Michael W. Ruth, LEED AP
34 Atherton Road
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
Cost Estimating ♦ Value Engineering ♦ Project Management ♦ Constructability Review ♦ Building Commissioning ♦ Reading Project Drawings and Specifications ♦ CADD ♦ Project Scheduling ♦ BIM ♦ Innovaya/Revit ♦ MS Office (Word, Excel, Access)
MS, Computer Science, Towson University, 2006
BS, Applied Mathematics, Towson University, 1988
Previous - Certified Cost Professional (CCP)
Previous - Associate Value Specialist (AVS)
LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, USGBC
OSHA 10-Hour Course
McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc., Columbia, Maryland
Senior Consultant/Senior Cost Estimator
March 2006-January 2014
Provided cost estimating and value engineering services for public and private clients covering a geographic area from Pennsylvania to Florida. Estimates were prepared at various stages of design development to ensure projects were on budget and could be competitively bid. Specialized in estimating mechanical and plumbing disciplines for various facilities including: K-12 and higher education, federal buildings, parks and recreational buildings, hospitals and healthcare facilities, correctional facilities and jails, transportation and rail, and private retail and towncenters.
Alpha Corporation, Baltimore, Maryland
Independent Contractor, Cost Estimating Mechanical/Plumbing/Utilities
March 2003 – May 2006
Provided cost estimating services focusing on mechanical, plumbing and utility trades. Completed estimate on final design of a $250 million project. Final cost estimate came in over budget, completed value engineering cost analysis. Scheduling services for government and municipal clients.
LaborLogix, McLean, Virginia
Quality Assurance Manager
2002 – January 2005
Provided quality assurance and quality control services on software including enterprise data management solutions and project scheduling software. As the Primavera representative in Maryland, DC and Virginia, assisted in implementing software integration from time management programs into P3.
Ruth Mechanical, Baltimore, Maryland
1988 – 1993
Managed and operated a 26 employee commercial mechanical contracting firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior, extensive fifteen years, experience both out in the field and in the office assisted in completing this task. Providing cost estimating (mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and utilities) at the CD level, change order estimating, project management, procurement, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, project negotiations and overall management.
Available upon request
Relevant Project Experience
Dulles Metrorail Phase 2, Fairfax, VA: As Senior Cost Estimator, provided the mechanical, plumbing, and site utilities cost estimate portion of this project. The project consisted of the design-build delivery of Phase 2 of the project. This included six new heavy rail stations, trackwork, roadway improvements, surface and garage parking facilities, relocation of existing utilities, storm water management, traction power sub stations, station platforms, kiss and ride stations, pedestrian bridges, at grade and elevated guideways, and support infrastructure. Also included are a new rail and train maintenance yard, new tracks for rail-car storage, service and inspection facility, paint shop, and operations building. The total construction value was $3.3 billion.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) New Campus East, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Belvoir, VA: As Cost Estimator, reviewed change orders, worked with team to prepare independent cost estimates to assess cost impacts of change orders ($350M), and assisted in preparation of independent government estimates. Worked with owner's team through negotiations and settlements with contractor. This project was the largest single military construction project undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) since the Pentagon. The integrated design-bid-build early contractor involvement (ECI) project consolidated seven NGA locations into a new campus as directed by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005. The campus is nearly 2.5 million square feet, situated on 98 acres on Fort Belvoir North Area near Springfield, Virginia. The entire campus meets sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) security standards. It includes administrative areas, a technology center, central utility plant, auditorium, conference center, education and training spaces, visitor control center, 5,200-vehicle parking garage, and $102 million in site and infrastructure improvements. This project is LEED Gold certified. The NGA parking garage is a $70 million structure located on the new NGA Campus. The garage is six levels, 1.5 million square feet with 5,132 parking spaces. It was built using precast sections and was located between surface parking lot, bus access road, and the main building. The garage also has a pedestrian bridge and a paver stone “vector path” leading into the main building. The total construction value was $1.46 billion.
Program Management Term Contract, University of Maryland, Various Locations, MD: As Cost Estimator, provided on call cost estimating support for multiple projects. The Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction for the University System of Maryland executes a capital construction program of approximately $400 million annually at eight institutions statewide. The capital program involved new construction and major renovation of facilities to include residence halls, dining facilities, student unions, laboratories, lecture halls, computer centers, health centers, gymnasiums, athletic fields, parking lots, garage structures, offices, and libraries. The total construction value was $140 million. Projects included:
· Biosciences Research Building: This $70 million project involved the construction of 138,700 gross square feet of space to provide labs and offices for the College of Life Science. Modern facilities enabled advanced cancer research and research for other diseases. Construction also included the renovation of the central utility building to serve as the new lecture hall.
