John Mitchell

John Mitchell

Teaching Experience

Instructor Basic Computing at the Petroleum Institute – Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.                       

Summer Oasis Program 2007

Instructor of Building Construction Principles Course

Virginia Polytechnic and State University– Blacksburg, VA. USA. 

Summer Session I - 2007

Instructor of English as a Second Language 

Baltimore City Community College– Baltimore, MD. USA.       

Spring and Summer - 2006

Designer and Instructor of Computerized scheduling,project documentation and controls

using Primavera and Expedition training.

Lynwood High School --School District -- Los Angeles, CA 1995-1996

Consultant Designer & Instructor – Trained M/WBE business Owners in: Primavera, Suretrak, Expedition, Timberline, Scheduling, Project Controls and Documentation, Cost Estimating 

CALTRANS Century Freeway ProjectLos Angeles CA. USA     1991 -1997

Construction Project/Program/Facilities Management Profile

Highly accomplished, visionary Project/Program Manager leveraging distinguished 30-year career serving in every major aspect of construction, with more than 20 years managing high-value, developments, including design, construction, project and program management responsibilities. Results-oriented, decisive leader, with proven success guiding teams and providing direction to designers, contractors and consultants. Facilitate effective daily communication with owners and executive management representatives. Draw from background managing construction of multi-funded educational, commercial, medical, military, research and housing facilities for companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Ensure bottom-line success through outstanding industry knowledge and comprehensive abilities.

Core Competencies

  Innovative Leadership                     Cost Estimates                                   On-site Inspections

Field/Office Operations                    Risk Analysis                                       Claim Mitigation Strategies

Contract Negotiation                        Scheduling                                          Purchasing & Contracts

    Constructability Reviews                 Technology Innovation                       Facilities & Operations

     Design Management                      Value Engineering                              Mentoring and Coaching

Work History

Work History

The University of Maryland

Project Manager Bowie State University Business and Graduate School Building

Served as the Project Manager for the 65,000 GSF Bowie State University Business and Graduate School project under the State of Maryland University System.  Provided all construction management and contract administration services on behalf of the University

Project Manager Kim Engineering Fischell Bio-Engineering Lab Addition

Served as the Project Manager for the Bio-Engineering Department addition to the Kim Engineering building.  Provided design management for the addition and initiated construction management and contract administration services on behalf of the University.

Project Manager (Design and Construction)/Chemical Nuclear Engineering Building

The University of Maryland- Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

Responsible for direction of design and construction of high-profile under-funded phased, occupied renovation project that required HVAC, electrical, architectural, and ADA upgrades to 50-year-old major teaching/research/laboratory/office facility housing extremely sensitive users.

Successfully develop strategies to accomplish project quickly, within budget, and with minimal occupant disruption. Responsible for project budgeting and design process, including design reviews, value engineering, and original project phasing/scheduling plan.

Prepared A/E scope of work, negotiate contract, and managed design team. Provided constructability reviews during design phase and completed construction contract administration/project management services including but not limited to initial budget/schedule development, change order estimating and negotiation, schedule documentation and updating during construction. 

Key Achievements:

Completed project two weeks ahead of schedule, and under budget while including most add alternates.  Directed design effort that accomplished project with less than 8% in change orders resulting mostly from existing asbestos remediation, while renovating a building consisting of three parts built and modified over fifty years without documentation of existing conditions.

Project Manager High Bay Building

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Assigned the responsibility to facilitate the completion of the High Bay Building and resolve outstanding claims issues between the Developer and DSOA. 

Project Manager 3D BIM Model Project

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Developed the program to utilize LIDAR technology to provide and construct an as-built BIM for the RIT Building to improve facility management capabilities as well as establish an accurate framework for ongoing renovations and office space conversions to University space.

Feb 2008 - Present

Project/Program Manager

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority-RIT Dubai

Report directly to DSOA Deputy CEO and serve as project manager on all special needs projects within DSOA.

Provide comprehensive program management services from initial contract negotiations to the implementation of the planning, design, construction, facilities management and operations of the new Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus located in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Responsibilities include negotiate and assist in the drafting of the contract between DSOA and Rochester Institute of Technology New York GDC.  Develop and implement  master planning, design, construction, FF&E for all required University facilities. Develop on going annual budgets for all RIT Dubai Facilities and equipment. Provide design and construction management for all new facilities and renovation projects associated with RIT Dubai.

Key Achievements:

Completed contract negotiations with RIT NY, provided design and construction management to open initial facility to teach six (6) masters degree programs within a six month time frame. 

2004 - Present


J.T. Mitchell Construction Services Group, LLC

Partner in Project/Construction/Facility Management, Contract Administration and Construction Training organization. Responsible for delivery of company comprehensive construction services including: constructability reviews, value engineering proposals, estimating, scheduling, project documentation and control, contract administration, construction management, project management, facility management, and project development.

