Jeffrey A. Tedder, P.E. Civil Engineer & Construction Safety Expert

Jeffrey A. Tedder, Civil Engineer & Construction Safety Expert

Jeffrey Tedder is a Civil Engineer with nearly 20 years of professional construction and engineering experience. His experience in complex, industrial construction where all trades are involved has granted Jeff a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry. Jeffrey applies his knowledge of the industry and expertise in standards and best practices to forensic casework involving construction claims and injuries.

Much of Jeff's professional career focused on the development and construction of public works facilities and wastewater treatment plants. His project experience includes new site development, capital improvements on existing facilities, and demolition efforts to make way for new construction. As general contractor he managed sitework, precast and site cast concrete, utilities, and process mechanical work, in addition to managing the efforts of electrical, building architectural, and building mechanical trade subcontractors. Jeff was responsible for site safety, CPM scheduling, quality, change order management, and subcontractor management. He later assumed the role of Engineering Manager and supervised the efforts of a project engineering team where he directed and managed the general contractor's engineering activities for two simultaneous projects on the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, contracted at $138M.

Jeffrey earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and has completed the OSHA-10, -30, and -40 Hour HAZWOPER certification programs. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Institute.

Engineering & Construction Experience

Heavy/Civil Construction

  • Selective Demolition: pre-demolition surveys, differing site conditions, utility LOTO
  • Concrete structures: self-perform, sub-contracted, water retaining, shoring, re-shoring, defects
  • Underground Utilities: trench safety, shoring, pipe laying, excavation
  • Cranes: hydraulic, friction, crawler, rough terrain, tower crane, critical pick, rigging
  • Earthwork: mass excavation, backfill, grading, cuts and fills, dewatering, erosion, and sedimentation control
  • Support of Excavation: sheet pile, pile and lagging, rock anchors, tiebacks
  • Deep Foundations: steel pipe pile, steel H-pile, auger-cast pile, micro-pile, helical anchors
  • Paving: asphalt, concrete, curb, and gutter
  • Process Mechanical: pumps, blowers, piping, chemical processing, and conveyance
  • Conveyance Equipment: belt conveyors, screw conveyors, solids handling
  • Integrated Automation: plant instrumentation and controls systems
  • Electrical: power distribution, grounding, lightning protection, emergency generation
  • Treatment Plant: pre-construction through start-up and commissioning

General Construction

  • Selective demolition and renovation, asbestos abatement, lead paint abatement
  • Concrete: shallow foundations, flatwork, architectural and structural precast
  • Masonry: single wythe, double wythe, brick veneer, load bearing CMU walls, split face
  • Metals: structural steel, steel joist systems, stair systems, hand railing, access platforms, architectural metals
  • Wood: wood framing, roof and floor truss systems, finish carpentry, millwork
  • Roofing: low-sloped roofs, steep sloped roofs, asphalt shingle, standing seam, membrane
  • Openings: doors & windows, storefront, translucent panels, louvers
  • Finishes: drywall, paint, flooring (carpet, tile, VCT), ceramic tile, suspended ceiling systems, chemical resistant coatings, fire caulking, caulking
  • Special Construction: Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings, Laboratories
  • Building Mechanical: plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning)
  • Fire Suppression: wet pipe, dry pipe, pre-action, deluge, water, foam
  • Electrical: power distribution, lighting
  • Construction Equipment/Systems/Procedures: scaffold systems (suspended, supported, movable “Baker” scaffolds), fall protection systems, personal protective equipment (PPE), ladders and temporary stairways (including job-built ladders), trench excavation and support systems, lock-out tag-out (LOTO), materials storage and handling, hand and power tools, welding and cutting, material and personnel hoists, steel erection, blasting, hazardous substances, excavation equipment, forklifts, boom and scissor lifts, cranes & rigging

Project Management

  • Construction site safety and health program management
  • CPM Scheduling: Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, development, updates, evaluation
  • Cost Estimating: hard bid, alternative delivery Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • Value Engineering
  • Delay Claims
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Change Order Management
  • Cost and Productivity Control
  • Quality Control Management: construction defect and failure analysis, remediation planning
  • Permitting: NPDES storm water permitting, local jurisdictional, building occupancy, Fire Marshall

Special Projects

  • Wastewater Treatment: full plant replacement, process upgrades, preliminary through tertiary treatment
  • Water Treatment: in-river intake, membrane filtration
  • Large Utility Piping: ductile iron, spiral weld steel, pre-cast concrete, up to 108” diameter
  • Complex plant bypass pumping operations
  • Complex work sequencing to maintain facility operations
  • Remediation of chromium contaminated soils
  • Storm water capture of PCB contaminated soils

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2021 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial claims and personal injury litigation involving construction practices and construction project management, estimating and scheduling, delay claims, construction site safety practices, quality control and quality assurance, and other civil engineering issues in the heavy, industrial, commercial, and residential construction industries.

IHC Construction Companies, LLC

Project Manager

2021

Project manager in charge of multiple concurrent public works construction projects in various stages of completion in the greater Atlanta area. Responsible for the safety, CPM schedule, quality, and budget for each project. As general contractor, IHC self-performed sitework, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of deep foundation, concrete, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work. Responsibilities included the completion of punch-list and warranty repairs of defective work from previously completed projects.

