Sarah Swain
Sarah Swain, LEED AP BD&C
Senior Associate
Construction Consulting
  • Oakland

Ms. Swain has 7 years of experience in the construction industry and her experience includes construction project management, contract management, change management, project controls, project scheduling, and contract/subcontract negotiations. Ms. Swain’s projects have included seismic retrofit of semiconductor lab, commercial building construction, critical facility and hotel renovations, and renovation projects for commercial clients. She was also responsible for the implementation of green construction practices on her projects including electronic document procedures and best practices for indoor air quality control during construction.

Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Swain worked in project management roles for Balfour Beatty Construction, Swinerton Builders and Lusardi Construction. As the contractor, she was responsible for schedule and cost management, as well as standard project functions.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Management, Villanova University, 2008
  • , Certificate in Construction Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

LEED AP BD&C March 2009, #10423843

OSHA 30

OSHA 10 

Project Experience

Office Building and Parking Structure — Managed preconstruction process including estimating drawings from SD to Construction Set, created detailed estimates for on-site electrical utility, including underground and overhead lines, completed bid and buyout of complete project, managed cost estimates, managed the permitting process for off-site utility work including railroad and city encroachment permits and was responsible for project controls.

Tech Client Building Renovation — Managed preconstruction process, including budgeting of all drawings for conformance to client budget constraints, negotiated owner contract, managed design-build process for MEP trades, detailed Pull Planning Schedule with project team and subcontractors to mitigate inefficiencies in the field, managed aggressive schedule and management project cost within client budget.

Seismic Renovation Semiconductor Lab — Conducted project Inspections with City of Santa Clara Inspector, worked as a liaison between Superintendent and Subcontractors to schedule work due to the off-hours work schedule, developed Procurement Log to track steel shipments, and managed RFI and Submittal logs.

Data Center — Involved in preconstruction services for an integrated design project, involved in the MEP coordination and design development, managed MEP bid walks and bid packages, facilitated MEP interviews based on qualifications, developed buy-out spreadsheet, managed permitting with all applicable agencies, developed Archeological Mitigation Plan, created Procurement Log for critical Mechanical and Electrical Equipment, developed site plan for layout, wrote Site Specific Safety Plan, and managed all necessary site set-up for on-site offices.

Tenant Improvement — Managed project pursuit and bid process, developed document control processes for LEED CI 2009 tracking, worked with Architect and Owner to develop basis of design for MEP systems to meet LEED Platinum goal, managed the design-build process for the MEP trades including subcontract negotiations, value engineering and BIM modeling for clash detection, managed buy-out, completed Subcontracts, developed Pricing Decision Matrix for additional work scope, negotiated Owner Contract, managed Digital Documents.

Hotel Renovation — Managed subcontractor buy-out process, developed digital document process to help aid document transmission between remote teams, managed procurement logs, created detailed project schedule to minimize impact of construction on hotel operations, managed RFI and Submittal process, managed subcontractor buyout, managed owner vendors and maintained all cost control for the project. 

Chiller Replacement — Managed procurement process, wrote detailed scopes of work for bid packages and subcontracts, developed detailed RFI and Submittal Logs, managed permit process through all applicable agencies, managed close out process and commissioning. 

Renovation Program Management — Maintained weekly meeting minutes for multi-site Tenant Improvement Program, managed change order process, added value to small projects through bid process, developed preconstruction process for future water intrusion work through direct coordination with Engineer, and created close out process for all project in the portfolio.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Management, Villanova University, 2008
  • , Certificate in Construction Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

LEED AP BD&C March 2009, #10423843

OSHA 30

OSHA 10