2021 National Conference Going Virtual Pocono Mountains PA

"The mission of the American Society of Highway Engineers is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system through education, innovation and fellowship."

ASHE 2021 National Conference

Join us for a Virtual Conference

May 25 - May 27, 2021

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Recorded Technical Sessions are now available on our Conference Program Page.


Session 5, Track 3A

You Want Me to Build What? (constructability)

This presentation explains some of the challenges that occur during construction and how they can be avoided with proper planning. It is vital to a projects design to understand the full picture of what is needed and the process of how building and construction occurs. Constructability reviews by subject matter experts during early phases of design can help mitigate delays and change orders. The importance of procurement and specifics in developing bid documents are also crucial. It is essential that all parties have a full, complete picture of what is to be built to obtain appropriate pricing with qualified construction contractors. Included as part of the discussion is how design and construction should have synergy rather than be at odds with one another. Additional dialogue to be held about how to increase efficiency and effectiveness throughout the full project life cycle to get the best value for clients. Best practices, common pitfalls, and lessons learned will also be explained to assist in fully executing successful projects.

Tamae Partain; Arcadis U.S., Inc - Atlanta, GA  

Tamae Partain is the CEI Group Lead for Arcadis serving out of their Atlanta, GA office. She a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of civil engineering. Her experience is in program management, construction management, business development, operations, strategic planning, management consulting, organization performance, legislative assistance, innovation & technology research and implementation, contract administration, finances, logistics, acquisitions, project planning, general implementation, talent acquisition, and staff development. She has experience in a vast amount of infrastructure projects including building construction, water treatment plants, dams, reservoirs, landfills, railroad, materials, parks, roadways, bridges, pedestrian enhancements, traffic, as well as ATMS / ITS Fiber. Her primary focus is with municipal clients and civil / heavy highway infrastructure. She sets up and takes programs and projects through concept, design, environmental, land acquisition, utility coordination, funding / finances, permitting, stakeholder coordination, public relations, contract administration, bidding, procurement of goods and services, scheduling, construction, submittals, testing, QA/QC, and audits until completion. She is Vice-President of the NAWIC Atlanta Chapter as well as a Board Director for the PMI Atlanta Chapter. She is also active with ACEC, WTS, Council for Quality Growth, various City and County organizations.