Project Manager

Name : Duke LaFore
Industry Type : General Contractors - Managers
City & State : Denver,CO
Job Title Project Manager
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Manager of Commercial Construction Rapidly rose through the ranks during 20-year career. Successful track record in managing multi-million dollar construction projects including design build, GMP and lump sum contracts. Consistent background in a wide variety of projects including senior living, church, school, apartment/condo, high-end resort condo, office, government, hotel and renovation of historic buildings. Proven leadership in the management and coordination of Owners, Architects, Engineers and Subcontractors. Reads and interprets construction drawings and specifications effortlessly and accurately. Proven experience developing budgets and construction schedules. Mentors and prepares others for growth.

Field Operations - Excellent team-building and communication skills. Clearly articulates project statuses in written and verbal form, advanced computer literacy, works well under pressure and possesses strong problem solving skills. Manages conflict fast and aims for win/win every time.

Purchasing & Contracts Demonstrated skills in achieving profitability on projects. Develops proposals, pre construction, design management-coordination, scope management, contract administration, construction planning, schedule management, risk management, quality assurance, claims assessment, and training/team building for a wide range of project types. Expertise estimating projects, negotiating owner contracts and writing subcontracts.

Career History & Key Accomplishments

Pacific West Construction Corporation 2009-Present
Project Manager Responsible for all aspects of construction projects located through out the United States from marking thru close-out. I was chosen to head up the operations for the Company where I am responsible for overseeing office administration and fiscal wellness of the firm. Mentor project manager and superintendents. Enforce a safety program in the field and office that had previously been underutilized.

Milender White Construction Co., Arvada, Colorado 2007-2009
Project Manager Responsible for leadership and direction on projects from incept through completion. Increased profit from 4.7% to 6.8% on $16.7M multi-family project thru a precise and swift buyout, solid risk management plan and sound fiscal decision making during construction. Successfully managed risk thru 600+ RFIs and greater than 300 change order documents. Budgeted, planned and managed self performed work gaining a 19% profit margin (6% higher than the projected profit margin). Completed 19 months of construction without a lost time injury. Received accolades from a surprise mock O.S.H.A. inspection conducted by former O.S.H.A inspector. Maintained best safety record for companys current projects. Nominated to the firms Safety Committee due to my outstanding leadership as it pertains to safety.
Palace Construction Co., Inc., Denver, Colorado 2004-2007
Project Manager - Managed 4 concurrent projects valued at $46M. Quickly advanced to responsibility over larger (<$10M) projects due to demonstrated success on smaller projects. Skillfully managed Design Build project from proposal to closeout. Performed on-time project completion with a set aside budget enabling owner to add scope at no additional cost. Key player in 4-member committee responsible for strategic implementation of new software systems, requiring seamless transition between new software and new and established company policies and procedures. Also on 3-member committee responsible for creating, implementing and training on new and existing policies and procedures.
Project Engineer After 2-months operating as project engineer, advanced to Project Manager of an $8M project. Assumed all field leadership responsibilities in addition to project management tasks when the project schedule began to fall behind projected milestones. Project completed on time and in budget.
Shaw Construction, L.L.C., Denver, Colorado 1998-2004
Project Engineer- Ensure contract compliance of prime contracts, monitored progress of field construction, responsible for quantity take-off activities and assuring compliance with project plans/specifications that are consistent with Company policies and procedures. Point of contact for media on high profile project. Created and implemented company wide filing system.
Superintendent In charge of field construction project management, client meetings, job walks, job task sequencing, schedule preparation, subcontractor/vendor management, supervision of field staff and client follow-up. Completed 66 High End - For Sale condominiums with most units having single digit punch lists. Provided a local sports celebrity client with quality, individualized attention and service on a penthouse build out. Singlehandedly created the companys first project site that utilized a computer network sharing project management software with all on-site and off-site staff.
E.T. LaFore, Inc., Denver, Colorado 1990-1998
Superintendent/Estimator- Proven ability to manage projects to a schedule while overseeing multiple subcontractors. Demonstrated strong organizational and communications skills. Provided hard-bid estimates and take-offs for Federal and State projects. Demonstrated ability as a Purchasing Agent, Safety Coordinator, Carpenter Foreman, Carpenter and Laborer.

Educational Background / Security Clearance
General Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver, CO, 1990
Blueprint Reading and OSHA 500 Train the Trainer, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO, 1995
Scheduling and Estimating courses, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO, 1996
Secret Clearance issued for the Federal Dept. of State by D.I.S.C.O (Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office)

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