Civil Engineer, Lead - 33117 in Washington, DC at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 10/8/2020

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Job Description


To addresses a backlog of restoration and rehabilitation projects for the White House and President’s Park, as well as security facilities for the United States Secret Service (USSS), the National Park Service has developed a construction program to allow for better advance planning, construction scheduling to accommodate site activities, and better coordination to take advantage of current activities. In support of the South Grounds Infrastructure Project, Alion is seeking an experienced Construction Engineer (CE)/Construction Management Representative (CMR) possessing the security clearance, education, and qualifications listed below. The CMR needs to be available to start on or about 20 July 2020. Place of Performance is based at C Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assigned to PRPA 15018 – Project E – Office of NPS Liaison to the White House Projects, providing construction engineering services to support other USSS and NPS WHLO projects as needed.
  • The primary role of the CMR is to oversee, manage and inspect the work of various construction contractors performing work for various on-site construction activities and escorting for site visits on multiple projects as delegated by the Contracting Officer. The CMR shall manage and inspect projects for progress, workmanship and conformance with the contract documents and existing codes. The CMR shall promptly notify the Contracting Officer’s Representatives (COR) and the Contracting Officer (CO) of any problems, issues, or safety hazards observed.
  • The CMR will be expected to draft all contract related correspondence for the CO or CORs’ signatures. However, the CMR will have no authority to accept or reject work, or to authorize changes to the terms and conditions of the contracts, or to obligate the Government in any manner, shape, or form in regard to time or money.
  • The CMR shall arrange and conduct a variety of meetings, as requested by the Contracting Officer, at various locations and project sites.  The CMR shall chair all meetings between the Government and construction contractors, to include weekly construction progress meetings, except for any Pre-construction conferences, which will be chaired by the CO or COR.  The CMR shall prepare written meeting minutes for all such meetings.
  • The CMR shall complete CMR Daily Diary reports for each day of work for each project as assigned and submit to the Government by the end of each week.
  • The CMR shall complete weekly field reports for each project as assigned and submit to the Government by the end of each week.
  • The CMR shall participate in weekly telephone conference calls with the CORs and other parties, as necessary.  The purpose of these calls is to update the CORs and other project team members on the work progress, address outstanding project issues and coordinate upcoming work activities.
  • The CMR shall provide technical assistance and support to the CORs during construction on multiple, various projects as assigned and requested by the COR or the CO, including but not limited to:
    • Review, comment, and process Division 01 submittals. Monitor compliance with all Division 01 Management Plans.
    • Monitor compliance with Accident Prevention Plan and all applicable safety requirements. Attend contractor led weekly and monthly safety meetings. Document any safety issues on the CMR Daily Log.
    • Draft Request for Price Proposals (RPPs) that define work to be performed and cite relevant specification sections including appropriate sketches illustrating work to be performed.
    • Prepare Government Cost Estimates with breakdown of labor, materials and equipment costs (to be submitted to COR no more than one week after RPP is issued).
    • Review, prepare pre¿negotiation objective, conduct fact finding and clarifications with the contractor, and draft Record of Negotiation explaining the cost difference between the Government estimate and the contractor’s proposed cost. Provide these documents to the Government project team within one week after the discussions.
    • Confirm certified payrolls have been submitted for all workers, review for accuracy, and perform labor interviews periodically.
    • Perform quantity surveys, review and verify the contractor’s monthly progress payments. Provide draft pay estimate and completed Construction Payment Request Approval form to the Government project team.
    • Receive, log, and review submittals for completeness and accuracy. Review shop drawing submittals. Track submittals as required through completion of the process and update the Submittal Tracking logs as maintained by each project team. Accept or reject Informational Submittals.
    • Assist in resolution, draft response, track, and follow up on requests for information (RFIs).
    • Review Contractor Quality Control (QC) daily reports for accuracy and completeness.
    • Complete a CMR Daily Diary for each day CMR is on site during construction.
    • Take appropriate photographs (sRGB color images in JPEG format at a pixel resolution of not less than 1600 x1200) that document construction progress and problems, such as capturing items that will not be seen later, etc. Send to the Government project team a minimum of three digital photographs on a weekly basis of each work activity.
    • Review and verify contractor’s project record (“as¿built”) drawings are updated to reflect all changes, RFIs, modifications, and work completed before each monthly progress payment.
    • Assist in resolving disputes that may arise due to the interaction between the construction contractor and Government personnel. Review and document the contractor(s) claims for additional cost and/or time.
    • Prepare draft completion report within one week after final payment and provide to the Government project team.
    • Coordinate critical point, special, beneficial, and final inspections by design staff or other inspectors so work can be approved in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Issue inspection deficiency list to the contractor. Conduct inspections and draft related deficiency letters for the Contracting Officer’s Representative’s review and subsequent concurrence and signature by the Contracting Officer. Prepare price for each punch item on the deficiency list.
    • Verify that all required O&M manuals, warranties, guarantees, and close out requirements are complete and in compliance with the contract documents.
    • Coordinate Structural Tests and Special Inspections (STSI) with the Contractor and Special Inspector. Ensure inspections are completed in a timely manner.
    • Perform field investigations, site surveys, and utility investigations as directed.
    • Evaluate alternative methods for accomplishing work when requested and perform site visits to off¿site locations as necessary at the request of the Contracting Officer.
    • Coordinate access and provide escorting to the construction site for contractor personnel and other visitors. This may include coordination with the U.S. Secret Service and the Chief Usher of the Executive Residence or his/her representative or other Government entities at the site.
    • Prepare other necessary base data to support site construction.
    • Work with Financial Analyst to develop risk assessments and risk analysis to solve construction problems
    • Work closely with senior NPS project management staff and sister agencies in the field and advise project team of any foreseeable problems that may arise as construction progresses.
    • Provide regular project status reports to NPS Project / Program Manager and / or White House Liaison Office (WHLO) Assistant Director.
  • The CMR, serving also in the role of CE, shall review Government and contractor produced designs, plans, shop drawings, etc. for constructability, logistical and security considerations. Documents to be reviewed in this manner will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, design submissions from design¿build contractor teams, design submissions from Government contracted design teams supporting ongoing construction projects at the work location, designs for modifications/changes to ongoing construction projects, contractor/vendor shop drawings, etc. The CMR, serving as Construction Engineer, shall review such documents to determine if the proposed work, activities, materials, equipment, etc. will be constructible in an efficient and reasonable manner given the constraints and challenges of the work location. The CMR shall collaborate with other WHLO personnel in performing these reviews, and will be required to provide written reports of their findings, review comments and recommendations to the Government team.


