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AACE Seattle Section October 13th, 2011 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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AACE Seattle Section October 13th, 2011 Meeting


The voters of the central Puget Sound region authorized the creation of Sound Transit (ST) 15 years ago, since then the Agency has been delivering reliable high-capacity transit options to over 50 communities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.  Sound Transit has created an integrated organization to oversee all phases of the work (e.g. planning, acquisition, design, construction, operations and maintenance).  ST has already implemented most of the Sound Move Plan, building and operating 75 miles of commuter rail, 20 ST Express bus routes and 17 miles of Link Light Rail.

In 2008, voters of the central Puget Sound region approved Sound Transit 3 (ST2), a mass transit expansion plan.  ST2 will add 36 miles of light rail to the system, expand bus service by 17 percent, and increase commuter rail service between Everett and Seattle and Tacoma and Seattle.  All ST2 projects are currently scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Going forward, ST continues to work on multiple corridors to complete the Sound Move Plan and advance the ST2 Plan to meet the Agency goals and objectives.  Given the current economic conditions, the Agency will continue to be challenged to plan and manage the scope, schedule and budget of each capitol project.  The implementation of the Agency's project control policies and procedures are essential to achieve effective, predictable and repeatable processes.

This month's presentation will focus on ST's University Link Project as a case study in the application of the Agency's project control policies, procedures and tools.  University Link is a 3.15-mile light rail extension in twin-bored tunnels from Downtown Seattle north to the University of Washington, with stations at Capitol Hill and on the University of Washington campus near Husky Stadium.  This Project is currently in construction as is scheduled to open in fall 2016. This presentation will outline ST's project control functions in four basic functions: 1) orderly establishment, documentation, and maintenance of Project's baselines, 2) development of accurate metrics to serve as performance indicators, 3) assessment of these performance indicators in order to provide insight in making any necessary corrections and improvements, and 4) formulation and implementation of appropriate corrective or improvement actions when necessary.

Joe Gildner is Deputy Executive Director at Sound Transit in the Department of Design, Engineering and Construction Management and has been with the Agency since 1998.  Joe is currently serving as Executive Project Director for the University Link Light Rail Project that is under construction and scheduled to open in 2016.  Prior to this assignment, Joe served as the Agency's Project Director on the Initial Segment Project overseeing design and construction on the light rail infrastructure extending from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to the Tukwila International Station that started revenue service in the summer of 2009.

Joe Gildner has over 26 years of diversified senior management experience in design and construction management, primarily in the areas of transit infrastructure.  He has been a team member on public and private development projects in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years including light rail facilities in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Joe is a licensed civil engineer in Washington State, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  He also has a Masters in Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

All are welcome, so please be sure to invite any colleagues who might be interested in this presentation.  You must register online to reserve a seat.

AACE Seattle meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through May.  Each section meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 points toward your CCC/CCE/PSP/EVP/CEP/CFCC recertification continuing education requirement.


Best Western Plus Executive Inn (View)
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
United States




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