· Bio-Safety Level III (BSL-3) Lab: This $2.1 million project consisted of a single 1,400-square-foot, BSL-3 animal support/research facility with infrastructure to support a future lab module within the new building. The project provided facility support for host-pathogen research.
· Chemistry Wing III Shelled Labs: This $3.2 million life science research facility included two floors of tenant work to create 5,830 gross square feet of space for staff offices and labs.
· Fischell Department of Bio-engineering: This $7.3 million 7,400-gross-square-foot facility involved a one-floor addition on the roof of the mechanical/loading dock wing of the existing building. The addition housed offices and bio-engineering labs.
· Center for Advanced Research in Bio-technology II: The $52.2 million project involved construction of a new 139,000-gross-square-foot laboratory facility, classrooms, and seminar and conference space at the Shady Grove campus.
· Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Truitt Lab Addition: This $4.5 million project involved construction of a 13,200-square-foot addition to the facility at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Space included aquaculture research bays, laboratories, classroom, and support facilities.
· Center for Business & Graduate Studies, Bowie State: The project involved the construction of a new three-story, 66,396-square-foot Center for Business and Graduate Studies. The building includes a classroom wing, office wing, main plaza, parking lot, storm water management facilities, stairway, and elevators.
Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD: As Senior Consultant, provided mechanical, fire protection, and plumbing constructibility review of drawings and specifications. The project was an incremental renovation of the F Wing of Building 10 (Floors 2 through 14). Due to partial occupancy of some areas in the F Wing and funding sources, the project was accomplished in two phases. Phase A consisted of converting 64,000 square feet of former patient care units on floors 2 through 5 to accommodate laboratories, laboratory support, and administrative areas; the installation of new utilities infrastructure to support the renovation of the entire F Wing; and the installation of mechanical equipment on floors 4 and 14. Phase B consisted of the conversion of 151,600 square feet of former patient care units on F Wing floors 6 through 13 to accommodate laboratories, laboratory support, and administrative areas. This included the installation of mechanical equipment for floors 9, 13, and 14. Phase B also included fit-out of north corridor areas of floors 2 through 5 not constructed in Phase A. The total construction value was $131.6 million.
Montgomery County Police Headquarters Public Safety Building, Gaithersburg, MD: As Senior Cost Estimator, provided oversight for entire cost estimating team and provided quality control services for entire cost estimate at the schematic design, design development, and construction documents stages. This project included the renovation of an existing 408,000-gross-square-foot, six-story office building with a basement at Edison Park in Gaithersburg, MD. It included major and minor modifications to the architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, acoustical, IT, furniture layout, and building operation design to house the Montgomery County Police Headquarters, the 1st Police District, and the Fire Department. The total construction value was $28.3 million.
East Baltimore Community School, Baltimore, MD: As Cost Estimator, provided estimates for the plumbing, mechanical, and fire protection systems at the design development and 75% construction documents design stages. The program for the East Baltimore Community Campus consisted of two primary facilities. The first was a K-8 school of approximately 103,000 square feet for 540 students. The second was a family support center of approximately 30,000 square feet, which housed an early learning programming for children from infancy to age five, along with four classrooms for adult learning programs and support space for counseling and administration. The total construction value was $25 million.
Lane Kirkland Center, National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD: As Cost Estimator, provided electrical and mechanical cost estimate on 75% construction drawings. This project involved a multipurpose conferencing center equipped with state-of–the-art meeting and training rooms, a distance learning center, a full-service kitchen, serving line, print shop, bookstore, computer lab, and a business center. The facility has a great hall, break out meeting rooms, overnight accommodations, and dining facilities. The facility totals 75,000 gross square feet on two levels. The total construction value was $18 million.
First Baptist Church of Guilford, Columbia, MD: As Cost Estimator, reviewed available project cost records including pay applications, draw request reports, change orders, and contractor job cost reports. Evaluated the reasonableness of claimed costs. The project involved renovation and addition to an existing church building. Project included a 76,000-square-foot, two-story facility including a sanctuary, offices, classrooms, kitchen facilities, surface parking, and site improvements on an 8.5-acre site. The total construction value was $16 million.
