Effective Stakeholder Engagement – From Informing Funding Packages to Delivering Excellence

In-Person Meeting

Presented By: Joanna Valencia, Revenue and Capital Development Manager, Seattle Department Of Transportation


Joanna and her team are launching a multi-year planning effort for an equitable and resilient transportation system in the City of Seattle that considers all travel needs. Currently, the team is engaging with community to ensure plan reflects values, need and priorities. The goal is to identify an implementation strategy and inform the next transportation funding package.

Effective stakeholder engagement leads to success of the development and implementation effort. Joanna will describe how to identify which stakeholders should be included during the projects planning phase, how best to reach them and what tactics are used to engage with them to encourage participation. She will share features of online stakeholder engagement platforms to introduce stakeholders to the project, community chat to ask everyone to collaborate together and interactive mapping to enable them to pin feedbacks/ideas, etc.

Goal: Build a building a safe, efficient, and affordable transportation system that works better for everyone!

Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel

AACE Seattle Dec 08, 2022, 5:00PM – 8:00 PM – Link to Register

11/10/2022 Meeting

Presented By: Seth A. Danquah, CCP, PMP, President and Owner of Danquah Group LLC

Seth Danquah has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. During the course of his career, Mr. Danquah has worked on numerous projects in healthcare, education, aviation, laboratories, courthouses, commercial offices, and other public buildings. He is skilled in developing estimates from project conception to completion and has worked on projects ranging from $10 million to over $ billions in capital improvement programs. His areas of expertise include project cost management, risk management, project controls and economic evaluation of capital programs. He is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) Some of the projects that Mr. Danquah has worked on include the Sacramento International Airport, and the California High Speed Rail. He has provided estimate reviews on numerous FTA funded transit programs.


Public agencies, program managers, and those engaged in developing and managing such capital projects are aware of the challenges in delivering large capital programs. Cost overruns, delays, have been a major concern for owners, management teams, contractors, and stakeholders.

Thus, when a project is delivered within budget and time, it is important we understand the factors that contributed to its success. The Sacramento International Airport Capital Improvement Program under Big Build was delivered $65 million under budget and 4 months ahead of Schedule.

What accounted for the success of the Big-Build?

Seth Danquah, a lead estimator on the project will share with you about the role of communication and partnering and other factors that accounted for the success of the Sacramento international Airport.

AACE Seattle Nov 09 2022 – Case Study Sacramento Airport Recorded Event

Ghost Impacts – The Project Quality Perspective

In-Person Meeting

Presented by:



Despite the best plans and estimations, a project and/or operation is often impacted negatively by unforeseen and unforeseeable project quality issues. While some cost and time impacts are tangible and can be quantified, there are many others which are intangible and have significant bearing on the project’s outcome. This session attempts to throw light on some of those challenges and impacts to projects and operations from the quality perspective.

Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel


Thu, Sep 08, 2022, 5:00 PM

AACE Seattle Section Sept 08, 2022 Registration

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section’s mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors. Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our new website at www.aaceseattle.org Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited. AACE Seattle Section normally meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through June. Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Vendor Profile – Datumate – How to Leverage 3D Site Models and Construction Data Analytics

Presented by : Trent Hogan & Tom Jennings

Trent Hogan – Trent is currently the General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Datumate, Inc. in North America. He has been leading sales initiatives in construction technology markets for the past 18 years. He was previously with Trimble as both the owner of Dallas based software reseller Project 3 Technologies and then leading enterprise sales for e-Builder program management software on the West Coast. Trent is based in Las Vegas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Economics.

Tom Jennings- Tom Jennings is the Senior Solutions Engineer for Datumate, Inc. in North America. He has been working with civil engineers and drone data to deliver high accuracy models of construction projects for the last 10 years. He was previously the Senior Sales Engineer at Skycatch, a leader in end to end 3D drone data. Tom is based in Lake Tahoe, CA and graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in physics.

Datumate offers automated software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud platform designed and built for infrastructure construction projects. It enables owners and construction companies to monitor project progress, ensure quality, and control budgets based on actionable project execution metrics extracted from field data.

