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North Florida Section/Thursday, May 10th, 2018 Meeting Notice























ProgramI-4 Ultimate Scheduling Challenges and Project Update, with speakers Vince Gucwa, Rey Diaz and James Ward.

-4 Mobility Partners, a public/private partnership (P3), was publicly announced as the successful bidder for the design/build/finance/operate/maintain of the I-4 Ultimate Project on April 23, 2014.  Subsequently, the SGL Constructors joint venture team is providing the design/build portion of the project for I-4 Mobility Partners.  SGL Constructors is a joint venture consisting of Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., Granite Construction Company, and The Lane Construction Corporation.  The I-4 Ultimate Project spans for 21 miles through Orange and Seminole Counties, from west of Kirkman Road to east of SR 434.  The scope consists of reconstruction of the mainline and interchanges, the addition of 4 express lanes, reconstructs 15 major interchanges, widens 13 bridges, adds 53 bridges, replaces 74 bridges, increases the design speed to 60 mph, and provides operations and maintenance.


SGL Constructors has a team of schedulers assigned to the I-4 Ultimate Project.  Planning/scheduling for a 21-mile reconstruction project of this magnitude has been a challenge.  This presentation will review the process that was utilized in bringing the schedule from a pre-bid stage up to the present construction stage.  The presenters are members of the scheduling team on the project and hopefully can answer any schedule-related questions regarding the project.  The software used for the scheduling of the project activities is Oracle Primavera P6, version 16.1 (currently), through a third party host. 


The presentation will also include some overview photographs to highlight the changes that have occurred along the I-4 corridor in the three years since construction began on February 1, 2015. 

Speakers:  Vince Gucwa, Rey Diaz, and James Ward

Vince Gucwa, from the Lane Construction Corporation, is the Schedule Manager on the I-4 Ultimate Project.  Vince has been on the I-4 Ultimate Project since June 2014, following 26 years of work at Lane’s corporate office.  Vince started his scheduling career with Bechtel Power Corporation in the pre-computer days, scheduling by hand, literally, on a nuclear power plant construction project.  Following a stint of 8 years between Bechtel Power Corporation and J.A. Jones Construction Company, and living in 6 different states, Vince was hired by Lane and has been with them for the last 30 years, working with Lane’s jobsite engineers, setting up schedules and providing scheduling training, as needed. 

Jim Ward, from the Lane Construction Corporation, is the Sr. Project Engineer (Schedule) for Area 4 of the I-4 Ultimate Project.  Jim, after being on the pursuit team and estimating team for the project, was assigned to the I-4 job in October 2014. Jim, having served four years in the US Army and getting his master’s degree, has been with Lane almost 35 years, and has served as a project engineer, superintendent, estimator, pursuit engineer, and schedule engineer on many projects throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Georgia, and Florida. Jim is a licensed professional engineer in PA and holds Lane’s contractor’s licenses for six states.

Rey Diaz, from Granite Construction Company, is the Scheduler for Area 3 of the I-4 Ultimate Project.  Rey has been on the I-4 Ultimate Project since February 2015; Rey has more than 25 years of experience in program/project construction management, contract administration, scheduling, claims, construction engineering inspection, and litigation support for private and public for multidiscipline engineering projects.  His main responsibility has involved coordinating design, permitting, procurement, and construction activities undertaken by contractors to ensure compliance with schedule, technical specifications, and costs.  Rey applies proven administrative principles and techniques to improve control to construction projects from planning through project closeout.  In addition, he has been a speaker of continued education seminars at the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Land Surveyors, and at public/private universities in Puerto Rico; served as President of the AACE Puerto Rico Section.   Rey is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.


CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P.  Deadline 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 5/9/2018.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  See below for meal details. 


Everyone is welcome.  Invite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.


Optional Dinners Available: Advance Reservations Required.  Walk-ins Cannot be Guaranteed a Meal.


Optional dinners will be offered at $10.00 per person.  MENUShredded Beef BBQ on Potato Rolls (Vegetarian Option: Grilled Portabella); Spinach Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots and Olives); Deviled Eggs; Chips; Dessert; Coffee/Tea/Water. Vegetarian and gluten-free on request.

Advance reservations required by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 5/9/2018.  Payments may be made via check (payable to North Florida AACE) mailed in advance to N. FL AACE Treasurer William Sheerin c/o 2450 Williams Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787; by check/cash at the door (exact change appreciated); or by credit card (small fee applies).  Cancellations must be received 24 hours before the meeting for a refund.

Click here to R.S.V.P.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  If you have any questions, please click here to e-mail.



--Upcoming Meeting:  With our May meeting we conclude our current program year.  Watch our Meetings page for other upcoming programs and visit our Web site often for the latest Section news and activities.

--We welcome your ideas and suggestions on possible topics and speakers.  Please send them to the Section Administrator by clicking hereDon’t miss these valuable technical presentations and first-class professional networking opportunities.

--Board Members Take Note:  The next regular board meeting of the program year will take place Thursday, May 10th, 2018 immediately following the Section meeting.  Watch for separate notices.

--CCTS Update: The CCTS Space Congress was held February 27 through March 1, 2018, at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, FL.  Visit for a summary of programs and activities.

ScholarshipsOur congratulations to Taiason Cole (University of Central Florida) for earning a $1,000 AACE International scholarship, and a North Florida AACE scholarship of $500.  The AACE scholarship application period is open December 1st through February 28th each year.  Students from our Section have now been awarded 17 AACE scholarships since 2008, with many also receiving Section supplemental scholarships plus AACE Matching Funds.  See the Scholarship page for details.

--We are very pleased to announce that the
North Florida Section was presented with an AACE Gold Section Award at the previous AACE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  We’re proud of this achievement, and send our appreciation to all our Board and Section members who worked hard to help make our Section successful.

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Meeting Location:


PMA Consultants
4901 Vineland Road, Suite 330
Orlando, FL 32811



Meeting Summary


Thursday, May 10th, 2018 




Please Note:

Dinner:  6:30 p.m.

Presentation:  7:00 p.m.


Webinar attendance also available.


PMA Consultants
4901 Vineland Road, Suite 330
Orlando, FL 32811


I-4 Ultimate Scheduling Challenges and Project Update


Optional dinners available at $10.00 per person.