Avery Road Treatment Center, Rockville, MD: As Cost Estimator, performed a parametric cost estimate and provided oversight for quality assurance. The project consisted of replacing the existing Avery Road Treatment Center and was designed to be constructed in two phases to allow for continual use of the facility during construction. The existing 20,158-gross-square-foot short-term substance abuse treatment facility was in poor condition and would not withstand a renovation. The County planned to replace it with a new building. The new facility consisted of a two-story building that accommodated a total of 32,187 square feet of new program space. The total construction value was $14 million.
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Building, Rockville, MD: Provided oversight of the cost estimating team in quality assurance for this renovation cost estimate at the parametric level. This project included the renovation of a 1981 building housing the Department of Health and Human Services. The renovation work included upgrades to the HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. In addition, flooring, ceiling, and wall assemblies were in need of repair. The total construction value was $12.7 million.
Montgomery County Children's Resource Center, Rockville, MD: As Senior Consultant, provided cost estimate oversight for quality assurance on all divisions of new and renovation portions. The project included two alternatives that would accommodate the expanding programmatic needs of the Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services. The building addition provided approximately 51,100 square feet of building area. The building addition required a demolition of the gymnasium and office sections while renovating the two classroom wings. The second option was for a new building that is approximately 52,500 square feet. The new building is located on the southwest corner of the site. The construction did not disrupt the activities of the current Children' Resource Center. Both alternatives were designed to meet the 2015 programming needs of the childcare services offered in the facility. The total construction value was $12.4 million.
U.S. Postal Service, Regional Sorting Facility, Capitol Heights, MD: As Cost Estimator, provided cost estimating services for the electrical, mechanical duct, and HVAC equipment changes. This project included comprehensive upgrades to the existing HVAC system in a phased construction schedule within an active mail processing facility operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Systems replaced included boilers, air handlers, VAV boxes, rooftop package DX units, distribution, and BACnet compliant DDC controls. The total construction value was $12 million.
Emergency Electrical Systems Upgrade, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Perry Point, MD: As Senior Cost Estimator, provided a parametric cost estimate and a 50% construction documents design cost estimate. This project is located on approximately 400-acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The Medical Center, part of the VA Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5), offers long and short-term inpatient mental health care, including an inpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment program that is unique in the Mid-Atlantic region, and is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive mental health care to veterans in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. The Medical Center is comprised of nearly 50 buildings and accommodates 470 authorized beds. VAMC Perry Point engaged CSI to design the upgrade and modification of the VAMC Perry Point's Emergency Electrical Power Distribution System. The cost estimates consisted of a spreadsheet detailing costs by a 34-category Uniform Building Systems Format similar to the GSA system. Each estimate was broken down by building with the new construction and alteration costs separated. The total construction value was $12 million.
Montgomery County 3rd District Police Station, Silver Spring, MD: As Senior Cost Estimator, provided oversight for entire cost estimating team and provided quality control services for entire cost estimate at the schematic design, design development, and construction documents stages. The project consisted of the construction of the 3rd District Police Station. The station is a two-story facility with an overall height of 40-feet and gross square footage of approximately 30,000 square feet. Each floor comprises approximately 15,000 square feet. The building has a floor-to-floor height of 14 feet 8 inches. The floors are connected by two stairwells: one terminates at the vegetated roof level, allowing convenient access for maintenance workers. The project goal is to obtain a LEED Silver certification. The total construction value was $11.5 million.
Montgomery County DLC Liquor Warehouse, Rockville, MD: As Lead Cost Estimator, provided oversight of the cost estimating team in quality assurance. The project consisted of the renovation of an existing 210,000-gross-square-foot warehouse that was originally built in 1970 for National Geographic. It included major and minor modifications to the architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, acoustical, IT, furniture layout, liquor storage, and operation design to house the Montgomery County DLC Liquor Warehouse. The total construction value was $11 million.
Paramount Construction Cost Estimating Support Database: As Cost Estimator, created a custom database for client using actual costs for their bid requirements. This database is able to generate queries and custom bid forms for the client. This is a multiple project task order which provides Paramount General Construction a bid form and draft bid items list containing quantities and pricing. MBP provided a final bid form and a brief summary explaining the estimating methods used, factors employed, and assumptions made.
National Aquarium Restroom Renovation, Baltimore, MD: As Cost Estimator, responsible for oversight of the mechanical and plumbing cost estimate. MBP provided independent cost estimating services for the National Aquarium's Restroom Renovation project located at Pier 3 and Pier 4 facilities. The total construction value was $800,000.