Key Achievements:

Designed and implemented Dubai General Contractor Construction Training Program. Prepared development documents, project plan, cost estimates etc. forAngola Sustainable Affordable Housing Proposal submitted by Mirage Development, UAE to Government of Angola.  Assisted in development and presentation of Plasma Gasification Waste To Energy Plant Proposal to Dubai Municipality and Abu Dhabi Region Authority with Partner USST.   Designed, developed and presented Public Private Partnership Proposal for 200 MW Sustainable Power Project to President of Somali Federal Government Mogadishu, Somalia.  Provide design and construction management for sustainable education, health care, and affordable housing in Africa.    

Aug 2006 - Feb 2008

School of Architecture Project Manager

Virginia Polytechnic & State University

Served as the Facilities/Construction Manager reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) and acted as the User’s project manager/liaison on all School related renovation and new construction projects.

Recruited to facilitate the design and construction process, and ensured successful project completion, communicated and coordinated with University Project Management staff, Design Team, Contractor, all faculty, and staff, the project requirements. 

 Key Achievements:

Developed and implemented a plan to accommodate all logistical requirements for the successful temporary relocation of faculty, staff, and students for all CAUS related projects.

Communicated and coordinated with University Staff, Project Architect and Contractor regarding requirements of the new swing space building.

Communicated and coordinated with University Staff, Project Architect and Contractor regarding design and construction requirements for all existing CAUS projects including:

1) completed renovation of School of Architecture Building ; 2) Burruss Hall Landscape Architecture & Interior Design Building Renovation; and 3) new construction of Bishop Favro Building Construction Building  all within a two year period.

Oct 2001 - Jul 2006

Project Manager/Stamp Student Union Project

The University of Maryland--The Stamp Union

Recruited to regain control of cost, schedule, and quality for successful completion of 4 phase, fully occupied renovation of 256,000 square feet and additional 12,000 square feet of new construction including main campus restaurant, multiple offices, food court, bowling alley, bookstore, and theater.

Facilitated the resolution of outstanding issues through procurement of rapid, accurate responses from architect, addressing multiple design errors and omissions as well as latent conditions and contractor errors. Responsible for providing all customer communications regarding project status and user interface requirements.

Developed presentations and conduct bi-weekly meetings with Senior University Executives. Coordinated and communicated all project requirements, and provided direction to A/E and contractor teams. Directed

all project documentation and control requirements. 

Supervised three field inspectors and project engineer. Worked with Maryland Office of Attorney General in preparing and implementing claims mitigation strategies. Reviewed and analyzed  contractor claims; estimated and negotiated change orders.

Monitored and reviewed contractor schedule; approved contractor payment applications. Negotiated independent construction contracts as required for project; interfaced with all users including food court vendors, Barnes & Noble, design teams, and contractors. Proficiently utilized Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; Primavera (P3) and Costworks.

Key Achievements:

Successfully completed the project, following attempts by 3 previous University and Jacobs Engineering project managers, 5 contractor project managers, 3 contractor project executives, and 3 A/E contract administrators.

Provided critical experience in phased occupied renovation projects, including the approach for hazardous materials remediation and documentation.

Settled outstanding contractor claims for 35% of cost submitted, settled recovery claim against the A/E for more than 90% of total insurance policy value, and negotiated / settled more than 700 change orders.

Resolved more than 1800 Requests for information and facilitated the completion of a project that was two years behind schedule and approximately 65% over budget. 

1995 - 2001

Director/Construction Manager/Consultant

National Equity Fund

Successfully served the largest funding company of non-profit affordable housing projects in the United States in several capacities.  As first Director of Construction Management, developed and implemented organization’s complete National Construction Risk Management program. Designed and implemented operating procedures for national organization inclusive of establishing procedures to conduct constructability reviews and document and on-going facilities monitoring of more than 150 projects annually across thirty five (35) states.

Hired and supervised staff of five Construction Managers in three regional offices. Developed and implemented construction administration procedures including cost, schedule, and quality management for all projects that were approved by all organization funding sources.  Subsequently acted as a consultant, reviewing risk assessment proposals for new construction projects. Developed and conducted construction risk analysis training classes for underwriters and construction management training for non-profit clients.

Key Achievement:

Served as in-house construction manager for construction of Philadelphia’s $54 million Southwark Hope VI Project consisting of 636 Townhouse units, and 100-unit 25 floor mid- rise Senior Citizens apartment building.

Jan 1991 - Aug 1998

Owner/Vice President of Operations

Mitchell/Jackson Construction, INC

Business partner of General Contracting/Construction Management firm, self-performing concrete, and carpentry work with offices in California and Wisconsin.  Constructed commercial, residential, and educational facilities owned primarily by non-profit and governmental organizations. Managed comprehensive daily company operations and served as Project Executive for construction of educational, commercial and apartment building projects.