AACE Seattle Aug 11, 2022 – Vendor Profile Datumate – Link to Recorded Event

TITLE: Brief Update on Current Events and Initiatives at AACE Headquarters, Featuring Infrastructure Projects Current Trends and Observations

SPEAKER: Shoshanna Fraizinger, CCP, PMP – AACE International President-Elect

Shoshanna is the Owner and President of Shoshanna Fraizinger Consulting Inc. She is also employed at Sargent & Lundy, working as a Project Manager for Project Services in their Nuclear Power Group. Shoshanna holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Structural from Ryerson University and is results-driven, experienced Nuclear Industry Professional with 20+ years of progressive project experience in Project Management and Project Controls. Her experience includes 10+ years supporting recent Mega Refurbishment Projects in Ontario. Through her diverse work experience Shoshanna has been actively involved in various aspects of engineering and construction projects including project management, contract management, trades supervision, business development, regulatory requirements, safety and licensing programs, as well as cost engineering functions such as providing independent project submission reviews, schedule and estimate preparation, risk management and analysis, portfolio and asset management analysis, PMO governance, project management and controls organizational and framework development, and cost engineering training and mentoring. Shoshanna currently holds AACE’s Certified Cost Professional Certification and PMI’s Project Management Professional designation. She has authored and presented 5 papers on varying topics in estimating, planning, and scheduling, and owner issues and is a primary coauthor for an AACE recommended practice. Shoshanna is a recognized instructor for the AACE CEP, CCP, PSP and EVP certification prep courses and is a remote learning instructor for Fanshawe College’s Program Management Program. She currently sits on the AACE Board of Directors as the president elect, and is a member of Women In Nuclear (WiN), the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the Construction Industry Institute – Project Controls Community for Business Advancement (CII-CBA). Previously, she was also the President of the AACE Bruce County Local Section, and Treasurer of AACE Region 1. As an active member of AACE, Shoshanna has participated in various task forces and committees, special interest groups and technical subcommittees including; the Curriculum Taskforce, AACE Strategic Planning and AACE Executive Director Search team, AACE Technical- Education-Certification Alignment Group, the cost estimating technical subcommittee, the planning and scheduling technical subcommittee and EVM technical subcommittee.


The scope of Infrastructure projects tends to focus on the development or maintenance of services, facilities, and systems with a public benefit in any of the following sectors: Aviation, Bridges, Roads, Railways, Ports and Canals, Communications, Power and Energy, Water and Waste Management. Infrastructure Projects can be funded by private companies, publicly, or combined as a public-private partnership and are vital for boosting or managing the economic development and sustainment of a city, state/province, or an entire country. In 2020 there was an overall increase in both the private ($346.5 billion) and public sectors of construction ($1022.7 billion) in the US, and these trends are echoed in Canada as well. Even with the challenges seen in 2020 which included rising material costs, loss of labor with specialized construction skills, and struggles to implement new technology, infrastructure developments are appearing more promising than in the past. At the tail end of the COVID pandemic, infrastructure structure projects also have the capability of allowing governments at any level to reimagine their public planning and rebuild their economies.

This presentation will:

– Give a general overview of the status of infrastructure projects in North America, providing general briefings on the current US and Canadian infrastructure plans,
– Discuss the post Covid infrastructure project impacts and economic considerations, which may be relevant and apply globally, and,
– Touch on infrastructure planning and investment modernization and innovation considerations

AACE Seattle Jul 14, 2022 – Update Current Events & Initiatives AACE International Recorded Event

TITLE: Timing Your Time Extensions and General Conditions Costs

SPEAKER: Brian J. Furniss, PE, PSP, CCP, CFCC – Principal at Point Construction Advisory Group

Brian J. Furniss has served the construction industry for over 20 years, analyzing complex construction projects and providing expert testimony on scheduling, delays, productivity losses, and damages. Mr. Furniss applies his expertise both during and after the construction process, focusing primarily on CPM scheduling, delay and productivity analyses, change and risk management, cost analysis, dispute resolution, and claim analysis. Mr. Furniss is a licensed Professional Engineer (Industrial) in Florida, Texas, California, and Colorado, and is a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), and a Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) with AACE International. He is a principal co-author of the book, Construction Delays: Understanding Them Clearly, Analyzing Them Correctly, and has authored articles for construction industry publications. Mr. Furniss is an award-winning speaker, provides training and presentations to construction industry organizations, and is a Fellow with the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS). Mr. Furniss has experience on airport, bridge, commercial, entertainment, gas, oil, and plastics refinery, government, healthcare, high rise, highway, hospital, laboratory, pipeline, prison, residential, sports arena, theme park, tunnel, transit, water, and wastewater projects in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Middle East, Australia, and Antarctica.


