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John A. O'Connor, P.E.

John A. O'Connor, P.E. - Director of Construction Management
Project Assignment: Management and Operations Studies, Technical Studies, Construction Management
Experience: 35 Years
Expertise: Infrastructure Planning, Capital Budgeting, Emergency Response Transportation Planning, Management of Design and Construction, Operations Management in the areas of Streets, Highways and Bridges, Right-of-Way Acquisition, Traffic Engineering, Solid Waste Collection and Disposal.
Registration: Licensed Civil Engineer, Virginia, 1979, New York (inactive) and Colorado (inactive)
Education: B.S. Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1972
Graduate courses toward MBA, Syracuse University
Old Dominion University
Professional & Civic Affiliations:
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE)
  • American Public Works Association (APWA), Past President of Va., Md. and D.C. Chapter
  • Chesapeake Rotary
  • Chesapeake Sheriff's Pipe Band/ Tidewater Pipes & Drums
  • 82nd Airborne Division Association
Professional Design Qualifications:

Mr. O'Connor has more than 30 years experience in the management of the design and construction process, having previously served for 20 years as the Director of Pubic Works for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia. Projects accomplished during his tenure included major drainage facilities, NPDES/VPDES permit approval for the City of Chesapeake, several multi-million dollar transportation projects and many City building construction programs. Concurrent construction programs often exceeded $100 million in various disciplines. He also coordinated the development review process and acted as liaison with elected officials and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on major projects within the City and within the Regional Planning District.

Operational experience in Chesapeake included several major storm and hurricane responses involving extensive interaction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Experience prior to 1978 includes Director of Public Works for the City of Elmira, New York, Regional Flood Control Engineer and Hydraulic Engineer for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Lackawanna, New York.

Project Experience:
  • Battlefield Boulevard (S.R. 168) Highway project - $115 million
    Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA) Project.
  • Chesapeake City Municipal Road Bond Projects - 1994 program of $78 million, 1987 program of $38 million, several smaller issues.
  • Permit approval NPDES/VPDES for City of Chesapeake, VA - City in class of populations exceeding 150,000.
  • Coopers Ditch/Popular Branch drainage project - Nine square mile drainage basin channeled through environmentally sensitive wetlands.
  • Major building projects including design of new City Court Complex, Design and construction of $37 million City Jail complex.
  • Operation and permitted closure of 119 acre municipal landfill to include clay cap, methane gas collection system, water sampling system, and restoration of site.
  • Development of Master Roads Plan for the City of Chesapeake, VA
  • Managed Competition of Residential Solid Waste Collection services. Public Works employees bid successfully on solid waste collection services against private sector waste haulers. Bid process enabled audited comparative costs for collection services and allowed collection personnel to keep their jobs.
  • Direction of Public Works Emergency Response in Chesapeake for Several Hurricane Events beginning with Hurricane Gloria in 1985 through Hurricane Bonnie in 1998.
  • Storm Recovery Direction of Public Works Operations for 20 year history in Chesapeake beginning with 44 inch snowfalls in 1981, through Hurricane Bonnie in 1998. Includes one tornado that cut a one mile long swath through densely populated section of City.
  • Operation of Flood Control project and reconstruction of flood protection facilities while working as Regional Flood Control Engineer New York State. Reconstruction of flood damaged facilities from Hurricane Agnes, 1972.
  • Reconstruction of City of Elmira infrastructure from flood damage due to Hurricane Agnes. Five-year reconstruction included two major bridges crossing Chemung River, extensive reconstruction of City Streets, and Sewer Systems, recreational facilities, city buildings and flood control structures and channels.
  • Study of solid waste operations for Plymouth , North Carolina - included productivity cost analysis and bench marking.
  • Study of solid waste collection for Jacksonville, North Carolina – included productivity cost analysis and bench marking.
  • Study of operations and recommendations for reorganization of Escambia County, Florida, Department of Public Utilities.
  • Plan pay study for Harris County, Ohio.
  • Operations study for the City of Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • Management Study for Asheville, North Carolina
  • Pay and Classification Study for Asheville, North Carolina
  • Pay and Classification Study for Hamilton, Ohio