Key Achievements:

Project Principal supervised company Project Executive, Project Manager constructing the $52 million, nine building Lynwood High School Complex;negotiated with and reported directly to School Board and Superintendent of Schools.

Designed and implemented Construction Management Training Program for Lynwood High School which taught computerized scheduling and project documentation and controls using Primavera and Expedition software to high school students.

Project Executive/Senior Project Manager for multiple affordable housing projects in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, including One Wilkins Place, F.A.M.E. Gardens, F.A.M.E. Manor.

1990 - 1997

Construction Consultant

Triaxial Management Services Co.

Developed and implemented construction management training seminars for CALTRANS certified minority and women business owners; topics included Timberline estimating, P3 scheduling, Expedition project documentation/controls, and claims preparation.

Key Achievement:

Supported industry development by sharing information and providing valuable training to subcontractors and vendors on the CALTRANS Century Freeway Project.

1988 - 1990

Project/Construction Manager

C.G. Schmidt, INC.

 Served as a project manager for construction of three educational buildings on the US Army Reserve Tank Training and Maintenance Facility in Milwaukee, Great Ape Exhibit new construction and renovation at Milwaukee County Zoo, and St. Francis Hospital MRI renovation.

As the General Contractor/Construction Management representative, provided all project and construction management services including: subcontract negotiations and preparations, prepared schedules and invoices, claims management, value engineering services and supervised company concrete and carpentry field staff and subcontractors.

Key Achievement:

Appointed construction manager for the $8 million Milwaukee County Zoological Society Great Ape Exhibit by Milwaukee County Government.  Used Value Engineering techniques and design management skills to reduce construction costs by $1.8 million which allowed project to proceed after two year delay.  Project included very complex mechanical systems and was completed without any mechanical related change orders.

1987 - 1988

American Medical Buildings

Construction Manager                        

Construction Manager for design-build organization. Conducted cost estimates, constructability reviews, Value Engineering studies, and on site inspections for design of medical office buildings, surgical suites, and outpatient care facilities in multiple locations in the U.S.A.

Key Achievement:

Managed subcontractor cost negotiations, change order reviews, and approvals for six simultaneous medical building projects; conducted on-site inspections, and represented the company in all Owner and Contractor interactions.

1984 - 1987

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Illinois-Architectural Research Lab

Research Assistant under a federal government contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Laboratory (C.E.R.L.).

Key Achievement:

Assisted with materials research and development of construction documents of polyurethane domes to be used for military mobilization housing requiring less than 48 hours to construct.

Researched new construction materials and developed possible uses presented in the "New Materials Uses for Military Construction" manual.

1980 - 1983

Stone Mason Apprentice

Collichio & Sons Stone Masonry

Served a two year apprenticeship in masonry construction learning stone, block and brick masonry construction practices.

Key Achievement:

Constructed block foundation walls and stone and brick veneer walls for multiple residences in the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan area. Installed stone paving, stone fountains, and stone retaining walls on commercial and residential properties in Pentagon City, VA., McClean VA, Solomon Islands, MD. and Prince Georges County, MD.

1978 - 1980

City Planner

Department of City Development

Served as a junior planner for the City of Milwaukee.

Key Achievement:

Assisted in the development and implementation of tool to measure the structural condition of the building stock in the city of Milwaukee to identify and rate buildings for demolition/removal as part of the master plan.  Developed and implemented the model to assess mass transit access to shopping district locations within the city.

1977 - 1978

Junior Planner

East Central Iowa Regional Planning Council

Served as junior planner for the East Central Iowa Region.

Key Achievement:

Assisted in the analysis and preparation of both the Housing Plan and the Infrastructure plan for the region.  Prepared grant proposal for funding of a park for the Amana Colonies.

1976 - 1977

Planning Intern

Baltimore Regional Planning Council

Intern on Planning Fellowship with Baltimore Regional Planning Council.

Key Achievement:

Assisted Planning staff in analysis and maintenance of all HUD program documentation for the six county region.  Assisted in preparation and presentation of design charters to State Planning Board.

1975 - 1976

Planning Intern

Anne Arundel Office of Planning and Zoning

Intern on Planning Fellowship with Baltimore Regional Planning Council.

Key Achievement:

Conducted reviews of all request for Variance, Special Exception, and Change to existing zoning and provided recommendations to the County Planning and Zoning Officer. 


Aug 2006 - Present


Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Anticipated Graduation Summer 2014

2002 - 2004

Master's Degree

The University of Maryland

Civil Engineering Graduate Courses taken: Management of Design and Construction Organizations, Cost Engineering and Control, Advanced Scheduling, Construction Law

1984 - 1987

Master's Degree

University of Illinois

Master of Architecture & Civil Engineering Courses - (Completed undergraduate requirements and most graduate requirements for 3 1/2 year M. Arch degree program).





Professional Association

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language

English Language Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County