The execution of your vision is our goal.

Moving your projects from concept to reality requires a partner who can not only design to specifications, but also deliver to your expectations for a thriving community. At LAN, Program Management means a higher level of service for our clients.  LAN’s experience as an owner’s representative gives us the advantage of seeing your projects from your perspective. Our deep bench of engineers, architects, estimators, and inspectors work in tandem to represent your best interests while keeping your projects moving forward. Our organizational structure allows us to rapidly assemble the appropriate mix of expertise and disciplines to respond to any infrastructure program. In fact, 30% of our work is performed in this role. We understand our job is not to change your vision, but to execute it. 

LAN has proven the benefits of using innovative approaches to capital planning, development, design, construction, and operations while maintaining public trust and accountability.  We understand that markets today require a skillful balancing of risk assessment, risk shifting, and the complex agreements required to manage these processes for public agencies. 

Our focus is your vision. LAN’s program management experts help clients transform communities by helping to:

  •          Define specific program goals and project objectives
  •          Identify strategies for achieving program goals
  •          Evaluate resources and provide asset mapping
  •          Develop implementation processes
  •          Achieve the specific outcomes sought

LAN's program management services include:

  •          Project feasibility, scope, schedule, and cost pre-development
  •          Design criteria development
  •          Development and/or preview of request for proposals
  •          Liaison assistance with professional community
  •          Consultant evaluation and selection assistance
  •          Administrative oversight of design and construction coordination
  •          Monitoring design progress and technical coordination
  •          Value engineering
  •          Preparation of periodic and special reports on program progress
  •          Interim technical reviews during construction document preparation
  •          Final review of construction documents
  •          Pre-qualification of construction contractors
  •          Bidding and negotiation assistance
  •          Construction management and administration (including final inspection and acceptance)

Program Management Leadership

Phil Meaders

Phil Meaders, P.E.

Vice President

Profile

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.

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Sima Vajdani

Sima Vajdani, P.E.

Vice President

Business Group Director - California

Profile

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. 

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, P.E.

Associate, Team Leader

Profile

Muhammad has 18 years of experience and leads LAN’s municipal group specializing in city urban infrastructure projects. He has served as project manager for the planning, analysis, design, and construction of projects involving roadway, traffic, drainage, private & public utility, and high level landscaping amenities.

He is experienced working in some of the most urbanized areas in Houston, including several City of Houston, Harris County, TxDOT, TIRZ's, and special and management district projects. Muhammad has also assisted entities with overseeing multi-million-dollar Capital Improvement Plans that envisioned the design and construction of several mobility and drainage-related projects in the City of Houston. He has a proven record of using his time management and task prioritization skills to successfully deliver projects within tight deadlines while maintaining quality.

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JP Grom

JP Grom, AIA, LEED AP, PMP

Vice President, Team Leader

Profile

Since 2000, JP Grom has delivered quality educational marketplace solutions to school districts specializing in program and project management with a specific focus on engineering and architecture. His background includes master planning, facility assessments, design, construction administration, and warranty periods. This unique combination of experiences allows him to deliver owners quality products with long-term value. JP provides a balance of technical competency and project management skills, a unique combination that allows him to deliver quality products with long-term value.

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Mackrena Ramos

Mackrena Ramos, P.E.

Senior Associate, Team Leader

Profile

Mackrena Ramos joined LAN in 1999 and has 18 years of engineering experience in large diameter water main design including management of the Surface Water Transmission Program.  The City of Houston’s Surface Water Transmission Program (SWTP) was established in 1985 and includes more than 300 miles of pipelines with a construction cost of over $400M.

Mackrena is the SWTP Assistant Program Manager and is responsible for meeting Program budgets and deadlines as well as tracking performance measures.  She supervises the work of design consultants, professional and technical personnel, the review and approval of designs and related construction changes, and is the liaison with the client.  Projects and services provided in the Program include trenchless design such as tunneling, horizontal directional drilling, and slip lining; corrosion design and commissioning; hydraulic and transient analysis; construction phase services; and condition assessment of the existing water system.  Her primary focus also includes capital improvement planning, design quality, cost reduction reviews, and optimal phasing of improvements for the Program.

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Tim Schmidt

Tim Schmidt

Operations Manager

Profile

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.

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Ty Thomas

Ty Thomas, P.E.

Vice President, Ports & Marine

Profile

Ty has 38 years of engineering experience with an exclusive focus on port and marine engineering and navigation projects for the past 20 years. He is responsible for client interface and technical oversight of all elements of work including permitting, master planning, and design and construction of docks, yards, gates, rail facilities, channel improvements, dredging and disposal, and transportation access. He served as Program Manager for the Port of Houston Authority's $400 million Bayport Terminal Phase I Program.

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