The Lane Construction Corporation

Project Manager

2018 to 2021

Project manager in charge of two concurrent public works construction projects valued at $57 MM in Columbus, GA and Knoxville, TN. Responsible for all aspects of the projects including the safety, CPM schedule, quality, and budget for both projects. As general contractor, Lane self-performed sitework, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of demolition, deep foundation, concrete, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work. Construction operations included the planning, implementation, and management of complex large scale facility bypass operations to maintain plant operation during construction.

Slayden Constructors (an Affiliate of MWH Constructors)

2016 to 2017

Senior Project Manager/Construction Manager 2016-2017
In charge of the construction of a new water treatment plant for the City of Lebanon, OR ($27MM). Responsible for all aspects of the project including the safety, CPM schedule, quality, and budget. As Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) collaborated with the Engineer of Record and Owner to Value Engineer the project within the Owner’s scope and budget and negotiated the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). Self-performed work included sitework, concrete, utilities, and process mechanical. Subcontracted work included concrete reinforcing, electrical, pre-manufactured metal building, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical. Construction operations included the planning, permitting, implementation, and management of complex installation of an in-river water intake structure. Value Engineered the project from $34MM to $27MM

Pre-Construction Manager 2016
Managed the Builder’s efforts for the Design Build team on a wastewater plant project to assist the City of Klamath Falls, Oregon in developing the project scope. Helped develop the proposal to advance the approx. $35MM project to Phase 1B project design.

Archer Western Contractors

2013 to 2016

Project Manager 2014-2016
Directed and managed the construction activities of the $263 Million Back River WWTP Denitrification Filtration Upgrades project (SC877). Supervised and mentored a staff of (12) including (8) project engineers. Responsible for all aspects of the project including safety, CPM schedule, quality, and budget. Negotiated owner change orders in excess of $12MM and time extension requests of 33 calendar days. As general contractor, Archer Western self-performed sitework, concrete, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of demolition, deep foundation, concrete reinforcement, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work. Construction operations included the excavation of 50,000 CY of earth, the placement of 70,000 CY of concrete, and the installation of large bore buried piping as large as 108 inches in diameter.

Assistant Project Manager 2013-2014
As assistant project manager on the Back River WWTP SC877 project, supervised the efforts of the 8-member project engineering team. Responsible for safety, CPM scheduling, quality, project engineering, and change order management.

American Contracting & Environmental Services

Project Manager

2012 to 2013

Project Manager in charge of three concurrent public works projects with a combined value of $22 Million within the Baltimore metropolitan area. Responsible for all aspects of the projects including the safety, CPM schedule, quality, project engineering, and budget for the projects. As general contractor, ACE self-performed sitework, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of deep foundation, concrete, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work. ACE also served as the process mechanical subcontractor for The Christman Company on a wastewater upgrade project in Alexandria, VA.

Fru-Con Construction, LLC. (A Balfour Beatty Company)

2005 to 2012

Engineering Manager 2009-2012
Directed and managed the engineering activities for two (2) simultaneous projects (SC 852R & SC 855) on the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant contracted at $138 million. Supervised the efforts of the 5-member project engineering team. Responsible for safety, CPM scheduling, quality, project engineering, and change order management. As general contractor, Fru-Con self-performed sitework, concrete, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of deep foundation, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work.

Mechanical Project Engineer 2007-2009
Project Engineer primarily responsible for management of the process mechanical portion of the $136MM Arlington Wastewater Treatment Plant phase 7A project. Responsible for safety, CPM scheduling, quality, project engineering, change order management, and subcontractor management for the mechanical scope of the project. As general contractor, Fru-Con self-performed sitework, concrete, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of deep foundation, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work.

Project Engineer 2005-2007
Project Engineer responsible for management of the project engineering portion of the $30MM + Kent Narrows wastewater treatment plant project in Stevensville, MD. Responsible for safety, CPM scheduling, quality, project engineering, change order management, and subcontractor management for the project. As general contractor, Fru-Con self-performed sitework, concrete, utilities, and process mechanical work as well as subcontracted and managed the efforts of concrete reinforcement, electrical, building architectural (framing, roofing, finish carpentry, doors, windows, drywall, paint, flooring, finishes, etc.), and building mechanical work.

Arrington Engineering and Land Surveying

Land Development Civil Design Engineer

2004

Engineer responsible for completing design drawings and other related documentation for various commercial and residential land development projects, and preparation and submission of client documentation for state stormwater permits under the EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES).

Professional Credentials

  • Professional Engineer:
    • Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
  • OSHA-30 Hour Construction Safety and Health

Education

  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Continuing Education

  • FMI Leadership Institute, 2017
  • C4 Hazwoper Supervisor, 2017
  • Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid, 2016
  • Adult CPR and AED, 2014
  • NSC First Aid Course – Standard, 2014
  • Confined Space Competent Person, 2012
  • Scaffold and Ladder Competent Person, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
    • Construction Institute

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