Every project presents unique challenges.
Our goal is to provide excellence in design and professional services, under whichever delivery format is most appropriate to meet our clients’ needs. Our design team has extensive experience with many alternative delivery methods, and can assist our clients with choosing the a method
The LAN team knows that successful delivery of a project does not happen by accident. It is the result of experience and understanding that focuses on the client’s goals and uses the correct management practices for the delivery method.
We help our clients evaluate the critical issues of risk assessment, risk sharing, cost control, cost impact, schedule control, schedule impact, quality control, stakeholder participation, pricing, price negotiations, phasing, and sequencing to determine the best delivery method for their large-scale infrastructure projects, including:
- competitive sealed proposal
- construction manager-at-risk
- construction manager general contracting
- public-private partnerships
Alternative Delivery Leadership
Sima Vajdani, P.E.
Business Group Director - California
Sima Vajdani, P.E., is Vice President and Business Group Director – California. With offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange County, Oakland, and Milpitas, Sima leads the firm’s rapidly expanding practice in the state and is charged with overseeing and coordinating business development efforts, production activities, and operations.
Sima has more than 30 years of engineering, project delivery, construction, and management experience. She has served public and private sector clients throughout the western United States on a range of water and transportation infrastructure projects, including mass transit, water/wastewater, highways, ports, airports, bridges and special structures.
Previously, she served in leadership roles where she has helped set firms apart in a changing marketplace. She served as President, CEO and Founder of McInfra, a company focused on providing consulting services to the water and transportation infrastructure community. Prior to McInfra, she was instrumental in establishing an engineering division for Samsung Engineering and Construction in the Americas. She has also served in senior leadership roles in a number of other prominent firms, such as Atkins, Earth Tech, Jacobs, and CH2M Hill.
Chris has 20 years of experience managing complex capital programs, dedicating the past 15 years to the development and delivery of rail and transit programs throughout the country.
He has expertise in leadership, engineering and construction management and has overseen all facets of rail and transit delivery, ranging from vehicle manufacturing and traction electrification to infrastructure design and right of way acquisition. Chris has managed some of the most high-profile rail and transit projects in North Texas, including DART’s Orange Line light rail expansion as well as The T’s TEX Rail commuter rail corridor, both providing connections to DFW Airport from these major Metroplex urban centers. As Vice President of Rail & Transit, he is responsible for leading the LAN rail and transit practice, providing engineering, planning, and management services on all modes of freight rail, transit rail, and fixed route transit infrastructure.
Dan McCausland brings more than 35 years of proven leadership experience in providing program and project management services. As Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for public-private partnerships, alternative deliveries, program management, and program controls.
Dan has earned a reputation as a leading professional in the public arena, having provided consulting services to more than 25 different public agencies in the implementation of their first Alternative Delivery (Design-Build, CMAR, JOC, or Private-Public-Partnership) projects. Dan’s background includes seven years as a public agent, seven years commercial contracting, and more than 20 years in capital program management services. He has successfully filled the roles of owner, contractor, and consultant over a wide range of projects exceeding more than $8 billion in Alternative Delivery and $20 billion in total construction value.
Phil Meaders is an experienced professional familiar with a broad variety of project delivery methods such as design-bid-build, design-build, CM at risk, competitive sealed proposal, hybrid delivery, and design-build-operate-maintain. Representative project facilities include light rail transit, street car, bus rapid transit, bus vehicle maintenance buildings, rail vehicle maintenance buildings, education buildings, commercial buildings, bridges, water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water distribution pumping stations, large diameter water distribution lines, streets, traffic management, municipal office buildings, and environmental clean-up. He has been responsible for program management, construction management, design, and inspection with construction values up to $750 million.
Tim Schmidt has 31 years of program management, construction management, and design experience for a number of multi-million public transit projects, including heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and bus/bus rapid transit projects. He has also provided the same services freight rail clients, completing the $80 million Dallas Intermodal Facility for Union Pacific Railroad. Tim is a proven team leader and consensus-builder focused on project delivery to meet stakeholder expectations that help save our clients time and money. He is currently project manager for one of the largest design-build public works and passenger rail expansion projects in the Bay Area—the $800 million VTA/BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension.
He has worked closely with Class 1 and short-line railroads, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad Administration, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He was also project manager and technical expert for two modern DMU (diesel multiple unit) projects in the US, one of which received the first alternatively compliant waiver from the FRA, allowing the DMU to mix with freight.
Other notable clients served include Sacramento Regional Transit District, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, VIA Metropolitan Transit, and Denton County Transportation Authority.