Spotlight on our Team
Albert Odjidja, Vice President
McKissack’s newest Vice President is Albert Odjidja. He has been with McKissack since 2006 is a construction professional with more than 25 years of experience.
Albert began his career at McKissack serving as Sr. Project Manager for DASNY’s $185 million new 194,000 SF School of Science, Health and Technology Building at Medgar Evers College, which won the 2012 Brooklyn Building Award by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
After the successful completion of the Medgar Evers College project, Albert served as Sr. Project Manager for the new 185,000 SF/164-bed Skilled Nursing Facility, which was part of the $ 285 million Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital project. This LEED Gold facility was constructed on an adjacent vacant parking lot that was partially covered by the existing hospital. This project was delivered using a “FLASH-TRACK” delivery method where the approach involved much more collaboration up front with all parties to define expectations and requirements, aggressively push all project participants to be innovative in their approach to delivering all aspects of the project. This approach requires a realistic overlapping of collaboration, procurement, engineering, fabrication and construction.
Albert’s next assignment was a result of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the New York area, damaging and destroying thousands of homes. From McKissack’s CM On Call contract with DASNY, we were selected to manage the NY Rising Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Home Inspections Phase I project. Albert served as Senior Project Manager and was instrumental in immediately mobilizing more than 200 inspectors in five days for the fast-track completion of more than 1200 damage assessments within six weeks. Albert also served as Senior Project Manager for DASNY’s NY Rising Phase II, in which McKissack was a subconsultant to another firm. For this contract, we were responsible for more than 1400 damage assessments.
From our success on the DASNY CDBG-DR contracts, McKissack was able to compete for, and win, two Disaster Recovery/Resiliency contracts with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Albert was called upon again to manage these important contracts for McKissack. The first one was CDBG-DR Property Management/Damage Assessments in Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which was completed in 2015. The second contract, Construction Management Support Services, which included four task orders: Cost Estimating, Section 3 Program Management, Property Management/Demolition and Staff Augmentation, started in 2015, will be complete in May 2017. Both of these contracts were aimed at the long-term recovery of communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.
As the GOSR CMSS contract comes to a successful completion, Albert has started in his new role as Project Executive for a $150 million CM Retainer Contract with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). In the summer of 2016, McKissack submitted a proposal to NYCEDC, competing against many of our industry competitors. We were shortlisted to a presentation and subsequently awarded this a significant contract in November of 2016. Albert was instrumental in the proposal process, working with Marketing to develop an exceptional technical approach and response and led the project team. EVP Rich Cote of EDC’s Asset Management Group was clearly impressed by Albert’s leadership and capabilities. Rich asked Cheryl “Do I get Albert 100%?” to which she responded a resounding “YES!”
For this contract, McKissack is assisting NYCEDC with the Design/Build of multiple buildings, maintenance of facilities, improvements, upgrades and expansions to existing structures and efficient operation of NYCEDC properties, including waterfront and rail yards owned, managed and/or leased by the City, by an agency of the City or by the NYCEDC.
To date, McKissack has started on six projects with EDC, in which Albert is responsible for overseeing McKissack’s services and a staff of six construction professionals.
When he is not successfully managing McKissack projects, Albert, believing in living life to the fullest, does so by enjoying his time with his wife and two sons. Albert also finds time to enjoy his passion of photography, playing bass guitar, golf, soccer and road cycling and scenic motorcycle rides.