  • Minimum 4+ year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction, or other related field from an ABET accredited engineering college or university with a minimum of 8 or more years of relevant construction / engineering work experience; Registered Professional Engineer in one of the 50 states or U.S. Territories, preferably the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia – OR – has a Master’s degree in Engineering, Construction, or other related field from an ABET accredited engineering college or university with a minimum of 6 or more years of relevant construction / engineering work experience – OR – has a Doctorate degree in Engineering, Construction, or other related field from an ABET accredited engineering college or university with a minimum of 4 or more years of relevant construction / engineering work experience.


  • Demonstrated experience serving as a Construction Manager, Construction Management Representative, Owner’s Representative, Construction Superintendent or similar position on at least three (3) construction projects in the previous five (5) years with construction values of at least $1 million each project and which involved the active management, oversight and/or inspection of multiple construction trades and which required close coordination with the Government/Owner on daily construction issues.
  • Demonstrated construction field experience on project(s) located in a secure facility and with very limited site access, and on project(s) which involved construction activities in very close proximity to sensitive natural and/or cultural (buildings, historical artifacts, or similar) resources.
  • Demonstrated experience performing and coordinating communication and work among multiple stakeholders in a construction environment, representing and communicating the Government's/ Owner's/ Firm's interests to stakeholders with varying and competing interests, and assisting with or performing negotiations in a construction environment.
  • Demonstrated experience reviewing engineering designs, contractor shop drawings and/or vendor specifications and plans, or similar, to determine constructability and practicality of proposed work and adherence to established standards and requirements.
  • The CE/CMR shall be computer literate, knowledgeable in construction practices including applicable building codes, cost breakdown estimating and negotiating, and technical writing. Individual shall have sufficient computer operating skills to be able to open and manipulate Primavera Project Planner (P3) schedules and be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Project. The CE/CMR must also be able to access and utilize the internet for the transmission of digital progress photos and administrative communications.
  • The CE/CMR shall be knowledgeable in applicable safety regulations and must have a minimum of OSHA 30-hour construction safety training or be able to receive such training within 90 days of hiring. Additional training may be required such as Confined Space Training, Federal Information Systems Security training, or required training for gaining access to the Government’s Internet and Intranet systems. 
  • The CE/CMR shall have the ability to obtain escort privileges and provide escorting at the White House, President’s Park site or other locations that require a security clearance in order to perform construction management, on-site inspection, special inspections, escorting and administration of the construction contract, and site visits.

Mandatory Clearance and Access Requirements: The CE/CMR shall possess an active TOP SECRET level security clearance. At a minimum, the CE/CMR will be required to obtain access clearance through the United States Secret Service for limited White House access. The CE/CMR will be required to obtain a permanent White House access badge (“Blue Badge”) which allows the individual appropriate access to the buildings and grounds and which allows the individual to serve as a security escort for contractor personnel on projects as assigned. The White House Security Office establishes the protocol for this access credential and may require an additional background investigation or other background verification methods. The CE/CMR will also be required to obtain a personal identification card issued by the Department of Interior to gain access to the Department of Interior building.


Security Clearance: Top Secret

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