Resolving time extensions and extended general conditions are challenging issues for contractors, subcontractors, and owners. Submission timing is often key to resolving a time extension favorably, and if there is no resolution, that timing may be important to preserving one’s ability to successfully resolve a claim. Further complicating resolution are the different methods available for quantifying extended general conditions costs and how general conditions may vary over time. Using the costs incurred during the delay period may yield very different results than using the costs at the end, or tail, of the project. This paper will provide a brief introduction on how the timing of time extensions is crucial for successful resolution of change orders and claims, and will also provide recommendations for how to accurately price extended general conditions costs in various project scenarios.

LOCATION: (Virtual via Go To Meeting)


June 09th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM (PST)

Cost Estimator – Aviation Project Controls

Location: Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Organization: Project Controls

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Expires: Jun 7, 2022, 1:59:00 AM

Minimum Salary: 100,589.00

Midpoint Salary: 125,715.00 

Some of what you’ll be doing:

 In this role, you will prepare and develop cost estimates ranging in accuracy from Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) to detailed construction estimates, working with a variety of internal departments.

  • You will prepare ROM or conceptual estimates utilizing parametric estimating methods or developing cost models as a basis.
  • You will evaluate drawings, specifications, site surveys, existing estimates, site conditions and other available materials and determine the project cost estimate.
  • You will price labor using productivity and labor rates, adjusting rates to reflect complexity or conditions of a project.  You will review and estimate general conditions and supplementary conditions.
  • You will be familiar with alternative delivery methods, such as design-build, General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM), and job order contracts (JOC).
  • You will estimate material and equipment costs to a level of detail matching the design documents and prepare change order estimates that may include reviewing construction documents for scope and merit.
  • You will identify risks and evaluate the design to determine the appropriate amount of contingencies.
  • You will determine all other costs, beyond probable construction cost, i.e. owner furnished material, maintenance, etc., to develop an overall project budget.
  • You will assist project managers in quantifying project scope by identifying data gaps, as well as identifying and reviewing soft costs.
  • You will review design and construct drawings and specifications for constructability or detail inconsistencies to reduce potential future change orders.
Who you are:

 Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have ten (10) years of estimating projects while working for a contractor, government agency, or design firm.  Experience in architectural, structural, and civil, and/or mechanical and electrical estimating.
  • Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field.
  • Desired – We hope you have eleven (11) or more years estimating for a general contractor performing preconstruction services and bidding projects or working on aviation projects. Additionally, we hope you possess a Master’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Knowledgeable – You have in-depth knowledge of construction means, materials, and methods with a strong fundamental understanding of sound engineering principles, and are well-versed with estimating concepts and procedures, organizing preliminary construction information, project specifications, performance specifying and cost estimation using Uniformat and Masterformat.
  • Strong Communicator – You have strong communication skills and can articulate complex technical processes, scope, and costs into coherent concise reports and presentations.
  • Collaborator – You can coordinate with internal departments on solicitation and quotations for labor, materials, and equipment needed to meet project specifications and budget requirements. In addition, you are comfortable interfacing with project stakeholders to provide data regarding project feasibility.
  • Experienced – You are proficient in reading and interpreting construction  drawings to accurately calculate quantities to determine project costs and provide conceptual and detailed estimates. In addition, you can organize estimates in alternate formats for planning or decision making.
What else you need to know: 

  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role.
  • Work Environment – You will work remotely, with the option to work in an office environment if desired.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance.
Why you’ll love it here: 

  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to alternative work arrangements giving you an opportunity to work from home.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks of paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Diversity – We foster opportunities for employees to contribute to our communities and business success in a way that celebrates a fully inclusive and engaged work environment.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.
Why the Port of Seattle: Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Find out more here.