Brian Hanifin
Brian Hanifin
Senior Manager
Construction Consulting
New York

Mr. Hanifin has more than 30 years of experience planning and overseeing PM/CM construction projects and construction litigation support service operations. He brings a unique set of skills to the construction process including construction and project management, Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling/schedule analysis, cost estimating, value engineering and evaluation of large construction claims litigation. Mr. Hanifin also has extensive experience in risk management and construction surety consulting, including assessment and advisory services on portfolios on the verge of, or already in default.

As a recognized expert in the field of construction management, he has testified as an expert witness in the areas of Project Management & CPM Scheduling. He has served as a guest lecturer at industry seminars on matters relating to value engineering, CPM scheduling and project management. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University in NYC teaching Masters Program courses in CPM Scheduling & Project Management. 

His role as an industry leader was galvanized in 2004 when his project team received the Construction Management of America (CMAA) National Project Achievement Award for project management excellence in the $100 million category. He has also been appointed to the American Arbitration Association's Panel of Arbitrators for the Construction Industry.


    2004 National Project Management Achievement Award – CMAA

Professional Affiliations

Construction Management Association of America

American Society of Civil Engineers

Society of American Value Engineers

American Arbitration Association – Panel of Arbitrators for the Construction Industry

Project Experience

Representative PM/CM Experience

World Trade Center Redevelopment, New York City, NY - Provided PM oversight responsibilities related to overall CPM project scheduling and Integrity Monitoring (IM) on this iconic redevelopment site in Lower Manhattan. Services related to the Freedom Tower and Vehicle Security Center (VSC) were performed on a regular basis and under strict confidentiality guidelines established for the project by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

County of Ocean, New Jersey (Project Executive) - Mr. Hanifin led a team in response to the catastrophic damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012 for the County of Ocean, NJ. On this assignment, a series of measures were implemented to address resiliency and sustainability on a county-wide platform. Accordingly, a Facilities Capital Improvement Program was part of a comprehensive plan and strategy to accomplish time-critical work with all stakeholders. This initiative required taking a leadership position in the maximization and leveraging of federal funding such as HUD Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) and FEMA Public Assistance grant funds. Mr. Hanifin also provided oversight and monitoring of all catastrophe related debris removal programs throughout the County, the area hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY), SUNY @ Albany ($70,000,000) - Mr. Hanifin led the effort on the CPM Scheduling assignment on a new $70 Million Dollar Dormitory on the campus of SUNY-Albany. Maintaining the schedule and providing on-site updating of the Primavera P6 based CPM schedule. The schedule for the project was a fully developed cost loaded schedule that was completely integrated into the project's reporting of status, as well as being the vehicle for contractor payments.

AIG Environmental - Mr. Hanifin was responsible for all domestic claims and underwriting engineers and was charged with their direct oversight as part of AIG Environmental's nearly $5 billion Environmental Remediation Program and Product Line. Successfully implemented a PM Platform for oversight and monitoring of all complex environmental clean-ups within the environmental business unit, utilizing Primavera P6 Critical Path Method (CPM) software and technology. This involved comprehensive training of skilled professionals and implementing a cultural shift in project management approaches within the claims and underwriting divisions. Working in conjunction with McKinsey consultants, this PM platform was an integral part of a program that resulted in savings of well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in this book of business.

Projects included the following major remediation efforts throughout the US.

  • Fort Ord UXO/Munitions Remediation Project, Monterey, CA ($100,000,000) - This project included CM oversight of the entire scope of unexploded ordinance removal work, and development of a comprehensive cost loaded CPM schedule. Interaction with the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) was a key component of this highly visible environmental and development initiative
  • Milltown Dam Superfund Site, Missoula, MT ($75,000,000) - This project involved CM oversight of the construction of a bypass channel at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers, which essentially drained the riverbed, enabling the removal of 2.6 million CY's of contaminated sediment material by rail. The rail spur was constructed immediately adjacent to the riverbed and close to 50 cars per day of contaminated sediment was hauled 90 miles to the controlled disposal site, which was located at the site of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company (the source of the original contamination and now a five square mile landfill). Subsequent work included demolition of the historic Milltown Dam, and restoration of the original river configuration.
  • Queens-West Environmental Clean-Up, NYC, NY ($30,000,000) - This project involved the project management oversight of the complete excavation and removal of PCB contaminated sediment/soil on a project site along the East River in Long Island City, NY. The project included the use of 24/7 air-handling and SVE systems in a controlled environment and was completed under budget and within an eight (8) month timeframe.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY - Mr. Hanifin provided project management oversight of the construction management work for the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2010 summer construction program. This project was an intensive renovation and capital improvement program to be completed while working around a specific set of dates whereby the Theaters "went dark." That is to say, there was only a short period of time over the summer with no scheduled performances in order to allow for the portions of the work, known as the Infra '07 Contract Work, to be completed. The contract included significant Fall Protection and Facility Upgrades to the Peter Jay Sharp Building and The Harvey Theater.

Multi-School Construction/Additions Program Egg Harbor Township, NJ ($75,000,000) - Mr. Hanifin served as lead project principal on this project that involved the construction of a new Grade 3-4 elementary school; alterations at two existing elementary schools; as well as additions and alterations at one existing elementary school; and one high school. This overall program was completed under budget and on time. This project earned Hanifin Associates, Inc. the CMAA National Project Achievement Award in 2004.

Representative Construction Surety Consulting Experience 

As Principal in Charge, Mr. Hanifin led significant efforts in assisting major insurance companies on a number of high profile contractor surety bond portfolios. These assignments included the initial assessment of project status: reported in terms of time, cost, and the contractor's ability (or lack thereof) to complete the contract(s). Often times, Mr. Hanifin led a team of seasoned professionals to fill an administrative void in the contractor's field and/or home office staff, and marshalled the effort to complete the contract while limiting the exposure of the surety. Occasionally, the status of a given project mandated a complete takeover, and resulting completion contracting initiatives. In these cases, a strategic procurement process was implemented for all work remaining to be completed, while simultaneously protecting the surety's interests throughout the default process.

