Aaron Fackler

Aaron Fackler

Senior Associate
Construction Consulting
New York
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Dr. Fackler has over 6 years of experience in construction management encompassing major bridge rehabilitation projects and steel erection in the New York City area as well as underground utility work across New Jersey. While working as a Field Engineer and Superintendent on bridge restoration operations Dr. Fackler supervised a wide range of construction activities including steel erection, concrete work, bridge bearing replacement, sand blasting and painting, lead and asbestos abatement, electrical component replacement, mechanical systems replacement, as well as marine fender and pile replacement. As an Assistant Project Manager on a large transit project in downtown Manhattan, Dr. Fackler generated assembly procedures for large steel members, environmental mitigation plans and coordinated communications between third party engineers and overseas steel fabricators. As a Construction Manager he oversaw natural gas distribution infrastructure replacement projects which included laying both plastic and steel main and installing new services to the surrounding homes and businesses

Dr. Fackler earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis researching construction management policies and how they ultimately impact construction project outcomes. Dr. Fackler’s graduate studies focused on analyzing the impact of construction management policies used by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to avoid arbitration and litigation on highway construction projects. Using data collected from Caltrans’ archives on hundreds of completed projects, he quantified how these policies were being implemented by project management and their corresponding effect on project performance metrics. As a graduate teaching assistant at UC Davis, Dr. Fackler taught courses on Transportation Policy and advised undergraduate Civil Engineering students during their senior design projects.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California, Davis, 2016
  • M.S., Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California, Davis, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

OSHA 30- Construction Safety and Health Certification

Publications

Fackler A, Niemeier D. Modern transportation funding and user pays principle: Are drivers paying for what they get and getting what they pay for?. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2450 (2014)

Presentations

Modern Transportation Funding and the User Pays Principle. 51st Paving and Transportation Conference. Albuquerque, 2014

Prior Experience

Construction Manager, Waters & Bugbee General Contractors, 2017-2019

Assistant Project Manager, Skanska 2011

Superintendent, Skanska 2007-2010

Project Experience

Transport

Bridge: Assisted field superintendents overseeing $127 million restoration of a suspension bridge in New York City involving structural steel repairs and painting operations. Maintained punch lists and ensured satisfactory resolution of outstanding items.

Bridge: Supervised subcontractors and self-performed work on a $100 million, 3-year rehabilitation of a vertical lift bridge in New York City. Operations included structural steel repairs, blasting and painting of the entire structure, replacement and testing of all electrical and mechanical systems, renovation of control and mechanical rooms, replacement of bridge deck and sidewalks, repair of pier fender system, and construction of an additional right-hand turn lane on the west side approach.

Subway: Developed assembly procedure for structural steel, environmental mitigation procedures, and logistics solutions for moving oversized steel members to the job site of a $200 million rail transit hub superstructure in lower Manhattan. Also coordinated communications of classified information between engineers and overseas steel fabricators.

Commuter Rail: Performed detailed review and assessment of project controls as part of an integrity monitorship of two large Superstorm Sandy Restoration projects. Both projects consisted of repairing damage and improving the resiliency of commuter rail infrastructure against future storm damage. Project records, including schedules, change orders, quality plans, non-conformance reports, meeting minutes and project management processes were reviewed to ensure that federal regulations tied to project funding were being followed. Where appropriate, recommendations to improve processes and procedures were provided.

Utility

Gas: Provided field management and supervision for a $20 million natural gas distribution infrastructure replacement project located in New Jersey. Managed man power, material and equipment, ensured adherence to safety and quality procedures by all crews, and tracked project progress. Maintained productive communication with the client, local police, public works, and the impacted communities.

Water: Provided field supervision when responding to emergency repairs to broken water and sewer mains. Coordinated with facility owners to prioritize repairs. Maintained man power and equipment for operations lasting multiple shifts.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California, Davis, 2016
  • M.S., Transportation Technology and Policy, University of California, Davis, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

OSHA 30- Construction Safety and Health Certification