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Project Award

John Rashid

John Rashid is an Associate Director in UMD Facilities Management, his working title is Manager of Construction and Operations, and this includes the responsibility of Project Management for UMD Capital Projects. A major achievement of John’s was the completion of the $33 million Swenson Science Building. This was UMD’s most expensive and technically complicated project. As everyone knows, in November 2004, we experienced a tragic event as the nearly completed Research wing was the target of extensive vandalism. The entire project was shut down. Chemistry and Biology Program initiatives scheduled for fall 2005 were in jeopardy.

John went to work with UMD and University Administration in the Twin Cities; Mortenson-the prime contractor; the University’s insurance companies and representatives; the University’s Office of Risk Management; the University’s Office of General Counsel; Stanius Johnson Architects; Department of Environmental Health and Safety, and UMD Facilities Management , Biology and Chemistry staff. He coordinated efforts to define the scope of the repair work to include mitigation of any future building Indoor Air Quality risks. He worked closely with contractors and sub-contractors, developing an $8 million reconstruction estimate. Overcoming major roadblocks, a time and materials change order contract was put into place. John developed a cash flow plan and established approved project funding. John put forth extraordinary efforts into this project, from an emergency Capital Budget amendment approved by the Board of Regents in January – a month when they were not meeting to his participation in the re-integration circle process with the vandals and their families.

For all of John’s accomplishments, it is a pleasure to present him with this award.

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