interested in evaluating the best business techniques in developing and administering transportation contracts so all members of AASHTO can benefit. In positions as resident and construction engineer, Mr. Gee has been involved in construction and the administration of contracts for more than 25 years. The current program in Virginia does approximately 700 contracts at a value of over $1 billion. Mr. Gee is a civil engineering graduate of North Carolina State University and is affiliated with several organizations.

Gregory G. Henk is Executive Vice President of Flatiron Structures' Design/Build Division and is responsible for project development and management. He has 30 years of project management experience in urban transportation and planning, engineering design, and construction. Mr. Henk recently served as Executive Vice President of the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, California, where he oversaw the design, construction, and toll operation of three toll roads with a combined construction value in excess of $2 billion. He has worked for State DOTs, public transportation agencies, and private engineering and construction firms. A recognized leader in the design/build industry, Mr. Henk is a specialist in public and private highway financing activities. He has been involved in the issuance of $2.8 billion of non-recourse, startup toll revenue bonds.

Jeff W. Kolb is the Supervisory Transportation Engineer for the South Program Delivery Team in the California Division of the FHWA in Sacramento, California. He is responsible for Federal oversight on all Federally funded highway transportation projects in the southern half of California. This includes several "mega-projects" (costing over $1 billion) at least one of which is a design-build project. Mr. Kolb has worked with the FHWA for more than 17 years, with previous assignments in the Utah Division, the Florida Division, and the Regional Office in Denver, Colorado. His experiences on these assignments included an integral role on the $1.59 billion Interstate 15 Design/Build Reconstruction Project in Salt Lake City, Utah; early design-build activities and alternative contracting in the Florida Division; and experience in the innovative arena of intelligent transportation systems in the regional office assignment. Mr. Kolb is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He also holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida.

Tanya C. Matthews, AIC, is the Vice President, Government Affairs for the Design-Build Institute of America. She is responsible for changes in Federal law for design-build and she works to broaden the use of design-build in Federal agencies in America. Prior to joining DBIA full time, Tanya was the Senior Vice President and Director of Design-Build Development for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), one of the world's largest engineering firms, and she was responsible for the expanded development of PB's design/build practice. A recognized leader in design-build, she served as 1999 Chairman of the Board of the DBIA and has played a decisive role in facilitating greater acceptance of the design-build process with public agencies and private-sector owners in the 50 States and abroad. Under Ms. Matthews' leadership, the share of design-build in the domestic, nonresidential market grew from 27 percent to 32 percent, and she was instrumental in gaining congressional approval for design-build on Federal projects. Ms. Matthews holds five academic degrees, including an MBA from the University of Maryland, and two BS degrees from The American University. In addition to her affiliation with the DBIA, Ms. Matthews is a member and past President, Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Dulles Area Transportation Association. She also has served as President of the Metro-Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Constructors and was the Founding President of their Northern Virginia Chapter. She won the "Marketer of the Year" award from the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and has been Awards Committee Chairman for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors since 1998.

Len Sanderson is the State Highway Administrator for the North Carolina DOT. Mr. Sanderson currently directs the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the 78,500-mile State highway system in North Carolina. His areas of emphasis are work zone safety and dissemination of information to motorists. Prior to his appointment as highway administrator, he served as the construction branch manager for statewide operations. Mr. Sanderson is a graduate of North Carolina State University and holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer and serves on several AASHTO committees.

Nancy C. Smith is a partner with the law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, LLP in Los Angeles, California. Her area of specialty is construction and procurement law, particularly design-build issues and public-private partnerships. Ms. Smith has been instrumental in developing some of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in the United States, including public toll roads in Orange County, California (design-build contracts totaling over $2 billion), the Alameda Transportation Corridor in Los Angeles (a $712 million design-build contract), the I-15 Reconstruction Project in Salt Lake City, Utah (a $1.4 billion design-build-maintain contract), the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit Project in New Jersey (an $800 million design-build-operate-maintain contract), and the T-Rex I-25 corridor reconstruction in Colorado (a $1.8 billion design-build project being jointly procured by the Colorado DOT and the Denver Regional Transit District. She holds a BA in German from the University of Florida and a JD from Yale Law School. She is a member of the Women's Transportation Seminar, the DBIA, and the TRB's Public Contract Law Committee.

Frederick Werner is an Innovative Finance Specialist for the FHWA at the Southern Resource Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Werner currently provides technical assistance to States, local governments, and private-sector firms in the use of Federal financing techniques to develop innovative or alternative financing for transportation projects. Among the Federal financing techniques currently promoted are subordinate Federal credit and State bonding secured by future Federal funds. Prior to joining the Southern Resource Center in 1999, Mr. Werner served as the financial manager in the FHWA Puerto Rico Division Office. He is a graduate of Marquette University with bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Werner holds CPA certification in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Gary C. Whited is the Deputy Administrator of the Division of Infrastructure Development for the Wisconsin DOT (WisDOT) in Madison, Wisconsin. As Deputy Administrator, Mr. Whited shares responsibility with the Division Administrator for managing the headquarters engineering division of WisDOT that is responsible for the development and operation of Wisconsin's highways, airports, harbors, and railroads. The division focuses on Statewide development of policies and standards for these transportation systems, which includes management of construction programs. He has been with WisDOT for 29 years, 10 years of which he was director of the Bureau of Highway Construction where he was directly responsible for administering the Statewide highway construction program. Mr. Whited holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and an MS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Construction Engineering and Management Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves on numerous TRB, AASHTO, and NCHRP committees, is currently the Director of the Midwest Concrete Consortium, and has authored papers published in ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Transportation Research Record, and Proceedings of the International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and is a past ASCE Madison Branch president and past member of the Wisconsin ASCE Section Board of Direction.

John W. Wight is an Executive Vice President with HNTB Corporation, a large national A/E firm specializing in transportation. He also is Chairman of the ARTBA. ARTBA is the nation's oldest (established 1902) national construction association and is a recognized leader in the transportation construction industry. It is the only association that exclusively represents the collective interests of all sectors of the transportation construction industry before the White House, Congress, Federal agencies, media, and the public. In recent years, issues of alternative contracting methods have been at the forefront of ARTBA's concerns, especially as they relate to pending Federal legislative changes. Throughout his 33-year career with HNTB, Mr. Wight has been involved in all aspects of highway design and administration. He has worked extensively on toll highways across the United States and has been deeply involved in the transportation privatization movement for the past 10 years. Mr. Wight has his bachelor and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. He is a licensed professional engineer in 18 states and is a member of ASCE, NSPE, and IBTTA in addition to his involvement in ARTBA.

Gerald Yakowenko is a Contract Administration Engineer with the FHWA in Washington, D.C. Mr. Yakowenko currently is responsible for developing and interpreting FHWA's policy for Federally funded construction contracts. In addition, he provides technical and programmatic assistance to the State DOTs for innovative contracting practices such as design-build and multi-parameter bidding contracts. Throughout his 21-year career with FHWA, he has been involved with construction contracting issues. He is a 1977 graduate of Lehigh University and holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Missouri. Mr. Yakowenko is a participating member of the ASCE, the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction, and the TRB Panel A2F05 – Committee on Construction Management.

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