Chris Payne has more than 30 years of experience in construction management and design, performing a wide variety of services including construction project management, inspection, CPM scheduling, and cost estimating. He has specialized experience in the resolution of construction disputes to include analysis of delays and expert testimony, both nationally and internationally. Chris began his career as a structural engineer performing bridge design and consults on a variety of building and transportation programs, providing direct client coordination and strategic advice. He often provides specialized analyses of project performance and regularly testifies as an expert witness.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of MBP, Chris oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, drives firm process and performance improvements, and provides direct oversight of all corporate support teams. He has been an active member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) since 1999 and was inducted into CMAA’s College of Fellows in 2020. From 2017-2018 he served as Chair of the CMAA National Board of Directors.
ME, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
1. How did you get into a career in construction?
After studying engineering, I started in design and thought I would stay there, but with design-build on the rise, I felt my career could benefit from more variety and construction management was intriguing. I’m still here, 25 years later!
2. What was/is the project you are most proud of?
There have been a few good ones, but developing a detailed cost- and resource-loaded schedule under tight deadlines for a $100 million, complex interchange project was a highlight, particularly when the project was built in virtually the exact sequence we initially imagined.
3. What are some of your hobbies?
I like to play golf. I sing in the church choir. Skiing when I can.
4. What is something interesting about yourself that nobody would know?
If I answer that, everyone will know! Okay…in high school, I lettered in baseball after writing a computer program that would collect and compile the statistics. Then the coach let me set the lineups. I was “Moneyball” before its time!