The execution of your vision is our goal.

At LAN, Program Management means providing a higher level of service to move our clients’ projects from concept to reality. We act as an extension of our clients, delivering programs that meet their vision while protecting their interests as our own.

Our teams apply principles gained through decades of experience delivering fiscally and socially responsible programs that improve our nation’s infrastructure and grow our communities. Our proactive and transparent approach focuses on accelerating progress while continuously engaging stakeholders and maintaining public trust.

LAN’s program management experts provide a variety of services to develop and deliver programs that meet our clients’ objectives:

  • Program scope, schedule, and budget verification                         
  • Master budget/schedule development
  • Community engagement and public relations
  • Project prioritization
  • Capital improvement planning
  • Grant and funding assistance
  • Delivery and contracting strategies
  • Public-private partnership development
  • Asset management
  • Designer and contractor procurement
  • Design and construction oversight
  • Change order management
  • Value engineering
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Program progress reporting
  • Owner’s Representation and GEC

LAN has provided program management services for more than $2 billion in construction costs over the last 10 years

LAN specializes in Program Management—nearly 30% of our work is providing program management services

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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JP Grom

JP Grom, AIA, LEED AP, PMP

Vice President, Team Leader

Profile

Mr. Grom has 20 years of experience as an architect, project manager, and program manager delivering quality educational marketplace solutions to clients in the education market. As the leader of LAN’s Educational Program Management Services Group, JP oversees the delivery of all Program Management services for multi-year, complex bond programs for K-12 school districts throughout Texas. His background includes master planning, facility assessments, design, construction administration, and warranty periods. 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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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 19 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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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 has 33 years of experience in the construction and design industry, with a specific focus on rail and transit systems. He has served in diverse roles from designer to construction manager for multi-million-dollar rail projects, including light rail, commuter rail, and bus/bus rapid transit projects, providing a comprehensive understanding of the complexities associated with multi-faceted transit projects. This diverse experience brings our rail and transit clients a leader who understands both the design and construction hurdles, helping clients clear those hurdles in timely manner bringing projects in on time.  He has worked closely with Class 1 and short-line railroads, the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, and the California Public Utilities Commission, to name a few.

Tim is wrapping up his role as Deputy Design Manager for the largest public works and passenger rail expansion project in the Northern California, the $775-million BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Design-Build Project. He was also program manager and technical expert for construction of two of the five existing DMU (diesel multiple unit) projects in the U.S., 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, Denton County Transportation Authority, and Union Pacific Railroad.

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