By way of example, the following projects illuminate the diversity of services and contract responsibilities entrusted to Mr. Hanifin:

  • Motts Run Water Treatment Plant, Fredericksburg, VA - This $25 Million Water Treatment plant located on the Rappahannock River in Spotsylvania County, VA, was part of a distressed contractor portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic region. This project included the water main treatment facility, as well as a raw water intake structure directly on the river. Complex piping galleries and substantial civil construction elements required completion at the time of default. On this project, it was determined that keeping the contractor's field staff in place was crucial, but there was an acute need for staff augmentation in the areas pf project management, and CPM schedule maintenance. This project was successfully completed and a request for equitable adjustment was submitted by our team to recoup damages incurred as a result of delays caused by the engineer of record, which significantly mitigated the surety's exposure on the contract
  • United States Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA - This project was an upgrade to the Sewage Treatment Plant on the Marine Base in Quantico, VA, located immediately adjacent to the Potomac River. On this particular project, it was determined early on that a completion contracting initiative was required as the existing field staff was not up to the task of accelerating the effort, and moving the project to a successful completion. In this regard, we procured a completion contractor to complete nearly $7 Million dollars of remaining work, which also included remedial work on deficient work performed by the defaulted contractor. This work was performed by the completion contractor, along with staff reporting to Mr. Hanifin to assist in the project management of the contract and act as liaison to the Navy's contracting team. This was crucial as the relationship was in dire need of repair due to the tensions caused by the defaulted contractor. In the end, the work was completed in a satisfactory manner, and a successful resolution to the Request for Equitable Adjustment (REA) prepared by our staff and submitted to the Navy greatly mitigated the financial impact to the surety. It should be noted that this work was performed in the midst of a lockdown after the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, and the Navy command requested our assistance and was fully supported by our staff during that tenuous time. All in all, this was a very successful project turnaround solved with crisp and robust decision making on complex contracting issues.
  • South Woods State Prison, Bridgeton, NJ ($200,000,000) - Mr. Hanifin was the lead principal in charge of his firm's efforts which included a project rescue on behalf of a major design/build subcontractor's surety. South Woods State Prison is a 3,000 inmate medium security prison located in Bridgeton, NJ. Critical to the completion of the facility was the Central Plant, and core service areas such as the Commissary and Infirmary. Completion of these core areas would allow the first phase of the prison to open and provide intake for 1,000 inmates. At the time of engagement, the subcontractor was on the verge of default and the NJ DOC demanded an immediate recovery of time, which resulted in the Surety taking action, and deploying the appropriate resources to the effort, which included Mr. Hanifin's team. Services included development of detailed CPM recovery schedules for the Central Plant and core areas, as well as implementing corrective measures to the subcontractor's project management field staff. Full-time project oversight was provided through the successful completion of Phase One, thus preventing default. PM/CM services were then provided throughout the balance of the entire project, which greatly mitigated the surety's exposure on an ongoing basis.
  • Malden Mills Industries, Lawrence/Methuen, MA ($300,000,000) - This project involved an extensive Project Management/Value Engineering efforts following catastrophic fire damage which resulted in a loss of approximately two (2) million SF of textile production facilities. PM/CM and VE Services provided resulted in mitigation of the business interruption by creating, replacing, and/or leasing new facilities which had production of goods and services back at 95% production in only 5 months
  • The Ludvik Group - On behalf of this significant electrical and power contracting firm, Mr. Hanifin led the effort on the development of a business plan for the Bahama Electric Company (BEC) as a Private-Public Partnership (P3), which included the construction of a new 125MW power plant, LNG regasification port/facility, and an overhaul of all transmission and distribution systems for all of the Bahamas Islands (excluding Grand Bahamas). This represents a transaction and infrastructure investment of over $1 Billion dollars for the Bahamas Islands.

Representative PM/CM Mining & Industrial Process Experience

  • Cloud Peak Energy - Mr. Hanifin conducted a review of Cloud Peak Energy (CPE) operations in support of underwriting efforts for reclamation bonding for CPE’s operations at its two Wyoming mine sites, Cordero Rojo Mine and Antelope Coal Mine. Our evaluation included desktop research using publicly available information, mine site visits and meetings as well as follow-up review of documentation provided by CPE. Areas of inquiry for Mr. Hanifin’s evaluation of risk management and operations at the mines included CPE’s response to difficult business conditions, permits and compliance, management systems for project controls and environmental management/compliance, and reclamation practices/performance.
  • Coeur Mining This portfolio included CM oversight and evaluation/audits of mining sites operated by the Coeur Mining group. It involved open pit mining sites in Nevada and South Dakota, and an underground operation in Alaska. By way of example, at Coeur Rochester in Nevada, oversight of the PM operations included an assessment of proper protocols relative to the heap leaching process used to extract silver and gold from ore mined utilizing conventional surface mining methods. Also tracked were the ultimate recover rates for silver (59%~63%) and gold (93%).
  • Iron Mountain Mine - This site, originally mined by the Mountain Copper Company, utilized both underground open stope mining techniques, and surface mining by way of open pit and sidehill mining techniques. The mountain was mined for iron, silver, gold, copper, zinc, and pyrite. The site is the source of extremely acidic mine drainage which also contains large amounts of zinc, copper and cadmium. The site was designated a Superfund site in 1983, and our role was to provide oversight and funding for the long term cleanup efforts at the site, one of America’s most toxic waste sites.


    2004 National Project Management Achievement Award – CMAA